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175th Anniversary Campaign Announced! By Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

This year, our congregation is celebrating our 175th anniversary. For 175 years, our church has been a beacon of liberal religion in Milwaukee, providing a haven of spirituality, religious freedom, and reason while at the same time working to be a force for good in the world: a force for social justice; for service to people marginalized or in need; and for healing and restoration. From a soup kitchen in the 1850s and the Flower Mission in the 1870s, to our support today for Micah, The Food Pantry and Black Lives Matter, we have nurtured the dreams of Beloved Community, within and without the walls of our historic building. Generation after generation, our congregation has flourished, and struggled, and flourished again, growing into a flagship of the Unitarian Universalist movement in the Midwest.

The 175th anniversary of our congregation offers us an opportunity to consider where we stand, poised between the powerful past of our congregation and the possibilities of its future. We are the inheritors of the wisdom and foresight of those people seven generations ago who invested in creating the congregation we love today. We need liberal religion in today’s world. We need a strong moral voice calling for progressive values. A voice with the strength of history and spirit behind it that is not afraid of change, that is ready to be present in the world as it is today, and in the beautiful multicultural world we are becoming.

If you value all this congregation is, we invite you to celebrate our 175th anniversary by giving a special gift to ignite the future of liberal religion for another 175 years of freedom, reason, spirituality, and justice in Milwaukee. Consider giving a gift in a multiple of 175, honoring all we have been and all we will become. This special 175th anniversary campaign will raise funds throughout this church year in honor of our anniversary, and investing in our future.

To make your gift, you may:

  • Write a check payable to “First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee” and write “175th campaign” in the memo line. You may put it in the Sunday collection basket or mail it to the church office. Note that checks received with no message in the memo line will be assumed to be annual operating pledge payments.
  • Church members, use your credit card via your MyFirstChurch member portal account. If you don’t have your account set up, learn how at the link on our home page. MyFirstChurch accounts are available to members only.
  • Non-church members, to use your credit card, find a special collection envelope at the back of the sanctuary which gathers all information and authorization we need to execute the transaction.



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.

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