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Does the word “Prophet” conjure the image of a wild-haired “old testament” prophet in a horsehair robe, shouting in the wilderness?
According to professor and activist Dr. Cornell West, prophets are those who engage in prophetic witness. He says, "Prophetic witness… highlights personal and institutional evil, including especially the evil of being indifferent to personal and institutional evil." Prophets call us to pay attention – they challenge society’s norms, and call attention to the wrongs in society! But Dr. West also reminds us that prophetic witness includes human acts of justice and kindness that attend to the unjust sources of human hurt and misery.
We practice prophetic witness when we recognize that there is little justice, compassion, and equity in our wider society. Often our understanding comes through listening to those who are not of the dominant race or class or sexual orientation—from listening to the voices of those who experience oppression: racism, sexism, homophobia and hatred, able-ism, ageism...
Our Unitarian ancestor Henry David Thoreau refused to pay the tax that would support the Mexican-American War, and went to jail for his beliefs. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived a prophetic life: he was part of a society in which he saw the problems, chose to articulate them, and was willing to risk his own life critiquing the dominant culture and articulating an alternate vision. The stand we’ve taken to support Black Lives Matter is prophetic work, as is our work with Common Ground, and our Earth Ministry efforts. Our Unitarian Universalist Association urges us on with Statements of Conscience voted in at the broader level on issues of peace, reproductive justice, economic inequality, and more.
Imagine the Unitarian Universalist Church West of the future: a congregation with a building as open and flexible as our theology, as welcome and warm as our spirit, a building with mechanical systems that are healthy and efficient, office and meeting spaces that help our ministries hum along, and a floor plan accessible to everyone! We're describing UUCW’s Build 2020.
For the past two years, UUCW has engaged in a Holistic Study process to discern what needs to happen to transform our building into one that more fully supports our ministry and mission. We worked with Workshop Architects on that process, which resulted in a preliminary architectural plan. Click here to view the Holistic Study presentation.Read more...
Click on the image to read the January 2017 edition of our monthly newsletter, the West Wind.
Sunday, January 29th - 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
Pulpit Guest: Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher Worship Coordinator: Almuth Soffee
The spaces we live in, learn in, work in, worship in and play in shape us. They contribute to the ways we think, they encourage or discourage our dreams, they help us think out of the box or keep us locked in it...and thus they have a share in determining what we are becoming. But what if we could shape the spaces we inhabit in a way that could help us live our values more fully? What if we could shape spaces to help our dreams come alive?
About our guest: Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher, an artist and teacher, was the Religious Education Director at Detroit UU church. She became Minister in 1989 and served churches in Traverse City, Michigan; Morristown, New Jersey; and Naperville, Illinios, which granted her the status of Minister Emerita. Kaleidoscope, the UUCW Worship Band, provides music today!
Openings for Winter, 2017
Each of our three ongoing Soul Matters Sharing Circles can now accept another group member or two beginning in January or February, 2017.Read more...
A Short Documentary Film Festival
This special public event sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church West Faith Development Program features several Milwaukee-area independent filmmakers reflecting on diversity and disability, perseverance and hope.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 pm