Founded in 1970, the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee is a 50-year-old nonprofit organization through which the regional leaders and adherents of 22 member faiths and denominations:
We also work closely with several nonmember faiths.
As the United States has become increasingly religiously diverse, we have been at the forefront of efforts to counter misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and hate while fostering interfaith, intercultural, and interracial understanding, tolerance and friendships across county and city-suburban lines.
Our various activities and programs include:
Jan 7, 2021 - Interfaith Conference issues a statement condeming the assault on the nation's capital and calling for a peaceful trasition of power from the previous administration to the next one. Also calling upon the leadership of our country to speak in clear terms for the cessation of violence and the honoring of our Constitutional process.
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Jan 7, 2021 - Comments from our Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee’s Executive Director, Pardeep Singh Kaleka and Archbishop Jerome Listecki, cabinet member of IFCGM.
Read and Watch Interview on Fox News
Outreach, Presentations & Representation
Feb 1, 2021 - Pardeep Singh Kaleka was one of six Honorees chosed for the first-ever Milwaukee Magazine Unity Award. The award honors those in our community working tirelessly to bring us all together. The inaugural Unity Awards virtual event on Feb 25, 7:30 - 9:30am included a panel discussion with the honorees and a keynote speech from featured guest Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu. To read the full article: Unity Awards Article
Jan 17, 2021- On the eve of January 17th, we honored and appreciated the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This was a Milwaukee/North Shore Family event sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Milwaukee, in collaboration with the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, From The Same Dust, United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, Christ Church (Episcopal), Old Saint Mary's, Congregation Shalom, Our Lady of Divine Providence (Riverwest), Unitarian Church North, Saints Peter and Paul, Three Holy Women Catholic Parish, Saint Eugene Congregation (Fox Point). We celebrated with word, song and video the Faith and Vision of MLK by sharing these universal truths: Oneness of Mankind, Unity, Justice, and Service
39 presenters who gave their time and talent to make this MLK program special: Kathy Wurzer, Baha'is of Southeastern Wisconsin, Brent Arnold, Congregation Shalom, Lucy Norris, Kari Karth, Amira Randolph, United Methodist of Whitefish Bay, Aidan Saeian, Baha'i Faith, Mary McEllistrem, St. Eugene's Congregation, Rev. Christie Melby-Gibbons, Moravian Church, Kate Mitchell, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rabbi Noah Chertkoff, Congregation Shalom, Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks, Congregation Shalom, Glenda Battle, Baha'i Faith.Annemarie Adsen, The Religious Society of Friends, The Milwaukee Meeting, Isabella, Derek and Karissa Brown, Gideon and Frankie Thurow, Ben and Rubi Kastenmeier, Unitarian Church North, Father John Baumgardner, Catholic Church, Vernetta Jefferson, United Methodist of Whitefish Bay, Rev. Dr. Lisa Bates-Froiland, Redeemer Lutheran. David Noll, Baha'i Faith, Rev. Tony Larsen, Unitarian Church North, Ken Elbert, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rev. Oswald Bwechwa, Christ Church Episcopal, Rev. Dr. John Walton, Jr., Calvary Baptist Church of Milwaukee, Bill Alhauser, Baha'i Faith, Arya Saeian, Baha'i Faith, Nathaniel Bratchett, Baha'i Faith, Pardeep Singh Kaleka, Sikh Temple of WIsconsin, Rev. Edwin Leidel, Christ Church Episcopal, Sarvesh Geddam, Hindu Temple of Wisconsin, Sarih Leng, Baha'i Faith, Rev. Dr. Matt Hadley, United Methodist of Whitefish Bay, Pastor Janet Hartzell, United Methodist of Whitefish Bay, Leigh Hoftiezer, Unitarian Church North, Miryam Rosensweig, Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Jan 17-20, 2021 - Sunday, Jan 17th - Wednesday, Jan 20th 9:30am -10:20am broadcasted live on Facebook and recorded "Praying Through The Presidential Transition: A Wisconsin Interaith Response to Violence" vigil program. We gathered in unity desiring a peaceful transition of power. Each day at 9:30 am, speakers of different faith traditions expressed their prayers, readings and reflections during a 50 minute event. Co-sponsors were Wisconsin Council of Churches, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, MICAH, Wisconsin Voices for Justice, WISDOM and regional affiliates CUSH, ESTHER, MOSES, RIC, SOPHIA, NETWORK and Faith in Public Life. Themes and speakers were:
Sunday, Jan 17th: "Finding Strength When We Are Fatigued"
Barbara Murray - Charging Crow and Delbert Charging Crow (Ocerti Sakowin Tribe, Lakota Tribe)
Rev. Michele "Mimi" Maki (Emmaus Ecumenical Catholic Community of Oshkosh)
Fr. Yeprem Kelegian (Armenian Church/Racine Interfaith Coalition)
Imam Noman Hussain (Islamic Society of Milwaukee)
Monday, Jan 18th: "What Needs Protection"
Mark Denning (Oneida Tribe)
Rev. Reirin Gumbel (Milwaukee Zen Center/Buddhist Peace Fellowship)
Rev. Marilyn Miller (MICAH)
Rev. Karen Armina (James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation)
Tuesday, Jan 19th: "Healing, Accountability, and Responsibility"
Rev. Jake Czarnik-Neimeyer (Emmaus Ecumenical Catholic Community)
Sister Joan Durst (Sinsinawa Dominican)
Rev. Walter Lanier (MICAH)
Pastor Chuck Flugel (East Central Synod ELCA)
Wednesday, Jan 20th: "Holding Space for Community"
Rabbi Jonathan Biatch (Temple Beth El, Madison)
Sarvesh Geddam (Hindu Temple of Wisconsin)
Rev. Joseph Jackson Jr. (Friendship Baptist Church, MICAH)
Pardeep SIngh Kaleka and Cherrie Hanson (Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee)
Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogues Program
Committee for Interfaith Understanding (CIU)
Interfaith Earth Network (IEN)
Peace and International Issues Committee (PIIC)
Interfaith Restorative Practices Coalition
Committee for Interfaith Understanding presents a discussion of Professor Irfan Omar & Kaitlyn Daly's book. This event will take place on Thursday, March 18th at 7pm, and be moderated by Interfaith Conference Executive Director, Pardeep Singh Kaleka. This is a free event and no registration is necessary. "Like" the Interfaith Conference Facebook page Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee Facebook Page to receive notifications.
Please REGISTER for the zoom event:
You will be emailed a zoom link to attend.
Event sponsored by the Interfaith Conference's, Committee for Interfaith Understanding, moderated by CIU Chairwoman, Janan Najeeb. Members of the CIU Committee will be responders, including guests from facebook Watch entire program
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:
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee Facebook page
“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.”
This event is sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
Watch the video anthology of five decades of Interfaith Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipsq6dqkZOM
A feature of our 50th Annual Virtual Luncheon, it was created with 3rd year Marquette University student, Ryan Hagan. Ryan is working on a degree in Cognitive Science and Digital Media. He's made other videos for the Marquette Wire, Generations Against Bullying (YouTube), and Walnut Way. His personal objective is to "create high-quality, socially relevant, thought-provoking content." We appreciate and sincerely thank Ryan for his time, talent, technical abilities, and especially his patience in working virtually with me to deliver the video I envisioned.