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Living in the Gap

July 17, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am


The Paradox and Promise of In-Between

Today’s Topic:

In Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker Palmer wrote about what he called “The Tragic Gap” between our broken reality and what we know is possible. Charles Baudelaire described genius as the ability to hold two opposing ideas at the same time without losing your mind. We inhabit many such in-between spaces: between what is and what might be, between joy and sorrow, courage and fear, solitude and community, individual action and collective effort. Since ‘in-between’ is often an uncomfortable place, how might we transform our discomfort in such spaces into a creative tension that inspires and sustains us? 

Dale Skaggs has been a member of First Church since 2007and has served as Worship Associate, a Trustee, a Pastoral Care Associate, and has served on a number of committees and task forces. His career(s) included management roles in technology companies, university art gallery management, and management of visual effects studio operations. Recent years have seen him working to bring an old farm back to life using organic practices. He lives with his wife Lynda Lambert (and two cats) in the 1889 row house next door to First Church. 

Worship Team:

Dale Skaggs, Pulpit Guest
Susie Seidelman, Worship Associate
Alissa Rhode, Lead Music Director 

Online at 10:00 am:

Join us for a 30-minute version of this Sunday Service featuring the sermon and Worship Associate story, and music curated by our music directors. To watch this version of Sunday Service, go to our YouTube site at 10:00 am.

In-Person COVID Safety:

Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test: All people entering the building are required to present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours at the door.

Masking with Kn95 masks required for all over age 5.

Distancing 6 feet between households highly recommended.

No reservations required.

Social Hour:  Join us in the Leenhouts Common Room after service to meet friends, old and new.

We offer religious education for children of all ages at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. To learn more, please see our Religious Education Web Pages and sign up to receive our RE Weekly Update.

Parking: Our church has no parking lot. Jewish Family Services lot: JFS welcomes us to use their parking lot on Sundays. It is located 3 blocks west of the church, on Van Buren near Knapp St. Kingshead lot: On Sundays we can also use the gated parking lot on the corner of Van Buren and Knapp Streets. After you park, get a token from an usher in order to exit the lot. We also rely on street parking in our neighborhood. Here is a map with details.

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 17, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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