“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Matthew 22:34-40, NRSV
Thank you for supporting #BlessedRamadan, the Wisconsin Council of Churches initiative to reach out to our Muslim neighbors with a message of solidarity and respect during the holy season of Ramadan. We took our actions grounded in our faith commitments to love of God and love of neighbor, committing to be compassionate neighbors, bearing witness to the love and justice of Jesus Christ when those of other faith traditions experience prejudice.
We distributed more than 70 signs across the state, to churches, judicatory offices, and individuals who wanted to show their support. Stories, photos and feedback coming soon! We still have a few signs left, if you’d like to order one and save it for next year. Visit the #BlessedRamadan campaign page for details.
Who are We?
The Wisconsin Council of Churches (WCC) is a community of Christian denominations that covenant to engage in a common ministry focused on church unity, peacemaking, social and economic justice for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents, and revitalizing congregations.
The Council encompasses 19 denominations with approximately 2,000 congregations and over one million church members. Join with us as we pray and work together for the unity and renewal of the church and the healing and reconciliation of the world.
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Immigration and the Family Separation Crisis (Jun 2018)
In keeping with its commitment to end institutional racism, the Wisconsin Council of Churches calls your attention to the crisis of family separation at the United States border, the escalation of attacks on immigrants, and a sinful system which “put[s] … Continue reading
“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Jun 2018)
Everyone concerned about hunger and poverty in our communities should keep an eye on Congress this June. The Farm Bill, which funds important nutrition programs, will continue to move through the legislative process. At stake is the well-being of children, … Continue reading
On the road for a very ecumenical weekend… (May 2018)
Reflections from Executive Director, Rev. Kerri Parker. Spring is judicatory meeting season. You’ll find Wisconsin Council of Churches staff preparing displays and criss-crossing the state to visit Annual Conferences, Synod assemblies, and Presbyteries. With a number of these gatherings scheduled … Continue reading
Unite to End Racism (Apr 2018)
The Wisconsin Council of Churches took 130 people on a cross-country road trip to the ACT Now: Unite to End Racism Rally and Day of Action in Washington DC sponsored by the National Council of Churches, its ecumenical and interfaith … Continue reading
WI Coalition for Gun Safety Press Conference – Prepared Remarks (Mar 2018)
March 19, 2018 Good morning. I’m Reverend Kerri Parker, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, a network representing nearly one million Christians around the state. I’m also a mom of a high school student. I’m here because I … Continue reading
A Lenten Call to Action on Gun Violence (Feb 2018)
Beloveds, I have written more sermons about gun violence than I ever imagined I would have to preach. We could recite a litany of places around this nation which have been made known to us because a human being chose … Continue reading
WCC Joins others in addressing proposed public benefits legislation (Jan 2018)
Governor Walker has called for the Wisconsin Legislature to pass a set of ten bills making changes in programs such as FoodShare, subsidized housing, Medicaid, childcare support, and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Peter Bakken, WCC’s Public Policy Coordinator, joined … Continue reading
Annual Meeting Highlights and Resource Links (Dec 2017)
Opening and closing prayer, led by members of our Unity & Relationships Commission, included If We Just Talk of Thoughts and Prayers, a hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, free for congregations to use in worship. If we just talk of … Continue reading
Repeal of the “Johnson Amendment” (Nov 2017)
Churches and other religious organizations have the freedom to discuss public issues and to speak for or against legislation, but not to endorse candidates or contribute to election campaigns. However, there has been a movement afoot to repealing the “Johnson … Continue reading
In the Wake of Charlottesville: Faith Statements and Resources on Racism (Aug 2017)
“Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have … Continue reading