Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee

IFC Annual Luncheon crowd challenged, inspired

Dec. 7, 2017 – More than 300 people attended the Interfaith Conference’s 47th Annual Luncheon at the Italian Community Center, making it our second-largest annual luncheon in the past decade. It was timely, compelling, and inspirational.

Lecia Brooks, outreach director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, spoke on “How Wisconsin’s Faith Communities Can Respond to the Rising Visibility of Hate and Extremism in Wisconsin and Across the Nation.” Her photos of torch-bearing white supremacists and her statistics on hateful acts against African Americans, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and others were a galvanizing demonstration of the importance of the Interfaith Conference's work.

Judith Longdin, director of the Catholic Archdiocese’s Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Concerns since 1993 and a longtime Interfaith Conference leader received our Frank Zeidler Award from Elana Kahn, an Interfaith Cabinet members and director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Janan Najeeb, a longtime member of our Committee for Interfaith Understanding and president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition. Her words and theirs painted a picture of the greater Milwaukee area's rich history of interfaith collaboration and outreach.

One highlight came when a religiously and racially diverse group of 21 people from the Sherman Park area representing congregations, community organizations, social service agencies, and city government gathered on the front platform for our urban ministry award to be presented to the Sherman Park Association of Religious Communities (SPARC) for teaching tolerance, celebrating diversity, and peacefully addressing important community concerns since 1985. Then Oriana Carey, chief executive officer of the Coalition for Children, Youth & Familes, accepted the Mark Rohlfing Memorial Award for CCYF and spoke about the importance of foster families and adoptions.

47th Annual Luncheon

DATE:
Thursday, December 7, 2017

PLACE:
Italian Community Center
631 E. Chicago St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 - Map

TIME:
Registration: 11:00 a.m. Program/Lunch: Noon - 1:30 p.m. Starts promptly at Noon

COST:
$47 per seat (plus $2 online ordering fee)
$376 per table of 8 (plus $12 online ordering fee)
$400 Bronze Level per Benefactor table (no online ordering fee)
$500 Silver Level per Benefactor table (no online ordering fee)
$600 Gold Level per Benefactor table (no online ordering fee)

Keynote Speaker: Lecia Brooks
“How Wisconsin’s Faith Communities Can Respond to the Rising Visibility of Hate and Extremism in Wisconsin and Across the Nation”

Lecia Brooks is outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which uses litigation, education, and advocacy to teach tolerance, fight hate, and seek justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

Frank Zeidler Award
Judith Longdin
For exceptional service since 1993 as an Interfaith Conference Cabinet member and officer, and as director of the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Concerns for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee – including assisting with the Conference’s various educational and social programs, co-chairing the Catholic-Jewish Conference, co-founding the Muslim-Catholic Women’s Dialogue and promoting
dialogue and relationship building on the local, regional and national levels.


Rev. Herbert Huebschmann Urban Ministry Award
Sherman Park Association of Religious Communities (SPARC)
For its vital work since 1985 in bringing together a wide variety of Sherman Park denominations and faiths to develop relationships and to join with neighborhood groups, social service organizations, government officials and others in teaching tolerance, celebrating diversity, and peacefully addressing important community concerns, including last year’s unrest.

Mark Rohlfing Memorial Award
Coalition for Children, Youth & FamiliesFor assisting people since 1984 who are changing the lives of children through foster care and adoption by connecting them with the information, training, education, and support they need to excel in their challenging and rewarding role. The coalition has expanded to serve foster families, provide technical assistance to agencies, and build state-wide recruitment campaigns.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Italian Community Center
631 E. Chicago St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 - Map

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Registration: 11 a.m. to noon
Luncheon: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

For Questions: call (414) 276-9050 or email tomh@interfaithconference.org

I CAN'T ATTEND BUT WOULD LIKE TO DONATE









Save the Date! Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk


New: Two food pantry partners, great entertainment, Kids Fun Run
Site: McKinley Park shelter on lakefront south of McKinley Marina,
1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

Time: Free registration starts 12 noon: 2-mile lagoon walk 1:30 p.m.

The 32nd Annual Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk organized by the Interfaith Conference will offer some exciting new features and opportunities in addition to easing hunger and drawing a festive, diverse crowd of children and adults from many faiths, cultures and races.

Of course, we still are seeking donations of food for the Hunger Task Force at the walk site and monetary donations for Church World Service or other international agencies. Get donation envelopes and other materials at (414) 276-9050 or donate online at: Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk

New highlights include:

  • Mariachi Juvenil, the flagship ensemble of the Latino-Arts Strings Program, performs before the walk. For every person who participates in our hunger walk, an anonymous benefactor will give $1 to support a 2018 tour by this award-winning youth group.
  • Jahmes Tony Finlayson will do interactive drumming with kids/youths. There also will be a Kids Fun Run, a Sikh henna artist, balloon animals & hats by a costumed Buddy the Wonder Dog balloonist, cookies, and snacks.
  • Two local food pantries and the Interfaith Conference will equally share 25% of the monetary donations: Bay View Community Center Food Pantry, Central City Churches Outreach Ministry Food Pantry.
  • In addition to bringing a food donation for the Hunger Task Force to the walk site, walkers can bring fresh garden produce or store-bought produce for Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee to distribute to food sites.
  • Church World Service, which helps organize these CROP Hunger walks around the nation, is providing aid to victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in addition to its regular international aid and development work. Most donations go to CWS unless otherwise designated in online giving.

To better use our resources, this year we will offer only the 2-mile walk around the lakefront lagoon. But “long walkers” who want to be in solidarity with people who walk miles for fresh water will have the option of carrying a gallon jug of water on the lakefront walk.

For more information, contact (414) 276-9050 or greatermkecropwalk@gmail.com.


Interfaith leaders open Wisconsin Assembly session
with prayers


Five leaders of diverse faiths from the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee offered inspirational prayers of hope and unity to open the Wisconsin Assembly's special sesson in the State Capitol on August 17. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos asked us to do this after we posted a statement in response to the racial hatred and violence in Charlottesville, S.C. (See statement below) You can view a short video by clicking on: Assembly Prayers (You will first see a freeze-frame image of the Assembly seating area. Wait several seconds and the video will begin)

Interfaith Conference statement
on hate in Charlottesville

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee is urging people of all faiths throughout southeastern Wisconsin and beyond to speak out and stand guard against the white supremacist hatred that violently burst from the underbelly of our American culture in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

These hate groups are trying the soul of our society, and these are not the times for people of faith to respond with pious platitudes and lukewarm expressions of concern.

The world is all too familiar with the violent catastrophes that await a nation when racial and religious hatred are not vigorously opposed. Jews are still being vilified by contemporary hate groups. African Americans feel the continuing lash of racism, both subtle and brutal. The Sikh community here has felt the bitter sting of a white supremacist’s gunfire. We need no more reminders that none of us is immune from evil.

Religious leaders should preach out, speak out, and uphold the dignity of every person. People of good will should live up to the highest ideals of their faiths and philosophies and not merely mouth them behind closed doors.

There remains more light than darkness. Many local faiths, denominations, organizations and institutions work long hours to counter injustice, fear, hate, and bigotry. The Interfaith Conference is one of them. Find one. Add your voice. Add your energy. Even in the incredible busyness of our digitally connected lives, do what you can, whenever you can, wherever you can. And do it today. At some point, waiting for one more tomorrow could be too late.

Approved by Interfaith Conference Executive Commitee August 14, 2017


Aug. 5 in Oak Creek
Interfaith display tent at Sikh memorial run/walk

Continuing its various collaborations with the Sikh community, the Interfaith Conference will have a canopy tent with interfaith displays and information at the Chardhi Kala 6K Memorial Run/Walk on Saturday morning August 5 in Oak Creek. This event is held by Serve2Unite, which was created by young Sikhs to promote interfaith and intercultural understanding through public service after a white supremacist fatally shot six people and wounded four others at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek in 2012.

The memorial run/walk includes free local and ethnic food, children's activities, presentations, and displays in a festive atmosphere. It begins and ends at the Oak Creek High School football field, 340 E. Puetz Rd., Oak Creek. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. until the 9 a.m. start of the run/walk. The run/walk and all activities are free. To register, click here.

People also are encouraged to bring a donation of nonperishable food for Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin. The event also includes a blood drive. Sign up here.

This event memorializes the shooting victims and raises scholarship funds for Milwaukee area high school students entering college, with an emphasis on their volunteer public service. "Chardhi Kala" is the spirit of relentless optimism, a philosophy that empowers us to persevere and grow from hardship. The event is an opportunity for people of all faiths and backgrounds to come together to celebrate the universal values of service (seva), unity, and resilience (Chardhi Kala).

The run/walk is part of a series of memorial activities over that weekend. The full schedule of events:

Friday, August 4
The Akhand Path -- a 48-hour continuous reading of the Sikh Holy Scriptures (the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji), with a free langar/community meal served at all times, at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, 7512 S Howell Ave, Oak Creek

Saturday, August 5
Chardhi Kala 6K Memorial Run/Walk, food donation, blood drive, and other activities -- Registration 7:30 to 9 a.m. start, Oak Creek High School football field, 340 E. Puetz Rd., Oak Creek.

Sunday, August 6 (at Sikh Temple of Wisconsin)

Akhand Path recitation -- concludes at 10:30 a.m.
Kirtan (hymn sung in praise of God) -- 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Words from victims' families and community leaders -- 1:30 p.m.
Free Langar/community meal served throughout the day


For More Information, Sikh Temple of Wisconsin

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Interfaith Earth Network

Faith & Ecology:
A Conversation

Every 3rd Tuesday

The Experience of Creation

Appreciating the natural world in a mindful way. Opening our senses we respond creatively to nature's summons.

Fall 2017 Conversation Dates:
Sep 26th, Oct 17th,
Nov 21st, Dec 19th

Free & open to the public!

Urban Ecology Center
Riverside Park
1500 E. Park Pl.
Milwaukee, WI

For more information,
email Kirsten Shead

This series invites persons of all faiths and spiritualities to gather
to reflect upon and converse about a chosen word or topic.

The Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogue Project

8-12 people of any faith or spiritual background, or none at all, share a meal in an intimate space and discuss their beliefs and experiences in a moderated format that makes them feel safe and welcome.

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