RACINE — The community is invited to attend the open house celebration for the Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, 625 College Ave.
Larsen is retiring after having served as the minister for Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church for 42 years.
Larsen has been a presence in the Racine community, striving for social justice, equal rights and as a voice against violence. His volunteer efforts have included work with the George Bray Neighborhood Center, Racine NOW (National Organization for Women), Center for Community Concerns, Racine Jail Ministry, Women's Resource Center, Southeast Wisconsin AIDS Project, NAMI-Racine, LGBT Center, Crop Hunger Hike, Racine Urban Ministry, Sexual Assault Services and SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) and the Racine Interfaith Coalition.
As an active member of the Racine Interfaith Coalition, Larsen has led prayer vigils for 25 years whenever a violent death has occurred. He has led the Gay Rights March every spring and recently led immigration vigils, particularly in support of DACA students.
Larsen has performed innumerable weddings and funerals for community members who were in need of an officiating minister.
Community members whose lives have been touched by Larsen are invited to thank him and recognize the contributions he has made to the Racine community.