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This Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 10:00 AM
“The Theology of Dolly Parton”
Rev. Denise Cawley

Songteller Dolly Parton describes her theology of faith and living in her lyrics. Said to carry one of the most diverse audience followings of fans, this music maker illustrates values of the Unitarian Universalist Principles, throughout her work as well as her business decisions and generous charity projects. Dolly says, ‘Forgiveness is all there is.’ Her steadfast convictions to her personal covenants guide her decisions. This dedication to right relations and acting out her faith, is an example for us all.
CHURCH LIFE
A message from UUCW Board of Trustees member Greg Kohnert

Are we there yet? No, not Covid…. dismantling white supremacy and living the fullness of theology we proclaim as UUs. A June 2020 comprehensive report by the UUA Commission on Institutional Change provides some answers – and many questions. “Widening the Circle of Concern” is a candid and essential assessment that strikes at the core of our faith and how we live it.
The first outdoor, in-person event of the year at UUCW will take place on Sunday, May 2 after the virtual service.
Beltane Ribbon-Tree Ritual
and Labyrinth Walk
Outdoors at UUCW
May 2, 11:30-2:00 pm

Join Rev. Suzelle and EarthSpirit Team members in the east parking lot at UUCW for a Beltane Ribbon-Tree ritual, delicious cookies, and a labyrinth walk in honor of World Labyrinth Day. Please wear a mask and bring the kids -- all ages are welcome! If you'd like to help with the event, contact Rev. Suzelle as soon as possible. We expect this to be the first of a series of outdoor, in-person social events to help us reconnect with one another!
An Earth Day message from
Rob Zimmerman,
Earth Ministry Team Chair

Earth Day 2021 brings both a new sense of promise and a broader understanding of the interdependence of our environmental crisis with those of systems of oppression and the threats against our democratic processes.
UUCW's Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting will be held on Zoom on Sunday, June 6th at 11:30 am. All members of the church are encouraged to attend.

Members will soon be receiving a USPS mailing containing all the Annual Meeting information. Links to the Zoom meeting will also be sent in a special email on Friday, June 4. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Banville.
Pastoral Care by Rev. Denise

Reverend Denise is focusing on pastoral care in her work for UUCW. She will do that through small group ministry, workshops, and individual appointments. You might want a minister's perspective as you navigate your spiritual, ethical, and heart-centered work in Unitarian Universalism. To set up an appointment, email Rev. Denise. She works 1/4 time so it is best to book ahead of time. She works more hours toward the end of each month when Rev. Suzelle is away.
Tea with Rev. D
Join us for a new tradition – Tea with Rev. D when Reverend Denise brings us a topic to explore. Tea is meant to bring members together for deeper connection. Topics will include current events, popular culture, media, history, and ethics all through a Unitarian Universalist lens.
 First week's discussion:
Theology of Dolly Parton
Monday, April 26, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
Memorial Day
Your Story, Your Voice Needed

Rev. Suzelle is planning for our Memorial Day service on 5/30. She is seeking people who might like to lend their voices and faces (on video) to our service - either doing a reading or telling a brief story of someone important to you or your family who died while serving in the military during wartime. You do not have to be present on 5/30 - contributions can be made in advance. Please contact Rev. Suzelle by April 16 if you'd like to contribute to the service.
You can SHINE during a Sunday service!

Just like Azure Wolfe and Hannah LeBron, you too can make a Chalice Lighting video. All it takes is a candle, a match, and a camera! A script and recording guidelines will be provided. Or, arrangements can be made for someone to record you in your backyard or in the church sanctuary.

Interested individuals and families are encouraged to contact Publications Coordinator Kelly Bognar.
Share Joys & Concerns in Tuesday's Spirit Lifter

Enter your Joy or Concern with the link below and choose whether you'd like them shared in Tuesday's Spirit Lifter email message or shared privately with Rev. Suzelle.
LIVING OUR VALUES
MICAH Highlighted at GA 2021!

The Unitarian Universalist Association is delighted to announce that MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope) will be the recipient of this year's collection at the General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship.
Outdoor Campus Clean-Up Day
Saturday, May 1
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Our UUCW grounds need your help! While we can’t be together for services – just yet – the landscape still needs to be maintained. Working outdoors allows for social distancing.
The Spring Campus Clean-Up Day is an opportunity to prune, weed, pick up fallen branches, etc. Attending the Riverkeeper's Cleanup? Join the church clean-up afterward. If the weather permits, bring a bagged lunch and a lawn chair for safe socializing after the grounds work. Questions? Contact Almuth Soffee
The Earth Ministry Team invites you to
Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s Annual River Cleanup
Saturday, April 24th

Picking up litter is a great way to help protect our waterways and the ecosystems they support. It’s a fun activity for individuals, groups, or families.

Then join the church clean-up afterward if you wish.
April Split the Plate Supports Hope Center of Waukesha

Hope Center of Waukesha has been providing the basic needs of financial assistance, food, clothing, and appliances in Waukesha County for more than thirty years. Client Dick was in need of support at a crucial time in his life. Hope Center was there to care and help make a difference.
FELLOWSHIP & LEARNING
Milwaukee Public Schools Announce their
2021 Most Valuable Volunteers

UUCW member Joyce Cable and visitors Bud and Sara Hudson were awarded this honor.

Congratulations
Joyce, Bud, and Sara!
YRUU Gathering Rescheduled!

Join your classmates for an in-person meeting on Sunday, April 25 at 12:45 pm at Wirth Park in Brookfield.

Reconnect with other UUCW teens then participate in the recording of the "call in" and "release" of the directions which will be used in the May 2nd Beltane worship service.

To be sure you have the most current information, and so we can plan accordingly, RSVP to Dave Cicero. 
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Last week UUCW member Julie Toman hosted a straw bale gardening workshop. Julie shared her wealth of information about how to condition the straw bales and gave recommendations on what to plant. All the participants are now eager to give it a try! Attendees include (l to r) Julie Toman, Susan Endes, Caryl Sewel, Almuth Soffee, Caryl's grandaughter Ange, and Lynn Beaudoin. Jerry Kashmerick and Caryl's other grandaughter Sakia were also in attendance but are not pictured.
Next Sunday, May 2, 2021 - 10:00 AM
“Desire, Sacrifice, and Celebration:
EarthSpirit Beltane” ”
Rev. Suzelle Lynch

The earth-centered holiday of Beltane honors the turning of the year from spring to summer, and the crossing into the bright and growthful half of the year. Blooming flowers invite us to dream, but ancient wisdom remind us that the earth needs our energy to thrive. After the service – come to UUCW for a Ribbon-Tree Ritual and a Labyrinth Walk in honor of World Labyrinth Day in the East Parking lot.
Come as you are - leave inspired!