Friendship Not Fear

From Interim Senior Minister the Rev. Elaine Peresluha and the Wisconson Council of Churches Many of us are appalled at the hateful rhetoric and acts of violence against our Muslim neighbors and friends. We stand with The Wisconsin Council of Churches calling on us all to speak out against Islamophobia and to stand in solidarity, […]

What do our Social Interactions Say About Our Cultural and Social Progression as a Nation?

By Cheri Taylor, Membership Development Coordinator   At First Church, we like to consider ourselves a pretty progressive institution. We are officially classified as a “Welcoming Congregation,” we support the Black Lives Matter movement, we welcome people of various creeds, beliefs and theologies and respect each person’s spiritual truth. Each week, as we meet for […]

Christmas is for UUs Too

From The Rev. Elaine Peresluha   Tis the season. Our favorite holiday symbols are everywhere – some sacred, some secular and many in between! Bethlehem, the North Pole, angels, Rudolph, Santa, Christmas trees, Solstice light and the flames of the Menorah and Kwanzaa’s Kinara, all pushing back winter’s darkness for light. Year after year, Christians […]

Q&A with Artist William Davis

We’re so happy to have works by local artist William Davis on display in our Leenhouts Common Room. Learn a bit more about this talented artist!   What medium or mediums do you work with? I paint primarily in transparent watercolor but also draw and sketch frequently in pencil, ink and watercolor and colored pencil. […]

RE-flections: December Column From DRE Beryl Aschenberg

From Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education Hear how the songs that were sung keep echoing, beautiful and clear. All of the people we loved are beside us now, can’t you feel them near? -Candles Long Ago (Sharon, Lois, and Bram) Throughout human history, people have gathered in the coldest, darkest time of the year. […]

Christmas Eve Donation Recipients

From Omega Burckhardt One hundred percent of our offering taken during Christmas Eve services will be split among the following local organizations: Interchange food pantry works to tackle hunger issues in Milwaukee’s Lower East Side and Downtown with support from an ecumenical coalition of neighborhood church congregations. The number of pantry guests has risen this […]

Nurture the Spirit: A December of Beginning

From Dale Skaggs, President of the Congregation We usually think of December as a time of endings, of letting go — the days shrink, the last of the leaves fall, and we take stock of our harvest for the year, whatever form that harvest may take. But even now, in this month of dark and […]