Dear Ones, 
Our friends and neighbors at First Unitarian in Madison gathered recently to brainstorm COVID safe ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. Check out their suggestions here, which might provide some good ideas for holiday hangout inspiration and beyond. 
Love from a distance,
Rev. Leah

Sunday Service

10:00 am CST 

The Gift of Nothing
by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Click HERE for Worship Service details
Call in: 312-626-6799
with meeting ID 176 319 484 
  • Click HERE for worship service Zoom link, Passcode UU
  • Listen to past sermons HERE
  • Watch some of our past services on our Youtube channel
  • Click HERE for information on hosting a traveling chalice in your home
  • Students in Pre-K through 6th-grade meet at 9:00 am CST for a multi-level Children’s Chapel via Zoom this week! See our website (here) for more information about all Religious Education classes for children and youth.

Monthly Evening Service

Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00 pm CST
Join us for a new worship service led by our intern minister, Ali Peters. On the last Wednesday of each month, we will begin holding an informal evening service to re-center ourselves during the week, connect more deeply with one another, and hold each other in community. These simple services will include a reading that is related to our current worship theme, a centering practice, and an opportunity to reflect and to share joys and concerns with each other. The theme for our November service will be “Cultivating Sufficiency.” All are welcome to join us! If you have any questions, please reach out to Ali at We hope to see you there.
Zoom link HERE, passcode UU
Call in: 312-626-6799, meeting ID 827 7074 7192

Adult Faith Development

Click the image above for details on all these events.
  • December 2 - Anti Racism Learning Group Discussion with Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
  • December 3 - UU History: A Question of Identity with Ali Peters, intern minister
  • December 10 - UU History: A Question of Calling with Ali Peters, intern minister
  • December 17 - An Advent Spiritual Centering with Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
  • December 21 - Winter Solstice Ritual with Marie Luna, director of congregational life

Religious Education - Children and Youth

Our virtual Sunday programs for young people meet at 9:00 and 11:00 am. We are excited about our classes which have been designed to be fun and engaging with online learning in mind. Don’t miss connecting with our Fellowship friends and family this year!

Program Year Format for Registered Students:
•  Pre-K through 1st grade meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 9:00 am CST
•  2nd through 6th grade meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 am CST

*All students are invited to attend all classes; however the classes will be geared for the target ages.
•  7-12th grade meets each Sunday at 11:00 AM CST
Please visit our website for more information about our classes. Contact director of religious education, Kim Hartman, at with questions.

Justice Action Ministry

Mitten Tree Adaptation for this year:

Gift cards due by December 7
Essentials: Food and Shelter for All JAM and Immigration Justice are teaming up to do the Mitten Tree this holiday season. Because of recommended Covid-19 restrictions, we are going to be giving Walmart and Visa Gift Cards to about 12 families in need. This allows the gift-givers minimum time in stores, gives the recipients autonomy, and allows for online shopping with curbside or delivery. READ MORE

Justice Hub Webpage

The Justice Hub webpage has information about our JAMs, justice groups, justice events, and opportunities here at our Fellowship and out in the community right there at your fingertips any time you need it.
This week: Read more about each of these on the Justice Hub webpage!
• A thank you and link to the post-election vigil from UU the Vote.
• A special thank you from the Essentials team for the Empty-to-Full pan drive.
• Annual Mitten Tree - information about our gift-card drive for local families this year. Gift cards due Dec. 7, with drop-off times on December 5 & 6 at the Fellowship.
• Green Sanctuary book study of As Long as Grass Grows will be January 25. Information on the webpage regarding the book and how to obtain it.
• The Anti-racism Facebook group (or email) is still going. Last Zoom conversation December 2, 7:30 pm.
• ESTHER (interfaith organizing) information: Task forces and updates. 
If you want to share something on the Justice Hub webpage, please do so by completing this form by Thursday to be posted when the page is updated each weekend. Submissions may be subject to staff approval and editing.


Call for photos of Fellowship babies and children!

We'll be celebrating Fellowship babies on December 6. If you have a new child or one that you have wanted dedicated but haven't had a chance... Send an email to with their photo-- it won't be a dedication, but rather a celebration of young life even in this weird time. Photos due by December 2.

Notable Extras

Click HERE for details.
  • Black Lives Matter Lending Library
  • Zoom Guidance
  • Masks Available at the Little Free Library

Small Groups

Click HERE for details about these groups.
  • Anti Racism Fellowship Facebook Group
    A group for people affiliated with our Fellowship who want to learn about racism, anti-racism, and how to be better allies in the struggle for racial justice ongoing, find the group and ask to join by clicking HERE

  • Fellowship Community Journal
    Ongoing, submit your work to

    More information HERE.
  • Fellowship Pen Pals - Click HERE for information.
  • Journey Group Facebook Group - Click the small groups link for information
  • Joyful Mind Zen Sangha; Saturdays, 7:00 am CST
  • Men's Group, First Wednesdays & Third Tuesdays, 7-9:00 pm CST
  • Music-Making Online - Click the small groups link for information
  • Pollinate (BIPoC), Email for meeting information
  • Smiling Dandelion Sangha, Sundays, 6-7:30 pm CST
  • Spill it Sister, Second Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm CST
  • Third Thursday Book Club, Third Thursday of the month, 2:00 pm CST. Click the link above for the reading list.
  • UU Parenting Support Group, First Monday of the month, 6-7:30 pm
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