We still have several activities that are meeting online or outside with masks/physical distancing. Prairie Members, Friends and visitors are always welcome! You do not need to be a member to check out our activities. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find a calendar of upcoming events with links as well as additional activities that are on hiatus due to covid19.
Women of Wonder (WOW) a.k.a. Prairie Women’s Group (1st Saturdays of the month at 10am)
Prairie’s women’s group – Women of Wonder (WOW) – meets the first Saturday of almost every month at 10 a.m. All women are welcome – members, friends, and visitors. For more information, contact kgliu311[AT]gmail.com, 608-219-2370.
Creativity and Connection – (4th Saturday of the month at 10am)
Creativity and Connection is a monthly get together to connect and work on creative projects. Peggy Small is leading this group which is open to any level of artistic ability, but best for ages 8 and up. Each month we’ll get together on Zoom to work on a project using supplies you should have on hand. The focus will be on the creative process rather than the outcome, but there will be an opportunity to share your project at the end (optional). Projects can vary from writing to drawing to crafting. All are welcome, but the projects are best for ages 8 and up.
Prairie Study Group (2nd & 4th Mondays at 7-8:30pm)
Our Study Group offers an opportunity to get educated on race, class and other issues of injustice and oppression. Study Group is part of Prairie’s initiative to become a more truly welcoming congregation to those of all ethnic and class backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations, as we strive live out our 1st principle, to respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and our 2nd principle, the goal of justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Please participate if you can. Here is our schedule for the next few months:
September 2021: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmereras, led by Heidi Hughes.
October 2021: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, led by Pam Gates.
November 2021: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, led by Suzanne Gernandt.
December 2021: The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez-A Border Story by Aaron Bobrow-Strain, led by Deesa Pence.
(We will meet December 13, and take December 27 off.)
January 2022: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, led by Morris Sadicario.
February 2022: Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman, led by Katrina Thompson.
Dungeons and Dragons, beginner (Tuesdays at 4:30-6:30 pm)
Looking for a fun way to get social with friends? Want to know more about the wildly popular, collaborative, world-building, storytelling, decision-making game that inspires invention, research, calculations, negotiation, role-play, and active spatial visualization called Dungeons & Dragons? Well, this is the group for you! Join us on Mondays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. No prior experience necessary – though a camera & microphone will be required for full participation. Regular attendance is not required either. This group is open to anyone ages 9 & up! Check News or email re-committee[AT]uuprairie.org for the link.
Tuesday Trivia (1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7pm)
Dungeons and Dragons, advanced (Fridays at 4:30-6:30 pm)
Bring your character and immerse yourself in a virtual world of storytelling and decision-making. Join us on Friday nights from 4:30-6:30 for our Advanced level Dungeons & Dragons group. If you have a D&D character ready to go and have a little experience playing this game, this is the group for you! Camera & microphone will be necessary to interact fully. Regular attendance is not required either. This group is open to anyone ages 9 & up! Check News or email re-committee[AT]uuprairie.org for the link.
Circle Groups (previously dinners)
Our Circle Dinners have turned into Circle Activity Groups! Groups include: virtual games, arts & crafts, outdoor adventures, a movie group & more. If you’d like to join a group, please contact the Membership Committee at membership[AT]uuprairie.org.
(Pre covid19, Circle Dinners are groups of 6 to 12 people who meet approximately once a month for dinner and conversation at the home of one of the circle members. Circles are organized each fall, but new members can be added at any time. Some dinner groups include children, while others may be organized for adults only.)
Currently On Hiatus
Prairie Sing Along (2nd & 4th Thursdays at 7-8:30pm)
Everyone is welcomed to Prairie’s Singalong night at 7 to 8:30 pm. We use the Rise Up Singing songbook. Let Patty Stockdale know if you need a songbook, or buy it online. Each person is encouraged to pick out a song or 2, so we have ready selections. When you lead a song, you can practice your guitar or ukulele and sing with no judgments! It will bring out the folk rock star that you are. If your kids have song choices, let’s try them too!. What Dan Proud says about using Zoom for the Singalong, “The session only allows for one person to lead the singing at a time; otherwise the sound is jumbled because of varying internet speeds and bandwidths. We can take turns playing if we want instrumentation, or the brave-hearted can lead with their solo voice. The attendees, muted, can sing along with the song leader.” Invite your friends!
Interweave is a group for Prairie members and friends who are LGBTQ+ or allies. We meet about once a month with the goal of supporting one another as well as helping to make Prairie a more inclusive community. To join us, send an email to Katrina Thompson at yaghaffar.yaghafur[AT]gmail.com
Porchlight (1st Saturday of the month)
Prairie has been volunteering at Porchlight’s drop-in shelter for men at Grace Episcopal for over 25 years, and in partnership with James Reeb UU Society for 15 years. Due to Covid-19 the men have been moved to a larger, safer site and their meals are being catered by Food Fight. Prairie and Reeb Societies plan to resume volunteering after the Covid 19 situation has passed. This page will be updated if the situation changes. Any questions may be directed to Paula Pachciarz.
Prairie Unitarian Universalist Parents (PUUPs) (3rd Saturday of the month)
We meet on the third Saturday of every month, 9-11 am, in the Annex. Join fellow parents/caregivers for conversation and community. There is free on-site childcare upstairs. Please mark if you plan to attend on Facebook so we plan childcare accordingly; and bring a snack to share.
The Humanist Union (Sundays)
The Humanist Union of Madison was started in the fall of 2004 by members of Prairie. Locally we are officially affiliated with Prairie and nationally we are affiliated with the American Humanist Association. Our meetings are currently on hiatus during construction. When the meeting house has reopened, we will meet monthly, usually on the first Sunday of the month after the Sunday Service, for potluck lunch and discussion of a topic of interest to humanists. Our meeting speaker and topic are posted both on Prairie’s web calendar and on the Events page of our website. If you have questions about the group, email them to Humanist Union of Madison.
Prairie Choir (Sundays)
Prairie Choir is open to any member who can carry a tune. Rehearsals are most Sunday mornings from 8:45 – 9:45 am in the Annex during the school year. (The choir takes the summer off.) Prairie appreciates musicians and encourages their talents. Most Sunday services include piano accompaniment or other musical performances. For more information about the choir and/or performing during
Prairie Ukulele Group (Thursdays)
This musical group is on hiatus for the summer but usually meets weekly. Contact Jane Richards, janefeltz[AT]gmail.com for more information.
First Friday Game Night (1st Friday of the month)
Game Night is usually at the Meeting House on the first Friday of each
Spanish Speakers’ Potluck
This group is open to all who wish to practice their Spanish. It meets periodically in members’ homes or in the Annex.