In the early Sunday morning hours a week ago a gunman with a history of pathology and violence entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and proceeded to kill and injure 100 patrons. The worst mass killing by a native-born American in modern U.S. history shocked the entire nation.
The tragedy was, of course, immediately politicized, adding fuel to the fires of Islamophobia. Ironically, one of the trauma surgeons who treated the wounded was, like the perpetrator, a Muslim. On Sunday, as we continue to grieve the lost lives of our LGBTQ and Latino brothers and sisters, we'll explore the subject of cynicism and how events like these help to create a deeply cynical and resigned culture.
On a more upbeat note, the talented Kat Trio will be providing our musical offerings, with a special mini-recital between services.
Sunday, June 19
"The Temptation of Cynicism"
Michael A. Schuler,
It's getting easier and easier to feel discouraged about the state of the world, but that doesn't mean that we have to adopt a hopeless and helpless posture. A cynic is someone who is not only dubious about possibilities for improvement, but is pretty well convinced that the forces of evil & ignorance will prevail. Cynicism is an attitude to which intelligent, well-informed people are particularly prone. But is there an antidote?
Our guest musicians, the Kat Trio, will play music for violin, clarinet and piano and will perform a 20 minute mini-recital during coffee hour between the services.
Sunday, June 26
"What has the Sun Ever Done for Us?"
Roz Woodward and Linda Warren
Unless we are space explorers or astronomers, our view of the sun and moon as hot gas and dusty, dead rock might seem to be impoverished. Summer and Winter Solstice was a time when traditional cultures contemplated the symbolic meaning and celebrated the importance of fluctuating light in people's lives. Join Roz Woodward and Linda Warren as they honor the Summer Solstice in Unitarian Universalist style.
The Solstice Harp Ensemble will play music arranged by Assistant Music Director Linda Warren.
Weekly Annual Campaign Update
Though summer is officially just around the corner, our annual campaign continues. As of June 15th we're very close to being within $100,000 of our 1.2 million dollar goal.
We hope that the 160 member and affiliate families who've yet to pledge will help us raise a remaining $105,833 to support our beloved community. Please connect with Tracy Grade or
click here to pledge online
Weekly Staff Tidbit:
Who's the rubber-chicken juggler in our midst, who's also well equipped to juggle multiple scheduling requests? 'Tis Mark Renner of course! What would we do without him and his shenanigans?
Can you guess which awe-inspiring staff member participated in Madison's first Dragonboat fest, as a team captain of the 3rd place novice team? Send your guesses to
Alianza Latina and UNIDOS Orlando Vigil
Alianza Latina and UNIDOS invite all of you to participate at the Vigil in Memory of the Orlando Victims on Saturday, June 18th from 2-4 p.m. Gathering will be at New UNIDOS location at 2875 Fish Hatchery Rd. United for Orlando, homophobia destroys lives.
Summer Fun This Week!
This weekend children will learn about different types of habitats. We'll hear the story The Salamander Room and we'll also make natural and recycled bird feeders. Sign up with Jamie in the Atrium building entrance before each service.
FUS is a proud sponsor of Mad City Vegan Fest, June 18 - this year at the Alliant Energy Center! See separate listing for Juneteenth below, (it's a festival hopping day!) and find UUs at both events all day. Details at
Come by Juneteenth before or after Vegan Fest this Saturday, June 18, in Penn Park and celebrate the accomplishments that African Americans have made to move this nation and community forward. A longtime tradition in Madison, this community celebration in Penn Park includes food, heritage entertainment and music. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Fountain of Life Church and the festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. Check out more about the festival here.
Peace and Justice Book Group
The Peace and Justice book group will begin meeting again on Monday, June 27, (fourth Monday of the month) in Courtyard C at 7 p.m. The group will be discussing Little Princes: One Man's Promise To Bring Home The Lost Children Of Nepal by Conor Grennan. If you have questions contact Mary Madigan at 608-298-7557 or by email.
The Spiritual Topics Book Group
The Spiritual Topics book group will hold its June meeting in the Gaebler Living Room on Tuesday evening, June 28, at 7 p.m. The group will discuss Thomas Merton's autobiography: The Seven Storey Mountain. For additional information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068.
New Chalice Group Forming
Interested in Paganism, Mysticism, and Mythology? Then this Chalice Group is for you! Chalice Groups are a great way to meet more people in a small group setting and make deep and lasting connections here at FUS. Join Sarah Best on the last Wednesday of the month to discuss readings centered on the themes of Paganism, Mysticism, and Mythology. The first group will be June 29. Contact Sarah for more information.
Spiritual Practice Groups
Drop into one of FUS's Spiritual Practice Groups this summer - free and open to all! Daily schedules are posted at the entrances for room locations.
- Insight Buddhist Meditation meets Sundays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. throughout the year in the Landmark Auditorium. An introductory session is offered the second Sunday of each month.
- Centering Prayer meets Tuesdays from 4:45-5:30 p.m. Email Kim Stege or call 244-5875.
- Mindfulness Meditation meets Tuesdays from 5:45-6:45pm. Email Claire Box or call 334-5279.
(Wednesday noon Japanese Crane Meditation group is on hiatus for the summer.)
Calling All Artists!
We are now accepting applications for our next Art in the Wright Place fundraiser. This year the event will last two days and will be held on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6. For more information and to apply, visit our website.
Teachers Needed - Join the Fun!
Our Children's Religious Education classes are fun for adults as well as kids! Get in on the fun by joining one of our many teams of teachers. Most teams have four teachers, with two in the classroom each week. Teachers are still needed for all services and ages. Our three greatest needs right now are for pre-schoolers on Saturdays, 2nd/3rd graders on Sundays at 9 a.m., and 6th/7th graders on Sunday at 11 a.m. Connect with Leslie Ross to discuss the best fit for you.
Health Issues Support Group
The Health Issues Support Group meets every fourth Wednesday from 12 to 1:30pm in the Library. Come this week, Wednesday the 22nd, to discuss any chronic health issues, pain, and health concerns. Psychologist Susanne Flower will facilitate. We'll also discuss a Covenant and time for future meetings. Contact Tom Heine, lay minister, with any questions.
New Chalice Group Forming
Ethics, Equity, and Everyday Life: A chalice group that meets every other Sunday from 5-7 p.m. to explore how our daily decisions about spending energy, time, and money can better align with our values. We rotate topics and facilitators, and discuss big-picture ideas as well as examples from our own lives. Contact Mel if interested.
Funky Town Dance Party!
On July 16th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. we're gonna put on our boogie shoes and jam to the groovy hits of the 60's, 70's, 80's, and beyond. All ages and all people are welcome and celebrated. We'll have refreshments, costumes to borrow, a photo booth and much, much more! Come as you are and show off all your beautiful colors. Suggested donations of $5/individual and $20/family will be collected at the door. All proceeds will benefit FUS.