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This Sunday, February 19, 2023

"Loving Me Is Loving You"

with Deb Myrbo

Kindness and care towards ourselves are aspects of love that often get pushed aside in all the busy-ness of caring for others. This morning, we’ll consider how self-care and self-compassion are foundational in order to extend our love to the world. Link to service webpage

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The Share the Plate for Sunday February 19th and Sunday February 26th is Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development. By lifting up Black voices and experiences with a focus on education, restoration, community empowerment and economic development, Nehemiah seeks to interrupt cycles of poverty, racism and discrimination. Programming areas include: youth empowerment and leadership development, community leadership & capacity building, justified anger, and reentry services.

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Our February Theme: The Path of Love

Our February theme invites us to explore the many ways love shows up in our lives, and how we show up in its name. In this space, you’ll find a new invitation into reflection on our monthly theme every week.

Check-in question: What might happen if you were to ask, “What would love do here?”

We have not come into this exquisite world

To hold ourselves hostage from love.

Run my dear,

From anything

That may not strengthen

Your precious, budding wings.

-- Hafiz

What's Happening in Our Congregation

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Minister's Musings

I really enjoyed getting to put together a service about the changes to Article II of our UUA Bylaws this past Sunday!  If you’d like to read the report, or look at the older statements of faith and the timeline for the adoption process for the Article II revisions, please follow this link to the description of this service.

Minister's Availability

Religious Education and Family Ministry

This week, our children and youth will have classes with Genevieve and Jocie after the time for all ages.

First Unitarian is having a spaghetti dinner to fundraise for Starlings women's youth volleyball team on February 18th. First Unitarian Society is also starting a group for parents of trans and nonbinary youth and would like to extend an invitation. See website for details.

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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.

This week’s shared music:

  • These Hands, This Heart” by Heather Pierson
  • Hymn #1008 “When Our Heart Is In A Holy Place”
  • Hymn #1031 “Filled with Loving Kindness
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Small Group Ministries

Offering and Receiving Connection, Support, and Spiritual Practice

View Small Group Ministries Descriptions  
  • Octavia’s Parables Reflection Group Sundays at 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Me and White Supremacy Book Discussion Sundays at 1pm on Zoom
  • Journaling Group next meets Monday, 2/27/22 at 7:00 - contact Jean Skinner
  • Meditation With Friends Group Wednesdays at 6:30-7:00 (Beginners Welcome)
  • Sacred Breath Choir - Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Meditation Zoom Link - Wednesday 6:30

Announcements & Upcoming Events

Welcome Office Manager Jenna Coston!

Hello, everyone! 

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting some of you while sitting in on the Sunday Worship. In the coming weeks, I hope to meet as many of you as possible and that the James Reeb Congregation is able to make use of my in-person office hours. 

I’m very excited to be joining you and thank you for the warm reception so far!



Jenna will be in the office

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3:00-6:00 pm

Read more about Jenna here

Share the Plate Nominations Needed!

Each week this congregation gives half of all offerings collected in our plate to local organizations

whose work furthers our mission.

Do you know of an organization you'd like us to give to? Please nominate them!

Guidelines for Nominees

Click here to go to our nomination form

Two Important Conversations on Sunday, February 26

11:30 am: Let’s talk about the Article II Revisions! 

Rev. Karen will host an open multiplatform conversation about the new values and inspirations. If you attend worship in person, just come back to the sanctuary after a brief social time. If you attend virtually, stay on the Zoom meeting and you’ll be brought back to the sanctuary when the conversation begins.

4:30 pm: First “Building Our Racial Awareness” Congregational Discussion

This conversation is hosted by the 8th Principle Project Team, and will be on Zoom. Participants will be 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.

Board Listening Sessions - Save the Date!

Virtual: Wednesday March 1 at 7:30 pm

In- person: Sunday March 5 after service, 11:30 am

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.

View JRUUC Events & Activities Calendar
More Ways to Be of Service Within Our Congregation

What's Happening in Our Community

See our Justice and Community Update page for activities & events

Remember Primary Elections are on Tuesday! Go to myvote.wi to learn how to vote!

MOSES is seeking an organizer and working on dyslexia education - Criminal Justice Reform

Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign

Madison’s Mutual Aid Network – Timebanking Basics, and “Tough Talks” – February 21

Sustainable Saturday Night Final Potluck – February 25 

What's Happening In Unitarian Universalism

New Purposes and Principles Drafted!

The Article II Study Commission has completed its two year study, and created a new draft of our Purposes and Principles! The Report to the UUA Board of Trustees from the Article II Study Commission (PDF) summarizes the revision process and contains the Study Commission's recommended revisions to Article II. Read here to see what happens next!

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.

More UUA Updates

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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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