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Gene Ferrara's Center for Conscious Living is more than a church

Gene Ferrara doesn't look like your average reverend. He plays congas, often wears Hawaiian shirts and frequently sits in the crowd as others lead a workshop or parts of the Sunday service at the Center for Conscious Living. During his Sunday sermon, he's as likely to talk about the spiritual lessons he drew from watching a football game as he is to discuss current affairs or the esoteric teachings of Jesus, Buddha or Nelson Mandela. >More
 First Unitarian Society of Madison attempts to move beyond recall divisiveness

Hundreds gathered for the usual Sunday services at the First Unitarian Society of Madison meeting house on the near west side, but this week they were also seeking hope and healing just days after Gov. Scott Walker had prevailed in the divisive June 5 recall election. >More
 Wisconsin candidates gear up for next two rounds of 2012 elections

The reelection of Gov. Scott Walker on June 5 might have concluded one of the most contentious elections in recent memory, but it's only the start of election season. Over the next six months, voters will elect a president, one U.S. senator, all eight congressional representatives, 16 state senators, all 99 Assembly representatives and all 72 district attorneys. >More
 Recall election turnout in Madison, by the numbers

Honors for the highest turnout in Madison go to Ward 70, which votes at the Bridge-Lakepoint-Waunona Community Center polling location, where 106% of pre-registered voters showed up to vote in Tuesday's recall elections. How do you have a turnout number exceeding 100%? By having a lot of voters who register on Election Day, explains Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl. >More
 The new and improved Picnic Point

One of campus' best-loved natural areas recently got a much-needed facelift. Actually, what Picnic Point got was more of a shave and haircut. Work on its eastern tip removed invasive plants, opening up dramatic views of Lake Mendota and the isthmus. Broad limestone staircases now lead down to the water, and a vast stone fire pit has been added, suitable for gatherings ranging from sing-alongs to live theater. >More
 Day one after the recall: Solidarity Sing Along returns to the Wisconsin Capitol

It was Day 386 for the Solidarity Sing Along at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison today, and the mood was defiant and spirited, despite Scott Walker's victory. "Last night might not have gone exactly as we had hoped," said conductor Chris Reeder in an understatement. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker prevails in Wisconsin recall election (updated)

Republican Gov. Scott Walker broke at least a million hearts by beating Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in Wisconsin's June 5 recall election. Barrett conceded shortly after 10 p.m. Walker's lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, also survived her recall challenge from firefighter Mahlon Mitchell. >More
 Scenes from the Wisconsin recall: Barrett, Walker camps gathered to mourn and celebrate together

The Capitol Square was lively around 8:30 p.m. as people gathered with signs, some in costume. Decorated cars drove around the square honking at the gatherers. Jim Sommerfield said the mood on the square made him feel "hopeful and uplifted," juxtaposing the tense mood he reported feeling on Tuesday around noon. >More
 A visit to three busy Madison polling places, and one idle one, on recall election day

At the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County on Taft Street, the polling place for Ward 72 on Madison's south side, officials had registered about 25 new voters before 1 pm. Of these, one used a ballot printed in Hmong. >More
 Protesters chant a collective 'Om' at Wisconsin Capitol on eve of historic Walker recall election

Taking a collective breath on the eve of one of the most contentious elections in Wisconsin history, a few hundred people gathered Monday night at the state Capitol to chant a meditative "Om." Holding hands, they had just enough people to circle the Capitol. >More
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