Rev. Fischer resigns after 10 years to become executive director of Wisconsin Council of Churches. Frances Beverstock, recently retired as Milwaukee Presbytery urban consultant, is interim director.
Patrick Flood selected as new executive director as of Sept. 1, 1981.
1985, organizes the first Greater Milwaukee CROP Walk with Church World Service to fight hunger internationally/locally. Walk grows and continues for years at lakefront.
1987, the Greater Milwaukee Conference on Religion and Urban Affairs changes its name to the
In fall of 1988, Patrick Flood resigns to lead new interfaith organization in
Some other Conference activities/actions in 1980s
Forms Religion and Labor Committee with
Creates Interfaith Fund for Jobs. Raises money to provide loans for small businesses.
Forms Peace & International Issues Committee. Raises voice in opposition to
Forms CAN (Congregation Action Network) to help congregations advocate for responsible/ just public policy on issues important to low-income families.
Establishes annual Rev. Herbert Huebschmann Award and Frank Zeidler Award in 1985 to recognize social-justice work of congregations and individuals.
Devotes staff person to criminal justice issues and improving police/community relations.
Assists efforts by congregations and groups to revitalize neighborhoods.
Helps create MICAH (
Holds luncheons for religious and business leaders to understand each other, work on issues.
Creates programs to help unemployed seek job interviews, involve volunteers personally.
Conference’s Food and Shelter Coalition sponsors nine district briefings on welfare reform, each is followed by a meeting with district’s legislators.
Holds series of public education luncheons in 1980s.