Social Justice Ministry 2013
World Cafe Cafe Conversation
Sixty Five people from more than 40 churches and organizations from Elkorn to West Bend to Pewaukee, to Milwaukee, Oak Creek and more were in attendance. The gathering, which we called a World Café conversation, had its conception in both the Catholics for Peace and Justice Leadership Council visioning and the response to a survey CPJ put out to all of you almost two years ago. What we heard was a desire for those working in social justice ministry/human concerns to connect with each other, to network and share ideas – and the response we had to this event showed that need has not diminished. Our message for the morning - no matter what our victories and struggles, in the bigger picture, in the eyes of God “We are all in this together”.
The success of a World Café process hinges on each participant’s sharing of their individual wisdom, experience and ideas that collide and spark the conversation. Participants began this conversation at their first table with discussion about what they and their organization are doing well. They were then asked to move and intermingle with others at two subsequent tables to talk about their concerns, struggles, and frustrations as well as what resources would be helpful toward performing their intended ministry and how we might work together as a larger community. In between table conversations were presentations from Mary Krolikowski about CPJ and Rob Shelledy and Kathy Shine about the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Social Justice Ministry. In the end the three rounds of table conversations were summarized in one large group Café Conversation.
Here is a summary of the Final Cafe Conversation as well as the numerous notes that were written during the table discusions.
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