Stay Updated with La Crosse’s ‘Waking Up White’ Regional Learning Collaborative & White Privilege Symposium
Read the book “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving, join in on small group community conversations and attend guest speaker events leading up to the 2020 White Privilege Symposium in La Crosse.
Find details on their website:
Thanks to WKBT and WXOW for covering the ongoing projects in the La Crosse area fighting against systemic racism, involving UU La Crosse, SURJ and other area groups as a part of the2020 Waking Up White Regional Community Learning Collaborative. Catch the articles below:

NEXT Waking Up White EVENT:

How Did We Get Here?
The Hidden Impacts of Racial Disparities on the Well-being of La Crosse and Wisconsin

This talk takes a long look at American history and explores our national ambivalence about diversity and inclusion. We examine the legal and social treatment of Native Americans, enslaved Africans, White Ethnic immigrants (such as the Irish, Italians, and Jews), as well as immigrants and refugees from Asia and Latin America – and how those experiences have led to the racial and ethnic disparities we witness today in La Crosse and Wisconsin. 

Location: English Lutheran Church (1509 King St, La Crosse)
Date: Nov. 16th
Time: 10 am-noon


Book Group Heads in a New Direction

In keeping with the UU La Crosse focus on the environment, the book group will choose some books that fit into this category. Books could be classics such as Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold or new titles like The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, and The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan.

We could read biographies of great environmentalists: Rachel Carson, Sigurd Olson, John Muir and many others.

We could read books about our own region such as The Driftless Reader, a collection of essays and short stories published by the University of Wisconsin, or even fiction that takes place in our region, like Driftless by David Rhodes.

We could study the Mississippi, Up On The River by John Madson, or The Wisconsin River: An Odyssey Through Time and  Space by Richard Durbin.
The book group is open to all, so if you have friends who might be interested in attending, invite them to a meeting. In previous years we have met on the fourth Thursday but this can be changed if necessary. Please let me know if you are interested in reading about the environment, climate change, and related topics. I’d like to compile a list of interested people and then find a date and time that works for most. I suggest we start in October and meet monthly.

Contact me, Jan Jolly, at 612-709-6036 or


Hearing Assistance Available

We have recently purchased a hearing assistance system which consists of receivers with headphones to be used during the service. Please ask our A/V Tech, Giorgia, if you would like some help with this.


Interested in Helping Out at the Fellowship?

A great way to do this is to join a Hospitality Team! There are several ways to help out on a Sunday when you are a part of one of these teams: setting up, cleaning up, greeting, counting money, bringing treats, washing towels, or bringing cream for coffee. Some take no time at all, and some are more time intensive. Each team covers the Sundays in one month four times a year. You can choose whatever suits your situation, yet your participation in the well-being of the Fellowship will feel so rewarding. Contact Donna Bauer at or Jen Miller at for more information.


OWL – Seeking Interest and Volunteers

A few fellowship members have created an Our Whole Lives (OWL) taskforce to bring OWL curricula to our fellowship. We hope to start with classes for grades K-1 and 4-6, and eventually offer classes for grades 7-9 and 10-12 as our current students age and/or that population increases. These classes are held separately from Sunday RE classes. Our timeline is late winter/early spring of 2020. You do not need to be a member to participate. For questions, more information or to get involved, please contact Tiffany Brubaker at


Parking Notice

Friendly reminder not to park in our neighbor’s lot to the South of our building. Anything directly behind our building is open for UU La Crosse visitors. As always, if you are able, please park on a neighboring street.


Caregiver is Here to Help

The caregiver can offer support to those in need by sending a card, 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. You may reach the caregiver at or leave a message attn: caregiver at (608) 796-9993.


Stay Connected and Listen to Past Services

Stay up to date with announcements, upcoming events, and UU news on our Facebook page (UU Fellowship of La Crosse), in our Facebook Group (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse), and on our website

Past services are available for listening online via our SoundCloud page – catch up on Sunday Services from UU La Crosse!