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.
With guest speaker, James L. Santelle, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Attend this insightful, free webinar at 7pm, Thursday, August 27th at:
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“Constitutional Rights to Religious Liberty: The Supreme Court’s Recent Cases on the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment”
“This academic and interactive program will focus on two, recent decisions of our High Court, addressing the meaning and impact of the Constitution’s protections against governmental establishment of religion and preservations of the right to its free exercise. In addition to describing the factual and legal bases for those landmark rulings, James L. Santelle, the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (and long-time supporter of the missions and activities of the Interfaith Conference), will comment on the practical significance of the Supreme Court’s decisions for religious and non-faith-affiliated entities. This 90-minute gathering will also include abundant opportunities for participants to ask questions, offer perspectives, and otherwise comment on these important and topical issues.”
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