Is First Church Called to Offer Sanctuary?

Immigration Rights Rally A 1 14 PM Cropped

By Kitty Willkomm, co-chair of Immigration Issues Group Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Nogales, Arizona. “Be forewarned,” he said. “This is a new era. This is the Trump era,” and announced plans to “fight against evil flooding up from Mexico.” Although Sessions was referring […]

A Moment of Reflection: Racism and Oppression

Racism Handcuffed hands

  By Cheri Taylor, Membership Development Coordinator Growing up in Milwaukee, I was constantly reminded of everything I was not. I was reminded by my school friends that I stayed in what they classified as the “ghetto” since I did not live in the suburbs like they did. I was reminded I was not a boy when […]

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 […]

Immigration as a Moral Issue

Statue of Liberty Immigration

By Kitty Willkomm ~Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President In answer to Rev. Morales’ very clear call to action, our own group concerns, and questions from several congregation members, the Immigration Issues Action Group has scheduled several activities. Group members, accompanied by the Rev. Jennifer, met with Nayeli Rodin-Valle, Los Voces de la Frontera’s local coordinator […]

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 […]

Addressing our Post-Election Anxiety

Justice

By Bruce Wiggins, Social Justice Council Chair In this post-election time, I found our UUA President’s pastoral message meaningful and helpful: “This is a time to take a deep breath and a long view. Our role as religious progressives committed to democracy, compassion, and human dignity is to help bend our culture toward justice. Think […]

I am Here 

Earth Hands

I am here because as climate change effects roll out, they are going to hit the most vulnerable among us first and they already are. I am here because we know that 2016 was a record year and before that, 2015 was a record year and before that, 2014 was a record year. And I […]

Social Justice News – January

A World of Health

Read “A World of Health” and Connect People, Place and Planet By Terry Wiggins, Earth Justice Ministry Co-Chair   Earth Justice Ministry is now taking sign-ups at the social justice table for the Northwest Earth Institute’s (NWEI) 6-week discussion course based on its book of readings called A World of Health: Connecting People, Place, and […]

SAVE THE DATE! First Unitarian Society Community Building Workshop

SAVE THE DATE First Unitarian Society Community Building Workshop Location: Wisconsin Community Services: 3732 W. Wisconsin Ave. Friday: February 17, 2017 from 5:00–9:00 p.m. Saturday: February 18, 2017:   9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sunday: February 19, 2017:  11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Join us for this “heart-centered” experiential workshop and be part of creating an inclusive space of extraordinary respect, […]