Category: Personal & Spiritual Development

The Wonder of Steadfastness

Personal & Spiritual Development, Religious Education

Often when we think of what piques wonder in us this time of year, the focus is on the mysteries… More >

Pause to Appreciate the Nurturing Dark

Holiday, Personal & Spiritual Development

“If you are going to meditate by candlelight, do not hurry to light the candle,” wrote John Marsh in his… More >

Wonder-A First Church Core Value

Personal & Spiritual Development

Wonder is one of the four core values grounding our First Church community. It encompasses doubt, questioning, and humility in… More >

Forge Our Future – Just say “YES!”

Membership, Personal & Spiritual Development

During this month of year-end reflections and deep gratitude, numerous First Church volunteers will continue reaching out to every household… More >

Rev. Jennifer’s Sabbatical Update

Membership, Personal & Spiritual Development

Rev. Jennifer’s Sabbatical: an important event for First Church! Sabbaticals can be as worthwhile to members as to the minister…. More >

We Look Forward To Visiting You For Forge Our Future!

Membership, Personal & Spiritual Development

We hope that you were able to attend the Forge Our Future kickoff and Halloween street party on October 23rd…. More >

Nurture the Soul Midweek

Personal & Spiritual Development, Membership

Dealing with change in the world is hard, but from my perspective changing one’s own behavior is harder. Some several… More >

Constancy of Change

Personal & Spiritual Development, Religious Education

There is something about the human soul that longs to be settled and stirred. This simultaneity is expressed in our… More >

How Do You Feel About Change?

Personal & Spiritual Development

Change might be exciting or nerve-wracking, but it is inevitable. According to the Buddha, impermanence is one of the three… More >

Rev. Jennifer 2.0 

Membership, Personal & Spiritual Development

Alert. Your Senior Minister will be updating her operating system in 2023.  Do not turn off your congregation.    In… More >

Whither our UU Principles?

Personal & Spiritual Development

What do we as UUs believe, and what does our church stand for? How do we want to see those… More >

Social Courage in our Community 

Personal & Spiritual Development

A First Church visitor walked into a church for the first time in her life last Sunday all by herself,… More >

Courage to Teach

Personal & Spiritual Development

Courage is so often claimed by bold and heroic acts, but as a young teacher it was Parker Palmer who… More >

Supporting One Another with Courage & Joy

Personal & Spiritual Development

I’m excited about Rev. Jennifer’s upcoming sabbatical. It is a sign of a congregation’s robust health to support their ministers’… More >

Courage to Defend Democracy & Grow Church Vitality

Personal & Spiritual Development

Courage is calling to us this October, as we gear up to Defend Democracy in Wisconsin, and to kick-off our… More >

Journalism, You, and the Future of Truth Seeking

Social Justice, Personal & Spiritual Development

As a longtime journalist, Dave Umhoefer offered tips while in the pulpit this summer for dealing with disinformation – and… More >