For a large part of our community, and for many people who want to move into Mequon, our houses of worship are important. For many, they are far more important than anything our government does. Without them, many of us would live elsewhere.
Mequon recently spent time and money updating its website. The new website has room for improvement, and that will happen over time; however, the new site is much better than the old.
The new website attempts to tout how Mequon is a great place to live and a great place to do business. There are whole sections of the website dedicated to those two ideas.
Yet, despite this idea, the website ignores many of the institutions that make our community what it is. Some in City government forget that the community is much more than the public services provided by City government and the school district. If we truly want people to think Mequon is a great place to live, we should at least acknowledge the groups and institutions that build community. Those institutions are part of what sells our community to others.
I have suggested that the City should add basic information to the website about its houses of worship (similarly, I would add information about service organizations and other contributors). So far, my suggestion, at least at the Public Welfare Committee, has fallen on deaf ears.
Clearly, if we do not play favorites, any such list would not run afoul of the First Amendment. We should not endorse religious participation, but we also should not ignore it.
Maybe, when the new Public Communications Policy gets to the whole Common Council, the policy will be changed. Perhaps not. Meanwhile, I can use this website (which is mine, not the City’s) to provide some of this information.
Here is the information I have compiled from the internet for houses of worship in Mequon-Thiensville. Please let me know if I made any mistakes or if I missed any houses of worship.
Lumen Christi Catholic Church
Father Dan Sanders
2700 West Mequon Road, Mequon
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
Christ Alone Church
Grace Lutheran Church
St. John’s Mequon
Rev. Jeremy Koehler
1616 West Mequon Road, Mequon
Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church of Freistadt
Other Christian Churches
North Shore Assembly