Racial Justice Work: What We Risk

Black Lives Matter

By Mary DeVitt  —George Addair Black Lives Matter is a call for us to take risks. This is a central message of Black Lives Matter to Wisconsin UUs (BLM2WUU), our collaborative of 5 Milwaukee UU congregations. Since its beginning, the Collaborative has been working together to demand justice for Dontre Hamilton and Jay Anderson, local […]

Challenging a Key Misconception about the Black Lives Matter Movement

Police Officers

By Mary DeVitt The official Black Lives Matter organization publishes a list of 11 Major Misconceptions about the Black Lives Matter Movement. Continuing our efforts to deepen our understanding of the movement, we publish one of them here: #9—The movement hates police officers.  “Police officers are people. Their lives have inherent value. This movement is […]

Black Lives Still Matter to Wisconsin UUs

By Mary DeVitt, Leader of Black Lives Matter 55 members of 7 area UU congregations, including First Church, gathered at Unitarian Church North in Mequon on Saturday, September 17, for the third in a series of workshops offered by Black Lives Matter to Wisconsin UUs (BLM2WUU). The daylong workshop, entitled Beyond the Banner 2.5 – […]

Black People Matter in Children’s RE

By Jen Twente, Children’s RE Chair and Parent Boy, did we enjoy the conversation in the car on the way home from Black People Matter in RE that Sunday!  It was probably the most details we’ve ever heard about what happened during the class.  We heard all about “the stars”, how the kids did not […]

Spoken Word Poetry Performance at Sunday Service

If you missed the January 31 Sunday Service, you missed hearing the word wizardry of Chris Fears and Thomas Leonard as they performed inspiring spoken word poetry. We’re happy to share their piece, “Systems Error,” which was presented in conjunction with our Children’s Religious Education “Black People Matter” program.

Black Lives Matter Resources

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Be sure to check out our Black Lives Matter page in our Social Justice section for great local resources and updates about upcoming events. And “like” the Black Lives Matter page operated by First Church members to stay up to date on local goings on. And check back here for blog posts like this one: […]

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 […]