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Author: Lee Matz

Legacy of Faith: Sixth generation from Brumder Family still attends church founded by George and Henriette

Members of the Brumder Family at Grace Lutheran Church from left to right: E.J. Brumder, Robo Brumder, Valerie Patricia Brumder, Matson Brumder Holbrook, Sarah Holbrook Slaughter, and Ada Slaughter. As thousands of German immigrants came to Milwaukee in the middle of the 19th Century, Grace Lutheran Church was built on the corner of Broadway and Juneau Avenue. Its congregation has worshiped there ever since the dedication of the original building in 1851. And descendants from one of the founding families still call it their place of worship today. At the age of 18, George Brumder emigrated to Wisconsin in...

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A weaponization of the Eucharist: When the Church authority rejects your access to unconditional love

Conservative Roman Catholic Bishops in the United States have voted on a new guidance for the Eucharist. The move could result in a ban of pro-choice Catholics, and specifically President Joe Biden, from receiving the Holy Communion. The further politicalization of abortion threatens to polarize an already divided Roman Catholic Church. When I first heard this news I was infuriated. Not because I am Catholic – I am not. And not because of my views on abortion. But because it reflected my own experience of being denied the Eucharist, a sting I still feel to this day. I moved...

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Milwaukee’s Black Cowboys: Urban horseback riding club keeps equestrian traditions alive in the Brew City

No image of the American West has captured the imagination of generations of children like that of the horseback riding cowboy. Left out of that trailblazing narrative has been the role of African Americans, who accounted for an estimated quarter of the workers in the cattle industry from the beginning of the Civil War to the 1880s.

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Game On, Milwaukee: Genshin Impact is the immersive Anime adventure I dreamed of in my childhood

After spending the winter months virtually traveling over half of Japan from the confines of a home treadmill (read In step with Rambalac: How I walked 1,000 miles across Japan during a pandemic without leaving Milwaukee), the mobile game Genshin Impact offered the next step in a COVID-restricted adventure. Even though I was fortunate enough to receive my COVID-19 vaccination weeks ago, and life in Milwaukee appears to be edging toward a new normal, life is still awkward and not very normal. We all have used different mechanisms to cope with the pandemic. While so many have struggled to endure the harsh...

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