Activities

We have a variety of activities for Prairie members and friends. 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.

Circle Dinners

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@uuprairie.org.

First Friday Game Night

Game Night is usually at the Meeting House on the first Friday of each month, but is currently on hiatus during renovations.

The Humanist Union

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.

Interweave

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@gmail.com

Porchlight

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.  This page will be updated if the situation changes. Any questions may be directed to Paula Pachciarz.

Prairie Book Club 

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

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 a service, please contact the choir director, Barbara Park.

Prairie Ukulele Group

This musical group is on hiatus for the summer but usually meets weekly. Contact Jane Richards for more information.

Prairie Unitarian Universalist Parents (PUUPs)

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.

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.

Women of Wonder (WOW) a.k.a. Prairie Women’s Group

The Prairie Women’s Group meets once a month, on the first Saturday, for a breakfast potluck and conversation. Sometimes we have a theme or a “show and tell,” but most often spend the time together checking in and supporting each other. We gather starting at 9 am, usually sit down to eat by about 9:30, and are done by 11:30. All women are welcome – members, friends, and visitors. For more information, contact Kate Liu, 608-219-2370.

  • Program Committee
    Thursday, 13 August 2020  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Sing Along
    Sunday, 16 August 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    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 singing with no judgements!  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!

    Join by computer here!
    Join by phone: 1(312) 626-6799 Meeting ID: 853 5533 4298

  • Creativity and Connection (online)
    Saturday, 22 August 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    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.

    August's project will be "Found Poetry"  You'll want to have old newspapers or magazines, book pages with writing (only books that you don't mind marking or cutting up), and/or a print out of a poem or passage. You'll also need paper, scissors, glue or tape, and drawing tools.  All are welcome, but the projects are best for ages 8 and up.  I hope to see you there.    Click here to join!
        Join by phone: 1 (312) 626-6799  Meeting ID: 856 8391 9229

  • Sing Along
    Sunday, 23 August 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    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 singing with no judgements!  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!

    Join by computer here!
    Join by phone: 1(312) 626-6799 Meeting ID: 853 5533 4298

  • Sing Along
    Sunday, 30 August 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    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 singing with no judgements!  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!

    Join by computer here!
    Join by phone: 1(312) 626-6799 Meeting ID: 853 5533 4298