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Sunday, May 23, 2010, 10:00 am: "A Visit from Margaret Fuller," presented by Robin Proud. On the occasion of her 200th birthday, Margaret Fuller will introduce you to her life as a scholar, writer, war correspondent, editor of the Transcendentalist magazine The Dial, and America's first feminist. An intimate of Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott, and Hawthorne, Fuller will convince you (with a little help from Robin Proud) that she should be better known and appreciated, especially by Unitarians.
Sunday, May 30, 2010, 10:00am: "Memorial Day: Meditation, Reflection, Memories," presented by Rev. Ralph Tyksinski. I will be exploring the many meanings that this federal holiday offers for our reflection on and recognition of those in our military who died in battle. It began after the Civil War in 1868 as Decoration Day. One hundred years later, the name officially switched to Memorial Day. As a people we UU's practice working for peace and justice, we must, however, never forget the men and women who have given it their all—sometimes giving everything—to work for what they think is true and right. By celebrating Memorial Day, we work to make sure fewer people have to leave their homes, families and friends to fight in war.
Sunday, June 6, 2010, 10:00 am - "Reverend Abhi Janamanchi: Faith in the Borderland," presented by Rachel Long. This is the third of Rachel Long's lay ministry with sermons on DVD from some of the most interesting and inspiring ministers the UUA has to offer. In this last presentation, Reverend Abhi Janamanchi of the Clearwater, Florida congregation will give the sermon "Faith in the Borderland." As an Indian American UU he has experienced many borders between cultures and often felt the outsider. Hear about his journey in search of a true religious home, and the multiple identities we all experience as Unitarian Universalists.
Sunday, June 13, 2010, 10:00 am - "Flower Communion and Capek's Gift," presented by Rev. Ralph Tyksinski. We celebrate the beginning of Summer by observing one of our Unitarian Universalists most cherished rituals: The Flower Communion. I will also be offering my reflection on one of Norbert Capek’s core philosophical principles: That our lived experience is not determined by Fate or Chance, irreversible and beyond our ability to change, but that daily we can choose the spiritual temperament of our lives.
Religious Education NewsThe RE school year has now ended and summer is just around the corner. We had another successful year learning about our UU principles and our heritage. Thanks again to all who made RE possible.
The year came to a close on Sunday, May 16th with our annual Transition service. We honored our newest UU, Vivian Perrin Thayer, with a child dedication ceremony and we recognized graduating senior Madeline Arnold. Madeline has been with Prairie since she was a toddler. She's a talented musician, a role model for our youth and just an all around great person to know. We'll miss her greatly but wish her much success while studying at Carleton College this the fall.
There will be no classes until Sunday, August 30th. That will be the start of the new RE year and the Water Ceremony service. From now until that time we will have childcare provided in our nursery for all infants and toddlers.
For those students in preschool and up we will have activities planned by various members of the congregation. We are in need of people to sign up for an activity on any Sunday this summer. You can weed in our Prairie community garden, play in the park, do arts and crafts, play instruments, etc. The possibilities are endless for leading a group activity; have fun and be creative!
As always if you have any questions or concerns or ideas for the RE program please let me know by talking to me on Sunday mornings, emailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling me at 271-8218.
Thank you and see you Sunday!
Director of Religious Education
Results of the Spring Parish Meeting, Sunday, May 16th
the floor, but strong support for including specific opportunities for members to discuss and potentially amend any proposal, including a congregational meeting. Questions were also raised about whether the deadline for the draft to be published should be changed. It was ultimately decided to send this issue back to the board for refinement.
Service Planned for Mary Lou Diehl
Book Club Update
For Sunday, May 30 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (fiction, 528 pages) – Rarely does the book club read a “classic.” This month’s book is an exception. First published in 1943, it is a bildungsroman or coming of age story. The novel takes place in the first 2 decades of the 1900s in Brooklyn, NY and follows Francie Nolan and her 3-generation Austrian/Irish-American family who are struggling against poverty. The main metaphor of the book is the Tree of Heaven, an Asian import now considered invasive that is common in vacant lots in New York City. Suggested by Barbara Park.
For Sunday, June 27 - Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (French fiction, 320 pages) Told through 2 narrators – concierge Renée Michel (in first person) and an intellectually precocious girl named Paloma Josse, (through her journals) - it features erudite characters. It is full of allusions to literary works, music, films, and paintings. Themes relate to philosophy, class consciousness, and personal conflict. Suggested by Rose Smith and Al Nettleton.
For Sunday, July 18 - (Date may be changed) Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey by William Least Heat-Moon (608 pages) is about a series of short trips – total of 16,000 miles - rather than one long trip as Heat-Moon’s other books were. In this book he covers Maine’s North Woods by car, a trip along the coast from Baltimore to Florida by boat, one in Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains by rail bike (bike fitted out to cruise along
abandoned railroad tracks), and others. “Wherever he is, Heat-Moon’s thought is often tethered to questions of sustainability and equitability…deep ecology.” It’s a long book, and you may choose to read it over the summer while on a trip or while trapped at home. Feel free to select whatever trips appeal to you. Suggested by Al Nettleton.
All meetings begin with informal conversation at 1:30 pm, followed by discussion beginning at 2:00 pm. If possible, please bring some snacks to share and your own beverage cup. For more information about the group or to arrange a ride, please call one of the following: Donna Murdoch 238-3802, Gordon Cunningham 230-3367, Rosemary Dorney 238-4382 or Rose Smith 233-3363.
Ahead: Prairie Fall Family Retreat!
If you have any questions about the retreat, please contact Phyllis or Kate Liu (Prairie's administrator.)
Long, Retreat Program Coordinator
Union News: John Rummel Photography Presentation June 6
Housing and Property News
There was a successful work day at Prairie on Saturday, May 15. There was weed pulling, stump removal, and shrub trimming by
Bob Cape, Galen Smith, Bob Park, Barb Park, Toby Wacker, Paula Pachciarz, Gordon Cunningham, Kim Troug, and John Eliganti. Thanks to each of you for all you did during the Prairie Work Day last Saturday. Thanks to each of you for helping to make Prairie a more attractive and inviting place.
Social Action NotesThe Social Action Committee is collecting new, clean, white cotton socks for the No More Deaths humanitarian aid group based in the Tucson UU Church. The No More Deaths group is frequently in need of socks to dress blistered and bleeding feet of immigrants making the dangerous crossing through the desert. Prairie members and friends who summer in Wisconsin and winter in Arizona will deliver the socks this fall. There is a basket in the foyer to accept your donations. Thank you for your support of this initiative. Mary Somers Social Action Chair
Here is a story that illustrates the great work being done by IHN and its umbrella organization The Road Home:
Nine-year-old Antony has learning and emotional disabilities. While his family was homeless, he fell far behind in his reading level and his behavior was out of control. He could not get along with his family or other children, had little opportunity for fun, and was frequently in trouble at school. Over the last six months, since they have been in an apartment, Antony’s family has worked closely with The Road Home, an in-home family counseling program, his school and an after-school daycare to help him succeed. Because of this stability and collaboration, Antony is now reading at grade level, behaving well and getting along with his peers. He is
Please contact me if you would be interested in getting involved with Prairie's commitment.
Bosch, IHN Coordinator for Prairie
Rev. Ralph's Ruminations
Kind of Growth for Prairie?
As your Consulting Minister I have raised these questions in previously written “Rev Ralph’s Ruminations” in both explicit and implicit terms. To be a healthy congregation is to develop responses that are sound and reasonable. To be healthy is to be vigorous and vital, to have strength, and to use these qualities in taking action. When a congregation sees clearly its place and possibilities and understands its mission and purpose, it will make decisions that serve itself and its community well. Such a congregation will continue growing because of its health. Such a congregation is ready to serve people who need Unitarian Universalism.
health and well-being are topics of much interest to most Unitarian
Here is my concluding message for Prairie as I end my service as Consulting Minister. Prairie has shown some signs of growth in managing conflict and building consensus for making major decisions. Prairie has seen a slight increase in the number of families with children attending our Religious Education program. Prairie has found and fostered a sense of renewed energy in the way it has embraced the Green Sanctuary program. Prairie has moved (albeit slightly) from a “lay-led” identity to one of a “shared ministry” identity with the addition of having a Consulting Minister.
These are observable signs of Prairie’s growth in past 5 years. However they are young and tender green shoots of growth. How will Prairie tend to them? If you wish to be a part of a healthy and vital religious community it is your task to select those efforts which best match your skills, talents, and yes, your financial gifts, to support the mission and ministries of the congregation, to water and nurture their energy, perhaps even to prevent their being trampled, and to honor their new place in the life of Prairie UU Society.
It has been a deep privilege and honor to have served Prairie these past four years.
for the opportunity to have journeyed with you,
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First Unitarian Society presents "The Joy of Living: an introduction to the practice and science of meditation" FUS is please to present a talk with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Dr. Richard J. Davidson at 7pm on Friday June 4th. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at the FUS meeting house, or though their website, www.fusmadison.org