June 30, 2014
The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the contraceptive mandate:
In the wake of today's ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb striking down the state's ban on gay marriage, Unitarian Church North Minister The Reverend Julie Forest has offered to officiate all gay and lesbian weddings for couples who contact her.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore is partnering with Unitarian Church North to help community members with their spring cleaning. On Saturday, June 7th, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m., donations may be brought to the Unitarian Church North parking lot, 13800 N. Port Washington Road. The purpose of the drive is to promote reuse and recycling of useable household items and also to responsibly dispose of non-useable items that should not be put in landfills.
The holiday we call Mother’s Day has strayed from its origins more than 140 years ago. The first Mother’s Day was not a gift-giving occasion. True to the selfless nature of motherhood, the mother who promoted the day intended it as a “great and earnest day of counsel” for mothers to work together for a peaceful world.
Unitarian Church North is hosting its fourth annual Goods & Services Auction on Saturday, May 3, beginning at 5 p.m. The church is located at 13800 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon. The event is open to the public and includes a silent and live auction, raffle, wine pull, food and live music. Tickets are $15 in advance (at the church office) or $20 at the door. Children’s tickets are $5 and include supervised child care.
Unitarian Church North will host a screening of the award-winning documentary film “Inequality for All” on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by the church’s Social Justice Committee, is free and open to the public. An informal discussion will follow the 85-minute film. The film examines income inequality in the U.S. and the way it has shaped the nation’s economy and democracy.
In-home care for the deceased and natural burial are the subject of an upcoming workshop sponsored by the Green Committee of Unitarian Church North, Mequon. The workshop, titled “Natural Burial: Returning to the Wisdom of Our Past,” will be held at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Bayside, on Saturday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The cost is $30 (includes lunch) for those registering before March 15th, and $35 for later registrants.
Ted Williams, a formerly homeless man dubbed “The man with the golden voice,” will speak at an event to aid Family Promise of Ozaukee County on Sunday, March 2, 3 p.m. at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. The event is sponsored by Community United Methodist Church and Partnership Bank in Cedarburg. Tickets are $50 if purchased before February 24, and $75 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Partnership Bank in Cedarburg N58 W6194 Columbia Rd. All proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Ozaukee County to aid homeless families in Ozaukee.
Normal. I think the collective “we” tend to forget what “normal” really means. At least I have at this time of the year. Statistically speaking, normal means central tendency….part of an expression that provides a “quantitative value” to standard deviation. Huh? Well, in practice, it means about 70% will be part of this so called “normal” group. And what that means is that about 30% will do something different—outside the norm. That’s actually an amazingly large number when I actually think about it.