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The Prairie Fire is published by Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society on the 6th and 21st of every month. View past issues at newsletter/

Input Deadlines:
Calendar items, announcements, and program descriptions are due on the 1st and 15th of each month. Please send to Dan Klock at or call 271-8218.

August 8, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011
10:00 Service - "Celtic Spirituality: The Celtic Cross, the Tree of Life, and the Eternal Circle," presented by Frank Siegle.

Sunday, August 21, 2011
10:00 Service - “Overwork, Work Addiction, and the Blessings of the Sabbath,” presented by Ian Riddell
11:15 Soup Sunday “Local Produce”
11:40 The Prairie Book Club meets to discuss “The Woman Behind the New Deal - The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor & His Moral Conscience” by Kirsten Downey.

Monday, August 22, 2011
6:30 Spanish Speaker's Potluck.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
1:30 Prairie Elders meet at the Nakoma Room, Heritage Oaks building, Oakwood Village West

Sunday, August 28, 2011
10:00 Service
11:15 4
Annual Summer Splash Pool Party
Saturday, September 3, 2011
3:00 Ice Cream Social at Prairie

Sunday, September 4, 2011
10:00 Service – Labor Day service with a presentation by a representative from Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
7:00 Prairie Board meeting

Sunday, September 11, 2011
10:00 Service - “Facing Our Fears and Biases About Islam”

Sunday, September 18, 2011
10:00 Service – GA presentation

Sunday, September 25, 2011
10:00 Service

Sunday, October 2, 2011
10:00 Service

Sunday, October 9, 2011
10:00 Service

Upcoming Programs
Sunday, August 14, 2011, 10:00AM: "Celtic Spirituality: The Celtic Cross, the Tree of Life, and the Eternal Circle," presented by Frank Siegle.

Part history lesson and part spiritual experience, Frank Siegle will explore Celtic spirituality using ritual story and song.

Sunday, August 24, 2011, 10:00AM:Overwork, Work Addiction, and the Blessings of the Sabbath,” by Ian Riddell.

Burning the candle at both ends. Putting your life into your work. Getting it done. We live in a world that rewards us for doing more and more and more. Getting more done. Making more money. We’re rewarded for working overtime—celebrated for selfless devotion to our tasks. Today we reflect on the costs of all of this work—for our families, for our bodies, for our spirits, for our society—and take another look at the ancient practice of the Sabbath—of holy rest.
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Contact Us:
Barbara Park

Director of Religious Education
Rebecca Malke-Eliganti

Editor/Administrative Assistant
Dan Klock
Office hours: M – F
10:00 to 1:00

Prairie Websites:
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News Group com/group/prairie news/

Views com/group/prairie views/

Social Action http://socialaction.

Humanist Union http://humanist.

News & Announcements

The next Spanish Speakers Potluck will be on Monday, August 22. It is currently scheduled to be at Prairie, but the location may change. All are welcome! Please bring a dish to pass if possible. For more information, contact Rosemary Dorney at (608) 238-4382.

Cool off with ice cream! Prairie will hold an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, September 3, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Root beer will be available for those who would like to have a float!

Mini-retreat October 15 - Since we are moving our annual retreat from the fall to the spring, we are planning a one-day retreat at Prairie this fall, for this transition year.  It will be similar to our longer retreats but it will consist of just one very full Saturday, no overnights.  The Arboretum and Marlborough Park will be used for outdoor activities like nature walks and active games.  Prairie meeting rooms will be used for discussion groups and crafts.  There will be child care providers on hand for the very youngest among us.  If you have an idea for a group activity you would like to lead, or if you would like to help with the general planning, please contact Erin Bosch.  There will be a Talent Show, so be thinking of what you might like to perform!

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Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society
2010 Whenona Dr.
Madison, WI 53711