Reflections on the 2017 Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly

By Bruce Wiggins, Denominational Affairs Coordinator This year, for the first time anyone can remember at First Church, we had a full slate of 16 member delegates to conduct our association’s business. A total of 11 attended General Assembly (GA) in New Orleans, two attended remotely via computer, and three who attended our Regional Assembly […]

Taking to Children about Charlottesville

Candles Memorial

Dear First Church Families- We are grieving this week after the heartrending violence in Charlottesville. Once again we find ourselves struggling to comprehend how such things can happen. Here are three links to websites with suggestions for talking about violence and tragedy with children: some words from Mr. Rogers about limiting TV exposure during tragedy […]

A Minister’s Reflection: Charlottesville


This weekend, white nationalists terrorized the people of Charlottesville, Virginia, spewing hate and committing violence. The group committing and encouraging terrorism was organized and intentional, and many people are terrified. Many are also broken-hearted, while others are enraged. And many of us, while distressed, are also unsurprised. Sadly, this weekend’s festering boil of white supremacy, […]

A Summer Update

Sunflower CC0

Not to sound mean but… don’t sit inside and read this silly column in the Chanticleer! Go outside. Enjoy the warmth (goodness knows it disappears quickly enough). Walk. Ride a bike. Picnic. Read a great book in a comfy lawn chair. Store up some vitamin D for December (yes, I do know that’s not really […]

Sara’s Good Tidings

the Rev. Sara Goodman

I am so excited to join the team here at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee and meet all of you on August 6 when I will share with you a service on “Asking for Help.” My role as Assistant Sabbatical Minister will give me the opportunity to get to know many of you, as […]

RE-Flections: Life’s Spirit

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By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education We were standing in the Sanctuary, nearly two hundred of us, singing Spirit of Life. We sing that song beautifully, we UUs of First Church, and the sound washed over me like a blessing. Later, as I cruised the rooms on the lower level, the sound of children’s […]