Join Us For the 2017 Annual Meeting

Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference

December 5th
United Presbyterian Church
730 Cedar St, Wisconsin Dells

8:30am Registration and refreshments
9:00 Welcome and Morning Prayer
9:15 Business Meeting
10:15 Break
10:30 Morning Plenary: Dr. Katherine Cramer
12:00 Luncheon with welcome to Executive Director Rev. Kerri Parker
1:00 Workshops
2:15 Break
2:30 Closing Worship
3:00 Adjourn


You won’t want to miss the 2017 Wisconsin Council of Churches Annual Meeting this year. Make plans to attend this meeting and engage with other Christians to strengthen ecumenical relationships, increase awareness of critical needs within our state and country, and identify opportunities to take action — individually, in our congregations, and in our communities.
In addition to the opportunity to hear from Dr. Katherine Cramer and learn how place-based identities profoundly influence how people understand politics, we will also be welcoming our new executive director, Rev. Kerri Parker who will share her vision for the organization.

Keynote Speaker: Katherine Cramer, PhD

Katherine Cramer, PhD., is the Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on the way people make sense of politics and their place in it. She is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion. Her most recent book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, examines rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics.

Her book will be widely read and debated, and it will help to reset the questions we ask about political worldviews in America.”
(Theda Skocpol, Harvard University, director of the Scholars Strategy Network)

The Politics of Resentment is the smartest, richest, and most humane work of political science I have read in a very long time.”
(Larry M. Bartels, Vanderbilt University)

Workshop Opportunities

Racial Disparity:

Wisconsin ranks last among the states in the well-being of African American children, according to a nationwide study conducted by Annie E. Casey Foundation. Asians and Hispanic children also ranked lower than Caucasians in Wisconsin. What’s driving these dismal statistics? And how can congregations play a constructive role in addressing these disparities at the local level?

Loving our Interfaith Neighbors:

So many of us don’t really know our interfaith neighbors, it is then no surprise that unfair and inaccurate stereotypes take root, fueled by our divisive politics and the secular media. How  can local congregations build relationships with their interfaith neighbors across the state?


Hospitality and justice are important words for us today as we encounter new neighbors who are immigrants and refugees. The question we must ask is “Who are they?” but “Who are we?” Are we welcoming people, welcoming churches, welcoming communities? Do we reflect God’s grace and justice for everyone?

What does it mean to be a WCC Delegate?

  • Delegates are important ambassadors for ecumenism in their judicatories, congregations, and local communities;
  • Delegates share the mission and ministry of the Wisconsin Council of Churches within their respective judicatories;
  • Delegates conduct necessary business: adopt a budget, elect officers, review accomplishments, and review goals and public policy priorities for the coming year.

For those needing lodging, a block of rooms have been reserved until November 4th at:
Marriott Springhill Suites
461 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells
Phone: 608-678-2225
Rate: $109
Ask for the Wisconsin Council of Churches block

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