About WISDOM

WISDOM map with locations.  WISDOM - Linking Communities across Wisconsin to Work for Justice

WISDOM is a grassroots organization, comprised mostly of religious congregations of many denominations, which works to have a common voice on issues of social justice.  In all, WISDOM includes participation from about 160 congregations, of 19 different religious traditions.  Besides the 11X15 campaign and other efforts to promote Treatment Instead of Prison for non-violent offenders, WISDOM and its local organizations have been active in promoting Immigrant Rights, Economic Justice, Health Care availability, Public Transportation, and more.

CUSH - Congregations United to Save Humanity     RIC - Racine Interfaith Coalition
CUSH, Kenosha County                                    RIC, Racine County

MICAH - Working for Justice in Milwaukee since 1988     ESTHER - Faith Communities United for Justice
MICAH, Milwaukee County                           ESTHER, Fox Valley

JOSHUA - Justice Organization Sharing Hope and United for Action    
JOSHUA and RUTH, Green Bay Area       NAOMI, Wausau Area

JONAH - Joining Our Neighbors, Advancing Hope   
JONAH, Chippewa Valley                            AMOS, LaCrosse Area

WISDOM - Linking Communities across Wisconsin to Work for Justice    
MOSES, Madison Area                                  SOPHIA, Waukesha County

SOPHIA at Sensenbrenner's Office  IMG_4351 December 2008 089 Isa Sadlon Sandy, Ana Empty Camera 087RIC ILA Photos 002 JoshuaILA Photos 007 AMOS 2 ILA Photos 023

WISDOM PROPHETIC DECLARATION

We are people of faith united by our passion for justice, commitment to community and a practice of hope. We stand together understanding that our lives and destinies are intertwined.

  • We come together because God calls us into relationship with one another, with our  communities and with the world around us.
  • We come together from across the state, across faith traditions, across race, class, gender and ethnicity, and across many divides that might ordinarily keep us apart.
  • We come together around core faith convictions that affirm our direction and shape our vision for the future
  • We come together to act for justice, build power and to transform our communities, cities and state.

We stand together in our faith:

  • We believe in the God-given dignity and infinite worth of each and every human life
  • We believe that we are each and all part of a sacred community, to which we have responsibility and from which we gain sustenance.
  • We believe that our faith calls us to work for justice and liberation, standing against all forms of oppression and inequity.
  • We believe we are called to be stewards of the natural world in all its bounty and diversity.
  • We believe in shared abundance and stand against the dominant culture of reckless consumption and consumerism for some and deprivation for others.
  • We believe in the triumph of love and hope over hate and fear.

We build power and act together, drawing courage and inspiration from our faith.  We believe God has called us to live, speak and act courageously in accordance with our faith beliefs. Together we will create the community we seek for ourselves, but also build the power we need to transform the world around us.  We will build the relationships and strategic capacity we need to powerfully engage and impact public decisions.

Together we declare:

Where there is division, we declare unity.

Where there is hatred, we declare love.

Where there is lack, we declare abundance.

Where there is desolation, we declare renewal.

Where there is discouragement, we declare hope.

Where there is lack of strength, we declare power!

capitol_ext Gamaliel Faith and Democracy Going to the State Capital

WISDOM Madison Action Day, 2013

2 Responses to About WISDOM

  1. Carrie Hunt says:

    As a Public Health Nurse for Ashland County and community member in the northland I can see the need for a WISDOM group to be established to service the area. Please advise how this can be accomplished? Thanks.

  2. Lizette Mullen says:

    The prejudices and injustices within the prison system are essentially concealed from mainstream society; thank you WISDOM for shining some light on the dirty little secrets kept hidden from view! I am impressed at the amount of people you have quietly brought together that share a conviction to help the invisible prison population.
    Many of these inmates are people just like you and I, except they made a mistake that landed them in prison temporarily. That does NOT mean they deserve to be treated so dispassionately and in many cases so inhumanly!
    Let’s face it; the vast majority of people have been led to believe they deserve what they get. I, on the other hand KNOW that a little faith, hope and the charity of an open heart will do FAR more to change the outcome of their lives and consequently all of ours!

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