Several years ago, as part of our preparation for calling a minister, we embarked on a project to create a "Covenant of Right Relations", which is a document that represents our promise to each other about how we will conduct ourselves and communicate with each other. It was always intended as a living document, and over the past two years we've been re-evaluating our Covenant in order to...
For April the theme is Transformation.
The April 2017 East Breeze Newsletter is full of transformational items!
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
As always, the 2017 Annual Budget Drive (ABD) was a wonderful opportunity for our members and friends to explore how we give to and receive from James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (JRUUC) as part of our Time, Talent, and Treasure covenant.
The theme for March 2017 is risk.
This month's East Breeze Newsletter includes information about:
A faith-filled February 2017 East Breeze newsletter is available for your reading pleasure!
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
-- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Curious about our Mission, the Sanctuary Movement, Wednesday Vespers services, and more?
Read the January 2017 East Breeze newsletter!
Check-in question of the month: What goodness do you see in the world, of which you can remind others?
Thanks to the following local businesses that donated goods and gift certificates for the 2016 Reeb Rave!
The December East Breeze Newsletter includes...
It’s time to order more hymnals for our sanctuary! Please consider making a holiday gift to JRUUC, in the form of a new copy of one of our hymnals – or, even better, give a set including Singing the Living Tradition (the gray hymnal) and Singing the Journey
What current religious, cultural, or political “story” are you wrestling with?
The November 2016 East Breeze Newsletter encourages us all to consider our stories -- and listen to the stories of those around us!
This month's theme is Awe. Read all about it (and the AWE-some opportunitites) in the October 2016 East Breeze Newsletter!
Check-in question: How have you allowed yourself to be changed by awe?
The September 2016 edition of the East Breeze Newsletter includes exciting news about
All are welcome to join in an Adult Relgious Exploration entitled "Racial Awareness as a Spiritual Practice."
In the August East Breeze Newsletter, be sure to readRev. Karen's exciting column Music Director Heather Yonker's eloquent article about a UU musicians conference (complete with video) information on our relationship with TimeBank and much more!
Read all about the latest news in the July 2016 East Breeze Newsletter, including:Rev. Karen's summer schedule Greetings from our new Dir. of Relgious Education, Alice Mandt Upcoming receptions, ballgames, picnics, campouts, and more!
First Woman To Be Elected as UUA President Next Year;
Healing is the theme for June. Read all about it in the June East Breeze newsletter!
Do you like shopping -- or at least window shopping? We need Reeb volunteers this summer to solicit and pick up donated goods and services for our next Reeb Rave auction and fundraiser in the fall!
This month's theme is Justice.
Justice is what love looks like in public. -- Dr. Cornel West
Life is our only chance to both grow a soul and repair the world. We cannot really do one without the other. -- Rev. Richard Gilbert
The following businesses sponsored last fall's Reeb Rave auction by donating goods and services. Please consider supporting them -- and letting them know that you appreciate their generosity towards JRUUC!
"Awakening" is the theme for April! To what have you awakened recently?
Read all the news and upcoming opportunities in the April 2016 East Breeze Newsletter.
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." -- Albert Einstein
This month's theme is balance. Read more about it in the March 2016 East Breeze Newsletter.
This year our annual meeting will take place on Sunday, May 15th immediately following service. As always we'll be appreciating all of the people who make JRUUC work. We'll also be voting in a new slate of leadership positions including a new President-Elect and new members of the nominating committee. Finally, we'll be voting on a set of changes to our by-laws.
The James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation is searching for a part-time Director of Religious Education. Please see the DRE job description for details.
Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2016. The start date for the position is June 1, 2016.
This month's theme is anger, so our check-in question is: What role has anger played in your life?
There are plenty of opportunities to connect coming up!
Read the entire February 2016 East Breeze newsletter online -- or pick one up in the narthex!
As you can read in the January 2016 East Breeze Newsletter, you'll see that the January theme is Courage!
Each year we put up a Giving Tree in our lobby and choose a recipient for gifts from the Congregation. This year the recipients will be the men and women in the Dane County Jail.
The Peace, Justice, and Sustainability Group is offering Black Lives Matter yard signs for $5. Signs are available in the narthex.
This month's East Breeze Newsletter includes
Even as great strides are made towards justice and equity for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, transgender people still face fear and violence.
Read all the details aboutthe upcoming Reeb Rave (annual auction) music opportunities special worship services
in the November East Breeze Newsletter!
JRUUC members and friends engaged in a great discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement following the worship service on Sun. Oct. 18. In the course of the discussion, people were interested in learning about upcoming events. Here are a few:
Reeb Rave's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Auction is November 14.
We need your donations!
So much to read and enjoy in this month's East Breeze Newsletter! Enjoy!
Covenant Groups are small reflection groups that will meet monthly to engage with questions related to each month’s theme. Facilitators will meet with Rev. Karen early each month, and will be asked to help organize the groups.
The September East Breeze Newsletter covers the ABCs and beyond!
Learn about our staff and upcoming events in the August East Breeze Newsletter!
Read all about summer schedules, baseball fun, and reflections on General Assembly in the July 2015 East Breeze Newsletter!
Fun summertime events abound at JRUUC! Read all about them in the June 2015 East Breeze Newsletter!
Saturday, May 30, 2015 at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (2146 E. Johnson St., Madison)
6 p.m. Potluck dinner (bring a dish to share)
7 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. there will be a prayer and sharing service, followed by a vigil.
We’ll gather in the spirit of hope that sharing our responses to the DA’s decision will help bring healing for us and our community.
Whereas our congregation is named after the civil rights martyr, the Rev. James Reeb;
WHEREAS Unitarian Universalists affirm and promote the Seven Principles, and live our faith by living our principles, and
WHEREAS the Fifth Principle is “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large,”
We are launching the Search for our new Music Director! Do you know someone who might like to apply? Details are below!
This job description is intended to outline the expectations between the Music Director and James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation, hereafter referred to as “JRUUC.”
Stewardship involves the faithful management of the gifts of time, talent, and money, including accumulated, inherited, and appreciated resources; and,
The April 2015 East Breeze Newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure. "Relationships" are found on every page!
Newcomers and old-timers alike are invited to participate in a fun-filled class about being a member of JRUUC! Join us in the JRUUC sanctuary on Saturday 3/21/15 from 9 a.m. - noon.
Inspired by one another, we'll explore:
Themes of generosity are woven throughout the March 2015 East Breeze newsletter. Maybe you can feel the gratitude?
Love is the theme of the worship services for the month of February, and there is love woven throughout the February 2015 East Breeze newsletter:
Join Karen Quinlan and Carin Bringelson on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Rev. James Ford, 11/30/2014, “INDICTMENT A Meditation on the Empire & a Promised Land”
Happy New Year! There's lots to celebrate and get involved with here at JRUUC! Read all about it in the January 2015 East Breeze Newsletter!
This religious education class for adults will start on Thursday June 18, 2015 and take place every Thursday afternoon for 7 weeks, from 4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m. in the JRUUC Sanctuary. The last day of class is July 30, 2015.
The 7 classes will each include:
Did you know...
You needn't be Buddhist to skillfully address the climate emergency but you'd be wise to understand the human mind - human heart - human environment connection. Eastern Philosophy sheds light into this realm.
Potluck set-up is at 5:30 p.m., eating is at 6 p.m., program is at 6:45 p.m.
The November 2014 East Breeze Newsetter is now available online. Learn all about the upcoming Reeb Rave, upcoming religious education opportunities, and justice-making events!
Are you wondering what it takes to be a leader at JRUUC or in other areas of your life?
Have you said “yes” to a leadership role and wonder what challenges and opportunities are on the horizon?
Are you curious about how traditional leadership norms fit within the context of our liberal religious tradition?
Take the upcoming “Harvest the Power” classes and find out!
The October 25th Sustainable Saturday Night will be dedicated to welcoming our new neighbors at 3rd and East Johnson: The Tiny Home Village!
Our annual silent and not-so-silent auction is coming up on Sat. Nov. 15th!
Everyone can participate in putting together an awesome online auction catalogue!
Simply send in a description and digital photo of the goods and/or services you will contribute! Deadline: Thursday Oct. 30th.
The East Breeze Newsletter is now available online! Enjoy!
The next three sessions of The Wi$dom Path -- an adult religious education program that explores our attitudes and behaviors toward money in our everyday, spiritual, and congregational lives -- will be held at JRUUC on:
Read Karen Quinlan's first ever article as the JRUUC Minister in the September East Breeze Newsletter! And much more!
The August East Breeze newsletter includes...
Read all about the social justice activities and worship services planned for this summer -- in the July 2014 East Breeze Newsletter!
Following Reverend Marlene's last service on Sunday June 15th, all are invited to gather for a potluck lunch and short program to express our gratitude to Reverend Marlene for all her work over these interim years -- and give her a great send off.
Read the June East Breeze Newsletter online!
You’ll thrill to see information about:Five June worship services Sarah’s Sayonara The Rev. Marlene’s last column
The Ministerial Search Committee and Board of Trustees are thrilled to announce that we have a unanimous vote to call Karen Quinlan to be our next settled minister.
The Wi$dom Path, a “Tapestry of Faith” religious education program for adults, explores our attitudes and behaviors toward money in our everyday, spiritual, and congregational lives.
Explore the great articles and interesting news in this month's newsletter! Features to look for include a hint about Interim Minister the Rev. Marlene’s last worship service, a list of all 2014-15 pledgers, and an article about the UUA’s evolving Green Sanctuary program.
Come meet ministerial candidate, Karen Quinlan! Here are the all-congregation events!
Sustainable Saturday Night Potluck and Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 26, 6:00 pm
Worship Service led by Karen on Sunday, April 27, 10:00 am
The Ministerial Search Committee presents Karen Quinlan for your consideration to become our next Called Minister.
The Ministerial Search Committee is excited to introduce ministerial candidate Karen Quinlan to the members and friends of JRUUC through a variety of meetings and gatherings during candidating week, April 26-May 4, 2014
Have you heard the NEWS!?! Mark you calendars to meet the ministerial candidate! Details are in the April East Breeze Newsletter.
Newcomers and old-timers alike are invited to participate in a fun-filled class about being a member of JRUUC on Saturday, March 29th, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the JRUUC sanctuary. Inspired by one another, we'll explore what we hold sacred, Unitarian Universalism, gems about JRUUC, and expectations of membership. (Note time change.)
Sustainable Saturdays now include Sustainable Saturday Action Meetings (SSAM's). Join us at 3:30pm for a family-friendly group project that will support sustainability in the Emerson-East neighborhood.
James Reeb UU Congregation has recently submitted an application to the Unitarian Universalist Association in hopes of receiving the Bennett Award in recognition of our congregations' social justice commitment and action. Read the application here. Thank you Beth E. and Barb W.
Read the March East Breeze Newsletter here! Everything from small-engine planes to goals that will stretch us. "[These goals] put our values and vision into action. I know that we can achieve them. After all, isn’t stretching exactly what we do when we spread our wings to take flight?" Provactive Statements, updates on R.E.
Please join us at our Annual Budget Drive Kick-off on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 5:30 - 8 pm. This is our chance to commit our financial support to our beloved community. It will be a joyful, “flight-themed” dinner event, with plenty of offbeat fun to lift your spirits.
This Sunday, February 16, 2014, after service join the Ministerial Search Committee for Soup-n-Bagels to learn more about where we are in the process for calling a new minister. Sponsored by the FUN(d)raising Committee.
The February East Breeze Newsletter is full of opportunities for spiritual growth! "Let’s really be thinking about love."
Learn about an Appreciative Inquiry Town Hall Workshop! Meet new members! Be in the know! Enjoy the January East Breeze Newsletter!
Come journey deep into the heart of winter and back again—using songs, readings, silence, and candle light as our guides.
Reception to follow.
This year's Holiday Sale will be
From time capsules to holy day events, our December East Breeze Newsletter has it all! Not to mention: "Let's slow the season down a bit, catch our breaths and dwell in the miracles of this time."
All are invited to participate in the celebration commemorating JRUUC's Charter Sunday 20 years ago! Join us December 8th for a special worship service followed by a celebratory potluck.
1) A generous dish to share (we will have guests!)
Enjoy this November East Breeze Newsletter, full of great news and insights! From the annual Reeb Rave Fun(d) Raiser to the Ministerial Search Committee, there's exciting news to catch up on!
The energy was palpable in the room when we began this exciting Appreciative Inquiry process to create a vision for the next 20 years of JRUUC. If you were there you experienced it yourself.
Many stayed for the workshop and about 15 people were trained to engage in “one on one” conversations about what JRUUC has been when it has been at its best.
Here's the October East Breeze Newsletter.
Audio recordings of recent sermons are now available on the Worship page at:
Here's the September East Breeze Newsletter.
Here's the August 2013 East Breeze Newsletter.
Here's the July issue of the East Breeze Newsletter.
The Ministerial Search Committee wants to hear from members and friends about their hopes and dreams for the future of Reeb as it pertains to our future called minister.
Here is the Covenant of Right Relations that was affirmed at the Congregational Meeting in May 2013.
Information about the search for a new minister is now available via the Ministerial Search button. Please complete the Congregational Survey by July 14, 2013.
Here's the June issue of the East Breeze Newsletter.
Enjoy this photo of Reeb members who posed under the JRUUC banner at District Assembly in late April 2013!
Do you have an image of the perfect minister for Reeb? The best choice will depend on skills, personality, style, and qualities that don’t depend on externals.
Here's the May issue of the East Breeze Newsletter.
On May 11, 2013, the Fun(d) raising committee will present "Exploring Ballroom Dance" featuring instructor Becci Eilders, who will give a lesson on East Coast Swing and Fox Trot, followed by open dancing to practice the steps.
See the attached announcement for more details.
Here's the April issue of the East Breeze Newsletter. Read about the April 21st Congregational Workshop on creating a Covenant of Right Relations.
Here's the March issue of the East Breeze newsletter.
Here's the February issue of our East Breeze newsletter.
Here's the January issue of our East Breeze newsletter.
Rev. Marlene Walker shared these reflections gleaned from Listening Circles held in September and October 2012. This is part of the JRUUC Interim Ministry process.
Here's the December issue of our East Breeze newsletter.
Here's the November issue of our East Breeze newsletter.
Reeb Rave: The Annual Silent and Live Auction of JRUUC
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Enjoy this annual FUN(d) raiser! Admission is $8/person or $24/family
Schedule of Events:
5:00 pm - Arrival, begin placing silent auction bids
5:30 pm - Dinner begins
6:00 pm - Entertainment
Here's the September issue of our East Breeze newsletter.
(Suggested donation $15; no one turned away.)
ROY ZIMMERMAN: HOPE, STRUGGLE AND CHANGE
Sing Out! Magazine sums it up nicely: “Zimmerman is a guy on the left skewering folks on the right with rapier-sharp lyrics ... underneath the caustic satire is a man who is surprisingly optimistic.”
“Hope, Struggle and Change” is ninety minutes of Zimmerman originals - funny songs...
Here is the August issue of our East Breeze newsletter.
The Reverend Marlene Walker
Accredited Interim Minister
The Emerson East Neighborhood Association (EENA) arts task force is encouraging people of all ages to sketch out visions of a sustainable neighborhood and submit ideas. The goal is to create a collaborative mural with the theme “a sustainable neighborhood" on the Fourth Street side of JRUUC.
"Leadership Development with a UU Spiritual Core" will be the theme of the 2012 District Assembly, to be held at the
Here is the March issue of our East Breeze newsletter. You'll want to read it as soon as you can (before Sunday, if possible).
At 10 a.m. on Sun. March 4th we'll be having a single worship service followed by a congregational brunch.
You’re invited to bring…
a) 1 serving of fruit for a collaborative fruit salad
b) 1-2 dreams/wishes for the JRUUC community
c) the pledge card you may have received in the mail
See you there!
Friday, March 2nd at 7:30 pm
General Assembly (GA) 2012 is first and foremost a religious gathering. Our passion for justice is founded on spiritual and religious principles that call us to gather for public witness and social action. We will gather to broaden and deepen our understanding of justice and to bring that understanding home to our congregations, so that we might grow in spirit as well as serve.
The February East Breeze Newsletter is now available.
The January East Breeze Newsletter is now available.