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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.

September 7, 2011

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

Sunday, September 11, 2011
10:00 Service - “Ten Years Later: Fear, Fundamentalism and Unitarian Universalism.
11:45 Humanist Union meets: Potluck lunch at 11:45 am, presentation and discussion from 12:30-1:30 pm on "Looking Back, Looking Forward.”

Sunday, September 18, 2011
10:00 Service – Program on General Assembly 2011
11:45 Soup Sunday: “Local Produce”
11:40 Prairie Book Club meets to discuss “Enrique's Journey” by Sonia Nazario

Monday, September 19, 2011
6:30 Spanish Speakers' Potluck meets at the home of Amy Schulz.

Sunday, September 25, 2011
10:00 Service - “21st Century African Youth Movement,” presented by Dennis Glover.
11:45 Showing of the DVD, “Mathias Alten, a Personal Portrait.”  
Tuesday, September 27
1:30 Prairie Elders meet.

Sunday, October 2, 2011
10:00 Service - “Death & Dying in America I: Mindlessly Extending Lives,” presented by Dr. Cindy Haq.

Sunday, October 9, 2011
10:00 Mental Health service presented by Rachel Long.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
9:00 Prairie Mini-Retreat

Sunday, October 16, 2011
10:00 Service - “Death and Dying in America Part II: Hospice’s Alternative Way of Dying,” presented by Liz Allen.

Sunday, October 23, 2011
10:00 Service

Sunday, October 30, 2011
10:00 Service - “Day of the Dead”

Upcoming Programs
Sunday, September 11, 2011, 10:00 a.m. “Ten Years Later: Fear, Fundamentalism and Unitarian Universalism.”
Ten years ago, an unspeakable act was committed against American civilians by Muslim extremists.  Since that time, fear-based rhetoric and reactionary policy has become commonplace.  How have UUs dealt with these elements of 9/11, and how can we practice tolerance in the face of our fears of fundamentalist religion?  Join us as we openly discuss those fears, our knowledge of the issues at hand and how we as UUs can approach the sensitive issues raised by fundamentalism with our eyes wide open.

Sunday, September 18, 2011, 10:00 a.m. Program on General Assembly 2011, presented by Rosemarie Lester, Phyllis Long, Barb Park, Marcia Johnson, and Christina Klock.

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Director of Religious Education
Rebecca Malke-Eliganti

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Dan Klock
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News & Announcements

James Reeb UU Congregation is holding a six session class entitled "Immigration As a Moral Issue," from Sept. 18 - Oct.23rd. The classes are being taught by Leila Pine using UUA materials and cost $15. The deadline was Sept. 4th for registration but they may be willing to take a late registraton, although there is a limit of fifty participants. The course will meet on Sundays from 2-4pm, and will include guest speakers from the Latino Community, and visits to Centro Guadalupe in Madison and Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee. Contact Leila Pines at or phone Reeb at 242-8887

Film Showing: On Sunday, Sept. 25th at 11:45 am, we will be showing a short twenty minute film entitled Mathias Alten (A Life in Art) after the service. This is a privately owned film (not available to the general public) given to Pat Watkins by the granddaughter of the artist. Alten was a well known and respected American Impressionist artist whose works we had several opportunities to view while on the Prairie trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the beginning of August. We have invited the travelers who participated in the trip to view the film, and hope that Prairie members and visitors will remain to view it. As Alten was an immigrant to this country, the film also addresses the UUA Congregational Social Action Issue for 2011-12.
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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