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St. Stanislaus Parish

Low-angle view of the St. Stanislaus Parish facade against a blue sky. The facade features two identical domed clock towers on the left and right part and a rose window on the central part. Each part has an arched entrance on the ground floor. Red-colored flowers adorn the front area around the stairs. Other buildings in the vicinity appear on the far left and right. The street light on the left glows. The sidewalk and street in the foreground are visible.
Founded in 1866 as the first Polish parish in Milwaukee (and, perhaps, the first urban Polish church in the United States), St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr served as “the mother church for more than twenty Polish parishes” across the area. A towering, twin-spire church topped by golden domes arose at 5th and Mitchell Street in… Read More

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Elevated view of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church building soaring in the distance. Other buildings are visible in the foreground and around the church in the background. Beneath this sepia-colored photograph is a text that reads "Trinity Church, Cor. Ninth, and Prairie Streets."
Standing at the corner of North 9th Street and West Highland Avenue in downtown Milwaukee, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church has been called the “Mother Church of Missouri Synod Lutheranism” in Milwaukee. Designed by German immigrant Frederick Velguth for Milwaukee’s oldest German Lutheran congregation, the Victorian Gothic structure, completed in 1880, is recognized as a municipal… Read More

Unitarian Universalists

Grayscale long shot of the First Unitarian Society building sitting on a street corner. The building has several arched windows, dormer windows, and arched entrances. An empty street spans from left to right in the foreground.
Unitarianism in Milwaukee dates to 1842 when a contingent of liberal Christians gathered to hear a visiting preacher and proceeded to form the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. Approximately forty members began meeting in the old city courthouse, and soon erected a church and secured a permanent minister from Massachusetts. As liberal Protestants who privileged… Read More

United Church of Christ

Grayscale long shot of Plymouth Church UCC building sitting on the street corner. The image shows the church facade and side. The facade is on the right, featuring an arched entrance and a large arched window above. The side is on the left, featuring a smaller arched entrance and several windows. An intersection and cars parked on the street's side are visible in the foreground. Leafless tall trees grow on the road verge.
The United Church of Christ (UCC), founded in 1957, and its predecessor denominations can trace their history to the earliest settlement of greater Milwaukee. The UCC is a twentieth century union of four American Protestant churches: Congregational, Christian, German Evangelical Synod, and German Reformed. Congregational, German Evangelical Synod, and German Reformed congregations gathered in this… Read More


Milwaukee's pagan community members perform a Maypole dance in a gazebo during a Beltane celebration. They surround a pole while holding their own ribbon that is attached to the pole. Someone on the left wears a crown of flowers. The gazebo's ceiling and floor are visible. Trees and green lawns are seen in the background.
Wiccans, some of whom self-identify as witches, and other Pagans are a small but growing presence within the United States. Many Wiccans practice their faith individually or in small groups. Although estimates of the number of Wiccans are unreliable, a 2014 Pew Research Center survey found that roughly 0.3% of Americans identified as Wiccans or… Read More