Blue Ribbon Congregation

By Janet Nortrom Our First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee church will be honored at the General Assembly in June as we qualify as a Blue-Ribbon Congregation awarded from the UUA-United Nations Organization. It is always a wonderful ceremony and reception with many international UU groups present and Janet Nortrom will receive the award on behalf of […]

Promoting Justice

By Bruce Wiggins, Social Justice Council Chair Our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is leading UUs to move beyond stating our values of “Taking Action” to promote justice and compassion. Together with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), they have published a Declaration of Conscience that congregations can adopt and individuals can sign on to. Nearly […]

Saddened by Racial Shooting 

Saddness on the lakefront

My people, I write to you in love and grief at another moment of violence in our Milwaukee community. On Sunday evening by the lakefront, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Truax shot into a moving vehicle that was apparently fleeing a traffic infraction. Video shows two black people in the front seat of the car […]

Institutional White Supremacy

stop racism

By Celie Koneazny, YRUU youth member White Supremacy is the belief that white people are superior to those of other racial backgrounds and should therefore be in control of everything politically, economically, and socially. But what is white supremacy to the teenagers of today? So far, it has been something to talk about and analyze […]

Positive Engery

Lemon Zest

By Julie Bock, President of the Congregation, 2016-2017 As we move from our ‘traditional’ church year into our summer services, with our beautiful Flower Communion on June 4, I reflect on all the anticipation, excitement, and activity of this past year. First Church has been filled with zest this year. We leaned in to welcome our new […]

Meet Our New Assistant Sabbatical Minister!

the Rev. Sara Goodman

Hello! I am so excited to join the team here at First Unitarian Society Milwaukee in August and meet all of you! My role as Assistant Sabbatical Minister will hopefully give me the opportunity to get to know many of you, as I offer pastoral care while the Rev. Dena is on Sabbatical from August through […]

Dena’s Digressions: Joy


By the Rev. Dena McPhetres, Associate Minister Well, this is an easy one. What does it mean to be a community of joy? Just think of how you felt at Jennifer’s Installation service! Soaring joy, grateful joy, tender joy, expansive joy, releasing joy, settling down deep joy. I had so much joy in my body-mind-heart-spirit […]

Words on the Wind: Joy

Life is Beautiful

By the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom As the days grow longer and warmer, the pulse quickens a bit, especially in Milwaukee, where the we come alive during the summer! Fittingly, we will explore what it means to be a community of joy in June. I find myself particularly joy-filled when I look back on our year […]

Hogwarts Camp


Our Summer Religious Education program will be magically transformed into a Harry Potter camp – with UU overtones, of course. Kids will learn a  few spells,  make a craft or two and talk about  the  UU Principles in the Harry Potter books. If you haven’t read the books, don’t worry! This summer Religious Education program […]


Children and dandelions CC0 PM

By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education When my daughter Chelsea was born, I was given a poem written by Dorothy Law Nolte entitled “Children Learn What They Live.” Perhaps you have seen this one. It begins,  A quick look on the internet found that it has been quoted (and frequently adapted) in a multitude of […]