11/16/22 – Reeb News Summary

This Sunday 11/20/22 –

  • When I Change, the World Changes with Rev. Karen and the 8th Principle Project Team: Jeanette Clawson, Erik Gunn, Randy Coloni, and Eva Wingren – Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism have organized to add an 8th Principle to the existing seven: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”  This morning, we’ll learn a little bit about why that’s needed, and why our congregation has formed a Team to explore adopting the 8th Principle as a congregation.  Members of the 8th Principle Project Team will share why they chose to do this work, and help us start asking ourselves some important questions.
  • Children & Youth: Much gratitude to Jocie Luglio and Elliott Flowers for leading our all-ages class last Sunday, and to Jean Skinner for offering the Time for All Ages and sitting at the table in the Busy Hands corner!  We haven’t been able to organize “Mighty Meals” for this Sunday, and that program will begin next month.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2022

This interfaith event will be held at Temple Beth El (2702 Arbor Dr) on Sunday, November 20, starting with a tabling hour at 6:00 pm and a vigil and service at 7:00-8:00 pm. The Outreach Committee for this annual event invites you to be a partner and sponsor with us as we gather together across traditions in solidarity with our trans siblings who were before us and are with us now…READ MORE HERE 

From Heather Yonker, Music Director:

I bring you bittersweet news of change.  I have accepted a new position and will be parting from JRUUC.  Words cannot express my gratitude and respect for you all, nor how much I will miss you.  We have made music wholly and holy, joyous and mournful, within and without, ministering the hearts of the congregation and each other.  We have bonded and sustained, and it makes my heart glad to know that you will continue together down new paths. Click for more about music at Reeb…

Meet Zoe Sullivan!

Zoe is our new office assistant, and she’ll work in this position through December.  She works remotely on Mondays and Wednesdays, and is in the office on Fridays from noon to 3:00.  We’re glad to have her on our staff team!

Zoe is a Madison native and a freelance journalist and audio producer. Before turning to journalism, Zoe did community organizing and ran a community development program in New York City’s most diverse neighborhood. She has worked for a number of national and international outlets, and holds a master’s degree in Power, Participation and Social Change from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. 

The Garden of Delights was Fruitful and Fun!

We raised over $8,300 and had 70 in-person participants enjoy a variety of wonderful food, entertainment and socializing. And of course, in-person and remote participants bid generously on over 133 auction items.

This was all possible because so many Reeb community members stepped up and donated their time and talent and auction items. We had over 35 people help with providing food, decorating, entertainment, childcare, auctioning, announcements and articles, AV, setup and clean up.  

We still have items at Reeb that need to be picked up, sold and unsold. Check the spreadsheet that went out today with an email to see who bought what. 

And please check your auction account to see if you have a balance due. You are encouraged to pay with a credit card, but you may also pay with a check. Make it out to JRUUC and put Reeb Rave in the memo line. Mail it to JRUUC, 2146 E Johnson St, Madison, WI 53704.

Thank you so much, it’s been a pleasure to work with so many people on this project again.

Tom McClintock 

JRUUC Is Hiring

We’re accepting applications for these part-time positions. Please share with your networks!

  • Director of Religious Education
  • Office Administrator
  • Cleaner  

Click here for job descriptions and to learn more…

Covid Task Force Wants Your Feedback

The Covid Task Force (CTF) is still meeting monthly to discuss JRUUC Covid-19 protocols.  The current members of this task force are: Jocie Luglio, Mary Pitassi, Eric Gunn, with board representation from Deb Myrbo and support from Rev. Karen.  We are currently operating under CTF’s strategic plan version 4 which was approved by the Board of Trustees on 9/3/2022.  The task force would appreciate ongoing feedback about our operations as it pertains to covid.  

What do you appreciate about the current plan?  

What would you like to see change in the next version?  

What questions do you have?  

Please feel free to reach out to anyone on the CTF individually via email or phone, or join our meetings on the 4th Tuesday of every month via zoom between 6:15-7pm, just ask a CTF member for the link.  Stay Safe everyone!   – Jocie Luglio

Looking For People To Be Buddies With New Members

We would like to match new members each with an existing member. The ‘buddies’ would act as a contact person and personal connection for the new members. The buddy would be expected to reach out to their new buddy on a regular basis, perhaps monthly at first. If you are interested in being a buddy, please contact Kelly Kearns

Share Your Feedback on the New Draft of UUA Bylaws Article II (Revisioning the Purposes and Principles)

In the UUA – The Article II Study Commission is excited to share a full draft of Article II for feedback. The Study Commission’s outreach team will be hosting Zoom feedback sessions beginning this weekend, along with gathering feedback through an online Google form for individual comments.  Click here to read about the process and to register for Zoom feedback sessions. READ MORE HERE

Small Group Ministry – See your weekly newsletter for Zoom links

  • Wednesday – Meditation Group 6:30-7 on zoom
  • Thursday – Sacred Breath Choir 7:00 in person with virtual option
  • Sunday – Octavia’s Parables Discussion Group 1-2 (on zoom) new time starts this week
  • Monday – Journaling Group – every other Monday, 7-8 on zoom or in person. Next meeting is 11/21

Click here for group descriptions

Minister’s AvailabilityRev. Karen is attending Prairie Group, a ministers’ study group, this week – no office hours on Friday.  She is checking email in the mornings only, and can be reached by phone or text for pastoral emergencies.  Meet with Karen Tuesdays & Fridays & by appointment.

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Snow Lottery (Removal) Sign-up

Social Justice Update – click for details

  • UU the Vote – Local action and WUUSAN
  • MOSES (Criminal Justice Reform) Orientation 11/12/22
  • JRUUC Works for Justice! – Signup for emails and zoom links – next meeting is in November

Music and Choir Update – click for details

  • Transition news from Heather Yonker, Music Director
  • This week – Click for links to videos of this week’s shared music
  • Regular Sacred Breath choir rehearsals are Thursdays at 7 – new folks are welcome, email Heather if it is your first time coming

Religious Education and Family Ministry Update – click for details and our monthly schedule

There are several RE and family ministry related tasks that could use your energy as we transition to a new DRE. Please email Rev. Karen if you’re interested in helping with any of these:

  • Helping to plan and co-lead our Coming of Age program with Elliott
  • Leading the class for our younger children after worship on the first Sundays
  • Sitting at the table in the Busy Hands Corner during worship
  • Offering the Time for All Ages during worship

Thank you!

Membership Gatherings – click for details


Our November theme invites us to be intentional and aware of all the ways change happens within, between, and around us.  In this space, you’ll find a new invitation into reflection on our monthly theme every week.
Our November Theme: The Path of Change
Check-in question: Sure, “they” need to change. But how might you changing something about yourself enable that?
There is something dying in our society, in our culture, and there’s something dying in us individually. And what is dying, I think, is the willingness to be in denial. 
Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams

From Rev. Karen – I’m attending a ministers’ study group that has been meeting since 1951, to, as they say in their published history, “preserve the heritage of the scholarly ministry and nurture the life of the mind among Unitarian clergy serving on the sometimes isolating stretches of the Midwest prairie.”  Our topic is “Theologies of Climate Resistance,” and the conversation so far is rich and engaging.  And it’s rejuvenating to be in conversation and collegiality.  I’ll share more about it next week!

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