Worship 2018-03-21T20:33:54+00:00

Beauty, Comfort and Challenge…

Worship at UUCW means gathering to lift our hearts in thanks, think deeply about the issues of the day, reflect in graceful silence, and sing with gusto! Our services are filled with art and life: people of all ages and faith perspectives, great music from our musicians, and reflections crafted with care by our ministers and lay leaders. Sunday mornings at UUCW offer beauty and comfort and challenge us to live with integrity and joy all week long.

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Music in Worship

Music in worship provides beauty and touches powerful emotions, inspiring us to spiritual depth. UUCW music programs like choir, band and vocal/instrumental ensembles are open to your participation, too – they’re a great way to feed your spirit and connect with others.

Common Questions about our Sunday Services

Sunday Services at UUCW are held at 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. from the Sunday after Labor Day in September through the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend  in May. From Memorial Day to Labor Day (and occasionally on winter holiday weekends) we hold a single service at 10:00 am.

Please dress as you feel comfortable – casual clothing is welcome! Children especially are encouraged to wear clothes that allow free movement.
There are two large parking lots on the east and west sides of the UUCW building with designated handicapped-accessible parking spaces. The lots are joined by a driveway on the north side of the building. There are entrances on both the east and west sides of the building. For more information, see “Accessibility”.
The UUCW building is “partially accessible” for those who use wheelchairs, scooters, or walkers. There are three levels in the building.

Main Level (Accessed via East Entrance)
The East Entrance on the Main Level is barrier-free, and there is a single-stall, non-gender specific, accessible restroom on the same level along with the Church Office and Sanctuary.

Upper Level (Accessed via East Entrance/East Foyer):
The Upper Level offices and meeting rooms are accessible via a gently sloping ramp off the Main Level East Foyer.

Lower Level East (Accessed via West Entrance):
The Lower Level East classrooms and single-stall restrooms are mainly used by our tenant, the Elmbrook Preschool.
Our Lower Level Library is accessible via 3-4 steps from the West Entrance. The Lower Level East area and Library may also be accessed via stairs from the Main Level East Foyer.

Lower Level West (Accessed via West Entrance):
Most of our Religious Education classrooms for children are in the Lower Level West, and some adult meeting rooms are located there as well.
The main West Entrance provides barrier free access to the Lower Level East rooms; however, accessing the Lower Level West rooms requires navigating three steps.

Secondary West Entrance:
There is a secondary west entrance that provides barrier-free access to our Lower Level West rooms. Please call the Church Office (or the leader of the program or meeting you plan to attend) if you need to access the Lower Level West rooms via wheelchair or other mobility-enhancing device. The Lower Level West restrooms are not wheelchair-accessible. The Sanctuary may be reached by a flight of stairs from the Lower Level West Entrance.

Accessible and non-gender specific restrooms are available on the Main Level, and non-accessible restrooms designated for men and women are available on the Lower Level.

Other Accessibility Features:
For Sunday worship services, assistive listening devices, large print hymnals, chair cushions, and assistance with seating are available from the Ushers.

An accessible, non-gender-specific restroom is available on the Main level, and restrooms designated for men and women are available on the Main and Lower Levels.

We encourage you to arrive 10 minutes before a service begins. You will be welcomed at the door by a friendly greeter who can help you find the coat racks, rest rooms and the East Foyer Welcome Table. The Welcome Table staff will happily offer you with newcomer information, including about children’s programming.

Children and teens begin the morning in the worship service with their parents/guardians (except during the summer months). When the children exit the service, teachers meet the younger students in the foyer to help them find their classrooms (parents/guardians often assist younger children). If a family prefers, children may stay in worship with their parents for the full service.

Nursery care and learning is offered for babies and toddlers in our Nursery/Preschool rooms on the Lower Level West. The nursery is available beginning 10 minutes before the start of each worship service. Parents in the sanctuary will be notified if their presence is needed for the welfare of their child.

Senior High Youth Group meets during the 11:00 service only.

Visiting children are welcome in our Religious Education classes and youth groups; for your child’s safety, we will ask you to fill out a visitor sign-in form.

Come into the Community Room after the service for refreshments and conversation. Here you can often find info about various groups and activities, check out the “book nook” book exchange cart, and meet some wonderful UUCW members and friends.
After each service, the Board Representative and one or both of our ministers are available at the doors of the Community Room to greet you as you enter the social hour. We love newcomers and welcome your questions. Volunteers also are available at the Welcome Table.
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Upcoming Services

July 29, 2018: How to Build Your Own Theology

The Rev. Suzelle Lynch - What do you believe? By what principles and values do you live your life? Our Unitarian Universalist faith has no creed — that is, no central cast-in-concrete statement about god, human nature, or right and wrong that we must affirm to be UUs. Instead, we “build our own theology,” consciously or unconsciously, as our ideas on what is spiritual, on human nature, ultimate reality, values, ethics, and what our beliefs require of us manifest now and change over time. “Building Your Own Theology” can be an eight-week UU course for adults; in today’s service, we’ll do a quick and snappy version. Kaleidoscope worship band provides our music today.

August 5, 2018: O Ye of Little Faith?

Pulpit Guest: The Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen - Some people refer to Unitarian Universalists as people of little faith. (Even some UUs do.) We say they are wrong. Today's sermon will, we hope, show you why. Join our Pulpit Guest Dr. Reverend Tony Larsen, Worship Ministry Coordinator Deb Ruesch, and UUCW Music Director Ruben Piirainen on piano for a faith-filled UU service. About our Guest: The Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen recently retired from ministering at Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine, Wisconsin (after 42 years--a record!). Tony studied to be a Catholic priest before he switched to the UU ministry and has written a book entitled "Trust Yourself: You Have the Power” (Impact Publishers, 1979); authored a UUA curriculum called "A Catechism for Unitarian Universalists" (1988); and contributed chapters to two Skinner House books, "Salted With Fire" and "Everyday Spiritual Practice."

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July 8, 2018: Planting Seeds for a Just and Sustainable Future

Pulpit Guest: Rodney Sanchez - With mindful awareness and understanding, we see that in every moment we can choose thoughts, speech, and actions of love. Together, we can focus the mind, and engage society with kindness, peace, and justice, in order to cultivate a harmonious human family and a sustainable future. Music today from Music Director Ruben Piirainen. About our Guest: Rodney Sanchez has been studying and practicing the Buddha-Dharma for 28 years and has been teaching meditation classes and leading retreats since 1999. He and his wife have hosted Sangha for the past 18 years. [...]

May 27, 2018: Being Jewish in a Challenging Time

Pulpit Guest Rabbi Michal Woll will share her experience of living as a practicing Jew and a rabbi in a society that has become more hostile to people of diverse faith traditions and discuss the complex and intertwined issues of racism, antisemitism, and anti-Zionism. About Our Guest: Rabbi Michal Woll of Congregation Shir Hadash in Milwaukee is a third career rabbi and graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. As a rabbi, Michal blends her passions for music, movement, learning, self-discovery, and community building.

May 13, 2018: What is Creativity?

Rev. Suzelle Lynch - Mothers, as well as parents, grandparents, and guardians of all kinds, practice creativity as a matter of course, because children are always growing, changing, and surprising us.

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