The Milwaukee Declaration arose from discussions amongst a small group of pastors within Milwaukee about the racial tensions within our city and nation. Six pastors were scheduled to meet to talk about those tensions on the morning of Monday, December 22, 2014. The meeting changed direction radically when the Milwaukee County District Attorney announced the decision not to pursue any further investigation related to the shooting death of Dontre Hamilton. As those pastors present talked and prayed together, a clear sense of urgency emerged about the need for ministry leaders and church communitiies to stand together across the dividing lines of race for the good of our city and neighborhoods. Other ministry leaders were invited into the conversation since that time, resulting in, amongst other things, the drafting of the Milwaukee Declaration.