Welcome to a community of diverse, compassionate, inquisitive souls seeking to serve, grow, connect, celebrate life and make the world a better place. We affirm people of all ages, abilities, racial, ethnic, class and faith backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions. Join us on the journey of inner depth, peace, sustainable living, and social justice!
A Message from President, Betsy Gomoll
On Sunday, April 10th during our morning services, we at Unitarian Universalist Church West blessed a new Black Lives Matter banner which now hangs on our building. Also on that morning, we had a time of “public witness” with the banner and other signs along North Avenue. Press coverage included WISN, TMJ4, and Brookfield Now.
Since September 2015, the Holistic Study has been underway to analyze and improve the usage of UUCW’s building and land to serve the mission and ministries of the congregation.
The Holistic Study began with the work of UUCW’s Vision 2020 long-range plan. Vision 2020 starts with the assumption that there is a need for greater accessibility in the church building and land to meet the needs of all members of the UUCW community. The church worked with Workshop Architects to conduct the study and develop recommendations. The architects toured the facility and met with church staff, committees, and the Board. The congregation was surveyed and a broadly-representational group of 30 was also invited to participate in developmental workshops.
The Holistic Study’s recommendations include: improved accessibility, a welcoming environment, consolidated storage, staff collaboration, environmental sustainability, improved flow between the two floors, reconfigurable multi-use spaces, and addressing many deferred maintenance items.
Click here to see the Holistic Study/Build 2020 presentation. The Board of Trustees notes that the recommendations are not a final plan; congregational feedback is being sought and it is hoped that the plan will be finalized in Spring 2017. Members are asked to go to the website and review the Holistic Study/Build 2020 recommendations and offer their thoughts via a brief online survey by April 10th. Click here to take the online survey.
As Board member Joe Lange noted at the March 20th presentation, “Now we share and listen, remembering our love for UUCW and our desire to honor our differences.”
“Creativity is simply our ability to dream things up and make them happen”
― Peggy Taylor
Amen. It is about dreaming and imagination. It is about being able to envision what others haven’t. It is about noticing connections that haven’t been drawn. Even connections between us and the earth, and us and each other. To be a people of creation is indeed to dream the “not yet.”
But what about that other part? “...and make them happen.” There’s something in there that sometimes gets short shrift. Yes, creation requires the ability to imagine the “not yet,” but it also requires the courage to live into it.
Each month, UUCW gives half of all undesignated offering monies to a non-profit organization as a way to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community.
The Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth (MCCY) was founded in 2011 to respond to specific gaps in services for abused and neglected children in Milwaukee. Their mission is to keep children safe, to create nurturing communities, and to advance best practices and improved outcomes for children and families. All services are free, and include a healthy meal and transportation assistance.Read more...
"Wake Up Your Generous Spirit," UUCW's annual pledge drive, continues. The Stewardship Committee says thank you to everyone who has made a pledge of financial support to UUCW for the upcoming Fiscal Year. Members’ financial giving funds 82% of the annual Operating Budget—what wonderful supporters our members and friends are! As of March 22nd, we’ve
received pledge commitments of $427,803. We’re not quite finished: we still have more than $70,000 to raise.
Want to learn more? Still need to pledge?
Members of UUCW share stories of "why we give" during Sunday services as part of our Annual Pledge Drive. We invite you to read their inspiring thoughts about UUCW, generosity and gratitude.
Here's why members Eric and Jody Jessup-Anger give to UUCW:
Jody: For me, UUCW offers community, opportunities for involvement in important community issues, and food for thought. And for Eric the services are a place of reflection and rejuvenation. It may be through the music of Dan Dance or the Worship Band or while listening to sermons by our ministers or a recent one on by Philip Chard on the mysteries of the subconscious mind.
Eric: We have been impressed by the myriad ways that UUCW promotes involvement within the community and also with the greater Milwaukee community. We know that the money we give to UUCW goes to causes we support unequivocally. And, we know that the programs and services offered by UUCW would not be possible without our support.
Sunday, May 1st, 2016—9:15 & 11:00 a.m.
The Rev. Suzelle Lynch, EarthSpirit Team, and UUCW Adult Choir
Today we tune into the cycle of the seasons and connect with the sacred ground we inhabit with the earth-centered holiday of Beltane! Sometimes also known as “May Day,” Beltane ushers in the light half of the “Wheel of the Year.” It’s a time of new beginnings, celebrating new ventures, and rejoicing in the new life all around us. EarthSpirit worship services promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence via ritual, storytelling, singing, silence, and reflection. We also begin UU Wellspring Month today.
May 29 – September 4
10:00am – 11:00am
NEW this summer! We are now expanding to include students through eighth grade! Class groups are divided into sections based upon the children’s grades in Fall, 2016.Read more...
Monday, May 16
Join members and friends of UUCW for small-group, facilitated discussions to express our diverse perspectives on the important issue of Back Lives Matter. Members of our congregation who have been trained in facilitation by the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion will lead each group. This session is part of the UUCW Board of Trustees' initiative, “Respecting the Differences.”
Please register for this event to help us ensure that we have enough facilitators for a successful session. Register online at http://www.uucw.org/adult-spirituality/registration. For more information, contact Larry Hawley.