Author: First Church

RE-Flections – Black People Matter Curriculum Offered

Blog, Religious Education

By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education “Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another.  Ignorance is another. Apathy is another, and so on.  So… Read More >

What is your Intention?


Intention is one of the most complex, challenging, and ultimately private processes that human beings engage in. Only the person holding the intention really knows what the intention is. Intention plays a critical role… Read More >

WORDS on the WIND: Intention


By The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom Intention, our January theme, is somewhere on the road between hope and commitment—it is not quite a goal, not quite a plan, and yet more than a vague hoping…. Read More >

Money Talks: Invest with your Values

Social Justice

By Terry Wiggins All UUs should know about Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA’s) Socially Responsible Investing Committee (SRIC) tells us, “Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) means making money AND making a… Read More >

Join the UU Love Resists Campaign

Blog, Social Justice

By Bruce Wiggins, Chair, Social Justice Council The Social Justice Council (SJC) encourages all First Church members and friends to join the UUA Love Resists Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to have… Read More >

Common Ground Update: New Initiatives Move Forward

Blog, Social Justice

By Jerry Fredrickson On October 26, Common Ground held an assembly at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, a new Common Ground member. Eight First Church members were in attendance as well as one prior member…. Read More >

Sara’s Good Tidings: the Season of Hope

Blog, Personal & Spiritual Development

By the Rev. Sara Goodman In this season of hope and expectation, we wait for the light to return, for the new year to begin. We hope all our experience and growth will lead… Read More >

REflections: the Universality of Hope


By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education “If only for the season, let us banish cynicism and welcome wonder” — Edward Searle Throughout human history, people have gathered in the coldest, darkest time of… Read More >

Membership Musings: Act in Hopeful Ways

Blog, Personal & Spiritual Development

By Lynne Jacoby, Membership Development Coordinator “’Hope’ is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all –… Read More >

Half-empty or Half-full


By Julie Bock “Hope will never be silent.” – Harvey Milk Last month I spoke of my choice to see abundance in the world, rather than scarcity. Intrinsic to that vision is hope. My… Read More >

Words on the Wind: Hope in Something Larger


By the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom As Unitarian Universalists, our faith calls us to have hope in something larger than ourselves, in some reality that is larger than either the individual or the present moment…. Read More >

First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee

Cottage Meetings Move Sanctuary Discernment Forward

Blog, First Church News, Social Justice

By Mary Buchel, Sanctuary Discernment Team Our Sanctuary Discernment Team held eight Cottage Meetings from October 1-November 5. We shared what we are learning about sanctuary and asked for your questions, concerns, and opinions…. Read More >

Black Lives Matter

Program the Parks

Blog, First Church News, Social Justice, Black Lives Matter

By Kenyatta Yamel, Black Lives Matter Program the Parks is a grassroots community organization that works with youth and families in the Sherman Park neighborhood. It has been working to provide positive activities for… Read More >

Two holiday mittens

Holiday Giving Tree & Winter Clothing Drive Begin Nov. 26

Blog, Religious Education, Personal & Spiritual Development

Holiday Giving Tree: This holiday season the Children’s Religious Education program leaders will once again be teaming up with a local organization to provide gifts for families in need. In the past, we have… Read More >

Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education

Blessings before a Meal – Ideas for UUs and Others

Blog, Religious Education, Personal & Spiritual Development

Grace for Unitarian Universalists. By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. As Thanksgiving approaches, UU families often consider blessings that might be said before a meal. Here are a few of my favorites, including… Read More >

Deb Solis, Youth Program Coordinator

“All About Youth” for November

Blog, Religious Education

By Deb Solis, Youth Program Coordinator. (See 2018 Mission Trip deadlines below.) First, congratulations to Ehlona Walker, a sophomore member of our YRUU youth group, who has received recent recognition from the UUA as… Read More >