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 Sing Along (Sundays at 7-8:30pm)
Everyone is welcomed to Prairie’s Singalong Sunday 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!
Dungeons and Dragons, beginner (Mondays 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.
Prairie Study Group (2nd & 4th Mondays at 7-8:30pm)
Prairie’s new Study Group to get us educated on race, class and other oppression. This 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 proclaim at the start of our services. Please participate if you can. Suzanne Gernandt is supplying the study questions and facilitating the discussions for our first selection. In the future we will have selections focusing on race, indigenous peoples issues, immigration, and LGBTQ concerns. Join us!
Wednesday Fun (Wednesdays at 6:00-6:45 pm)
On Wednesday evenings we come together to focus our activities around our youngest learners – grades 3 and under. But ALL are welcome and it’s fun to visit with our littles. Common activities are read alouds, show & tell, virtual hide & seek, talent shows, pet demonstrations, sing-a-longs, or general tomfoolery. Actually, the tomfoolery is guaranteed. Hope to see you there! Room opens at 5:50. Fun usually concludes at 6:30. Check News or email re-committee[AT]uuprairie.org for the link.
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 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. If you’d like to join a group, please contact the Membership Committee at membership[AT]uuprairie.org.
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
CANCELLED: Dungeons and Dragons (advanced) (online)
September 18, 2020 4:30 pm - 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!
Service: "Voting During a Pandemic" by David Canon
September 20, 2020 10:00 am - 11:15 am
The 2020 election is one of the most important in a generation, but serious questions have been raised about how voting will occur during a pandemic. What are the real and imagined problems? What is the best way to make sure your vote counts? Prof. David Canon of the Political Science Department at UW-Madison will discuss these and other related questions in his talk, “Voting During a Pandemic.” This relates to our 5th Principle, the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Sponsored by Badger Talks.
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September 20, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Everyone is welcomed to Prairie's Singalong every Sunday night at 7 to 8:30 pm. We use the Rise Up Singing songbook. Let Patty Stockdale (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. Invite your friends!
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Currently On Hiatus
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 Book Club (Sundays)
Members of this group read a different book each month, then meet to have lunch together and discuss the book. Meetings are at 11:30 or 11:45 am on a Sunday, usually in the Prairie Annex.
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.