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This Sunday, April 9, 2023

"Rebirth, Resurrection, Resistance"

with Rev. Karen Armina

Spring is a time of awakening, and of celebrating our ability to do so. This Easter morning, we’ll explore the many awakenings happening within, between, and around us. Link to service webpage

Rev. Karen shared wisdom and inspiration from Trisha Hersey and adrienne maree brown during the April 2 service. Please visit our worship archive page for links to continue your exploration of their work on rest and pleasure as resistance.

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The Share-the-Plate recipient for April 2 and 9 is Urban Triage. With the help of member Ed Kuharski, they are transforming the Madison Youth Hostel into the Inspired House, which will provide housing for young adults, especially those with children, who are experiencing homelessness. 

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Our April Theme: The Path of Resistance

Our April theme invites us to notice and act on the disparities between society’s messages and what we know to be true. In this space, you’ll find a new invitation into reflection on our monthly theme every week.

Check-in question:  In today’s world, what do you feel called to resist?

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.

-- Albert Camus

What's Happening in Our Congregation

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Minister's Musings

What do you know to be true? How does what you know square with the daily messaging you consume?

These questions are what come to mind for me when I think about this month’s theme, “the path of resistance.” You see…

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Minister's Availability
Virtual Office Hours Zoom Link - Tuesday 5-6 pm

Religious Education and Family Ministry

Easter will be a multigenerational service with children and youth joining everyone in the sanctuary. At the busy hands table we will be transforming our snow pile from last week into a beautiful spring flower garden. Following the service there will be an Easter Egg hunt around the building, please meet Genevieve in the lobby for more instructions.

Eggs are filled with a variety of candy and toys, but any candy can be exchanged with Genevieve for extra prizes. Youth participating in Coming of Age will leave the service during the offertory to hide eggs for our younger children and youth, followed by a regular meeting with Genevieve in the youth room, please expect to stay slightly longer (12:15-12:30) to accommodate the Easter Egg hunt.

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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.

The song of the month for April is “The Tide Is Rising” by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman and Yotam Schachter. Check it out here and get ready to sing it on Sunday!

This Sunday's shared music:

“The Tide is Rising” by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman and Yotam Schachter

Hymn #61 “Lo, the Earth Awakes Again”

Hymn #6 “Just as Long as I Have Breath”

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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 6:45 - 8:15 pm

Journaling Group next meets Monday April 10 at 7:00 pm - contact Jean Skinner

Building Our Racial Awareness Open Discussions - 4th Sundays at 4:00 - 6:00 pm, next meets April 23

Announcements & Upcoming Events

Spring Cleaning? Reeb Rummage & Book Sale April 15

Were you inspired by Rev. Monica’s talk about The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning? If you are ready to part with your treasures now and let someone else enjoy them, you can donate them to Reeb’s upcoming sale! We’ll take (almost) anything but clothing. You can drop off donations on Sunday mornings or the evening of Friday April 14.

We need help organizing the treasures on Friday night and staff the sale on Saturday! Go here to sign up

Save the date!  Earth Day Potluck and Games Night, Saturday April 22

Bring your friends and family for an Earth Day celebration of the end of 10 years of Sustainable Saturday Nights combined with a potluck and JRUUC games night.  Community potluck at 6:00 pm, SSN celebration at 6:45, and games and cake at 7:15.  All ages welcome.  Bring a potluck dish and some games to share.

Caring Tree News

Marla McFadden has joined as temporary Coordinator of the Caring Tree.  Welcome back Marla. We are looking for someone to be a long term Coordinator beginning in June (there are two Coordinators, so you won’t be working alone!).  This is a great way to strengthen your ties to the JRUUC community and get to know Reeb friends and members better.  We meet once a month and the amount of support requested varies from month to month.  Please contact the Caring Tree if you are interested in being a Coordinator or have questions about this opportunity.

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

Thank you for your contributions!

The sharing portion of our project has come to a close, but we’ll leave it on the wall as inspiration as we explore our April theme, the Path of Resistance. You can see the finished project here.

Staffing Update

We’ve hired an Office Administrator! Her name is Madeline Reyes, and you’ll find an introduction from her in next week’s email. And we’ve had some applicants for the Music Director position, and the Search Team will be conducting interviews over the next couple of weeks! We’ll continue the Music Director search until we’ve hired someone, so please continue to share the Music Director job description with your networks. Applicants are asked to send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

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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More Ways to Be of Service Within Our Congregation

What's Happening in Our Community

MOSES Action Day - April 27 9:00-3:00

Every spring, MOSES members, joined by many other affiliates of WISDOM from around the state, visit the Wisconsin legislature. Registration is $25 and includes a free lunch, entertainment by the Raging Grannies and a chance to join in group visits to legislators. Every live body helps make an impact! (WISDOM is the umbrella under which MOSES and its sibling city groups function.)

Register here ($25).

See our Justice and Community Update page for more information on these and other events

Building Our Racial Awareness Open Discussions – 4th Sunday of each month

Share the Plate Nominations Needed!

MOSES Updates

Farmer’s Market Outreach Table

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.

More UUA Updates

Click the banner to learn what you can do to promote social justice along with our national organization.

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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