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This Sunday, July 7, 2024 - 11:00 AM CT

Church Picnic - No Worship Service


Join us for a Church Picnic!

Sunday, July 7th - 11:00 am

Once again, this is not a typical annual church picnic, but a more low-key event.  Bring your own picnic meal, beverages, blanket and/or chairs. There will be desserts to share, grills to use and games to play. Last year we had a world-class Kubb tournament. Will this year be a repeat or will we tend more towards badminton or Spike ball? If you’re interested in helping to coordinate games, please contact Eileen Gleeson. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll move the fun inside.



Happy 4th of July! Today, we honor the courage and vision of those who founded our nation and reaffirm our commitment to freedom and equality.

But as we commemorate today, we acknowledge that Independence Day marked freedom for our country but not all of its people, and that it came at a dire cost to many. We celebrate the founding of the USA today knowing there is much more work to do until all can enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

OFFICE HOURS: Wednesdays from 9 am to 2 pm through Labor Day.

E-NEWS: There will be no e-news on the 3rd Thursdays in July and August.

STAFF TIME AWAY: Communications and Marketing Specialist Kelly Bognar will be on vacation from July 12 - 23.

If you have any questions, contact the church office.


Summer Destination Services

Start July 21st!

Once again, UUCW will offer a variety of worship experiences as we get to know some of our closest UU neighbors. We'll make sure to share all the worship details as they are developed.


The Campus Team would like to thank the following volunteers:

Mike Brown and Dennis Trinastic for their painting lines in the east parking lot and part of the west lot!

Tom Kruse for his creative pruning of the Juniper shrubs at the east entry.

Dave Feil, Linda Weitzer, Doreen and Howard Haven for their work at weeding the upper tier of the retaining wall area to the south of the front entry.

The east lot and entry areas are looking much more inviting thanks to the hard work of all our volunteers!

Trans is Divine

At this year’s GA, a business resolution affirming the full spectrum of gender identity and expression passed with nearly 92% of the vote, showcasing Unitarian Universalism's commitment to trans inclusivity. Alex Kapitan, from UUCW, shared a powerful and heartfelt response.

Please take Rev. Jullan and Erich Zeurn's recommendations and reflect on Alex’s words and the important challenge they present.


Navigating the Spiritual Path

of Aging

Join this discussion group, to start Sept. 23 and reflect on the “Elder”

stage of life. Space is limited in this covenanted group – ending in February

but closed to new participants once established. They will meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday each month, and use Landscapes of Aging and Spirituality, a collection of essays by UU authors pondering growing older as a Spiritual path.


UUCW Soul Circles

Engage with monthly Worship themes, September through June, with related spiritual exercises and questions to consider. Then, connect with your small group to share insights and wisdom recalled during your own practice and after hearing from others.

Sign up now to indicate preferred meeting days.Circles are to be scheduled in August.


Women's+ Writing Circle

Returns this Fall

Gather in a virtual writing circle to give voice to written words and to honor the words of others. Poetry, journal, fiction, or memoir writers, whether beginning or experienced, are welcome. We provide a safe, non-competitive environment to write, strengthen our voices, and cultivate our creativity. We follow the model Mary Pierce Brosmer developed for her organization Woman Writing for (a) Change. Registration closes after the first meeting and asks that you commit for the full year.

If you have any questions or wish to participate, contact Helen Ambuel.

Wellspring Invitation

for 2024-2025

UU Wellspring is offering a new program, entitled, “Love at the Center: UU Values and Covenants.” UUCW will offer this program for the 2024-25 year and we invite you to consider joining.

This is an introductory Wellspring program open to any adult. It will be a 13-session immersive small group experience where we will reflect on our personal connections to our UU values and covenants. 


You are invited to join the Combined UU Congregations Summer Choir for a performance at the Sunday, August 11 service at UUCW.

The choir will only have one rehearsal which will be on Thursday, August 8, 7-9 pm at UUCW.

The music will be easier in nature with only one rehearsal in mind, and participants will receive sheet music and practice recordings before the rehearsal. Please RSVP to Ruben Piirainen, Director of Music, by July 29th.

Let's have a full team to welcome LCUUC and United UU on July 14th!

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

If you or someone you know needs Pastoral Care, contact 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.


The Lay Pastoral Care Team provides a ministry of hope and caring to members going through challenging times. Through compassionate listening, team members comfort and can help anyone find the resources they need for their spiritual, emotional, or physical well-being.


Please join us for a Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of

David Wiley Rierson

April 4, 1937 - March 8, 2024

on Saturday, July 13th at 2 pm at UUCW. Read the full obituary HERE.

A light reception will follow the service. This service is expected to be well attended, so able-bodied persons are encouraged to park in the west lot or even offsite. Or people might consider carpooling. An online option to view the service will be available.



UU the Vote

Several people have expressed interest in UUCW being involved in UU the Vote activities. Wisconsin is one of the priority states that the UUA is focusing on. Activities can include postcard writing, text/phone banking, partnering with other organizations, voter registration, canvassing, working the polls, education on the issues and more. We can decide on how UUCW is going to participate.

Please let Karen Zimmerman know if you are interested in helping.

Our Split the Plate Partner

thru July 7th is the Benedict Center

The Benedict Center is dedicated to helping women affected by the criminal justice system find hope and lead safer and healthier lives while advocating for a system of justice that is fair and treats everyone with dignity and respect.


MICAH Congregations get First Access to tickets for the We All Belong Rally for Democracy. Tickets are $5 each.

The Rally is Sunday, July 14, on the eve of the Republican National Convention held in Milwaukee. The purpose is to proclaim MICAH’s values, likely very different from the values that will be offered at the convention. We’ll provide for car-pooling from UUCW, thanks to Joyce Cable! The Rally will feature national speakers: Rev. Al Sharpton, Amanda Tyler, Rev. Bryan Massingale, and Rev. Jim Wallis.


Vote No: August 2024 Constitutional Amendment Questions

The proposed constitutional amendment questions on the ballot this August threaten to delay the federal funds we rely on during times of crisis.

Farmers, food banks, and education institutions will be hampered by unnecessary red tape.

You can make a difference by voting no.



CommUUnity Connections

provides a helping hand to support members of the church community

in times of need.

Mary Wierman is ready

to assist you in July.


The Wednesday Night Book Group

meets July 10 at 7 pm

to discuss “A Council of Dolls”

by Mona Susan Power,

a member of the Rock Sioux tribe.

It’s the story of three women told in part through the stories of the dolls they carried. Different eras covered: Cora 1888, Lillian, 1925 and Sissy, 1961.

All are welcome to attend in person or virtually. Contact Patti Ulwelling for the information to join the conversation or to inquire about the Book Group.

The Ouutsiders Affinity Group had a great time last Saturday. Karen Zimmerman, Jeanne Jarecki, Sarah Frey, and Eileen Collins enjoyed a beautiful hike!

Whether you're into walking, biking, paddling, or bird watching, there's something for everyone in the group. The Ouutsiders is a great way to connect with nature and fellow outdoor enthusiasts. All members are encouraged to share or host events, creating a dynamic and interactive community. Contact Lisa Larson to be added to the communications list.

The Breakfast Group will meet on Tuesday, July 9th at 8 am at Panera Bread, 2095 N Calhoun Rd., Brookfield (second Tuesday of the month). The group also meets online on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 8 am. For more information, contact Jerry Kashmerick.

Peer Caregiver Support Group

Tuesday, July 9th from 1 - 2 pm

Caregiving, a universal experience, is affirmed in Rosalyn Carter's words.

With respect to this UUCW Peer Caregivers mutually share and support one another, meeting next on July 9, from 1 to 2 pm in UL5. Meetings are regularly held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays every month. 

Facilitators Mary Ross or Susan Swearingen may be contacted for information.

Twisted Stitchers will meet again this Saturday, July 6 at 1 pm, to share stories laughter, and the pleasure of making things with our hands. Bring a project to show, one to work on, and one to dream about.  


I'll see you there. - Carol Trinastic

The Meditation Group moves outdoors in good weather.

The Meditation group gathers every Wednesday at 10 am at UUCW or a garden in Wauwatosa, depending on the weather. Each session includes a 45-minute silent meditation, with flexibility in duration for personal comfort.

Ideal for both beginners and seasoned practitioners, the group invites new members to explore meditation practices. Interested individuals should contact Terese Dineen to participate in an upcoming session.

Get Dancin' This Summer!

Put on your comfortable shoes and casual attire and join us for an evening of folk dancing and community! Our monthly events welcome adults and children over 10 years old (accompanied by an adult) to experience the dances and music from countries across the globe.

On July 5th at 7 pm, we will mainly do walking dances. Please bring a refillable water bottle. If you have any questions, contact Hank Kulesza

UUCW Supports the New Berlin Food Pantry in July and August

Thank you for all the donations during May and June for the Friends with Food food pantry. 

The food pantry for July and August is the New Berlin Food Pantry. It serves people in need from New Berling, Elm Grove, and Brookfield.

They need canned soups, boxed potatoes, canned vegetables, and personal items such as shampoo, hand soap, etc. Please Kathy Randall with your questions.


Karen Engelking and Darthe Jennings performed our new Mission Statement song, with the words written by Darthe. It was sung at Rev. Jullan's Farewell party as a tribute to Jullan's guidance to the Transition team who wrote the statement. The song also provided some levity to the evening. Click HERE or the image to play.

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.


Next Sunday, July 14, 2024 - 10:00 AM CT

“Justice in Israel and Palestine -

A View from the Shrinking Jewish Center”

Today we welcome guests from Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church, Hartland, and United Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Waukesha. Our Music Director Ruben Piirainen will offer beautiful music.

Pulpit Guest: Rabbi Michal Woll 

Worship Leader: Eddee Daniel

The challenge of standing for peace, coexistence, and consistent morality in Israel and Palestine has become nearly insurmountable following the Hamas attack of October 7, 2023. Rabbi Michal Woll joined the call for a ceasefire and a negotiated long-term end to the decades-old conflict early in the ensuing war.

Rabbi Woll will share her personal story of learning, and then re-learning, about Israel and the occupation, share her experiences as a rabbi over the past seven years in Milwaukee, and describe the landscape in the local and national Jewish worlds as the war drags on.


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