Half-empty or Half-full

By Julie Bock “Hope will never be silent.” – Harvey Milk Last month I spoke of my choice to see abundance in the world, rather than scarcity. Intrinsic to that vision is hope. My belief in the inherent worth of all beings – even ones I may not like very much at the moment – […]

Words on the Wind: Hope in Something Larger

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By the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom As Unitarian Universalists, our faith calls us to have hope in something larger than ourselves, in some reality that is larger than either the individual or the present moment. That reality might be the courage of the human spirit, the beauty of humanity, the ground of all being, a larger […]

Cottage Meetings Move Sanctuary Discernment Forward

First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee

By Mary Buchel, Sanctuary Discernment Team Our Sanctuary Discernment Team held eight Cottage Meetings from October 1-November 5. We shared what we are learning about sanctuary and asked for your questions, concerns, and opinions. Thank you for participating. Based on our discernment process and your thoughts, we will make a recommendation to our Board of […]

Program the Parks

Black Lives Matter

By Kenyatta Yamel, Black Lives Matter Program the Parks is a grassroots community organization that works with youth and families in the Sherman Park neighborhood. It has been working to provide positive activities for the residents of the neighborhood including a Haunted House party, a junior golf program, and a Community Empowerment and Solutions Center-ITAV. […]

Holiday Giving Tree & Winter Clothing Drive Begin Nov. 26

Two holiday mittens

Holiday Giving Tree: This holiday season the Children’s Religious Education program leaders will once again be teaming up with a local organization to provide gifts for families in need. In the past, we have had requests for new items such as toys/games, sweaters, shirts, art supplies, and small denomination gift cards, but we will issue […]

Blessings before a Meal – Ideas for UUs and Others

Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education

Grace for Unitarian Universalists. By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. As Thanksgiving approaches, UU families often consider blessings that might be said before a meal. Here are a few of my favorites, including some from the Children’s Religious Education team:   “For the food before us, the family (and friends) beside us, and the […]

“All About Youth” for November

Deb Solis, Youth Program Coordinator

By Deb Solis, Youth Program Coordinator. (See 2018 Mission Trip deadlines below.) First, congratulations to Ehlona Walker, a sophomore member of our YRUU youth group, who has received recent recognition from the UUA as a Luminary Leader. The Luminary Leaders program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service and leadership in Unitarian Universalist communities. Recognized […]

When I Think of Abundance . . .

Lynne Jacoby

(Post by Lynne Jacoby, Membership Development Coordinator.)   When I think of abundance I think of humbleness, generosity, joy, and Joe. Joe was a housemate of mine who would often ask the question, “We’re lucky, aren’t we?” — out of the blue if the conversation had gone quiet around the dinner table, walking our way […]

REflections for November – Beryl Aschenberg

Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education

REflections.  By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart Several years ago, following advice found in Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance, I started to keep a gratitude journal. Each night I write down five […]

Words on the Wind: Abundance

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By the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom. In our Worship Associate conversation about abundance, our November theme, Robert Szymanski asked the provocative question, “What is ‘enough’?” Since then, I have been thinking about abundance and scarcity, in the context of enough. There are the basic needs baselines of enough: clean water, healthy food, shelter, heat, and medical […]