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This Sunday, February 11, 2024 - 10:00 AM CT

“The Myth of Perfectability”


Rev. Julie Stoneberg

The idea that perfection is achievable haunts our systems and our psyches. The desire to be perfect makes both repentance and reparations difficult if not impossible. Without repentance and repair, there can be no justice. Can we embrace perfection as the myth it is?

Our theme for February is “The Gifts of Equity and Justice.” Beautiful music is provided by the UUCW Adult Choir directed by Ruben Piirainen.



Our Ministerial Search Team, writing to the UUCW of 2030, wrote, "...back in early 2024 we were on the cusp of change; as a world, as a country and as a community." And then, "you used your power ...and cast your vote..." 

Their advice? Don't resist changes. Let them flow naturally. If you missed the "Letter to the Future" David Feil shared at last week's service, CLICK HERE.

Would you like to write a letter to the future UUCW expressing what you see, what you dream, what you promise? Contact Rev. Julie to share your letter here, or during a Sunday service. 

Each year the Nominating Committee is tasked with creating a slate of member candidates for the Board of Trustees, the Endowment Committee, and the Nominating Committee. We ask all of you to strongly consider being a part of the leadership and governance of this community – a community that means so much to us all!  

On Sundays in February and March, the Nominating Committee will be in the community room with information about what serving on these committees entails and will answer any questions. Come see us!



A big shout out to all those who completed the Skills & Interest Profile; confirmation of the varied skills and interests that make up our joyful community! We’re now in the process of reviewing the information and determining how best to match the skills and interests identified.

If you have not yet completed the survey, you can still do so in Realm. If you are not yet set up in Realm or need help navigating the site, contact Vicki Banville.

Covenant and Conflict at UUCW

Sunday, Feb 18, 12:30-2:30 pm (preceded by a potluck lunch)

All are invited to join Rev. Julie and the Transition Team in a community conversation to consider the role of a right relations covenant in UUCW's life. Do we know what our covenant is, and how it works? Can we lean into covenant when a conflict arises? How might we grow into deeper and more authentic relationships together? 

After the service, share a potluck lunch before we join our heads and hearts in a meaningful exploration.

Each year the Endowment Fund Committee accepts grant proposals to fund projects that serve the Endowment Fund missionPrevious grants supported various projects relating to spirituality, safety, youth, the environment, church operating budget support, building enhancement, and social justice. 

Visit with members of the Endowment Committee in the Community Room after service on February 18th to learn how your funded project idea can help UUCW achieve its mission! Submit a project using the link below.

Request an Endowment Fund Grant

The Annual Trustee Awards go to three members who took action exhibiting excellence, initiative, and commitment or enhanced the community in a manner that had definable outcomes.

A Long-Term Service Award goes to one member whose long-term activities or commitments to multiple activities or projects over a significant time.

To nominate someone for these awards, please submit the name and up to 75 words describing what the member has done to merit the award. Submit nominations by March 15 to either Kathy White or Barb Holzhauer or via the church office. If you have questions, contact either Kathy or Barb.

The Last Son of Sparta

A Staged Reading at UUCW

Written by Scott Kopischke

Saturday, February 10th at 2 pm

Join us for another original Scott Kopischke play telling the story of widower Homer who lives a solitary life in an old lighthouse. He shares tales of faraway places and his adventures with the local townspeople and his estranged daughter. But are the adventures real, or only in his mind?

This event promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking experience.


30 Days of Love is an annual month of spiritual nourishment, political grounding, and shared practices of faith and justice. Each week will feature a spiritual theme overlapping with one of Side With Love’s intersectional justice priorities. 

The fourth week's focus is Resilience :: Climate Justice. By following the link below you can find spiritual resources posted each Monday (a love letter, a warm hug, a spiritual balm). Nourish your spirit and give gratitude and affirmation!

Resilience :: Climate Justice

Join the Welcome Team!

You can bring joy to folks just by making and serving coffee! COFFEE SIGN-UP

You can help make our church a welcoming place. GREETER SIGN-UP

Ushers are a core element of our in-person worship. USHER SIGN-UP

Greet and answer questions for our visitors. NEWCOMER TABLE SIGN-UP

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: A new coffee co-coordinator is needed. Duties for this important role include maintaining the online sign-up form, updating coffee-making instructions, and answering coffee service questions. A current co-coordinator would monitor and restock coffee supplies. Guidance is provided. Please contact Shawn Kalloway if you are interested.

If you or someone you know needs Pastoral Care, contact Rev. Julie or the Lay Pastoral Care Team.

Enter your Joy or Concern with the link below and choose whether you'd like them shared in the e-news or shared privately with Rev. Julie.



SOPHIA's Religious Leader's Caucus invites you to a 3-part series on Seeing Political Issues Clearly. For many voters, the terms and labels used in political ads, conversations, and debates can be confusing.

These thoughtful discussions on issues that have become politicized and not well understood are designed to help you make educated choices.

Held on Wednesdays, February 21, February 28, and March 6 from 12 -1 pm via Zoom, Rev Julie and Rev. David Kraemer are each presenting. 


2024 Black History Celebration

Turn Up & Turn Out to VOTE!

February 22 from 6:00-8:30 pm  

Doors open at 6 pm

Held at Canaan Baptist Church Annex

2964 N 11th St, Milwaukee WI 53206

Guest Speakers: Former Lt. Govenor Mandela Barnes, Power to the Polls and the Long Run PAC and Anita Johnson, Souls to the Polls - Voting Education Specialist & Community Outreach Manager


Our Split the Plate Partner

for February is

Safe and Sound - Milwaukee

This 25-year-old nonprofit organization assists Milwaukee neighborhoods with health, safety, community, and youth resources. Safe and Sound coordinators live and work in their neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee County and help people connect with resources as widely varied as food pantries and after-school activities for teens.


UUCW Supports the

The Interchange Food Pantry

The Interchange Food Pantry's Mission is to improve the health and well-being of our guests through nutritious food and compassion. Their vision is to feed all guests who enter their door, until there are no more guests at their door.


Make Your Own

Non-Toxic Cleaning Products Class

Monday March 4th from 6-8 pm

Led by Julie Toman

Many household cleaning products are expensive and some can be harmful to our health and the environment. Member Julie Toman will guide you in making two household cleaners to take home. Recipes range from all-purpose cleaners to sanitizing sprays to dish soap. You will also receive samples for other safe and effective cleaning products. Class fee is $15.


RE Committee

6 - 7:30 pm

Sun, Feb. 18 or Mon, Feb. 26

Two planning sessions; choose one or both.

Open to all wanting spring faith formation opportunities for children, youth, and families to best meet their needs, and to help shape RE programs for the upcoming summer and fall.

RSVP to Dave Cicero, DLRE

Beloved Conversations: Within

Embody racial justice as a spiritual practice in this 12-week program mixing online learning and reflection at your own pace, processing in small groups, and worshipping in community!

The Spring Term (different than Fall, so available to any wanting to continue their journey) kicks off March 12. Registration runs through February 29.


The Gift of...Soul Matters

UUCW’s Soul Circles, established in the fall and continuing through June, explore each month’s worship theme using Soul Matters’ “Small Group” resource packets. Individuals can find printed copies for personal use in UL3.

Other opportunities, starting soon and hosted online by Soul Matters facilitators, include:

Shamanic Journeying

Contemplative Justice & Equity Retreat

Article II: Love at the Center

March 13 - April 13.

Single-session online workshops exploring the proposed changes to Article II of the UUA Bylaws. If approved at General Assembly in June, these will replace the “7 Principles” with a covenant of Values and commitments.

Sponsored by the Church of the Larger Fellowship and suitable for ages 14 and up. Registration now open.


Peer Caregiver Support Group

Tuesday, February 13th

from 1 - 2 pm

This support group offers support to those who are gifted with caring for another’s life. Gatherings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Included are discussions on a chosen topic of mutual interest and sharing for support.

If this relates to your life, please reach out with comments or questions to Mary Ross or Susan Swearingen.

UUCW Library Update

Plan to visit the UUCW Library in UL-3 during the month of February. Since it is Black History Month, it is a good time to take a look at the library's African American History collection as well as books on anti-racism.

In addition, you can find books chosen by Library Committee members and packets featuring February's Soul Matters theme, "The Gifts of Justice and Equity," on the Soul Matters shelf near the African American History collection. For further information contact Carolyn Lawrence.

Join the Men’s Breakfast Group on Tuesday, February 13 at 8 am at Panera Bread, 2095 N Calhoun Rd., Brookfield for a conversation on events, philosophy, movies, & more.

The group also meets online on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 8 am. Contact Jerry Kashmerick for link.

CommUUnity Connections provides a helping hand to support members of the church community in times of need.

Lynn Anderson recently joined the CommUUnity Connections team and is ready to assist you in February.


Beyond UU Church West

Click below for community events and resources from outside our church that align with our UU values and may be of interest to members and friends.



The Campus Committee took advantage of the warmer weather to check the exterior of UUCW. Almuth Soffee climbed amongst the trees to point out the damage done by winter snow to fellow committee members Hank Kulesza and Jim Maletta.

Next Sunday, February 18, 2024 - 10:00 AM CT

“When Love Sleeps ...”


Guest Speaker:

Rev. Mark Richards

Worship Leader: Stephen Frey

When love sleeps, fear prevails. We will discuss the relationship between religion and politics by exploring the early conflicts that helped to form our new republic. The conversation will continue with our current affairs where political candidates are being elevated to prophethood. Throughout we will hold the balance of love and fear as a basic condition of human existence.

Our theme for February is “The Gifts of Equity and Justice.” Beautiful music is provided by Ruben Piirainen.

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