Welcome to UUSRF

Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls

N8010 Hwy 65 

River Falls, WI 54022

If you seek a religious home in which wisdom, compassion and justice are the guiding principles, you have come to the right place! With members from throughout the St. Croix Valley, UUSRF is a welcoming, liberal, religious congregation that strives to nurture our community, to help our children learn, and to grow spiritually. We invite you to join us for a Sunday service. If you have children ages 2-13, they are welcome to visit our Spiritual Education program; during the school year, classes begin shortly after the start of service.  After service, join us for a cup of coffee, treats and conversation.  Thanks for visiting!

Sunday Services: 10:30 AM

Spiritual Education classes: (September through May) 10:45-11:40 AM

Our Mailing address: Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls or UUSRF 

                                   P.O. Box 63

                                   River Falls Wisconsin

(See Map  & please scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the whole scoop!)


July 2018


Notices:  Please read here each time you seek out the website!

July 1 marks the beginning of our church year and it is the time that our newly elected board begins its work.

I'd like to introduce you officially to our new board!

Be aware that it is the policy of the board for its monthly board meetings to be open.  

Join in and see what we do, especially if you have business for the board to consider.


RED for Services, Green for Youth & SE, Black for Meetings, 

Orange for Events, Purple for Groups.


Items remaining in June:

(6/29 - Friday & 30 - Saturday)

Be sure to let Shirley Jane know you are coming!

NOTE: changes below, in Black. 

Internal Events:  Life Visioning Workshop

For All Members and friends of UUSRF.  Will be held at UUSRF.

Friday June 29: 2 pm to 9 pm

And Saturday June 30: 3 pm to 6 pm 

followed by a Potluck.

& on Sunday, July1, 6 pm to 9 pm

Contact Shirley Jane with interest or for more information. 


(7/1 - Sunday)

Meeting: Program Committee meets at 9:30  am 

in the Gathering Room.  Come one and all.  We have a big job to do.

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(7//1 - Sunday)

Service:   Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, Julia Ward Howe, Bessie Smith, Hank Williams and the Dixie Cups!  Come and celebrate the best of American music!  What songs inspire you? What tunes get you through hard times? Come join Martha TerMaat for a singalong and sharing about our favorite music on Sunday, July 1 at 10:30.

  All singers and drummers listeners and foot tappers are welcome.  We might learn some new songs!   All usual features of a normal service will be included and Table talk for discussion after the singalong.  See you Sunday!

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(7/3 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

(7/4 -  Wednesday)

Meeting: Social Outreach Action Response (SOAR) Committee meets

every first Wednesday at 2:00 pm Postponed to 7/18 due to the holiday.

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(7/4 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poets Society at 3:00 pm

first & third Wednesdays of the month.

All Poets at heart are Welcome!

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(7/4 - Wednesday)

Group:  UUSRF Men's Group(postponed & now Cancelled for July) at 6:30 pm

first Wednesdays of the month.

All Newcomers are Welcome!

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(7/5 - Thursday)

Group:  Garden Work Thursday (any time between 7:00 & 11:00 am) or any day really. 

for any to join Heidi, Shirley Jane, Jens and sometimes Vicki

to do our work or yours in the cool of the day.  

Other days remain unspoken for but people are coming to save the plantings.

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(7/5 - Thursday)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm

in the home of Robert and Michelle Smith.  

It is a sharing evening for poetry, song, mystic insights,

good thoughts and conversation.

Please call your first time at 715-531-3515 for address & introduction.

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(7/8 - Sunday)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong

"Responding Rather than Reacting"

"Mindfulness of our hot buttons"

2nd & 4th Sunday at 9:00 am

in the Gathering Room with Colleen Gray  .

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(7/8 - Sunday)

                  

Service:   "Raising Chalice Children in a Blade Culture" Robert D. Smith, Michelle and family participating.

Thomas R. Smith to join them with his poetry and music.

 Michelle and Robert are hoping to nudge everyone into considering our mutual responsibility to "Consciously Re-Shape Our Environments for Joy". We have been considering and conversing on the elements that make for a likelihood that folks could ease themselves into an increase of happiness: while it is perhaps either possible or probable that most folks who attend the UU are already brimming with bliss, the evidence seems to indicate that way too many folks in this country and around the world are not. The life expectancy of Americans is now decreasing, so it should be clear that "the Blade" can really take us no further on its particular evolutionary pathway. So, our plan / hope is to simply share our thoughts on practical steps we might take in charting a "Chalice Causeway". 

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(7/10 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(7/11 - Wednesday)

Group: Foragers Book Club on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm at UUSRF.

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(7/11 - Wednesday)

Group: CANCELLED - Men's Group to meet at 6:30 pm on First Wednesdays of the month.

This Meeting was postponed because of the July 4th holiday and is now CANCELLED.

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(7/12 - Thursday)

Group:  Garden Work Thursday (any time between 7:00 & 11:00 am) or any day really. 

for any to join Heidi, Shirley Jane, Jens and sometimes Vicki

to do our work or yours in the cool of the day.  

Other days remain unspoken for but people are coming to save the plantings.

(THE GROUNDS, GARDEN AND NEW LABYRINTH ARE LOVELY!)

(7/12 - Thursday)

Group: Ladies Who Lunch at West Wind Restaurant in RF.

All 2nd Thursdays from 11:00 to 1:00 pm

for lunch and conversation with a mixed group.

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(7/12 - Thursday)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm

in the home of Robert and Michelle Smith.  

It is a sharing evening for poetry, song, mystic insights,

good thoughts and conversation.

Please call your first time at 715-531-3515 for address & introduction.

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(7/15 - Sunday)

Group: Meditation Group meets in Gathering Room or outside if weather permits

on every first, third and fifth Sunday at 9:00 am.  

Contact Shirley Jane with questions.

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(7/15 - Sunday)

Service: The Beckhams, Dick & Sue - The words "fascist" and "fascism" are used with great frequency in these turbulent times. What do these terms mean and when is their use justified? Informed by Madeleine Albright's recent book FASCISM: A WARNING and other sources, Dick and Sue Beckham will frame the topic and then open the floor for further discussion.

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(7/16 Monday)

Meeting: Caring Circle meets at 1-2:30 on the Monday before each board meeting.

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(7/17 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(7/18 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Social Outreach Action Response (SOAR) Committee meets 

Wednesday at 2:00 PM (postponed from usual first Wednesday) 

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(7/18 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poets Society at 3:00 pm

first & third Wednesdays of the month.

All Poets at heart are Welcome!

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(7/18 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  UUSRF Board meets third Wednesdays at 5:30 pm.

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(7/18 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets third Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

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(7/19 - Thursday)

Group:  Garden Work Thursday (any time between 7:00 & 11:00 am) or any day really. 

for any to join Heidi, Shirley Jane, Jens and sometimes Vicki

to do our work or yours in the cool of the day.  

Other days remain unspoken for but people are coming to save the plantings.

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(7/19 - Thursday)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm

in the home of Robert and Michelle Smith.  

It is a sharing evening for poetry, song, mystic insights,

good thoughts and conversation.

Please call your first time at 715-531-3515 for address & introduction.

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(7/22 - Sunday)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong 

2nd & 4th Sunday at 9:00 am

in the Gathering Room with Colleen Gray

for Readings, Discussion, Tea & Practice.

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(7/22 - Sunday)

      

Service:   Hi Everyone! My name is Linda Warner and I am a speech and language

pathologist from Ellsworth, WI and member of UU.

I am passionate about communication and so excited

to speak to you about Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

The title of my talk is

"Moving from Jackal to Giraffe: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication."

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(7/24 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(7/26 - Thursday)

Group:  Garden Work Thursday (any time between 7:00 & 11:00 am) or any day really. 

for any to join Heidi, Shirley Jane, Jens and sometimes Vicki

to do our work or yours in the cool of the day.  

Other days remain unspoken for but people are coming to save the plantings.

(7/26 - Thursday)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm

in the home of Robert and Michelle Smith.  

It is a sharing evening for poetry, song, mystic insights,

good thoughts and conversation.

Please call your first time at 715-531-3515 for address & introduction.

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(7/27 - Friday)

Group Event:  Full Thunder Moon and Blood Moon at 7:30 pm 

on Friday, July 27 at the UU campfire ring.

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(7/29 - Sunday)

Group: Meditation Group meets in Gathering Room or outside if weather permits

on every first, third and fifth Sunday at 9:00 am.  

Contact Shirley Jane with questions.

(7/29 - Sunday)

      

Service:  The SOAR team invites you to a forum on July 29 at 10:30 AM 

to introduce our social action theme for the year: Climate Justice.

In this forum we will crowdsource ideas for what we can learn and how

we can take action together over the coming months.

Bring questions, ideas, musings and hopes for building a brighter future!   

Drumming after the service for those interested.

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(7/29 - Sunday)

Social Outreach Action Response Committee Event:  

SOAR garden soup and bread after the Service.  

SOAR will provide the Garden Soup,

Member and Friends will provide donations of Bread.

Free will donation goes to local Climate Justice.

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(7/31 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.