Annual Prayer Breakfast and Silent Auction

Saturday April 27, 2013
8:30 am - Gathering and Silent Auction
9:00 am - Breakfast with Program
"Our Justice Legacy: Never Give Up"
Speaker: Rev. Marilyn Miller

SOPHIA Issues Assembly

posted Aug 5, 2013, 5:18 PM by Sophia Webmaster   [ updated Aug 5, 2013, 5:18 PM ]

SOPHIA Issues Assembly

Ascension Lutheran Church, Waukesha

Wednesday August 14, 2013

7 – 8:30 pm

Come learn about SOPHIA’s current issues and actions
  • Treatment Alternatives – 11x15 campaign
  • Immigration – current issues and actions
  • HealthCare – Current status of Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare)
    • How to talk with others about the ACA, focusing on the Values
    • Stages of Reform – what is in place; what is to come
    • Current status of BadgerCare
Come re-connect with fellow SOPHIA members and friends


Call Bev Bradford (Issues Chair) at 262-544-5763 with questions

Madison Action Day

posted Feb 9, 2013, 9:38 AM by Sophia Webmaster   [ updated Feb 16, 2013, 1:44 PM ]

People of Faith United for Justice
Thursday, March 14, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church
312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison

People of Faith United for Justice is a day-long gathering to learn, discuss, pray and
advocate together for social justice issues of importance to all people of Wisconsin.

Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Funding is one of the issues that day!

Prayer Breakfast

posted Dec 22, 2012, 5:59 PM by Sophia Webmaster

2013 SOPHIA Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Madison Action Day

posted Dec 22, 2012, 5:57 PM by Sophia Webmaster

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Religious Leaders Annual Breakfast Forum

posted Dec 22, 2012, 5:55 PM by Sophia Webmaster

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Ascension Lutheran Church, Waukesha

Immigration forum January 7, 2012

posted Jan 2, 2012, 4:02 PM by Sophia Webmaster   [ updated Jan 2, 2012, 4:04 PM ]

The Plowshare Center and SOPHIA (Stewards of Prophetic, Hopeful, Intentional Action) have collaborated on a forum, "Rescuing Regina/Rescuing the Broken U.S. Immigration System". The inspiration for planning the forum was a book written by Sister Josephe Marie Flynn, Rescuing Regina: The Battle to Save a Friend from Deportation and Death.

7th Annual Prayer Breakfast

posted Mar 20, 2011, 4:45 PM by Michael Leidel   [ updated May 17, 2011, 6:41 PM by Sophia Webmaster ]

SOPHIA 7th Annual Prayer Breakfast & Silent Auction. The event was held on April 30 2011 from 8:30 am to 11:00 am at La Casa De Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha, Wisconsin. The keynote speaker was Father Bryan Massingale, author of 'Racial Justice and the Catholic Church'.

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Madison Action Day, 2011

posted Mar 3, 2011, 3:45 PM by Sophia Webmaster

People of Faith United for Justice

Tuesday, March 15th from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Bethel Lutheran Church; 312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison WI


The keynote speaker is Bishop Bruce Burnside, South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  A comment from Bishop Burnside, “The ministry of advocacy is in our blood and bones and sinews because we believe God has placed us in community with the poor, the hungry, the voiceless, the alien, the oppressed, the sick, the weak, the beleaguered, and yes even the one we fear as foe. When we hear the words of the prophets our faith tradition demands that our voices echo their cries for justice.”  

Treatment Instead of Prison Campaign

posted Dec 8, 2010, 4:32 PM by Sophia Webmaster

On January 12th, 2011 WISDOM will be holding a statewide meeting in Madison from 10 am to 3 pm.  A broad range of people from law enforcement, public health, policy makers, public officials and community advocacy groups in Madison will convene to begin a serious conversation about Treatment Instead of Prison: Alternatives to Incarceration.

Treatment Instead of Prison (TIP) has been SOPHIA’s premier issue and SOPHIA’s TIP committee has won many concrete victories in Waukesha County.  SOPHIA will be involved in this working meeting.  By bringing together leaders, experts and practitioners people together from many places and disciplines, we hope to help shape an effort that can benefit all the people of our state.  Many people attending this meeting  already have done much work and given serious thought to the issue of incarceration, addiction and mental health and have led reform efforts in many places. 

If you or any one you know would be interested in contributing to this discussion, or for more details please contact Ralph Schultz at 262-446-1807,

International Leadership Assembly

posted Dec 8, 2010, 4:31 PM by Sophia Webmaster

On December 2-4th The Gamaliel Foundation held their annual ILA in Chicago, Illinois.  31 leaders of WISDOM attended this event which brought together approximately 250 leaders of similar organizations from across the country (see the photo of our own Pastor Amy Becker with our SOPHIA banner at the ILA). It was attended by people of all races and different ethnic and religious backgrounds and offered the opportunity to share our similar values and vision and learn from each other’s stories. It began and ended with worship services and was grounded in prayer throughout the three days. Speakers and workshops were focused on issues such as immigration, transportation, health equity, education, jobs, leadership, spirituality of justice work, tools for rapid response and fundraising.  The attendees also had the opportunity to take part in an action on immigration and an action on a local issue of getting a bus route changed to better accommodate ridership.  This year was a milestone for the Gamaliel Foundation as long time founding executive director Greg Galluzzo passed on his title to Ana Garcia-Ashley.  Ana was a former WISDOM organizer for MICAH in Milwaukee and will become the new executive director as of January 1, 2011.

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