People join churches for many reasons, including making a commitment to a personal practice, supporting their values in the world, and strengthening their connections to something larger than themselves, whether that is defined by community or purpose.

At First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, we do not share a common creed, but we do share a commitment to practicing an intentional life towards justice, spiritual growth and love. We also ask our members to participate in the life of this community by attending worship, supporting our congregation Ends Statements and sharing in the work of our mission.

Helping our community nurture souls, engage minds, and inspire action can look like warmly welcoming a stranger on Sunday morning, providing pastoral care, organizing a social justice action, teaching children, singing in our choir, or the many additional ways members help to sustain and shape everything we do at First Church. Service to the community is also an important part of strengthening our connections and sense of belonging.

Every member also makes a personally meaningful financial contribution in the form of an annual pledge. It is important to know that there is no minimum pledge amount, and no one is turned away for an inability to give annually.

Finally, while we have a real commitment to welcoming guests and visitors to participate in almost everything we do, we also have limited resources. Ministerial service for rites of passage, access to pastoral care and participation in our congregational governance are some of the privileges reserved solely for our members.


Offered three times a year, our Journey to Membership class is a prerequisite to becoming a member at First Church. You are also welcome to join the class whether or not you intend to join the church.

Upcoming Journey to Membership class dates are:

Fall 2024: Saturday, Oct 12, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm  and Tuesday, Oct 15, 6:30 -8:30 pm. In-person.
Winter 2025: 4 Wednesdays, January 8 – 29 at 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Zoom only.
Spring 2025:  4 Wednesdays, April 9 – 30, at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  In-person.

To register for Journey to Membership, CLICK HERE


If you would like more information about membership or Unitarian Universalism, contact Rev. Dena McPhetres, Associate Minister at 414-273-5257, ext. 202.

Come over and introduce yourself to our member volunteers at the Membership Table in the Common Room during Coffee Hour after Sunday services. We’d love to meet you!