Q&A with Jerry Fredrickson About Common Ground

Jerry Fredrickson(resized)

How long has First Church had a partnership with Common Ground? It started when several First Church members attended the first Common Ground Delegate Assembly in April 2008 that drew 2,300 people to Milwaukee’s convention center. After that assembly, a core group of First Church members applied to have Common Ground recognized as an Action Group, […]

Gathered to Watch the Pope’s Address

Sept. 24 2015 pope watching(resized)

On Thursday, September 25, several dozen First Church members and local residents gathered in the Leenhouts Common Room at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee to watch Pope Francis’ historic congressional address. Organized by First Church members active in our social justice organizations, the event proved to be a success — giving people a chance to […]

The One-Year Anniversary of the Shooting of Dontre Hamilton

"An opportunity for a nationwide wake-up call..."

The one-year anniversary of the shooting of Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park is this Thursday, April 30, 2015. [Post by Rev. Elaine Peresluha, Interim Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee ] Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug 9, 2014. Since that death, law enforcement officials in other cities […]

Black Lives Matter at First Unitarian Church

In the heart of one of the nation’s most segregated cities, the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. [Post by Rev. Elaine Peresluha, Interim Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee ] By publicly hanging a Black Lives Matter banner on our historic church, we are affirming the importance […]

Black Lives Matter

Somebody did the math. Every 28 hours, a black person is killed by a police officer or vigilante. In Milwaukee, Sunday, Dec. 14, Unitarian Universalists are joining other people of faith at Red Arrow Park (where Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by a police officer in April) for National Black Solidarity Sunday at 2:00 […]

Milwaukee Unitarian Universalist Ministers Respond to Atheist Billboard

Response to Atheist Billboard - Don't Skip Church

Not All Atheists Skip Church [Three Milwaukee UU Ministers respond to local controversy stirred by a billboard sponsored by a national organization, American Atheists Inc., as reported here in a story, “Atheist Group Introduces Billboard Designed to Provoke Christmas Believers,” from WUWM, a local NRP affiliate.] “December holidays can raise a cacophony of conflicting voices […]

Drew Kennedy Receives Award from Meadville Lombard

Drew Kennedy, Meadville Lombard Award

Minister Emeritus Rev. Drew Kennedy received an honor at the UU General Assembly in Providence on June 25: a Distinguished Alumni Award from Meadville Lombard Theological School. The award is “in recognition and appreciation of his significant accomplishments in ministry and exemplary leadership to Unitarian Universalism.” Drew has just retired at the end of June […]