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October 2017

“Daring Greatly: the Courage to be Vulnerable”

October 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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“Daring Greatly: the Courage to be Vulnerable” The Reverend Sara Goodman Diane Horne, Worship Associate Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director Sometimes the things that take the most courage take the most vulnerability. Using author Brene Brown’s best-selling book Daring Greatly, we will explore how we can use personal vulnerability to help create lasting change in the world. We will also take the time to acknowledge the important work that our Pastoral Care Associates do for First Church, and give a…

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“A Human Chain of Courage”

October 15 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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“A Human Chain of Courage” The Reverend Jennifer Nordstrom Christopher Sims, Guest Speaker Bob Porter, Worship Associate Jack Forbes Wilson, Artist in Residence Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education What is in your courage bank? What sustains you through fear? What resources do you have for facing the wildness of life? There are many places from which to draw strength, including each other. This service will explore how to resource ourselves for these tumultuous times in order to overcome the ritual obstacles and…

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“Free to Forgive in a Criminally Unjust System”

October 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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“Free to Forgive in a Criminally Unjust System?” The Rev. Karen Mooney Denise Cawley, Worship Associate Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director with Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education Forgiveness, redemption, and atonement are concepts we wrestle with in our everyday lives. Things go wrong and we find ourselves asking for or giving forgiveness; allowing for redemption; and perhaps even welcoming an act of atonement. When someone is imprisoned this cycle is truncated by systems built to…

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“The Courage of Living and Dying” 

October 29 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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“The Courage of Living and Dying” The Reverend Jennifer Nordstrom Bob Balderson, Worship Associate Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education The Reverend Forrest Church said, “religion is humanity’s response to being alive and knowing we must die.” While our personal mortality can be terrifying, knowing our loved ones are also mortal is sometimes even more so. It takes courage to live fully, knowing we must die and all those we love will die as well.…

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November 2017

“Community of Abundance”

November 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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Jennifer Nordstrom, Senior Minister

The Reverend Jennifer Nordstrom. Amanda Panciera, Worship Associate. Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director. Two Services, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There are times in our lives when we feel overflowing gratitude for the gifts of this world, from love, to beauty, to comfort, and times when we feel the fear of scarcity, whether it is material, emotional, or spiritual. How can our congregation be a place that holds our people in times of abundance and in times of scarcity? How…

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“Expect the Unexpected”

November 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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The Rev. Sara Goodman

The Rev. Sara Goodman, Assistant Sabbatical Minister. Patricia Witt, Worship Associate. Jack Forbes Wilson, Artist-in-Residence. Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. Two Services, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Can you imagine what it might feel like to live every day thinking that the universe is a friendly place? That feeling is what I call abundance. Our society is so focused on scarcity that we miss the abundance that surrounds us. We can learn to appreciate the joy in simple abundance…

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“What is Enough?” – A Thanksgiving Multi-Generational Service

November 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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Jennifer Nordstrom, Senior Minister

The Reverend Jennifer Nordstrom. Robert Szymanski, Worship Associate. Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director. Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. Two Services, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. In this multigenerational service the week before Thanksgiving, we will consider as a community, "What is Enough?" How do we know when we have enough? When we have done enough? When we are enough? In this world full of need and want, what does enough even mean? How will anything or anyone be enough? Service…

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“Stop, Look, Listen”

November 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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Michael Schuler, UU Minister

The Reverend Dr. Michael A. Schuler. Jason Ludtke, Worship Associate. Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director. Two Services, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The title of these reflections is indebted to a slogan that the British developed to remind pedestrians to exercise caution at street crossings. It has since been appropriated by popular composers and Hollywood screenwriters for entertainment purposes. It does, however, contain valuable advice we would do well to apply to our relational lives. Michael A. Schuler is in…

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December 2017

“Hope Is a Gateway Drug”

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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Jennifer Nordstrom, Senior Minister

The Reverend Jennifer Nordstrom. Worship Associate Alexis Fielek. Lead Music Director Alissa Rhode. Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. Two Services, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Hope is the first move towards any dream, be it personal or communal. You have to be able to imagine the dream and have some sense of its possibility in order to start building it. Hope is a creative force in life, it stirs us to imagine possibilities, move towards beauty, and begin building…

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“Be Still and Wait Without Hope”

December 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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Jennifer Nordstrom, Senior Minister

The Reverend Jennifer Nordstrom. Worship Associate Denise Cawley. Lead Music Director Alissa Rhode. Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. Two Services, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Tertullian said, “Hope is patience with the lamp lit.” Part of hope is inherently about waiting, but waiting for what? Are we hoping for something specific? When we do, hope morphs into desire and attachment. In our mysterious universe of unfolding time, we do not know and cannot control what comes. So how do…

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