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200 Nights of Freedom - Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Open Housing Marches

August 2017 - April 2018
Fifty years after the "March on Milwaukee," Our city still needs a dramatic rethinking of what it means to share power and build justice for all people. While our neighborhoods are thriving in remarkable ways, high rates of segregation, poverty, and incarceration suggest that our city is still scarred by the continuing legacy of racism. Learn more about the anniversary and the events here.

Share your gift of the English Language
Participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael’s Parish, 1445 N. 24th Street. We are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar, the former Burma, in learning English and in preparation for citizenship.   

Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week. The day and time are agreed upon by the teacher/tutor and the student.  Easy to follow materials are provided.         

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Patricia (Pat) Roehrig, at proehrig@wi.rr.com  or call 414-461-5592.

Might you be interested in working as a volunteer with Patricia (Pat) Roehrig in organizing, planning and coordinating the adult English-as-a-Second-Language Program at St. Michael’s Parish on 24th and Cherry Streets in Milwaukee?  Currently 74 students from Myanmar (the former Burma) are studying to learn English and to work on Citizenship preparation.  For clarification and questions call Pat at 414-461-5592 or e-mail her at proehrig@wi.rr.com.

Recurring Events:
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Practice Groups Nonviolent Communication (NVC), sometimes known as Compassionate Communication, is a powerful tool that promotes connection with self and others. You are invited to come and practice communication techniques developed based on the concepts of Marshall Rosenberg.
    • New Berlin: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1st and 3rd Monday of every month except 1/1/18) November 6, 2017 - June 18, 2018, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Learn more
    • Waukesha: United Unitarian Universalist Congregation (1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month except 1/2/18), November 7, 2017 - June 19, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Learn more.
    • Hartland: Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church (1st Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. and 3rd Tuesday, 3-4:30 p.m. of every month except 1/4/18), November 2, 2017 - June 21, 2018.  Learn more.
  • Weekly Prayer for Reconciling and Healing Racism in Our City.
    • Join us in person at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Fridays at 12:15 p.m. for this 30 minute communal contemplative prayer with the intention of reconciling and healing racism in our city. Feel free to pray privately wherever you are in solidarity with those gathered at the Cathedral if you are not able to join in person. Brought to you by:Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Three Holy Women, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Old St. Mary's, Saints Peter and Paul Human Concerns/Social Justice Commissions, Urban Ministry of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For more information, please contact: Anne Haines hainesa@archmil.org A reflective call to ethical action for environmental justice: actualizing the On the Table conversation. Learn more.
  • Lecture Series
    • The Danger of Silence: Using our Voices, Hands, Feet and Pocketbooks to Effect Change - March 6, 13, 20, 27
    • This luncheon and lecture series is sponsored by the Peace and International Issues Committee of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m., First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, A Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1342 N. Astor St. Learn more and register here.
      • March 6 - The Fierce Urgency of Now
      • March 13 - Human Trafficking: Sex and Labor
      • March 20 - Homelessness
      • March 27 - Lead in our Water
    • The Myth of Religious Violence - March 15-18
    • The Kenosha Interfaith Scholar in Residence Program is pleased to present William T. Cavanaugh in March 2018 for a series of lectures. More information on the lectures and times here.
      • March 15: Carthage College - Weaponizing Scripture
      • March 16: Bethel Hill Temple - The Myth of Religious Violence
      • March 17: Carthage College - What to Tell Children about Religious Violence
      • March 17: Holy Rosary Catholic Church - What Would You Kill For?
      • March 18: First United Methodist Church - Building Interfaith Relationships in Our Community
Community Organizations and the Decline of Crime in American’s Cities - Mar 7
This half-day conference will examine the strategies, policies, and practices most effective in reducing crime and improving urban neighborhoods. Wednesday, March 7,  8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee. Event is sold out - If you wish to be added to the wait-list, complete request here.

Untold Stories Luncheon and Round-table Discussions - Mar 16
The Untold Stories project gives survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking an opportunity to transform personal trauma into powerful messages for awareness and change. Friday, March 16, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Northwest Masonic Center, 4315 N. 92nd St., Wauwatosa. Exhibitor information. Learn more and register here.

Evicted Two Years Later. Now What? - Mar 20
Friends of the Cathedral Center would like you to join them for a conversation on eviction and housing security in Milwaukee. James E. Causey Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, editorial writer, columnist and blogger, will be the discussion moderator! Tuesday, March 20, 5:30-6:00 p.m., Light Refreshments. 6:00-7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Atrium, 812 N. Jackson St. For more information, and to RSVP, email Emily Brown, ebrown@cathedral-center.org or call 414-831-0394 ext. 2125.

Moral Ground - Faith & Ecology Conversation Series - Mar 20 
A reflective call to ethical action for environmental justice: actualizing the On the Table conversation. Tuesday, March 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park, 1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee. Learn more.

29th Anniversary & 5th Annual Peacebuilder Award Celebration - Mar 23
Friday, March 23, 5:00-8:30 p.m., Carroll University Campus Center Stackner Ballroom, 100 E. East Ave., Waukesha. Learn more. Purchase tickets here.

Father John Dear Book Tour - Apr 3
Come see John Dear at this stop on a national book tour to launch his new title, They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change, releasing February 2018. Tuesday, April 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m., First Unitarian Society, 1342 N. Astor St.  Learn more and watch for registration information here.

Unite to End Racism - Apr 3-6
Unite to End Racism is both a rally and a call to action, organized by the National Council of Churches with partners the National African American Clergy Network, Conference of National Black Churches, Sojourners, Franciscan Action Network, Churches Uniting in Christ, and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and its member communions. Learn more. The Wisconsin Council of Churches is sponsoring bus departures from four Wisconsin cities to events taking place in Washington DC on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Learn more and register here.

Back from the Brink: Physicians as Peacebuilders in a Nuclear World - Apr 9
Dr. Ira Hefland, co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and on the board of the international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons, will lead a discussion on topics surrounding nuclear war and weapons. Monday, April 9, 7 p.m., Carroll University Campus Center Stackner Ballroom, 100 E. East Ave., Waukesha. Learn more. Flyer

Individuals with Disabilities and Human Trafficking Seminar - Apr 23
Presentation and Panel Discussion by: Life Navigators, LOTUS Legal Clinic, Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Police Department. Monday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Life Navigators, 7203 W. Center St., Wauwatosa. Agenda.