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Recurring Events: 

Gift, Gratitude, and Joy – Finding our roots in God’s Creation – October 5 thru November 9
Join us for Gift, Gratitude, and Joy: a six-week Small Group discussion built on Franciscan spirituality and a Christian foundation for Caring for Creation. Hosted by First Fruits women’s ministry. In person program at First Fruits Apostolate in Elm Grove: Tuesdays 9:30-11am | Program via Zoom: Tuesdays 7-8:30pm. Both programs start Oct 5 and run for 6 consecutive weeks ending Nov 9. Through videos, activities, discussions, prayer, and scripture meditations, we will connect our faith with our actions and experience concrete ways we can impact the world. Register Here for either program.

World Refugee Day Celebrations
A celebration of World Refugee Day 2021 was launched on Sunday June 20 by a prayer gathering of refugee community leaders, community members, artists, and allies at Lynden Sculpture Garden. The celebration is on-going with outdoor events planned throughout the summer.
  • Saturday, July 10 • Music Day 
  • Sunday, July 25 • Dance Day
  • Saturday, August 7 • Fashion Day
  • Saturday, August 21 • Craft Day
  • Saturday, September 18 • Craft Day

Black Lives are Sacred Public Witness Events

Public Witness Events: Each event lasts 1 hour, starting with prayer and including 8 minutes 46 seconds of kneeling in honor of George Floyd and all those affected by police violence. These events are organized by an informal group of Catholic lay people, and we warmly welcome all who want to stand up for the sacredness of Black lives.
  • Next event: Thursday, July 1, 5:30 PM - Black Lives Are Sacred Public Witness 49 - Vigil - Brown Deer at the intersection of Deerwood Dr. and Deerbrook Tr.  
Follow Black Lives are Sacred on their Facebook page Black Lives are Sacred MKE 

Weekly Racial Justice Reading group - Fridays, 3 p.m.
Racial Justice Reading Group meets virtually every Friday at 3:00 p.m.: Everyone is welcome to an online reading group focused on racial justice and how our faith can inform and shape us as we work towards racial reconciliation and justice in our world. For more information, and to get the link to the Zoom meeting, email Patrick Conlin at patrick.conlin87@gmail.com

In-depth Book discussion sponsored by Bay Bridge, starting June 30, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad. Facilitated by Judith Kubish, Whitefish Bay resident, 1 hour overview session and four 1.5 hour group discussion sessions in July & August.  Registration here. Questions?  Contact Judithkubish@gmail.com  or 414-731-6340

Siena Retreat Center Eventswww.SienaRetreatCenter.org, 5637 Erie St., Racine, WI 53402.
For a complete description of these and other programs and retreats, visit www.SienaRetreatCenter.org or call 262-898-2590.  Partial scholarships are available for all programs.

Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups.
Learn more
  • Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, Milwaukee, Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm.  More information here
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, New Berlin, (1st and 3rd Monday of every month), 7:00-8:30 pm from September 16, 2019 - May 18, 2020. Note:  We will meet on Monday, March 30 instead of April 6.  No meeting on April 6.  More information here
  • United Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Waukesha, Tuesday Morning group (1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month), 10:30 am -12:30 pm from September 17, 2019 - May 19, 2020. More information here
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.

Peace Action Wisconsin
  • Stand for Peace: Every Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook
    Attention! Please wear masks and keep a social distance.

Interfaith Engagement in Milwaukee - Aug 5
Please join us on August 5th, at 6pm at Marquette University for this panel conversation with authors of, "Interfaith Engagement in Milwaukee", Dr. Irfan Omar and Kaitlyn Daly.  The panel will also include Pardeep Singh Kaleka, current executive director of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Janan Najeeb, president of Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition, and Rhonda Hill, founder of Race and Faith.  Moderated by Dr. Andrew Kim, director of Center for the Advancement of the Humanities.This event will be IN PERSON and also LIVE STREAMED. Learn more and register here.

Lanterns for Peace - Aug 7
Please join Peace Action of Wisconsin on Saturday August 7, 7-9 pm, for a candlelight vigil along Lincoln Memorial Drive to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and renew our commitment to a world free from nuclear weapons. Learn more and register here.

Taking a Faithful Stance for Racial Equity - Aug 16
Check here for more information on the 6:30 pm Zoom gathering as it becomes available. 

Irish Fest Liturgy for Peace and Justice - Aug 22
The Irish Fest Liturgy for Peace and Justice will be celebrated by Bishop Jeffrey Haines, Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, on Sunday August 22 at 9:30 AM (gates open at 8AM) at the American  Family Amphitheater on the south end of the Maier Fest Park. Learn more.

2021 Sustainability Fair - Aug 28
Experience activities for adults and children of all ages. Participate in the Electric Vehicle showcase, lifestyle exhibits, garden and landscape demos. Talk to solar and urban wood experts. Join in a guided nature hike, Kohls Wild theater, and the Heartbeat drum circle. The 2021 Sustainability Fair is an initiative of the Waukesha County Green Team in partnership with Waukesha County Parks and Land Use, Retzer Nature Center & Plowshare Fair Trade. The Fair is Free to attend. Planetarium shows are $2 and require advance registration. August 28, 9:30 am -3:00 pm, Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha. Flyer Learn more at the Fair Event Page

Understanding the Palestinian Struggle - Aug 31
This event aims to understand the Palestinian experience through a discussion led by Palestinians. Also included are speakers from WISDOM's affiliate, EXPO and the Latinx community who will address ways in which they identify with the Palestinian plight. More information is coming soon. Join Our Mailing List.

It Happens Here – Awareness of Sex Trafficking of Youth in Your Community - Sep 8
Learn about the true stories of sex trafficking in Wisconsin and how easy it is to be drawn into “the life.” This program will use video, presentation, and discussion to inform youth, parents and adults about the risk factors and warning signs of trafficking. Speakers Rebekah Dettmann MSW, APSW Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center; Nancy Yarbrough Executive Director Fresh Start Learning, Survivor, Advocate and Author. Learn more and register here - Registration is required due to COVID protocol. Wednesday, September 8, 6:30 to 8:30 pm | St. James Catholic Church Townline Rd., Menomonee Falls

Let's Talk Gun Safety Solutions - Sep 19
Experts and legislators will give us updates on why Wisconsin has been unable to pass legislation to help us reduce gun violence, what we can do about the situation, and how to protect ourselves personally in the meantime. Sunday, September 19, 3:00-5:30, Virmond Park, Pavilion 2, the southern edge of Mequon. Learn more and register here.

Moving Forward: Multimodal Transportation for a Strong Region - Sep 28
As we look ahead to the future of the Regional Transit Leadership Council and our region, we are excited to invite you to an in-person gathering at the Brookfield Conference Center this Fall. Please save the date and join us on September 28.September 28, 8 a.m. to Noon, Brookfield Conference Center. Learn more and watch for updates here.