THE WEEK AHEAD
Sunday, 3/31, 10am – "Truth-Telling: A Work in Progress" – Rev. Dean Staffanson
Thursday, April 4, 6:30pm – "Cakes" UU Women's Study Group – Conference Room
Saturday, April 6, 4pm – UU Movie Night: Surviving the Dust Bowl
THE MONTH AHEAD
Sunday, April 7, 10am "Freedom from Religion" – Sam Grover
Sunday, April 14, 10am " Passover as a Community Organizing Strategy" – Rev. Krista Taves
Monday, April 15, 5:30pm – Real Talk Real Time – JavaVino
Tuesday, April 16, 6:30pm – Uncapped Conversations – JavaVino
Thursday, April 18, 6pm – Pathways to UU 2 – Conference Room
Sunday, April 21, 10am "A Defiant Easter" – Rev. Krista Taves
Reflection on this month’s theme of truth-telling has led me to this question: What did I forget to tell my adult children? This has to do with anxiety I have for them and their future—but also for their outlook on the future. Is there reason for hope? My answer comes in part from Steven Pinker’s book: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

Rev. Dean Staffanson has served terminally ill patients and families for fourteen years as a hospice chaplain for the Gundersen Health System. He is an ordained Unitarian Universalist community minister and received his Master of Divinity from the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. Dean is a member of this fellowship and is grateful for the fellowship’s endorsement of his community ministry.
Special Collection
Essential Health Clinic (EHC ) has been chosen for the UU March Special Collection. EHC serves all people regardless of age, sex, income, marital status, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity. This Clinic provides women's cancer screening/referrals, birth control, screening/treatment for STDs, and guidance about family planning. It touches thousands of people through its clinic, outreach educational programs and web site. Client charges for services and contraceptive supplies are generally based on income and family size. No one is refused services because of an inability to pay. EHC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  To help by providing needed financial support to this vital effort, you may place cash in the specially marked envelopes in the collection basket, or write a check to Essential Health Clinic.
Past Service Recordings
Past sermons are available for listening online via our SoundCloud page.
Visit the link below to catch up on Sunday Services from the UUF of La Crosse



Tech Task Force Needs Your Input

The Ad hoc Tech Task Force is charged with finding new Church Management Software (ChMS) for UU La Crosse. This new software will be cloud-based and used by leadership, staff, and congregants alike. We need your feedback to help find what program will work best for everyone - that includes YOU! See link to the survey and feel free to email Emmy officeadmin@uulacrosse.org with questions or to return the survey.

Sign Up for a Visioning Process Listening Session

Visioning Process Listening Sessions are right around the corner!  Share your hopes and dreams for the Fellowship. Choose a time and location that works for you, either at a Fellowship focus group or a potluck dinner in someone’s home. Your voice matters!
Look for sign-up sheets in the refreshment area after service for the next few weeks. Sessions are scheduled April 7th, 28th, and May 5th. If you would like to host a listening session potluck or have questions, contact Cindy Ericksen,  cindyericksen@gmail.com
In 1931 the rains stopped and the "black blizzards" began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains - the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the "Dust Bowl". This  American Experience  film presents the remarkable story of the determined people who clung to their homes and way of life, enduring drought, dust, disease - even death - for nearly a decade. Less well-known than those who sought refuge in California, typified by the Joad family in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, the Dust Bowlers who stayed overcame an almost unbelievable series of calamities and disasters.

Join us on Saturday, April 6, at 4 pm to see this film  Our April theme is salvation/wholeness, and we can ponder how natural or manmade disasters affect our feeling of wholeness. Great popcorn, your choice of seats and congenial company.
Looking for OWL Facilitators

UU La Crosse is bringing OWL back to our RE curriculum. If you have children in grades K-6 and are interested in having your child participate in the OWL program, please contact Tiffany Brubaker at tiffany.brubaker@gmail.com

What is OWL?
If you are not familiar with OWL, here is a brief synopsis from the UUA web site:
"Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. Our Whole Lives covers topics and skills that both parents and students want to have available but schools are less likely to cover."
UU La Crosse has previously offered classes for middle school and high school students and most recently partnered with the United Church of Christ in La Crosse.
UU Women's Study Course Starting April 4th

The classic UU women’s study course, “ Cakes for the Queen of Heaven , ” will be offered this April and May at UU La Crosse. Ingrid Iverson and Ellen Dodge Severson will lead the course from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, April 4 and 18, and May 2, 16 and 30. To join, sign up on the sheet in the Fellowship coffee area or RSVP to Ingrid at  iiverson@uwlax.edu  or Ellen at  EllenQofSheba@gmail.com

The Cakes course explores women’s religious history and some of the issues that arise in being female in a patriarchal society. The course introduces women to ancient goddesses from around the world as well as historical information from various cultures.
New Member Recognition During Service April 14

We will formally welcome all who have become members of the congregation in the last year during the service. If you are considering membership, please be in touch with
Member Services Chair Kathy Schnitzius schnitz96@aol.com
Membership Development Co-Coordinators Donna Bauer & Jennifer Miller jen@uulacrosse.org

What does it mean to become a member of a Unitarian Universalist Congregation?
Our congregations are free associations of people who have joined because they experience the congregation as their spiritual home. We share a commitment to living our 7 principles as best we can. ( https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles ) As members we commit to serve the congregation with our time and our gifts. We journey together as a covenantal community of the spirit, helping each other and serving our community. 
Real Talk Real Time
Monday, April 15th, 5:30pm
JavaVino - Private Room

Join us for Real Talk, Real Time, where we talk about the real things in life. There's time to order food and drinks at 5:30 with discussion to start around 5:45-6pm. Young adults are welcome to attend and engage in self-exploration through guided discussion. The theme for April is “Wholeness” 
RSVP to Giorgia at  youngadult@uulacrosse.org
See the  UU Fellowship of La Crosse Facebook page for more info.
Uncapped Conversations
Tuesday, April 16th, 6:30pm
JavaVino - Private Room

The evening’s theme is Finding Wholeness in a Broken World . These guided conversations are a time to reflect on our lives and tell our stories.  We gather at 6:30 p.m., place our orders, and the conversation starts around 6:45 p.m. Rev. Krista facilitates the conversation.
Pathways to UU 2
Thursday, April 18th, 6pm
Conference Room

Due to the popularity of Pathways 1, which is an introduction to Unitarian Universalist history and theology, Rev. Taves is offering a Part 2 which will focus on contemporary Unitarian Universalist theology.

RSVP to revkristataves@gmail.com to receive the reading materials.

Attendance at Pathways 1 not required to enjoy Pathways 2 – All are welcome!
Please join us as we do some spring cleaning at the UU La Crosse building inside and out. This includes front and side landscaping, indoor surplus “stuff” removal, some touch-up painting, and general spiffing up of the space. Please wear work clothes and bring gloves. If you plan to work outside then bring whatever gardening implements you want to use. Even if you can only participate for an hour or two that would be helpful, but we will for sure put you to work!. We will have cleaning supplies, trash bags, and a pickup truck for hauling. If someone could bring snacks that would be nice. All ages and abilities welcome.
 
If you have questions please contact David Boen davidboen@bellsouth.net
Shhhh..... UU La Crosse Silent Auction Coming May 5th

If you have any items, gift baskets, services, or anything else you can think of that you'd be willing to donate please let us know! We'd LOVE to add that item/service to the list of items up for auction. Questions? See Nicole, Meghan or Ingrid  iiverson@uwlax.edu
COMMUNITY EVENTS
UPCOMING SERVICES
Sunday, April 7, 10am – "Freedom from Religion" – Sam Grover

Civil Rights in the Age of Religious Refusal / Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Sam Grover will discuss how modern cries for "religious freedom" in the United States are being made not in defense of religious thought, but as an attack on the civil rights of marginalized groups, especially the LGBTQ community. This weaponization of "religious freedom" is a powerful political tool that is quickly gaining legitimacy under the guidance of the new Supreme Court. Come discuss how best to protect social progress in an age of regressive religious doublespeak.

Sam Grover is an atheist activist and attorney for the national Freedom From Religion Foundation. He has litigated multiple cases challenging government promotion of religion and the censorship of freethought, including an ongoing suit against the House of Representatives for discriminating against the nonreligious in its opening prayer practice, and a free speech case against Texas Governor Greg Abbott for censoring a freethought display in the Texas Capitol. Originally from Vermont, the least religious state in the country, Sam joined the freethought movement to combat the use of religious ideology as cover for regressive policies that deter social progress. Today Sam will talk about how the principle of religious freedom has been corrupted as a tool to discriminate against marginalized groups, historically against racial minorities and women, and presently against LGBTQ people.

Sunday, April 14, 10am – " Passover as a Community Organizing Strategy" – Rev. Krista Taves

As Christians begin Holy Week, Jews are preparing for Passover, which begins on Friday. The Passover Seder celebrates the journey of the Ancient Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. But it also offers much for those who strive for freedom today.

Sunday, April 21, 10am – "A Defiant Easter" – Rev. Krista Taves

In the 19th century, Unitarians and Universalists left behind the doctrine of original sin, which says that humans are born depraved, and the doctrine of atonement, which says that Jesus died for those sins. Without these doctrines, what is left of Easter? More than you can possibly imagine.
Caregiver is Here to Help!

The caregiver can offer support to those in need by sending a card, making an announcement during Joys and Concerns, and/or publicizing your status and needs via the weekly emails. Let us know the level of care you desire. You may reach the caregiver at caregiver@uulacrosse.org or leave a message at 608.796.9993 (attn: Caregiver)
Notes from the Office

Office Hours:
Emmy will be available for drop-ins or appointments Thursdays from 10am 1pm .
As usual, email Emmy at officeadmin@uulacrosse.org if you would like to meet outside of office hours or need assistance otherwise.

Deadlines for Newsletters & Announcements:

Weekly E-news: Giorgia at  brennan.giorgiauu@gmail.com  by 12pm Mondays

Monthly Newsletter: Janis at  jollyjanis22@gmail.com  by 23rd of the month

RE Information: Delena at delena@uulacrosse.org

Order of Service: Emmy at  officeadmin@uulacrosse.org  by 12pm Mondays

All other announcements: Emmy at  officeadmin@uulacrosse.org