Community Engagement

Congregation Story – More than 100 volunteers participate in cleanup, resource fair in Sherman Park   SHIFT Inspiration – Hey, that’s our very own Rev. Tim Perkins from Bethel-Bethany UCC in Milwaukee participating in a cleanup day and resource fair in Sherman Park. This is also the reality of this neighborhood – neighbors coming together to make their community safer, stronger and more resilient. This is an important counterbalance to the numerous stories of violence around the tragedies that unfolded this summer.   (We’d love to share YOUR stories!)

Community Engagement is one of the five areas of ministry that we believe will be the focal point for many congregational Shift efforts.  We would love to hear about the community engagement activities your congregation engages in.  Please send your stories and photos to  If you have questions, contact Tisha Brown.

As we gather stories from congregations around the conference, we’ll add them to the menu at right. Check them out!

If you’re looking to expand your community engagement, here are some thought starters or possible shifts that might be pursued

  • What are you doing within your local community that is energizing, life giving and meaningful for you? Is there a way to grow, deepen or shift that work to include “non-members?”
  • Is there a local need that your congregation’s joy might connect with and help to fulfill?
  • Consider a prayer drive or walk. Spend 30 minutes driving or walking around the area of your congregation or your community. Pray for the community as you drive or walk around. Invite God to show you a place of need or potential engagement.


Community Engagement Initiatives

Brookfield-Elm Grove Interfaith Network (BEGIN)

Kaukauna Immanuel UCC Community Meal

If you would like to share your congregation’s community engagement ideas, successes or resources with others, please contact us at

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