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The Prairie Fire is published by Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society on the 6th and 21st of every month. View past issues at www.uuprairie.org/ newsletter/

Input Deadlines:
Calendar items, announcements, and program descriptions are due on the 1st and 15th of each month. Please send to Dan Klock at admin@uuprairie.org or call 271-8218.

May 8, 2012


Saturday, May 12, 2012
5:00 Spring Fling

Sunday, May 13, 2012
8:45 Choir rehearsal
10:00 Service - "Caroline Norton: Mothers & Women's Rights" presented by Mary Mullen.
10:15 RE Service Sunday
11:15 Soup Sunday
12:30 Humanist Union meets

Monday, May 14, 2012
7:00 RE Committee meets

Sunday, May 20, 2012
8:45 Choir rehearsal
10:00 Service – Field Trip to Prairie Dock Farm

Monday, May 21, 2012
6:30 Spanish Speakers Potluck
7:00 Prairie's Board meets

Sunday, May 27, 2012
8:45 Choir rehearsal
10:00 Service
10:00 RE Game Day

Monday, May 28, 2012
7:00 Program Committee meets

Sunday, June 3, 2012
10:00 Service – Transition Sunday
11:15 Soup Sunday
11:30 Spring Parish Meeting

Sunday, June 10, 2012
10:00 Service – “Peer Mediation,” presented by Christine Johnson.

Monday, June 11, 2012
7:00 RE Committee Meets

Sunday, June 17, 2012
10:00  Service

Upcoming Programs

Sunday, May 13, 2012, 10:00 a.m. “Caroline Norton: Mothers & Women's Rights,” presented by Mary Mullen.

Sometimes we find out by chance about people who have fought for rights we take for granted.  That's the way I found out about "The Honorable Caroline Norton."  Caroline Norton was an Englishwoman of the 19th Century, a time in England when men had exclusive rights to their children and to the income of their wives.  She was also a poet, novelist, and songwriter.  Find out how this one woman was the impetus for a change for the better in English laws.

Sunday, May 20, 2012, 10:00 a.m. Field Trip to Prairie Dock Farms

Greg David invites you to see and experience his family’s work in ecological restoration on Prairie Dock Farm in northern Jefferson County. The farm has been in the David family since 1987 and in that time, Greg and the family have run a CSA, installed orchards, prairie restorations, compost areas, rain-gardens and water containment swales, stick fences, mushroom culturing, hugel-culture, draft horses, free range chickens and geese, a low input anaerobic digester, biomass gasifiers, rocket stoves, geo-thermal cooling and lots of other Permacultural features. He looks forward to sharing a quarter century of ecological restorative experiences on the farm with Prairie on Sunday May 20th. He also has a horse drawn wagon for those who would prefer that to walking.

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The Support Group for Aging Parents originally scheduled for May 20 after the service has been postponed to a later date.

The next Spanish Speakers Potluck will be on Monday, May 21, at 6:30 pm at the home of Audrey Shomos, 134 Grove St. in Evansville. Bring a dish to pass if you can. All are welcome! Please call Audrey at 608-882-4070 for directions, or Rosemary Dorney at 608-238-4382 for more information or to arrange a ride.

The Spring Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 3, after the service and Soup Sunday. Agenda items include thanking last year's volunteers, voting for Officers and At-Large board members, discussing bylaws, and other items.

May 13 is a Soup Sunday! Stay after the service for a good soup lunch and great conversation.

The Humanist Union will meet on May 13. This month's discussion will be on the Freethought Festival held in Madison on April 27 – 29. Humanist Union participants are welcome to join the Prairie UU Soup Sunday at 11:30 in lieu of a potluck.

Spring Fling! The RE Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. Start the evening with a Bar-B-Q in Prairie's side yard, followed by games in Marlborough Park, and end the evening with a bonfire!

Summer Womanspirit 2012 The Central Midwest District Women and Religion's Summer Womanspirit retreat will be held July 27 – 29 at Ronan Lodge, Watervliet, MI. The title of this year's retreat is The Web of Sisterhood. Information and mail-in registration forms are available on the table in Prairie's foyer, or visit www.womenandreligion.org.