Category: Blog

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Words on the Wind – Blessings

Blog, Personal & Spiritual Development

In Unitarian Universalism, we understand each person is born an original blessing. At the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, when I served as Assistant to the Director of Religious Education, every Sunday the children… Read More >

Ezzard White, One Hope Made Strog

Share the Plate – One Hope Made Strong

Blog, Social Justice

One Hope Made Strong (OHMS) is our summer Share the Plate recipient at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. One Hope Made Strong, run by Ezzard White, is a vocational instruction program that has… Read More >

Membership Musings, by Lynne Jacoby


“Each of us is meant to have a character all our own, to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do.” William Ellery Channing, Unitarian Minister 1780-1842…. Read More >

Dena’s Digressions: Emergence


On my walk today, I found evidence of spring’s emergence–swelling buds on a magnolia tree, a song sparrow’s voice of celebration, snowdrops blooming, dog poop melting into the garden. Emergence reveals both the beauty… Read More >

Growing Tree

WORDS on the WIND: Emergence


 What does it mean to be a people of Emergence?   It has been a long and sometimes hard winter. I know our community is especially tender with two recent surprising deaths of prominent… Read More >

Dena’s Digressions: Listening


The healing power of one-to-one listening simply cannot be over-estimated. To be truly heard by another human being is rare in our fast-paced lives. Those of you who have received the calm presence and… Read More >

WORDS on the WIND: Balance


March includes Spring Equinox when the hours of dark and light are evenly balanced. It can be a good time to reflect on equanimity. Is balance a state of stillness or dance? In yoga… Read More >

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 >

Stewardship Moment: Time, Talent, and Treasure

Blog, Personal & Spiritual Development

By Tony Panciera, Stewardship Council Chair December always brings familiar memories – snow, holidays, family, food, and gifts to name a few. During the past month, I have been reflecting a lot on my… 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 >