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“Learning from Milwaukee’s Bronzeville”

July 5, 2020 | 9:00 am


Online Only at 9:00 a.m.:

Summer service is livestreamed at 9:00 a.m. for the safety and health of our congregation. To watch Sunday’s service, CLICK HERE.

Today’s Topic:

A member of our Worship Associate team defined character as “what other people can see about who you are.” As a driver for the Adult Center at Cross Lutheran Church, shuttling elderly African American women to and from their homes, I listened to my passengers exchanging stories about their experiences growing up in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville. The stories of Mary Young, dancer, maid, and postal worker, and Bob Harris, veteran, boxer, and educator, exemplify the character found in the African American community.

Join us as we reflect upon what we can learn from Milwaukee’s Bronzeville.

Worship Team:

Paul Geenen, Member
Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director
George Bledsoe, Worship Associate

Paul Geenen is an entrepreneur, a community activist, an author, a grandfather of eight, and a great-grandfather of two. He is the author of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville: 1900 – 1950, Schusters and Gimbels: Milwaukee’s Beloved Department Stores, Sherman Park: A Legacy of Diversity in Milwaukee, and Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee: South Side Struggles in the ‘60s and ‘70s. He volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, mentoring a fourteen year-old young man. He is a community organizer, working on electing progressive candidates at the local, state and national level. Paul has been a member of First Church for three years, and serves on the Worship Associate and Circles of Support teams.

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First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee is a progressive church for spiritual community, social justice, and intellectual freedom. Visitors to First Church are always welcome!


July 5, 2020
9:00 am
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