Category: Personal & Spiritual Development

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Words on the Wind – Being in the Here and Now

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Being in the Here and Now is one of meditation’s techniques for calming the mind, centering it in the present moment and away from fears of the future or the past. Of course, when… Read More >

Circle of Hands

Coming this Fall – Theme Circles!

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Many of you participated in Chalice Circles over the last 20-plus years. However, with participation in decline, we have decided it’s time for a change! We’re excited to explore the next step in the… Read More >

Plant and Rain

Finally, Summer!

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Finally, summer! Summer is such an easy time to bask in the beauty of the natural world, a season when Milwaukeeans spend as much time as possible outdoors, a time when everyone should be… Read More >

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Words on the Wind – Blessings

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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 >

Stewardship Moment: Time, Talent, and Treasure

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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 >

Sara’s Good Tidings: the Season of Hope

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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 >

Membership Musings: Act in Hopeful Ways

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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 >

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Holiday Giving Tree & Winter Clothing Drive Begin Nov. 26

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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

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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 >

Lynne Jacoby

When I Think of Abundance . . .

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(Post by Lynne Jacoby, Membership Development Coordinator.)   When I think of abundance I think of humbleness, generosity, joy, and Joe. Joe was a housemate of mine who would often ask the question, “We’re… Read More >

Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education

REflections for November – Beryl Aschenberg

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REflections.  By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart Several years ago, following advice… Read More >

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Words on the Wind: Abundance

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By the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom. In our Worship Associate conversation about abundance, our November theme, Robert Szymanski asked the provocative question, “What is ‘enough’?” Since then, I have been thinking about abundance and scarcity,… Read More >

RE-Flections

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By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education I remember my first visit to a Unitarian Universalist church. Just taking the step to walk into a “church” felt courageous to me. I had grown up… Read More >

Membership Musings: Let Them Be Awkward!

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By Lynne Jacoby, Membership Development Coordinator I didn’t have much to say about courage until I remembered an essay by Marilynne Robinson where she noted that for a culture that reveres physical courage, we… Read More >

Sharing a Part of Yourself

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By the Rev. Sara Goodman When I was small my parents divorced, and I learned that it was easier on my family if I was easygoing and agreeable, and I learned that I was… Read More >

Special Welcome Mats

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By Lynne Jacoby, Membership Development Coordinator Years ago when my parent’s little Congregational church in Vermont was struggling to become a ‘Welcoming and Affirming Congregation’ my parents came down on different sides of the… Read More >

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