Adult Religious Enrichment

UCN provides many opportunities for adults to explore their own spiritual journey in the company of others.

Adult Spiritual Enrichment

“Spirituality, Science and Healing.” Class meets after the service (11:15-12:45) in the Jane Addams Rm in Fellowship Hall or Barton Rm., opposite Fellowship Hall, whichever has the TV. Please sign up on list on clipboard on table outside UCN office. Please contact Judy Milbrath if you have any questions 262-376-9440, Members and visitors may attend.

Module 1, August 6, covered: “Regarding the God Particle: If the Universe is the Answer, What is the Question?” the Higgs-Boson and God Particle theories are explained. Presenter:Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, he states that the Higgs-Boson is not God, it is Reason (Science) and Faith (Religion); both make a patch, or quilt, each represents part of reality and an interdependence of our day to day life. He says, “Walk simply on this earth, warns against idolatry and chooses love that will let us go, growing in wisdom, life, and mystery.

Module 2: August 13 “Religion and Spirituality in Health and Well-Being”

Presenter: Dr. Nan Sook Park, Professor, School of Social Work, University of South Florida, and member of UU Church of Tampa, states research shows that involvement with the community of a religious institution may have for a person’s quality of life, may reduce healthcare costs, and may slow the progression of functional limitations. Evidence from personal experience (for examples, the elder years of Dr. Park’s mother-in-law and grandmother in South Korea) shows that the positive effects of religion on physical mental health go beyond religious attendance and social interactions. Evidence also suggest that although difficult to measure, religion has intrinsic and external benefits to health and well-being.


Spirituality, the dimension of human life that has been regarded as the central artery that permeates, energizes, and enlivens all other dimensions, may serve as the buffer for the stressful physical, emotional, and psychologic events associated with illness. Spirituality is the manner by which human beings make sense of life events and establish meaning of their existence amid potentially life-threatening illnesses. Spirituality is a universal phenomenon.” Liwliwa R. Villagomeza, MS, RN, “Mending Broken Hearts: The Role of Spirituality in Cardiac Illness” in Holistic Nursing Practice.

Module 3: August 20 “Mindful Healing” Presenter: Rev. Sam Trumbore, Buddhist minister, First Unitarian Church of Albany, NY

Two week break, then the next three classes are: Module 4 on Sept. 10; Module 5 on Sept. 17; Module 6 on Sept. 24.

Opportunities for Education/Action Regarding Racial Justice

  • MICAH Board Meeting (Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope), Monday, August 14th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (fellowship & food at 5:30), Bay Shore Lutheran Church, 1200 E. Hampton Ave, Whitefish Bay. UCN is a member of MICAH.
  • Mr. Reggie Jackson’s  July 23rd Sermon is on Audiotape at UCN’s website, This excellent presentation  on “The Hidden Impacts of Segregation in Ozaukee County” is definitely worth your while.

These events are shared with you by UCN’s Social Justice Committee, through our Black Lives Matter initiative. Watch for additions to this monthly listing as they occur. Contact person: Lucy Friedrichs, or 414-305-7961.


Emerson Readers

The Emerson Book Group meets on the fourth or fifth Tuesday of each month, except December, when they do not meet. New members are always welcome. We meet in the Emerson Room at 1:30 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend and to suggest titles. Please contact Judy Milbrath, for information.

Aug. 22 The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See. Disc. leader: Sheila Smith

Sept. 25 When Breath Becomes Air, Non-Fiction. Disc. leader: Joan Grosz

Oct. 24 Doubter’s Almanac: a Novel, by Ethan Caine. Disc. leader: Pam Schaefer

Nov.28 News of the World, by Paulette Jiles. Disc. leader: Ruth Duenk

Skip Dec.         “Happy Holidays!”     

Jan. 23 Jane Eyre: a Novel, by Charlotte Bronte. Disc. leader: Judy Milbrath