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This Sunday, March 26, 2023

"For the Anxious and Hopeful"

with Rev. Karen Armina

There are many ways in which we humans are vulnerable, and we’ve been working on a collective sharing project all month as a way to practice voicing them. This morning, we’ll explore some specific vulnerabilities you shared, as well as some of the ways we might keep holding hope in the face of all there is to be anxious about. Link to service webpage

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The Share the Plate for March 19th and 26 is Centro HIspano. Centro Hispano is the leading nonprofit serving Latinx in Dane County WI. Since its beginnings in 1983, Centro Hispano has provided a range of programs that support Dane County’s Latinx population. Throughout the years, the needs of the Latinx population have changed, and today, our programs focus on youth, families and the community, serving over 2,500 families.

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Our March Theme: The Path of Vulnerability

Our March theme invites us to think about vulnerability in many different ways, from how choosing personal vulnerability might be a path toward a more open heart, to how climate change and societal systems make humans and other beings vulnerable. In this space, you’ll find a new invitation into reflection on our monthly theme every week.

Check-in question: What has life taught you about leaps of faith and leaping into the unknown?

It’s the backwards law in action: in order to become more resilient, more formidable, you must first bare your flaws and weaknesses for the world to see. In doing so, they lose their power over you. -- Mark Manson

What's Happening in Our Congregation

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Minister's Musings

Our March theme is “the path of vulnerability.” I think this is one of the most challenging themes we’ve worked with, and I look forward to digging into it with you. And. Because this theme might bring up a lot for you, I’m here to be with you. If you choose to engage with this theme, or just consider it, or if you’re unable to engage or even consider it, you are not alone…

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Minister's Availability

Religious Education and Family Ministry

This week: This week we will have a multigenerational service with everyone in the sanctuary. Youth participating in Coming of Age will meet with Genevieve after the service in the Youth Room from 11:15 to approximately 12:00 noon.

We are looking to plan programming for the upcoming Easter holiday! Anyone who would like to help plan, facilitate, or simply share past experience of Easter at Reeb is encouraged to email Genevieve at [email protected] or chat with her before the service at the busy hands table. Additionally the RE program is looking for old magazines. Donations can be placed in the RE office, the more pictures the better!

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Music Ministry

The Sacred Breath Choir gathers on Thursday evenings. Please send an email to [email protected] with any questions or thoughts you have about music ministry at JRUUC.

Every month, we learn a new song together that reflects the theme for that month. The song of the month for March is “Forget Your Perfect Offering,” based on the lyrics of “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen. Check it out here and get ready to sing it on Sunday!

Shared music this week:

  • Hymn #1021 “Lean On Me”
  • Hymn #205 “Amazing Grace”
  • “Forget Your Perfect Offering” based on the lyrics of Leonard Cohen
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Small Group Ministries

Offering and Receiving Connection, Support, and Spiritual Practice

View Small Group Ministries Descriptions  
  • Meditation With Friends - Wednesdays at 6:30-7:00 pm (Beginners Welcome)
  • Sacred Breath Choir - Thursdays at 7:00 pm
  • Journaling Group next meets Monday March 27 at 7:00 pm - contact Jean Skinner
  • The Octavia’s Parables Reflection Group has reached the end of the podcast, and so has ended. Watch this space for the next offering!

Announcements & Upcoming Events

JRUUC Community Sharing Project in Sanctuary: For the Anxious and Hopeful

Please contribute your responses by the end of Thursday, March 23! Inspired by the collective spirit of Tibetan prayer flags, artist Candy Chang and writer James A. Reeves created a participatory project at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City called “A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful.” You’re invited to co-create a similar project right here at JRUUC! Starting this Sunday, March 5, there will be cards with the prompts “I’m hopeful because” and “I’m anxious because” for you to fill in, and spaces on the west wall of the sanctuary for you to hang them. See our website for more information, including how to participate virtually!

Open Discussion: “Building Our Racial Awareness” 

This Sunday at 4:00-6:00 pm

This Zoom conversation is hosted by the 8th Principle Project Team. Participants are invited to bring news items related to racism in our local community to facilitate conversation and to sharpen our awareness of the inequities surrounding us here at home. See email for Zoom link.

Curious About Membership at Reeb? - April 1st Class is For You!

The Membership Team is having another Exploring Membership class! It will be held in the sanctuary on April 1, from 9:00-1:30. Inspired by each other, we will explore what we hold sacred, Unitarian Universalism, highlights of JRUUC and the expectations of membership. Participation in this class does not require that you join, just explore! If you are interested in attending this class, let Mary Wagner know or fill out the simple form here.

NEW Religious Education Offering for Adults: The Shared Pulpit

Erica Hewitt writes in her book The Shared Pulpit, “In our Unitarian Universalist tradition, we speak of shared ministry — the embodied belief that everyone, not just the ordained minister takes part in the ministry of the congregation.” Our tradition calls us to lift up all voices, and preaching, which Ralph Waldo Emerson described as “putting life through the fire of thought,” is a spiritual practice that is open to all.  

This spring, Rev. Karen will facilitate a program in which we’ll practice the art of writing and speaking authentically, using Erica Hewitt’s book as a guide. This isn’t just a course for people planning to preach – this program aims to deepen connection and trust among us. It contains advice, tools, and a process designed to equip you to be even more skilled, confident leaders (because anyone brave and curious enough to share their journey publicly with the congregation is, in fact, a leader). Along the way, you’ll discover your authentic voice by writing a sermon to deliver to the congregation.  

There will be eight 3-hour sessions, beginning in April. Please contact Rev. Karen if you’re interested - or just curious!

UU the Vote - Postcard Project Thanks 

Thank you to the many friends and members that helped write 400 postcards to WI voters before the April 4th election! Our task is completed. Next time, we will be sure to ask for more! - Megan Barry-Luglio

JRUUC is Hiring!

We’re in search for an Office Administrator and a Music Director. Applicants are asked to send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Please share the job descriptions with your networks!  

Office Administrator job description

Music Director job description

Join Your Worship and Music Team!

We are continually looking for people to serve as Worship Associates and Tech Wizards. We’ve simplified zoom hosting and it is now done in the sanctuary, along with audio-visual work! Please email Rev. Karen with your interest or questions.

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What's Happening in Our Community

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What's Happening In Unitarian Universalism

General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. This is a great year to go, especially for first-timers! There will be exciting work done on the process of revising Article II of our Bylaws, worship is always wonderful, and it’s an amazing experience to be surrounded by thousands of UUs. Early bird registration ends on February 28, and there are many opportunities for financial support. Follow these links for general information, volunteer opportunities, other financial support, registration, and housing reservations.

The General Assembly and Conference Services Team leads the initiative to ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) are woven throughout, from planning to fruition. You’re invited to watch this video about historical trauma and transformative healing, which is informing our work.

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2022 Actions of Immediate Witness

 Abortion, Anti-Racism, Reparations, Restorative Justice, Medicare

Click the banner to learn how you can get involved in getting out the vote. 

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