Spotlight on the WNPJ member group First Unitarian Society - Madison

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE. We are a community of doubters, believers, thinkers, and seekers. We celebrate and embrace the diversity of the human experience, whether it’s in ideas, beliefs, ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, abilities, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation. All who are searching with an open mind, a loving heart and generous spirit are welcome here. If you’re looking for a community of fellow travelers to accompany you on your spiritual and ethical journey, First Unitarian Society is a place for you

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We look forward to meeting you!

Upcoming FUS Social Justice Opportunities:
 
Sustainability Ministry Team meets on the second Monday of the month at 7 pm. Contact Liz Hachten - lizhachten@gmail.com, for more information.
MOSES Ministry Team (criminal justice reform) meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 4 pm. Contact Kathy Luker, kathy.luker@gmail.com, for more information.
 
Racial Justice Ministry Team meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm. Contact Tim Cordon, 608-630-3633 for more information.
 
Quarterly Social Justice Round Table--All are welcome--an opportunity to share and learn about justice work connected to FUS. Alternates between evening and morning meetings each quarter on the following Wednesdays:
Feb. 2 at 7 pm, May 4 at 8 am, Aug. 3 at 7 pm. Zoom information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5166455611  Any Phone: 1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 516 645 5611
 
For more information, call Social Justice Coordinator, Tim Cordon at 608-630-3633.
 
First Unitarian Society
Address: 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI 53705
Phone: 608-233-9774
E-Mail: info@fusmadison.org
Website: www.fusmadison.org
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FUS Sustainability Team Update:
 
A small group of dedicated members constitutes the Sustainability Team. Co-chairs are Nancy Vedder-Shults and Janice Knapp-Cordes.
 
We have three committees:  Array It Forward, Green Sanctuary, and Transportation.
 
Array It Forward, chaired by Nancy Vedder-Shults and Mark Shults, solicits donations to put solar panels on the roofs of non-profits and faith institutions. They have an excellent arrangement with Renew Wisconsin. Donations of any amount at any time can be made at RenewWisconsin.org/SolarforGoodDonation, and put Array It Forward in the memo line.
 
Green Sanctuary is chaired by Liz Hachten.
 
Transportation is chaired by Janice Knapp-Cordes.
 
 
Sustainability Book Group
 
The Sustainability Book Group formed two years ago and we have been reading books about climate change. Anyone is welcome to join us. We meet on Tuesday evenings every two weeks. Send an email to janice.knappcordes@gmail.com if you would like to join. Here are the next five books we're going to read:
 
1.  The New Climate War by Michael E. Mann
2.  Peyakow by Darrell McLeod
3.  Under the Sky We Make by Kimberly Nicholas
4.  The Green Boat by Mary Pipher
5.  The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
 
The FUS Sustainability Team is co-sponsoring the Sierra Club's Environmental Justice Event Series
 
The Wisconsin Sierra Club has organized an Environmental Justice Event Series for this fall. Questions about the event series can be directed to Cassie at cassandra.steiner@sierraclub.org. 
 
Remaining events in this series:
Thursday, December 9, at 7 pm.  Indigenous Resistance to Mining in Wisconsin: Panel discussion
Thursday, January 6, at 6 pm. Environmental Justice in Sierra Club: Panel discussion with Sierra Club leaders.
You can learn more about the events here.
 
FUS Housing Advocacy Team Update: 
 
Note: There will be no meeting for December for this team. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 12, at 2 pm via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5166455611
Any Phone: 1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 516 645 5611
 
Please contribute to our holiday service outreach offerings which will be given in their entirety to our Eviction Prevention Fund. Watch for HAT Team Member, Gail Bliss's article about this fund in the December issue of The Madison Unitarian.
 
Helping with Meals for Healing House:
Another congregation signed up for November 21-27, but their volunteer coordinator has a family emergency, so they have asked us to help. If we cannot fill these spots, we will share the openings with the other congregation, but if any of you would like to donate a meal next week, here is your chance! Sign up HERE.
 
Other opportunities to give to those in need:
 
The Holiday Giving Tree Sponsorship for Families with The Road Home is upon us. This year, The Road Home is asking for gift cards and gift baskets.  Our congregation is sponsoring three families this year. Sign up HERE to help. All gifts are due by Friday, December 10, and can be mailed or dropped off directly to The Road Home (890 W. Wingra Dr. Madison- 53715). If you would like to contribute less than $50 or if you would like help with getting your gift to The Road Home, write to Sara and Kayo at theroadhome@fusmadison.org.
 
Between now and December 10, First Unitarian Society will serve as a drop-off site for gently used sleeping bags, tents, warm flannel or wool shirts, sweaters, fleeces, and heavy pants that can be used by all those who are homeless and living outdoors. Warm men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing are all needed, especially in the larger sizes.  These can be dropped off anytime in the labeled bins in the Landmark Entrance foyer. Questions or for more information call Tim at 608-630-3633.
 
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For more information, call Social Justice Coordinator, Tim Cordon at 608-630-3633.
 
First Unitarian Society
Address: 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI 53705
Phone: 608-233-9774
E-Mail: info@fusmadison.org
Website: www.fusmadison.org