E-news/Bulletin Items and Office Hours

If you have an item to add to the weekly e-news or to Sunday bulletins, please email our office administrator, Rachel Carter at coordinator@uulacrosse.org by 8 a.m. Wednesday mornings unless otherwise noted.  

In the event that Sunday services may be canceled due to bad weather (e.g., snowstorm), please check our web site, www.uulacrosse.org, for any such notification after 8:00AM. Sunday morning.  A notification email also may go out, so watch your email inbox.  Regardless of any official decision, please consider your local weather conditions and use common sense if you venture out in bad weather.

Please use the front doors and kitchen doors if entering the Fellowship before 9 am. The recovery group meets in the conference room until 9 am and we would like to respect their privacy.  Thank you!

February 12th, 2017–What Do You Know About Us Except That We Come From the ‘Near East’-La Crosse’s Syrian and Lebanese Community with Richard Breaux

 

In light of opposition by the governors of Wisconsin and Iowa in 2015 to Syrian refugees settling in their states, this talk looks at the early histories of people of the Greater Syrian Diaspora  in La Crosse.

Service Recordings

Please  follow this link  https://soundcloud.com/uuflacrosse to listen to past Sunday services. 

 

Special Collection: Shoulder to Shoulder (ISNA)

The February Special Collection will be for Shoulder to Shoulder campaign under the auspices of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Shoulder-to-Shoulder is an interfaith organization dedicated to ending anti-Muslim sentiment by strengthening the voice of freedom and peace. Please make checks out to “ISNA” with “Shoulder to Shoulder” in the memo line, or place cash in the specially marked envelopes in the offering basket.

Caregiver

The caregiver can offer support to those in need by sending a card, contacting Rev. Taves for personal support, making an announcement during Joys and Concerns, and/or publicizing your status and needs via the weekly emails. Let us know the level of care you desire. The caregiver for February is Kathy Schnitzius. You may reach her at schnitz96@aol.com.

 

News from Rev. Krista Taves

February is both the month of Love and Black History month, and neither should be confined to a single month of the year. African Americans are not simply an extra chapter added to the textbook of American history. African Americans influenced the course of American history from the first time they stepped foot onto American soil as slaves forcibly removed from their homes to work on American plantations. Their story is embedded and interwoven with every story of this nation.

Love is also not simply a romantic expression on a holiday created by chocolate makers and Hallmark. Love is a way of living. It is sometimes romantic but not usually. Love isn’t just a feeling to wait for, it is a commitment to live into. We must choose love. It doesn’t just happen to us. The Civil Rights movement was at its heart about love. Martin Luther King Jr. said that “Social justice is what love looks like in public.”

We are in a time where we are being called upon to actively choose love. Many of us have become politically active in a way that we either have not before or are resurrecting political activity as a core part of our act of living. On Inauguration Weekend almost 4 million took to the streets for women’s rights. They chose love. This past weekend thousands more gathered in airports, the White House, before the courts and legislative buildings to protest the Executive

Order that will do immeasurable harm to immigrants, refugees, and the security of our nation. They chose love. While not everyone can take to the streets, those who did and those who support them are choosing love.

When you call your elected legislators to express your convictions about accessible affordable health insurance, the importance of public education, the human rights of refugees and immigrants, the importance of protecting the environment, women’s rights, and education, you are choosing love.

When you retweet and share facebook posts, sit down to write your legislators, or donate money to a non-profit like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations that advocate for your values, you are choosing love.

When you sit down to have conversations with people who disagree with you with the goal of listening and learning as well as speaking your own truth, you are choosing love.

When you tell your children stories with the intention of instilling in them respect for all people, a sense of self-worth, and the importance of generosity to others, you are choosing love.

When you choose to pool your attention, energy, and resources with others who share your values, you are choosing love.

When you choose to sit with the discomfort of our times rather than run from them, you are choosing love.

When you take a time out to take care of yourself and enjoy the beauty that already is so that you can replenish the well of compassion, you are choosing love.

When you approach loved ones and those you hope to love with a sense of generosity, kindness, compassion and forgiveness, you are choosing love. When you learn from your mistakes, you are not only able to love them more, but also to love yourself more and to offer more to the struggles of our time.

When you set boundaries with those who would harm you or harm those you love, you are also choosing love. Many of the people taking to the streets and calling their legislators are setting boundaries to protect those who are most vulnerable at this time. This is both self love and love of other.

There are many ways to choose love.

What’s your way?

Yours in faith,

Rev. Krista

Additional Information from Last Sunday’s Service

Action Items Below

Learn About Islam – The following shows are good resources. Just a click Away.

a.     Comedy – Little Mosque on the Prairie (Hulu). https://www.hulu.com/little-mosque

b.     Out of Context (14 part YouTube video series of a serious conversation between a Muslim Imam and a Christian Pastor). https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLutdSTmJ7bAJQaNrfGlijtvLsDcERufni

c.      The Message (Historical account on Islam. Video produced in 1976. Amazon and Amazon Instant Video) http://a.co/jcnn2jS

1. All people to seek out neighborly relationships with Muslims.

2. There should be no favoritism, discrimination against Muslims. All 
religion should be treated and respected equally. People should stand up against bigotry, racism, intolerance in a peaceful, respectful but direct manner.

3. All people, corporations, educational institutions and governmental agencies should respect the human and civil rights of all people, including Muslims.

4. All people in this time of anxiety, should resist the urge to stereotype and scapegoat minorities, including Muslims.

5. All people should resist a media narrative that blames Islam as the source of terrorism and ignores the economic and political conditions in the Middle East that have led to terrorism and extremism of a small minority.

6. We strongly encourage the United States, in keeping with God’s call to love our neighbor especially the vulnerable, to receive more refugees from Syria and other nations with proper and expeditious vetting.

7. We encourage all to write public letters of support to the Muslim community locally.

8. Contact your local senator or representative and voice your support that rhetoric against Muslims must change, you are not in favor of a Muslim ban.

9. Remind people that American Muslims and Muslims of the world are peaceful people. They do not support terrorists.

10. Remember that American Muslims are your brothers, sisters and neighbors. They love this country, just like you do. Get to know them just your other neighbors.

Circle Suppers

The following Saturday evenings have been chosen to be our first series of Circle Suppers, with more dates to be chosen in the future as we see what the interest will be. Saturday Feb 18, March 18, and April 29. Right now, we are looking for 4 hosts per date to be the gathering place for a pot luck for 6 to 12 people. Please read about details in the February e-newsletter. Hosts can email or text me but I will be unable to respond until Tuesday Feb 7. Sign up sheets will be available by the coffee area by next Sunday if all goes well. Your Circle Supper coordinator, Laurie Rogers. laurierogers@me.com or 608 385-2056 (ID yourself if you text).

Rock a Bye Baby

Babies in the nursery area would like a rocking chair large enough for an adult to sit in it and rock them. We only need one, and we are a bit choosy. If you wish to donate a rocking chair to the nursery, please contact Kristie or Ingrid so we can be choosy. DO NOT bring a chair and leave it without asking. iiverson@uwlax.edu, kristieneve@gmail.com

Book Group

The group has decided to participate in the La Crosse Big Read in February so there will not be a meeting on the usual night, February 21. For more information about the La Crosse Big Read see: http://www.neabigread.org/communities/?community_id=2268. We will resume March 21 6-730pm. The book for March is The Circle by Dave Eggers. For more information, contact Barb McPeak at bj_mcpeak@charter.net

Being Thankful and Giving Thanks

We, as a congregation, would like to further our efforts to promote love, compassion, and gratitude within our fellowship. In our lobby, there are markers and pieces of paper. Feel free to write down what you are thankful for or a short thank you to someone our congregation. Then, put the note in our former suggestion box and Rachel will add it to our photo display. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”-Randy Pausch. For more information, contact Rachel Carter at coordinator@uulacrosse.org.

New Member Recognition and Transitions Ceremony

Join the Fellowship on March 5th in welcoming new members and children, along with celebrating graduations, retirements or other changes having an impact on your life. If you are thinking of becoming a member of the Fellowship, hop on board soon so that you can participate in the ceremony. See Ingrid Iverson, Kathy Schnitzius, Jane Klekamp, or Rachel Carter for more information, or e-mail Kathy at schnitz96@aol.com.

Love Reaches Out-MidAmerica Workshop at Our Fellowship

This one-day Love Reaches Out workshop with Phillip Lund will engage members of your congregation in discovering who you are, what you do, and why it matters. It helps you understand your “brand” in your community, and helps you identify opportunities and actions for building relationships and getting the word out. Participants will leave with a plan for reaching out into their community to share Unitarian Universalist values. Register by February 18th at https://www.midamericauua.org/events. Cost: $25.

Upcoming Services:

2/5/17- Thoughts on Islam and Being a Muslim, Plus Building Bridges to Others with Wale Elegblede

Wale Elegblede will speak about what it means to be Muslim within the faith of Islam. He will also share some perspectives on what our La Crosse community can do to build bridges, promote understanding and strengthen love, tolerance and respect.

Elegbede is a La Crosse resident who is Senior Project Manager at Mayo Clinic’s Enterprise Portfolio Management Office and Center for Regenerative Medicine in Rochester, MN  He is a member of the Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder network, a LaCrosse and national organization.

2/12/17-What do you know about us, except that we come from the Near East’: La Crosse’s Syrian/ Lebanese Community with Richard Breaux

In light of opposition by the governors of Wisconsin and Iowa in 2015 to Syrian refugees settling in their states, this talk looks at the early histories of people of the Greater Syrian Diaspora  in La Crosse.
2/26/17– A window or a mirror? with Rev. Krista Taves.

When we stand before a window in the daylight we can see out into the world. At night we see ourselves in its reflection. We require both to live ethically and compassionately. We need to look out and we need to look in.

 Please check the weekly enews and website for confirmation and more information! If you can’t make it on any given Sundaythe UUA’s Church of the Larger Fellowship offers live-streaming Sunday services also. Check it out!