Dena’s Digressions: Rest, Reflect, Renew

By the Rev. Dena McPhetres, Associate Minister

Rest, Reflect, Renew

The countdown has begun! These weeks are full of preparations to depart for sabbatical.

My fondest hope for you during my sabbatical is that you support Sara and Jennifer and engage whole-heartedly with their ministry. Your journey during my absence will be full and inspiring as First Church moves from the warm days of August harvest through the cold days of December holidays. My journey will be one of emptying and seeing what emerges as I rest, reflect and renew.

My last day in the office is July 28. Expect to see some loose ends flying behind me in rainbow colors as I depart the church building. I’ll be back in the office January 2, 2018.

Be well, my dear ones, and be good to one another.



First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee  is a home for spiritual community, social justice, and intellectual freedom, active in Milwaukee since 1842. Unitarian Universalism is an inclusive denomination; core principles include recognition of the worth and dignity of every person; respect for the interdependent web of existence; and the goal of world peace, liberty and justice.


The Rev. Dena McPhetres is First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee’s Associate Minister. As Associate Minister, Dena has four areas of focus: Pastoral Care, Small Groups, Social Justice and Summer Services. She also shares responsibility with our Senior Minister for worship, preaching, crisis pastoral counseling and rites of passage.

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