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Category: Personal & Spiritual Development

Dena’s Digressions – Belonging

Personal & Spiritual Development

I grew up in a very small town which I loved. As a child, I felt deep belonging to the… More >

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Words on the Wind – Belonging

Personal & Spiritual Development

Human beings naturally long to be part of a people. The desire to belong is hard-wired in us because people… More >

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Words on the Wind – Expectation

Personal & Spiritual Development

Gathering in and returning to our two-service church year brings a whirlwind of expectations: What will we create together this… More >

Rev. Dena McPhetres

Dena’s Digressions – Honesty

Personal & Spiritual Development

I believe that honesty is the first step toward living a life of integrity. To align one’s actions with one’s… More >

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Words on the Wind – Desire

Personal & Spiritual Development

In process theology, the divine uses desire to lure us into greater beauty, harmony, and relationship. Desire is the hook… More >

Rev. Dena McPhetres

Dena’s Digressions – Simplicity

Personal & Spiritual Development

We have a joke around the office, “It’s First Church: it’s complicated!” I used to marvel at how many layers,… More >

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Words on the Wind – Simplicity

Personal & Spiritual Development

The Shaker song tells us “Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free,” and liberty-loving complexity-filled… More >

2019 MidAmerica Regional Assembly

Religious Education, Personal & Spiritual Development

What a joy to spend time with our minister, Rev. Jennnifer Nordstrom, plus Rollie Hansen, Bruce and Terry Wiggins, Omega… More >

Rev. Dena McPhetres

Dena’s Digressions – Curiosity

Personal & Spiritual Development

When I was in school, I had a reputation for being a walking encyclopedia of questions. When I encountered traditional… More >

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Words on the Wind – Curiosity

Personal & Spiritual Development

Curiosity can be a powerful tool for learning and transformation. In our Unitarian Universalist congregations, we often use critique as… More >

Rev. Dena McPhetres

Dena’s Digressions

Personal & Spiritual Development

Grieving sucks. I’m just sayin’. It’s hard. We don’t get over a deep loss. We go through it, each in… More >

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Words on the Wind

Personal & Spiritual Development

What does it mean to be a people of wholeness in the midst of all this grief, and spring also… More >

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Watch Sunday Services Online and Share with Your Friends!

Personal & Spiritual Development

We know you all want to be in church on Sundays, to connect with and support your community, to feel… More >

Rev. Dena McPhetres

Dena’s Digressions: People of Trust

Personal & Spiritual Development

When I was a child, I loved watching the movie Sound of Music. My parents bought the album and we… More >

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Words on the Wind: Fractals and Possibilities

Personal & Spiritual Development

Fractals are self-similar patterns repeating at different scales. They pattern our lungs, tree branches and leaves, snowflakes and river routes…. More >

Rev. Dena McPhetres

Dena’s Digressions: Possibilities

Personal & Spiritual Development

Simply by calling something new, we invite possibilities. The New Year, whenever we observe it, marks a beginning, a fresh… More >