Life's Voices: A Minister Reflects on Long Career, Including a Role in Vigils for Homicide Victims

Dec 27, 2017

One of the longest-serving ministers in southeastern Wisconsin is retiring at the end of this year. The Rev. Tony Larsen will step down after more than four decades at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine.

In addition to his work within the church walls, Larsen has been a regular figure at outdoor vigils that are held for victims of homicide.

Larsen says at first, he didn't think that role would be an appropriate one.

"My first thought was, 'I don't know, you're kind of intruding on other people's sorrow, and you're going there after the fact. It's not like you can stop someone from killing somebody.' And yet, I found that it turned out to be one of the more meaningful things I've done," Larsen says.

In this segment of WUWM's year-end series, Life's Voices, Larsen talks about how he began that aspect of his work, and how it's changed him.