E-News Summary 8/11/21

What’s New or Coming Up?

Justice CALL TO ACTION – The Justice Leadership Team encourages members to work for justice in our community and country. Here are actions you can take this week.
Aug. 8-15 Black Restaurant Week! Find the list of restaurants here.
Email Your Senator this week to oppose anti-equity, anti-racial justice bills SB 411, AB 414, AND SB 463
Sometime This Week Donate here to help Freedom Inc and Madison Tenant Power raise funds for housing and security deposits.
Monday, Aug. 16, 6:30pm From WISDOM: Taking a Faithful Stance for Equity.  A training in local civic engagement. Register here.

Religious Education Opportunities – Because the church, in itself, is a family made of a collection of families. It is truly the hub of the interconnected web! Planning for fall is underway. Are you interested in teaching or interacting with our young people? Let us know. Email Mandy at re@jruuc.org

Music News from Heather

What is “UU” music like? Do you envision changes? Do you demand changes? Are you opposed to changes in music lyrics? What style or genre of music do you dream would be the standard UU style? I hope you know that at any time, if you have strong responses to the music selections at JRUUC that you would feel comfortable contacting me to discuss. Please email your responses to music@jruuc.org 

Your ideas and experience are needed! I will be completing an AUUMM workshop typically offered for music ministry certification through the association. As one of my homework assignments I will be hosting a 2 hour event providing the opportunity to explore how music shapes our culture and experience. This is a chance to humanize stories and information and provide a widening of our awareness of others’ perspectives. Space will be made for each participant to speak and to be heard. There will be some breakout groups within the 2 hour period. I will need 8-12 people for this event. Help me do my homework! Please do contact me if you would like to participate.

Join us in the Sacred Breath Choir – We begin at 6:45 on Thursdays and balance our activities with greetings, covenant, deep breathing, and vocal warm-ups. We prepare and listen. We investigate hymns and sometimes their contextual history, the music itself, and/or the lyrics. Presently we are beginning preparations for Water Communion Music. We are an open circle and would love for you to join us, there are many options for levels or types of participation.  Zoom link is in the weekly email or contact Heather at music@jruuc.org.

What’s Continuing?

Minister’s Availability
Rev. Karen is holding virtual and in-person office hours while our building is closed.  Both are drop-in, and open to as many participants as show up at once.  Please reach out to Karen via email, phone, or text if you’d like to connect individually – she’s happy to set up a time to meet with you!  And, as always, please call or text her if you have a pastoral emergency.  Please note that Karen doesn’t check email on Mondays (her rest day) and Thursdays (her writing/study day) and will reply to your non-emergency messages the following day.
Virtual Office Hours Rev. Karen opens a zoom room on Tuesdays at 4:00-6:00 pm, and you’re invited to join her when you can for as long as you can. Check your email for the zoom link, or contact Rev. Karen.
Outdoor Office Hours  Rev. Karen would love to see you in person on Fridays at 2:00-4:00 pm! She’ll set up a chair on the lawn just east of the Olbrich Gardens parking lot, between the Children’s Kitchen Garden and the shelter at 201 Garrison Street. Come by if you’d like to chat!

Reeb and Covid-19 – JRUUC remains at Level 4 on our Covid-19 Strategic Plan, with all activities outdoors or online. The Covid task force is completing revisions to the plan, which will be announced on the JRUUC.org website and in next week’s weekly email.

Small Group Ministries – Wednesday 6:30 Meditation on Zoom – still going strong! New folks welcome.

What’s Happening in Unitarian Universalism – Social Justice Action information

What’s Happening in our Community – COVID resources