June 13
10:00 a.m.
Livestream Only

The Ground Is Troubled
Rev. Dena McPhetres, Associate Minister
Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director
Susie Seidelman, Worship Associate

The manner in which we are rooted is because of what someone else has done in the past. American society is deeply rooted in settler colonialism, a caste system, racism and the transatlantic slave trade. The ground is troubled with the history and practice of white supremacy culture. How do we add nutrients to the soil that will help us grow something deep enough to transform what we inherit? The power of sunflowers and mushrooms may give us a clue.


ZOOM COFFEE HOUR AT 11:00. Once you enter the Zoom meeting, Lynne will coordinate smaller groups of five or six for conversation. Members, guests, visitors are all welcome! Bring your own coffee. Link to Join HERE.

SUNDAY SERVICE JUNE 27 WILL BE AT 11:00 AM! Join us for service at the UUA General Assembly.
NO SUNDAY MORNING FORUM IN SUMMER. Join us again in September.
COVID RE-OPEN STATUS. Outdoor gatherings for church groups of 25 or fewer are now welcome! First Church buildings and grounds are closed until September. For information about small indoor memorial services, contact our ministers.

The COVID Re-Open Team continues to monitor the level of COVID in Milwaukee County for us. On a weekly basis, we will post the re-open status in numerous places including: these e-nnouncements, the website, and social media.

This status is based on the COVID incidence rate in our policy for re-opening. For info about our policy and precautions, see the church website at
CONSIDER BECOMING A THEME CIRCLE FACILITATOR! Do you enjoy our monthly worship themes? Are you called to the ministry of creating trusting space for reflection in a small group of adults? Apply to become a Theme Circle Facilitator! It’s personally enriching and a meaningful way to accompany others on their spiritual journeys.

More information and application form is here: Deadline to apply is July 15. Selected applicants may be interviewed by Rev. Dena by mid-August. Required online Facilitator training with the Soul Matters team is in August or early September. Theme Circles begin the third week of October. For questions, contact Rev. Dena at
ANNUAL UUA EQUUAL ACCESS CELEBRATION NEXT WEEK! Join the annual gathering for Disabled UUs and Allies Thursday, June 17, 6:00pm-8:00pm CST. The events include:
  • Presentation of the 2021 Carolyn Cartland Sermon Contest Award winner
  • Honoring the latest congregations to achieve AIM Certification
  • Remembering those we've lost
  • Q&A with the Editors of Sincerely, Your Autistic Child (Winner of Autism Society of America's Outstanding Literary Work of the Year)
This event is a terrific introduction to EqUUal Access for those who wish to learn about accessibility for all. The registration is required on this form here. Upon registering you will receive an invitation with the Zoom link.
UU WELLSPRING COMING TO FIRST CHURCH. Have you heard about the new Adult Spiritual Development program coming to First Church? UU Wellspring will be launching this fall. If you are looking for a deeply engaging, heart-opening experience to build your Unitarian Universalist identity, and develop your personal theology and spiritual practice, this could be the small group experience for you. Read the article on page 6 of the June Chanticleer and reach out with questions or to learn more at
SUMMER SCHEDULE FOR OUR MINISTERS. Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom is attending UU Ministry Days and General Assembly June 21- 27. She is on vacation June 28 – July 18. Rev. Dena McPhetres is attending UU Ministry Days and General Assembly June 21-27. She is on vacation June 30 – July 5. Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson is attending LREDA Professional Days June 16-18, UU Ministry Days and General Assembly June 21- 27. Please contact Shari Wright, Office Manager, regarding church business at: or 414-273-5257. 

For pastoral care emergencies, such as death, entering hospice or ICU, please call the Pastoral Care Emergency line at 414-216-3113. One of our ministers will answer or call you back as soon as possible. Rev. Dena will be on call for much of the summer.
RELAX AND ENERGIZE WITH SUMMER YOGA. This summer, instructor Morgan Engels will continue to offer yoga classes on Zoom. On Monday evenings, Yin yoga invites you to slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing joints, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Monday class will be June 28-August 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sign up here: Wednesday mornings class includes gentle movement sequences, yogic breath techniques, and guided relaxation. Join this class June 16-August 11, 9:00-10:00 a.m. and sign up here: Both classes are $67.50 for church members and $81 for non-members.
COVID CANDLE ON SUNDAYS. Because of the ways our lives are touched by loss and grief during the global pandemic, we have a simple ritual during Sunday worship called the “COVID Candle” when it is needed. During this unique time, when people cannot gather with their family and community to mourn, we offer to light the COVID Candle for any death of a loved one of one of our members. If you have had a loved one die from COVID-19, or any other cause of death, and would like the COVID Candle lit in their honor during Sunday worship, please contact one of the Ministers.
  • If you would like to talk to a Pastoral Care Associate, please contact PCA Coordinator Jeri Pearcy at or 414-416-6036. If you’d like to talk to the Ministers, please call our Pastoral Care Emergency line at 414-216-3113.
  • For practical help, grocery shopping and delivery, or contactless meal delivery, please contact Jane Dorweiler, Pastoral Care Provider Coordinator at or 414-839-3053.
  • For personal financial assistance, please contact Rev. Jennifer for the Ministers’ Discretionary Fund at
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact Rev. Dena immediately at 414-216-3113, so she can support you and our community.

Past announcements are available on the website here at
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