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April 2017

All Church Services and Activities Are Cancelled: See You at the Installation of the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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  SUNDAY, APRIL 30 Installation of our Senior Minister, the Reverend Jennifer Nordstrom at Immanuel Presbyterian Church at 4:00 p.m. All Morning Church Services and Activities Are Cancelled   This moving ceremony will celebrate the covenantal relationship between minister and congregation, and formally install Jennifer as the Senior Minister of First Church. After the Installation, we hope you will join us for a party to Exalt the Past and Ignite the Future, celebrating the confluence of the 175th Anniversary of…

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May 2017

Embodying Our Values

May 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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SUNDAY, MAY 7 The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director Children and Youth are invited to join us during the beginning of this special service. As Unitarian Universalists, we are committed to the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. For many of UUs, that has meant life-long work for social and racial justice in the world. However, we remain imperfect in our own lives, hearts, and institutions. How might we…

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The Body’s Truths

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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SUNDAY, MAY 14 The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom Tristan Strelitzer, Choir Director accompanied by Jack Forbes Wilson, Artist in Residence Mother’s Day Service with Child Dedication   Our bodies contain awareness and wisdom. Bodies are also sources of deep connection: to others, ourselves, this world, and the sacred. What truths are hidden in our bodies? How can we connect with the wisdom they contain? In this Mother’s Day service that includes a Dedication of Parents and Children, we will honor the…

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Dedication of Parents and Children

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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A Dedication of Parents and Children is scheduled for our Mother’s Day service. This simple ceremony is the UU version of the traditional Christian “baptism” or “christening,” though the meanings we attach to it are significantly different. Dedications are available to church members only. If you are interested in having your child dedicated on our next Dedication service (scheduled for November 2017), please submit a form online or pick up a Dedication brochure from the pamphlet rack and return it…

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Embraced By This Community

May 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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SUNDAY, MAY 21 The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education RE High School Seniors Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director As our children grow in faith and understanding, we celebrate their transitions. As they move into young adulthood, we embrace them even as we encourage them to spread their wings. Today is a day to rejoice in our young people, to honor what they have learned and those who have mentored them, and to affirm their place among…

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It’s Not All Karma: Theodicy and Grace

May 28 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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SUNDAY, MAY 28 "It’s Not All Karma: Theodicy and Grace “ The Rev. Dr. Adam Robersmith Jack Forbes Wilson, Artist in Residence For as long as there have been humans, humans have wanted reasons for the good and the bad things that occur. Most of us want to know that life is meaningful and has a purpose. How do we move forward when reasons and purposes aren’t easily found? How do we find our way forward in hope? Bio: A…

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June 2017

Flower Communion

June 4 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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“Communal Joy: Flower Communion” Multigenerational Service The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education Tristan Strelitzer, Choir Director Accompanied by Jack Forbes Wilson, Artist in Residence Flower Communion For some of us in habitual productivity, experiencing joy is something we have to put on the To Do list. What is the formula for joy? How is joy relational? Join us for our annual Flower Communion worship service, during which we will explore what it means to be part…

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Getting to Joy

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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SUNDAY, JUNE 11  “Getting to Joy” The Rev. Dena McPhetres Jack Forbes Wilson,  Artist in Residence Joy seems so simple, then turns out to be complicated. What are the obstacles to feeling joy and living joyful lives? What are the problems that get in the way of a community sourcing itself with joy? The Protestant work ethic and the tendency to take ourselves too seriously are part of the equation. Sometimes we need to make choices to reclaim joy, especially after…

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Parenting the UU Way

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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SUNDAY, JUNE 18 "Parenting the UU Way" The Rev. Joyce Palmer Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director We look at the core values of Unitarian Universalism and how they apply to parenting. How do we create an environment in our homes and families that reflects our theology and vision? The Rev. Joyce Palmer began working as Assistant Minister for Membership and Congregational Engagement at Unitarian Universalist Church West in 2015. Prior to joining the UUCW staff team, Rev. Palmer served as…

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Surrendering to Joy

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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SUNDAY, JUNE 25 "Surrendering to Joy “ The Rev. Dena McPhetres Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director Chasing joy, controlling joy or demanding joy do not work. Joy requires surrender, spontaneity, letting go and going with. What are some of the things we need to surrender to experience joy? Guilt, judgment, expectations, inhibitions, and substances. Relying on substances and addictions does not in the end bring true joy. Service Audio  

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