August 22, 2010
In this issue:
The full-featured Prairie Fire
is published on the 22nd of every month. The Prairie Fire
Bulletin is a calendar-only newsletter that is
published on the
Director of Religious Education
Editor/ Congregational Administrator
Prairie Web Sites:
Society Home Page
items and program descriptions are due on the 1st and 15th of each
month. Feature articles for
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010 - 7:00 pm – Finance committee meets at Prairie.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010 -
9:30am - RE registration begins
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 6:30 pm – Spanish Speakers Potluck, at Prairie.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - Prairie Fire Bulletin calendar items due.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
7:00 pm - Housing & Property Committee will meet at Prairie.
Friday, September 10, 2010 - Retreat Registration forms due!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - Prairie Fire articles and other items due.
Friday, September 17 - Sunday,
Friday, September 24, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010, 10:00 am: "Water Ceremony and In-Gathering,” presented by Barbara Chatterton. Today we will engage in the Ingathering Water Ceremony as we have for quite a few years here at Prairie, just as many UU Societies open the fall season with similar services. Please bring a sample of water from your summer travels. It can be from a pond or swimming pool near you or from anywhere on the globe you visited this year. We co-mingle the waters in a common vessel to represent our interconnectedness. If you would like to email one (please just one only!) picture from a trip or from around here, showing any type of water in the picture, Barbara will incorporate as many as possible into the service.( bchatter10 (at) sbcglobal.net.) Barbara walked into the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse in 1989 with her cousin, Betsy. During the service, she had a big Ah-Ha! moment and realized she had been a Unitarian all along. Barbara has been a friend and member of Prairie since 1997. She is a sister, mother and grandmother of two, lives in Middleton and has been a Realtor since 2001.
Sunday, September 5, 2010, 10:00am: "Labor Day: Honoring Workers, Pursuing Justice," presented by Rabbi Renee Bauer. Make Labor Day more meaningful this year by coming to learn more about worker justice and immigration issues in our own Madison community, with Rabbi Renee Bauer (Director of the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin) and two workers, Shannon Gaddy and Andres Ponce Romero. Both of them have been victims of wage theft, not getting paid for work they did at a local restaurant. They will share their stories. Additionally, Andres, who is a recent immigrant, and will share how being an immigrant effects how he is treated in the workplace. Rabbi Renée Bauer is an ordained Reconstructionist rabbi and Director of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin, a non-profit that mobilizes faith and labor communities to bring economic justice to all. She is also a member of Madison’s Reconstructionist Jewish community, Shaarei Shamayim that met for many years at Prairie. She lives in Madison with her 21 month old daughter, Eliana and her partner Laurie.
September 12, 2010, 10:00 am – "Law and Morality,”
presented by Nick Abts and Ken Haydock. There
are voices in America today saying that there is--and should be--a
fusion of law and morality. Two attorneys here at Prairie examine a few
of the ways that law and morality differ--and offer a few insights into
unexpected ways that Anglo-American law addresses legal quandries.
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 10:00 am - “Key Log Ceremony,” presented by Doleta Chapru at the Prairie Retreat, Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, Wisconsin. Before logging trucks were widely used, logs from lumber camps were floated down rivers to the lumber mills. Sometimes a log would get out of place and cause other logs to jam up. Removing that log, called the key log, freed the other logs. Our key log ceremony is about personal “log jams.” People may toss a twig in the campfire to represent the removal of something that has gotten in the way of personal progress. For example: passing an important test, resolving a dispute, getting a job or finishing a project that’s been bugging you for months. Some people briefly describe their freed log jam. Some throw a twig on the fire silently. Some simply enjoy the fire and celebrate others’ progress. Perhaps this description will provide incentive to remove personal key logs before the retreat.
Religious Education NewsClasses begin August 29th at 10:00 a.m. If you still need to register your child(ren) registration will begin at 9:30. Please make sure you have your forms turned in before classes begin. After classes we will meet at the Goodman Aquatic Center in Verona for our annual Summer Splash event. Once you arrive please say you are with the Prairie UU party and they will wave you in. Admission is $5 for anyone 16 and older, $4 for youth and free for children under 1 years old. RE will be providing a lunch and would appreciate a donation of $2 or whatever you can afford for this event. Additional information is also posted on our web site at www.uuprairie.org/re As always, see you on Sunday. Rebecca Malke Director of Religious Education
New Consulting Minister Chosen for Prairie
I am pleased to announce that Rev. Jane Esbensen was approved as our new consulting minister at the Parish meeting on August 15th. The vote was 39 yes, 4 abstentions. Rev. Esbensen spoke Sunday on the topic “To Do Good Is My Religion,” and had every one present briefly tell what tradition they were raised in and one positive thing that they brought with them into adulthood. Rev Esbensen will be officially starting on September 1st and will have regular office hours at Prairie. She will be joining us at our retreat in September and will give her first Sunday morning program on October 10th. We warmly welcome her to the Prairie fold.
Park, Prairie UU President
It is with the greatest joy and strongest sense of responsibility that I accept your invitation to be your newest consulting minister for this coming year. I thank the Search Committee for selecting me, I thank the Board for accepting this selection and I thank all of you for your vote of confidence in who I am and in what we may create together this year at Prairie. I look forward to getting to know you, each and everyone, so I hope you accept my invitation to come by and see me when I have my office hours, or that you know I am only a phone call away. Let the year begin! Starting September 1st, my office hours at Prairie will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm. Please free to call if you want to set up a particular day and time to meet with me. Otherwise you can certainly drop in, but I cannot guarantee that I'll always be available, so if it's important let's arrange something ahead of time ---- if possible! Also, if there are days and times that you need to meet with me that are not on Mondays and Wednesdays, please let me know and I will do my very best to be available to you. I hope you all know that you can contact me whenever you need to or wish to. My cell phone is the best number to reach me: 608-770-5486.
is the Prairie Women's Group that meets once a month for breakfast
potluck and conversation, with the occasional project. In September
we will meet at the Prairie Retreat, Saturday, September 18th,
and the October meeting is October 2nd, back at Prairie, at 9
Somers, WOW coordinator
Spanish Speaker's Potluck
The Spanish Speakers will hold their next potluck at Prairie on Tuesday, August 31st at 6:30 pm. Any level of Spanish speaking ability is welcome at these gatherings. Please call Rosemary Dorney at 238-4382 for more information about the group or to arrange a ride.
Prairie Book Club Update
The Prairie Book Club meets monthly, after the Sunday Service at Prairie, about 11:45 a.m..except for September when it meets at the Prairie Retreat. Bring potluck food to share at the Sunday club meetings. This is an open book club. You may come whether or not you have read the book. For more information, contact Mary Mullen, 608.298.0843 or mmullen(at) chorus.net.
Saturday, September 18 - Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa, by Peter Godwin
Sunday, October 17 – Now and at the Hour, a novel by our own former Prairie member Marty Drapkin. (Contact Erin Bosch to get a $6 copy from the author: 238-6285 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Summer Reads Booklist
Here is the list of books created from the “Summer Reads” service. The list is organized by author, title, publisher and date, and the name of the person who recommended it. Happy reading!
All meetings begin with informal conversation at 1:30 pm, followed by discussion beginning at 2:00 pm. If possible, please bring some snacks to share and your own beverage cup. For more information about the group or to arrange a ride, please call one of the following: Donna Murdoch 238-3802, Gordon Cunningham 230-3367, Rosemary Dorney 238-4382 or Rose Smith 233-3363.
Bylaws Task Force Starting Prairie is calling together a task force to update our bylaws, and I have agreed to lead it. The first step is to change the process by which the bylaws are amended. We will rewrite the proposal put forward at our Spring Parish Meeting, incorporating the changes suggested. After approval by the Board, the proposed change will be voted on at our upcoming Fall Parish Meeting. After that, the task force will work with the Board on developing proposals for changes in the bylaws to reflect proposed changes in our governance structure. If any of you are interested in serving on the Bylaws Task Force, please let me know. Your time commitment this fall would be minimal. The more detailed (and interesting if you like this sort of thing) work will likely be in the winter and early spring, depending on the Board's readiness for us to move ahead. Rachel Long
Prairie Fall Family Retreat!
The Prairie Fall Family Retreat will be held at the Pine Lake Camp just outside of Westfield, WI, from Friday, September 17th through Sunday, September 19th. Both Prairie members and friends are invited to attend. Registration forms are now available – as a pull-out in the printed Prairie Fire, an add-on to the online Prairie Fire, or in paper form at Prairie on the greeting table. Registration opens Sunday, August 22nd and closes Friday, September 10th, so please get those forms in as soon as possible! You can mail them to Robin Proud at the address listed on the form, or mail or bring them to Prairie UU Society. Also - Please save this Prairie Fire as it has a lot of information you will need!
If you would like to have a look at the retreat site, you can visit their website at http://www.pinelakecamp.org/. As you go through the site, you can see more complete descriptions of the lodging and other amenities.
Last year there was some difficulty with finding the retreat site, both due to arriving in the dark and a lack of good direction to the site. Even those who used their GPS found the directions hard to follow! I am offering here simple, turn-by-turn directions to get you there with a minimum of stress: head north from Madison on 90-94 and get on 51 north near Portage. Take 51 north to exit 113. When you come down the exit ramp, turn left at the bottom and go under the highway. Take the first right turn onto Pioneer Park Road, which will lead you past the famous Pioneer Restaurant. Follow Pioneer Park for 0.7 miles, then turn right onto North Main Street (also labeled as county highway CH and possibly also M.) After 0.8 miles, highway M will turn off to the left, and you should follow highway M.
From this turn, it is a little more than 6 miles to the turn-off for Pine Lake Camp, which will be on the left. It should also be easier to find the camp this year as we are coming earlier in the year and should have the advantage of daylight later into the evening.
As you get ready for the retreat, please keep in mind the following things. Pine Lake is lovely but rustic and spread out a bit, so dress for comfort and be prepared to do some walking around. The grounds are not incredibly well lit at night – good for star gazing but not so good for getting around – so bring a flashlight. Take note on the registration form if the accommodations you have chosen have linens provided or if you will need to bring your own. Look over the program descriptions (later in this article) and see what you would like to do and if you need to bring any supplies with you (such as a musical instrument or a book for the book club).
Please make note of Pine Lake's rules and regulations:
First aid kits are located in the dining area at Amphlett Hall, at Oakwood Center, the Rader Center, and in the office (located in the Nature Center building). There is an automatic defibrillator located in the office. Nick Coenen (camp director) is a certified first responder. A response to a 911 call takes 3 minutes; an ambulance responds in 8 to 10 minutes.
No smoking and No alcohol.
Parents are expected to know where their children (and their children’s guests) are at all times. Groups of kids are not allowed to stay in a room overnight without an adult present.
We are guests at this facility. Should you encounter any problems, please come to Kate Liu, Robin Proud or Phyllis Long first to deal with any incidents. Please clean up after yourself. Be sure to take all of your “art projects” home with you; otherwise they will be discarded. Due to health department regulations all kitchenware is sanitized after each guest use. Please wash kitchenware you have used (pots and pans, dishes, utensils, etc.) and leave on the kitchen counter when you check out of your cabin, so the camp staff can sanitize it for the incoming guests.
PRAIRIE UU FALL RETREAT – PINE LAKE – SEPTEMBER 17-19, 2010
Rader Retreat Center (linens & towels provided) - 22 rooms. This is the "hotel style" building. All rooms have at least one queen bed, one twin bed, and a private bathroom. Some of these rooms also have an additional twin bed, though it is a pull-out trundle bed. These rooms are in the main retreat building, convenient to most of the meeting spaces and the craft cabin. These rooms are the most accessible.
# of nights _____ 2 in room - $45 per person per night Total _____________
3 in room - $36 per person per night Total _____________
4 in room - $32 per person per night Total _____________
General note about all cabin and camping accommodations listed below – these are more rustic, a little further from the main buildings, and have more uneven ground around them (hence are less accessible.)
Susanna Wesley House (bring linens & towels) The Wesley House features four bedrooms, with two on the upper level and two on the lower level, and two complete bathrooms. There is also a full kitchen and dining area on the upper level. Each level also features a living/meeting space. There are beds in bedrooms for 8 people (1 queen bed and 6 twin beds.) There is also a pull-out couch in the lower living room. The house could accommodate a couple of families, with kids taking the pull-out couch or slumber-partying on the floor, or a group of up to 8 adults.
# of nights ______ $30 per person per night (room for 2 kids, no extra cost) Total __________
Black Oak Cabin (bring linens & towels) This cabin has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living room with a fireplace. Black Oak has a fold out couch, a queen bed, and a room with a double-lower-single-upper bunk bed.
# of nights ______ $125 per night Total __________
Red Oak Cabin (bring linens & towels) –This cabin has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living room with a fireplace. Red Oak has 2 twin beds in one room and a double-lower-single-upper bunk bed in the other.
# of nights ______ $115 per night Total __________
White Oak Cabin (bring linens & towels) – This is a smaller cabin, though it has a kitchen, living area, and 2 small bedrooms. There are beds for 4 people.
# of nights ______ $105 per night Total __________
Birch Cabins (bring linens & towels) – Each side of a Birch cabin has 5 bunk beds and a full bathroom. A kitchen and living area is shared between the 2 sides. We have 2 of these cabins, or 4 “sides.” One family can take a whole side, or individuals can go by bed.
# nights ______ $30 per night per adult, $12 per night per child OR
# of nights _________ $75 per night per family (take up one “side”)
Camping Campsites are available for either tenting or RV. Sites have electricity available, but no water at the time of the year we'll be there. You'll need to bring your own bottled water for toothbrushing, and plan to use the shower probably in the Wesley house (since there are 2 bathrooms.) The sites are a short walk around the lake trail from the rest of the camp buildings.
# of nights ______$19 per tent site, $22 for RV (electricity but no water at site) Total ___________
MEALS (we are cooking dinner together Sat night, hence the lower cost)
Adults Children under 12
#______Saturday breakfast – 9.50 #______ Saturday breakfast –5.00
_____ Saturday lunch -11.00 ______ Saturday lunch – 6.00
______ Saturday dinner – 3.00 ______ Saturday dinner – 2.00
______ Sunday breakfast -9.50 ______Sunday breakfast – 5.00
Or______all meals 33.00 Or______ all meals 18.00
I would like to carpool – day & time leaving Madison ___________ returning______
I will be rooming with ____________________________________
I need a roommate (list any preferences)______________________________
I /we need a special diet Vegetarian Vegan Other (please specify) _________________________
I can give an hour to help provide childcare _________________________
I would like to help cook dinner Saturday night _________________________
I would like to have some assistance with getting around at the retreat center ______
(we will have use of a golf cart to help people with getting around.)
The camp director can offer either archery or the low ropes course for kids 8 and up. Which would your kids prefer? ____________________
RETURN THIS FORM TO PRAIRIE OR MAIL TO ROBIN PROUD, 114 GLEN HWY, MADISON, WI 53705
****DEADLINE, FRIDAY September 10th *******
Questions, call Robin 236-2229 or Kate 271-8218