FCSC 2017/2018 Program Table

Date

Event

Topic

 Speaker

July 2

Roundtable

Patriotism and Spritiuality  

Dave Siegfried

July 9

2nd Sun

 

Rob Brink

July 16

FTF

Native Religions & Culture/Slotty

Greendeer/Ed Riccardo

July 23

4th Sun

Joint Meeting of UU’s

A Fork in the Road

Robin Proud/Sandy Ingham

July 30

5th Sun

Work Sunday

 

Aug 6

Roundtable

Spiritual response to Tyranny.  

 

Joel Garb

Aug13

2nd Sun

Spiral Dynamics:  An Emergent Vision of Human Nature

 

Penny Andrews

Aug 20

FTF

Rudolf Steiner & the founding of Waldorf Schools

Cherity Foat

Aug 27

4th Sun

Robin Proud

 

Sept 3

Roundtable

Backroads of Hell

 

Bill Ladewig

Sept 10

2nd Sun

Penny Andrews

 

Sept 17

FTF

Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Bruce Jamison

Sept 24

4th Sun

Rob Brink

 

Oct 1

Roundtable

 

 

Oct 8

2nd Sun

Pema Antoniotti

Prayer

Oct 15

FTF

Robin Proud a no show

M.W. headed up discussion on Hate Speech vs Free Speech

Oct 22

4th Sun

Founder’s Day

Trevor Stephenson

Oct 29

5th Sun

Work Sunday

 

Nov 5

Roundtable

Tony Ring

Fear

Nov 12

2nd Sun

Rob Brink

 

Nov 19

FTF

International Crane Fdn

Sara Prussing

Nov 26

4th Sun

Pema Antoniotti

The Spirit of Generosity

Dec 3

Roundtable

 

 

Dec 10

2nd Sun

Penny Andrews

 

Dec 17

FTF

Solstice

Selena Fox

Dec 24

4th Sun

Music & Poetry

Grace Vosen

Dec 31

5th Sun

No Program

 

 

2018

 

 

 

Jan 7

Roundtable

Nick Schweitzer

 

Jan 14

2nd Sun

Larry Collins  

 

Jan 21

FTF

Painesfest

 

Jan 28

4th Sun

Sandra Ingham

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Event

Speaker/Topic

Contact/Confirmed?

Feb 4

Roundtable

 

 

Feb 11

2nd Sun

Pema Antoniotti

 

Feb 18

FTF

6:8 Community Bldg

John & Sara Ramthum

Feb 25

4th Sun

Penny Andrews

 

Mar 4

Roundtable

 

 

Mar 11

2nd Sun

Sandy Ingham

 

Mar 18

FTF

TBD

 

Mar 25

4th Sun

Pema Antoniotti

 

Apr 1

Roundtable

 

 

Apr 8

2nd Sun

Robin Proud

 

Apr 15

FTF

Slotty Road?

 

Apr 22

4th Sun

Open

 

Apr 29

5th Sun

 

 

May 6

Roundtable

 

 

May 13

2nd Sun

Larry Collins

Mother’s Day

May 20

FTF

Fruhlingsfest

 

May 27

4th Sun

Rob Brink

 

June 3

Roundtable

 

 

June 10

2nd Sun

Annual Meeting

 

June 17

FTF

TBD

 

June 24

4th Sun

Rob Brink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FTF = Free Thought Forum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Sunday Programs at the Free Congregation

 

 

 
 

FCSC

2016/2017 Program Table

 

2016

 

Event/Speaker

 

Speaker

 

July

 

 

 

3

Peace

Ed Riccardo

Independence Day

 

10

 Civil Society

Sandy Ingham

 

17

Marita Kelter

Sound Healing

 

24

Larry Collins

In My Back Yard

Joint meeting of UU’s

31

Work Day

 

Followed by Nick’s class

August

 

 

 

7

Great Expectation

David Roberts

 

14

Penny Andrews

From There to Here

 

21

Peace

Will Williams

Forging a Path to Peace

28

Rob Brink

The Ethics of Power

 

September

 

 

 

4

Mike Irwin

Myth

 

11

Sandra Ingham

Does Anyone Know what Time it is?

 

18

Suicide Prevention Efforts in SPSD

 

 

Susan Baumann-

Duren/ Chad Harnisch

 

25

Larry Collins

An Eleven Foot Pole

 

October

 

 

 

2

Joel Garb

Epiphanies at Park Hall

 

9

Pema Antoniotti

Embodied Peace

 

16

Founder’s Day

Have We Been Here Before? Language, Immigration, and Politics, Then and Now

 

Joe Salmon

23

Rob Brink

The Towel & the Baton

 

30

Congregational meeting/Work Day

Mission discussion/facilitated

 

November

 

 

 

6

Briana Burns

Epiphany II

 

13

Larry Collins

The Decline and Demise of Bowling (A Metaphor)

 

 

20

Natl Trans month

Beyond the Binary

Bree/Liz Lusk

27

Sandra Ingham

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

"It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" -- In the mid-1500's, King John Sigismund, the one and only Unitarian king in history, issued the first-ever edict of religious tolerance and made Unitarianism an official religion in his Transylvanian kingdom.  Shortly thereafter, he died suddenly.  As if this were not tragedy enough for these long-ago, brave freethinkers, Sigismund's mentor and the person most responsible for the beginnings of Unitarianism, the court preacher Francis David was imprisoned.  How did Unitarianism fare then, after these unfortunate events?  How many misfortunes would this radical religion have to endure?  Many!  On this last Sunday in November, we will trace the perilous journeys of Unitarian thinkers throughout as many centuries as time allows.

December

 

 

 

4

 Roundtable

 

to discuss what the members present thought - concerns - questions etc. The title will be: "Beyond The Binary, Part II".

11

Penny Andrews

Penny cancelled

No program/weather

18

Solstice

Winter Solstice Solar Sites with Rev. Selena Fox

 

 

Stonehenge in England, New Grange in Ireland, Aztalan in Wisconsin, and Serpent Mound in Ohio are among the ancient sites around the world being studied for their alignments with the rising and/or setting of the Sun at Winter Solstice time.  Learn about these and other sites and some of the ways they are contributing to understandings about humankind’s connections with the cycles of Sun and Seasons across cultures and through the ages.

 

25

No Program

 

 

2017

 

 

 

January

 

 

 

1

Bill Ladewig

Pantheism; Spinoza, Jack and Me.

 

 

8

Robin Proud

Louisa Adams, the "other" foreign born first lady

 

The little-known wife of John Quincy Adams is suddenly in the news as “the other foreign-born first lady”. And that’s not the only parallel to today. She supported her husband’s work in Berlin, St. Petersburg, and most challenging of all, Washington D.C. while dealing with multiple personal and political dramas.

 

15

Painesfest

Amos Moses and Doug Brown will present a musical banquet of Americana music for our 165th annual celebration of Painesfest. 

 

 

22

Pema Antoniotti

 The Insight of the Buddha

 

 

 

29

Work Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

February

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

12

Penny Andrews

Languaging:  New Light for the Paths of the Human Spirit

 

Guerencia, Weltschmerz, Ashe & Social Permaculture

 

19

Sue Logan

Sauk Prairie Food Pantry

 

26

Rob Brink

Counterpoint: a musical method for discordant days

 

 

Summary: First came the beat. It united us and taught us to dance. Then came melody. We learned to chant and chorus. Then we discovered harmony and key, and it was as like going from grayscale to color. But every once in a while, in an effort of musical excellence so exacting most won't even try, we get counterpoint: two or more melody lines, each independent and whole in themselves, carefully constructed so that when played at the same time, they work together. In a world of discord, counterpoint is not just a worthy goal, it might be a necessary tool. Come enjoy a musical morning that will encourage and challenge you.

March

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

12

Rob Brink

Rational Animals: lessons on how to be human from our evolutionary cousins

 

Many of us have pet cats or dogs that share our homes. Did you also know they share about 80% of our DNA? Which means, understanding them helps us us understand ourselves. What's included in that 80% that makes us alike, and what is it about the 20% that makes us different? 

 

19

Dan Odden

Welcoming the Refugee

 

26

Pema Antoniotti

The Life of Milarepa

 

Milarepa was one of Tibet’s most famous Yogis and Poets. In an extraordinary effort, he rose above the tragedies in his early life, to become one of the most influential spiritual teachers of his time. Full of compassion, drama and intrigue, his life story serves as inspiration to us in dealing with life’s trials and tribulations. 

 

April

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

9

Sandra Ingham

We’ve come a long way baby.

 

Oh, really!  How much progress have women actually made since that 19th amendment gave them the right to vote?  This morning we will honor Women's History Month by considering that question.  Misogyny runs rampant in this country, perhaps more so than racism; it is certainly not challenged in the ways that racism is.  Misogyny is an accepted part of the culture in the United States.  As "New York Times" editor Susan Chira says, "A man whose behavior toward women is a throwback to pre-feminist days is now setting the tone for the country."  What's a feminist UU to do?!

16

Poetry

On Spring, Easter, Rebirth

 

23

Robin Proud

The hero’s journey

“The Hero’s Journey” - What do Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, and Jesus have in common? They all represent examples of the hero’s journey as told around the world through legends, myths, folk tales, and now multimedia. We’ll look at what this journey, as described by Joseph Campbell, means for our own lives.

30

 Meet for Breakfast at Roxbury

See “The Circle”

Discussion follows at Blue Spoon

May

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

14

Rob Brink

Dark Chocolate, Wine and Motherhood: the best things in life are bittersweet

In honor of Mother's Day.  

A recognition, an encouragement, and a challenge . Recognition for our mothers, biological and otherwise. Encouragement for everyone trying to live an impossible role. And a challenge to embrace the bittersweet. Our capacity to feel more than one thing at the exact same time is one of our greatest gifts.

 

21

Fruhlingsfest

Curt Meine

This Place in Time:  Getting Our Bearings in a Rapidly Changing World

 

The Free Congregation’s 165th celebration of Frühlingsfest is a fitting occasion to consider how we understand, think about, and respond to change.  We live in a time of rapid social and environmental change that our predecessors could hardly have imagined. The accelerated rate of change in our social, economic, and political lives hardly needs to be pointed out.  Meanwhile, natural scientists and conservationists are addressing the implications of climate disruption and other forms of rapid environmental change.  I’ll use a recently published essay to explore this theme and how we all seek to make sense of the times and places in which we find ourselves.

 

28

Rob Brink

The Lost Art of Courtesy: the surprising power of an overlooked virtue

 

Courtesy is not the same thing as etiquette. Etiquette tells you which fork to use. Courtesy helps you get someone to the table. Etiquette tells you how to address a thank you note. Courtesy helps you actually send it, especially when what you'd rather do is call them back over just so you can poke them with that carefully selected fork. 

June

 

 

 

4

Spiritual Roundtable

 

 

11

165th Annual Business Meeting of FCSC

 

 

18

Bird Talk

Todd Persche, A talk about birds

At Ed Riccardo’s followed by a potluck

25

Robin Proud

June 25, 2017, 10:10 a.m., “It Can’t Happen Here - Or Can It?", Robin Proud



In 1935, Sinclair Lewis, alarmed by the rise of fascism in Europe, wrote a novel about a showman who becomes US president. Two of the characters reacting to his rise are a Unitarian activist and a Universalist newspaperman. We’ll look at which characteristics of American society encourage authoritarian leaders, and how UU’s can be both the easiest targets of, and the best defense against totalitarianism.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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