Sometimes we struggle to begin a conversation on difficult topics. For 3 years, the WCC has been fostering faith-based conversation on the crisis of gun violence, helping communities move from silence to study, to action informed by faith. We begin with personal stories and the prophetic leadership of youth. A few words at a time, we start telling deeper truths together, making room for multigenerational engagement. This workshop offers a sampling of ways to step into the work, a free download of the WCC’s study-action guide, and a link to video clips that can be used in your own church.
The Rev. Kerri Parker has been Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches (WCC) since 2017. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and has served both in parish ministry and as a nonprofit executive. During her tenure, the WCC has become known nationwide for its ecumenical innovations, leadership in faith-based COVID19 response, and for its advocacy for reducing gun violence while centering the voices of youth.