FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
INTERSECTIONS
The message was repeatedly taught to me growing up.  Both as a pedestrian and a new driver, I heard the same warning, "Use care when you approach an intersection.  Look both ways."  Many a time this lesson helped me from being blindsided.  I thought I had it mastered until I began working for the Presbytery, at our office in West Allis.  There, I found my first 6-point intersection.  It remains dizzying!  Thank heaven for stop lights to manage the traffic.

Today, the words "intersection" and "intersectionality" have taken on nuanced meaning.  Exercising caution while navigating these intersections remains good advice though.

For example, have you seen...(READ MORE)
PRESBYTERY PULSE
Look for registration details in an email from the Presbytery.
JESUS CHRIST & THE "DIVIDING WALL": RACE & GOD'S MISSION
October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2020, at 6: 30 p.m. (CST)
Mission matters. Race matters. Are you or your church looking for resources on how to have deep conversations on race? As our nation continues to grapple with the consequence of racial injustice, we as Christians need to have a truthful conversation with one another on how our understanding of race impact the way we engage in God's mission. Join us for this virtual McClure Lectures and WMI Month of Mission Series, where we will gather online for four Wednesday evenings to explore issues of racial justice with world-class speakers. This will be an opportunity to connect and learn with people from all over the country. Churches will also be organizing watch parties to gather their members for guided discussion following plenary presentations.

This event is free to everyone, but registration is required.  Click here to find out more about this Wednesday mission series, register, and download materials to share.

The Presbytery of Milwaukee is a proud co-sponsor of Jesus Christ and the "Dividing Wall": Race and God's Mission.
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
VIRTUAL YAV YEAR -- MISSION OF A DIFFERENT KIND
For the first time in its more than thirty-year history, the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program is going virtual in 2020-21. If you connect/mentor youth ages 19 to 30 (as a one-time exception, the virtual year also will be open to 18-year-olds who are interested in exploring the YAV program), ask them to consider serving as a YAV during the virtual year.

There is no cost to participate in this historic virtual YAV year. And, who knows, after the pandemic is in the rearview mirror, those who serve as "virtual YAVs" may help establish the foundation for virtual service to become a permanent part of the program.

This year the focus will be on social and racial justice through the lens of Presbyterian Mission's Matthew 25 bold vision and invitation to dismantle structural racism. September 29 is the deadline to apply for a virtual YAV year in 2020-21. Student loan repayment assistance is available during the YAV service year, which will kick off with virtual orientation on October 5th.

Please spread the word to your congregations that they can learn more about YAVs and encourage young adults to apply today.
PAM OFFERING DIGITAL CONTENT PACKAGES FOR CHURCH WORSHIP
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way churches conduct worship. The Presbyterian Association of Musicians is assisting with that by offering $60 digital content packages for churches of all sizes, tailored to different needs that congregations may have. Find out more here.
The four content packs are:
  • Pack #1: For Children, Youth, and Their Leaders
  • Pack #2: Worship & Worship Reflections
  • Pack #3: Professional Development for Church Musicians
  • Pack #4: Christian Formation & Creative Discipleship
ANYTHING BUT COVID-19 NEWS
US CENSUS: TIME TO BE COUNTED
The time to be counted in the US Census is running out. Wisconsin has a 94.5% response rate, but everybody should be counted to receive full funding for federal programs and representation in Congress. If you have not responded and have not been contacted by a census worker, please respond here.

HILARIOUS DOGS IN MOTION
These amazing photos were captured by pet photographer extraordinaire Carli Davidson.  This Oregon-based photographer is a nationally recognized fine art pet photographer, and for good reason.  Her series Shake is about dogs shaking off water in a cute and funny fashion.  How does she do it?  High speed photography.  Check out these crazy expressions.
MAN BUILDS TINY BAR FOR LOCAL SQUIRRELS TO HAG OUT AND ENJOY "ALMOND ALE" AND "WALNUT STOUT"YEARS
Recently, it seems that many woodworking artists have been using their skills to build tiny establishment for the squirrels in their gardens.  In Hilliard, Ohio, the local fluffy-tailed animals are particularly spoiled, though, thanks to hobbyist woodworker Michale Dutko who recently build The Nutty Bar, a wooden structure that looks like a real-life pub -- but instead of serving beer, it dispenses nuts.  Read more about The Nutty Bar and watch how the squirrel-friendly establishment was created.
STEPS TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF TRAUMA & VIOLENCE
Ways to learn more, now
The Wisconsin Council of Churches will be updating their anti-racism resources throughout the week to include worship resources that can be used for the coming weekends: 
Ways to do more, now
Call to demand an investigation and accountability for the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian: (262) 653-4000
Kenosha District Attorney Michael D. Graveley: (262) 653-2400
Kenosha Police Department: (262) 656-1234
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul: (608) 266-1221
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers - Madison Office: (608) 266-1212
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers - Milwaukee Office: (414) 227-4344
 
Email to demand an investigation and accountability for the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian: mayor@kenosha.org
Kenosha District Attorney Michael D. Graveley: michael.graveley@da.wi.gov
Kenosha Police Department Chief of Police Daniel G. Miskinis: dgm398@kenoshapolice.com
Tweet to demand an investigation and accountability for the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Kenosha Police Department @KenoshaPolice
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul @WisDOJ
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers @GovEvers
 
Ways to learn more, long-term
Learn more about the Justice in Policing Act of 2020
with this brief summary: 
or by reading the act in its fullness: 
And if you want to act on what you learned, you can contact your senators and representatives to voice your support or concerns:
in the House: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representativeJust starting out?
Read Waking Up White by Debby Irving: https://bookshop.org/books/waking-up-white-and-finding-myself-in-the-story-of-race/9780991331307
Looking for something after that?
Read White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo: https://bookshop.org/books/white-fragility-why-it-s-so-hard-for-white-people-to-talk-about-racism/9780807047415
Ready for a Black perspective?
Read So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo: https://bookshop.org/books/so-you-want-to-talk-about-race/9781580058827
Or try the Young Adult novel, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas: https://bookshop.org/books/the-hate-u-give/9780062498533
which is also a movie, if that's more your style, streaming on:
Amazon Prime
iTunes / Apple TV
Google Play
HBO Max
Hulu

Ways to do more, long-term
To create effective social justice habits, take the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: Start a group study with What Lies Between Us Journal & Guide by Dr. Lucretia Carter Berry: 

Ways to help Kenosha, now
1HOPE, though many conversations with community stakeholders and volunteer organizations, has become the centralized hub for volunteer recovery efforts. 
Anyone interested in volunteering in Kenosha may register through this link:
https://1hope.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/1hope-volunteers-for-uptown-kenosha-recovery-cleanup?fbclid=IwAR2lmgeBr9Gt4YC0Ib3-L-HSlyf3NqMrVQAoY7ClwZfIySIp0u8tdzQFyXw

1HOPE has been also been tapped as the lead nonprofit organization for Uptown's recovery funds.  Find more information on the Uptown Kenosha Relief Fund here:

If you know of any other urgent community needs please use and share this link: https://1hope.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/1hope-recovery-needs-submission-form
INVITATIONS
UNIVERSAL DANCES OF PEACE
Second Friday of each month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Venture into the powerful yet simple elements that make the dances sustaining and transforming body prayer with the Living Waters Contemplative Life Center.  September 11 will focus on breath as breath practices are shared from many spiritual traditions as well as chants and body prayer/movements which enhance conscious breathing.  While some practices will be led, there will also be room for participants to share your experiences and resources for breathing practices. 
Universal Dances of Peace will be guided by Judith and Hal.  Please email by the evening of Wednesday, September 9, to receive Zoom link.
 
Living Waters Contemplative Life Center is an outreach ministry of  Tippecanoe Faithing Community.
HOLY IMAGINATION + RACE: HOW THE CHURCH CAN BE A HEALING FORCE IN AMERICA'S RACIAL DIVIDE
September 15th at 1:00 p.m. CST
With this upcoming webinar from The Presbyterian Outlook and author Kerry Connelly, leadership and adult study groups can begin the important work of dismantling racism as a church and finding justice for our Black brothers and sisters in Christ. Participants do not need to have read Kerry's book, Good White Racist? Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice, to attend.  

The free, 90-minute webinar on September 15 serves as an introduction to the book and a jumping-off point should groups or individuals seek to process these themes in a fall book study. If you are not able to attend the webinar live, those who register will receive a link to the recorded webinar for use at a later date.

Learn more about the webinar and study book here.

ONLINE MATTHEW 25 EVENT FOCUSED ON ERADICATING POVERTY
September 16th, 2:00 p.m. CST
The third event in an ongoing series around the Matthew 25 vision is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, Sept. 16. This online event will address eradicating systemic poverty, one of the three focuses of the Matthew 25 vision along with building congregational vitality and dismantling structural racism.
 
This online event is open to everyone - all Matthew 25 congregations, groups and mid councils that have made the commitment to embrace the Matthew 25 vision, as well as anyone interested in learning more about Matthew 25.
 
To register for the Matthew 25 event, click here. All attendees are encouraged to mark their calendars now and plan to learn how each congregation and mid council can go deeper with Matthew 25, especially during this challenging time.
INTERCULTURAL TRANSFORMATION WORKSHOPS
September 19 & 26, 12:00-2:00 p.m. cst
 In an ongoing effort to create a more diverse and inclusive denomination, the Presbyterian Intercultural Network and the Presbyterian Mission Agency - in partnership with the presbyteries of Sacramento and Stockton and Charlotte - will host the 2020 Intercultural Transformation Workshops.

The free workshops will be held from 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Sept. 19 and 26. All participants must register in advance. You may register and find more information here.
MEDITATIVE SONG CIRCLE
First Friday of the month, resuming October 2nd
6:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom
Lean into the Holy Hush with the Tippe Faithing Community's simple melodies at the Meditative Song Circle.  The Spirit invites us to go deep to explore the gifts of truth beneath the turbulence in our lives...and discover the eventual gifts of freedom and joy!  Please bring favorite songs, prayers, and spiritual practices to share. 
Pastor Karen will guide the Meditative Song Circle and send the Zoom link.
414-481-4680
INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKER VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM
September 27-October 10
Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Peacemaking Program is unable to welcome International Peacemakers in-person this year. Instead, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is pleased to announce a 2-week International Peacemaker Virtual Symposium featuring a number of past international peacemakers. The Symposium will feature a schedule of online interviews, panel discussions and presentations with peacemakers who have visited in the past. This will be a chance to catch-up on their lives, be updated on their work and hear from them on many of the challenging topics of our day. Check here for a complete schedule of events, participants, overview, Matthew 25 information, etc. occurring online between September 27 and October 10.
VIRTUAL SUNDAY SCHOOL ON CLIMATE AND CARBON PRICING
An educational resource for adults and high school youth during this coronavirus time is a virtual Sunday school on climate change and an approach to address it that the PC(USA) supports. The Zoom talk is about forty-five minutes plus fifteen minutes for discussion with potential follow-up. The presentation covers
  • A brief history of the PC(USA)'s position on climate change.
  • Some climate science.
  • Carbon pricing-why it makes sense and why the PC(USA) supports it.
  • What's being done to support this approach nationally and in your area.
  • What you can do.
If your church or church group is interested, please contact Carol Dunn of Presbyterians 4 Carbon Dividends now to learn more and schedule a virtual Sunday school.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
NEARING 5,OOO MEALS GIVEN AWAY ON THE SOUTH SIDE, HUNGRY HEARTS HOPES TO EXTEND ITS RUN
When the Hungry Hearts relief organization first began offering free meals in May on the south side to people in need, it took two or three hours before the last meal was gone. Now it takes a half-hour.

That tells the Rev. Karen Hagen, an organizer of Hungry Hearts, that the need for the meals continues.

Three different restaurants prepare the meals each week, and the restaurants are paid $10 for each meal. Besides feeding those in need, the program is meant to help keep restaurants afloat while the pandemic sharply reduces their revenue.

Nineteen restaurants have contributed meals so far, most of them on the south side.
A LETTER FROM ELMARIE AND SCOTT PARKER, SERVING IRAQ, LEBANON, AND SYRIA
Dear Friends,

On August 4, 2020, Beirut, our beloved city of service, suffered a mass-casualty, horrifically 
destructive explosion. It rocked not only the city, but the very soul of Beirut and Lebanon's inhabitants-citizens, foreign domestic workers, residents, and refuges alike.

Immediately check-ins with one another filled WhatsApp inboxes across the country and around the world: "Are you OK?" How does one respond to this question? We're grateful to be physically safe. Scott, who is in Lebanon still, suffered...(READ MORE)
HOT LINKS
A Year in Zambia - YAV Emily Teerink's Blog - Relief and Development
Grapevine - Presbyterian Women's Newsletter
Keeping In Touch - Newsletter from the Synod of Lakes and Prairies 
Life in the Labyrinth - Inspirational Website by Michelle Henrichs
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - Current Information
The Sower -  August 2020 Newsletter for the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • TUESDAY, September 29, 4:00 p.m. 
  • THURSDAY, November 12, 4:00 p.m.
  • TUESDAY, March 9, 2021
  • SATURDAY, May 22, 2021
  • WEDNESDAY, September 22, 2021
  • THURSDAY, November 18, 2021