Stewards of Prophetic

Hopeful Intentional Action

People of faith united by a passion for justice, commitment to community and a practice of hope


SOPHIA Implicit Bias Training

Have you heard of the phrase "implicit bias" but don't know what that means? Do you want to learn how implicit bias plays a role in our daily interactions? This is an opportunity to answer those questions! SOPHIA, along with the WISDOM Implicit Bias Training Team, will be hosting an Implicit Bias Training on March 27th from 10:00am - 1:00pm via Zoom. Please register in advance for this event by filling out this form: http://bit.ly/SOPHIAImplicitBias. The Zoom link will be sent via email to all who register a couple of days prior to the training. If you have any questions, please email Elissa at lissawatson@gmail.com.

SOPHIA Questions the Hiring of Officer Mensah

Many members from SOPHIA met with the current Waukesha County Sheriff to question and express their concerns with the hiring of Joseph Mensah, a former Wauwatosa police officer. The Wisconsin Examiner published an article today about SOPHIA's meeting with the Sheriff as well as information about Officer Mensah's past in Wauwatosa. Click here to read the article.

Low COVID-19 Vaccination Rates for African-Americans

The Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus held a COVID-19 town hall featuring a panel of health care experts discussing how racial health care disparities have impacted communities of color during COVID-19, as well as the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination.


WLBC member and panelist Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) asked why only 3.3% of African-Americans have been vaccinated?


Dr. Tito Izard, president and CEO of Milwaukee Health Services, Inc., responded with several issues that could be contributing factors including:

  • Significant deficit in Black physicians represented in the Wisconsin health care system

  • Disproportionate indexing of ethnic minorities as socially vulnerable

  • Lack of access to technology and transportation

Click the video to listen to Sister Barbara's testimony

Transit Equity Day Hearing

On February 4th, the chair of SOPHIA's Transit Task Force, Sister Barbara Pfarr, gave a testimony during the national Transit Equity Day hearing. Her testimony starts at 43:21 if you'd like to listen to it. Thank you Sister Barbara for taking the time to provide a testimony!

Social Justice Community Calendar

SOPHIA has officially launched a collaborative Social Justice Community Calendar! We worked together with Plowshare in Downtown Waukesha and additional organizations in Waukesha County will be invited to participate over the next couple of months. It is hoped that this will serve as a way for individuals interested in participating in social justice education and/or advocacy events and opportunities to find out when those are happening. Please bookmark or save the link to this calendar and check back often as new events will be added!

Anti Racism Change Team at United UU Congregation of Waukesha

One of our members, the United UU Congregation of Waukesha, has an Anti Racism Change (ARC) Team that has begun facilitating the development of a community group in Waukesha similar to Tosa Together (www.tosatogether.org). They hope the community group will be a true reflection of Waukesha with people of all ages, ethnicity and walks of life. Their meetings are currently set for the third Wednesday of the month from 5 to 6pm on Zoom. If BIPOC would feel more comfortable and safe during the meetings, a separate "room" will be provided with privacy assured. If you would like to attend or would like more information, please email Marcia Romashko at owasseh@yahoo.com. Until the group decides on a name, look for their meetings listed as "Equity and Inclusion" on their calendars and publicity. Here is a link to their website and Facebook page.

WI State Budget Events

WISDOM will be hosting a variety of different events related to the Wisconsin State Budget over the next couple of months. Check out their website for information including the topics, dates, times and how to register.

2020 By the Numbers Infographic

We put together an infographic containing key numbers from the past year. Despite the pandemic, SOPHIA was able to accomplish a lot and made an impact in Waukesha County.


2020 SOPHIA Year Book

The 2020 Year Book is available for viewing. Learn more about our organization and our task forces, as well as our 2019-20 financials and donors. Thank you to the many businesses that placed advertisements in our year book!

View the SOPHIA 2020 Year Book and sponsors

Donate to SOPHIA

SOPHIA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Staffing costs and related expenses are funded by dues, grants, individual contributions, and fundraising events. Charitable contributions to SOPHIA are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.