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“‘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


Grounded in our faith commitments to love of God and love of neighbor, the Wisconsin Council of Churches is reaching out to our Muslim neighbors with a message of solidarity and respect as the holy season of Ramadan approaches.  We commit to be compassionate neighbors, bearing witness to the love and justice of Jesus Christ when those of other faith traditions experience prejudice.

You can share your message of welcome and solidarity with a #BlessedRamadan lawn sign.  Visit the #BlessedRamadan campaign page for details.

This year, Ramadan begins at sunset on May 15 and lasts until June 14. Join the Wisconsin Council of Churches, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, our partners in this initiative, in wishing all Muslims a #BlessedRamadan.

 


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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News

On the road for a very ecumenical weekend…

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

Faith & the Farm Bill:What will it mean for hungry people in WI?

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Anything new under the sun?

On Earth Day last Sunday, I had the opportunity to join in an open house held at Beth Israel Center in Madison to celebrate the new 62 kW solar array on the top of their building. The array will provide … Continue reading

Unite to End Racism

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

Wisconsin Coalition for Gun Safety Press Conference – Prepared Remarks

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

WCC Joins others in addressing proposed public benefits legislation

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

Repeal of the “Johnson Amendment”

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

On Behalf of Our Children: Wisconsin’s Racial Disparities and the Call of the Gospel

While the Gospel seems clear on the evil of racism, the church has not always lived up to the Gospel’s call. Four video presentations (called “scripts”) which provide historical, biblical, and theological discussions of the church and racism are now … Continue reading

In the Wake of Charlottesville: Faith Statements and Resources on Racism

“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

Annual Meeting Highlights and Resource Links

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