“The Friedens congregation ran from 1869-1986 (117 years). It was always at the same location: 13th & Juneau in Milwaukee. The church building at 1234 (1244) W. Juneau Ave… is over 100 years old!”
“The Friedens Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ at 13th & Juneau in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was built in 1905. The United Church of Christ (UCC) is the eighth largest religious denomination in the United States. The UCC is comprised of three denominations that merged prior to 1960: Evangelical, Reformed, and Congregational. The Friedens congregation was started in 1869 by an Evangelical missionary from Germany. The Evangelical denomination began in 1817 when the King of Prussia (northern Germany) merged the Lutheran and Reformed denominations there. (Note: The Evangelical Association and Evangelical Lutheran denominations did not become part of the UCC.)”
“Friedens Church was a great asset to the City of Milwaukee during its 117 years (1869-1986). Long ago, Friedens was a major founder of Deaconess Hospital. It operated a food and clothing pantry during the Great Depression. In better times, it was known for its Sunday school picnics, musicals, and sauerkraut suppers that
drew fans of German cuisine from all over the city.”
“By the early 1960s, Friedens was mainly a commuter church with members living in every Milwaukee zip code, and some beyond. As urban problems / social unrest in America grew, the UCC denomination became one of the groups heavily involved in social justice issues. Friedens had always tended its neighborhood and not just its members, but in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, Friedens became a center for activism. Many community service programs were started by, or based at, Friedens. Remarkably, three of them continue today, under other auspices: the Friedens Food Pantry (at another location), the Guest House Homeless Shelter (in the old Friedens Sunday School and Fellowship Hall), and Elder Care (now, Transit-Plus).”
“This outreach was all the more remarkable because of the relatively small size and modest means of the congregation. What Friedens had was good ideas, excellent leadership, optimism, compassion, and stoicism, which is perhaps the most important type of courage. In that regard, Friedens represented some of the best things about Milwaukee, and Wisconsin.”
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