I have been a member of UUCW since 2008.  Before joining UUCW, I attended holiday services at First Church with my (now ex) husband’s mother and felt a connection with the UU church I had never experienced in the Lutheran Church of my youth. When I was going through my divorce, I ran into Reverend Suzelle on the playground (our children were in the same grade at the same school), and she encouraged me to try UUCW.  It was exactly what my young children and I needed. I felt like I had been looking for the UUCW community and Unitarian Universalism my whole adult life. UUCW is my spiritual home; I was a participant in the first Wellspring group and found the experience to be transformative. I have been both a participant and a facilitator in Wellspring, have taught in RE, and am a founding member of Kaleidoscope, the UUCW Worship Band. I’m also a member of the Twisted Stitchers, a knitting, crocheting, needlepointing, (and any other crafts) group.

Both my son and my daughter were active in RE and the YRUU high school group, and both were privileged to travel to Boston for a UU Heritage Trip. My son also did a service trip to the Lakota Indian Reservation; COVID put a stop to some of my daughter’s opportunities, though she was a NAYC delegate and helped plan a number of CONS. My son Will and I traveled to Nicaragua in 2016 as part of the UUCW Bridges to Community group and helped build a house for Maria and her family. Owing to Julia’s youth leadership, I was a chaperone for a number of YRUU CONS, another amazing and transformative experience.

Professionally I am a lawyer, mediator, and ombuds. I currently work full-time as an Ombuds at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Until May 2022, I split my time between MCW and Marquette Law School, where I taught the small claims mediation clinic for 10 years and helped design and implement a foreclosure mediation program that was used statewide. Through my work at Marquette, I also traveled to Israel 4 times with law students as part of an International Conflict course studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I have extensive experience serving on volunteer Boards and committees; including the Wauwatosa East Town Neighborhood Association Board, the Friends of Hoyt Park Pool Board, and as past chair of the Wisconsin State Bar’s Dispute Resolution Section and Section Leaders Council. I currently chair the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section Ombuds Committee Legislation Action Task Force and serve on the Milwaukee Chorister’s Endowment Committee.

I share a house in Wauwatosa with my 85-year-old mother Judi, who joined UUCW after she moved to Wauwatosa in 2017, a cat, Willow, and a dog, Jemma.  My son Will is 25 and recently moved back to Wauwatosa after finishing college; my daughter Julia is 22 and a first-semester senior at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan.

I was a member of the Interim Search Team, which was a challenging and fulfilling experience and paved the way for me to be a member of the Ministerial Search Committee. I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving our beloved UUCW community as it moves into the next exciting phase.

 Natalie Fleury