The Seven Bridges of Peace

The Milwaukee Declaration Movement encourages clergy, churches, and ministry partners who sign the declaration to find practical ways to engage in areas that match their capacity and compassion. The Seven Bridges of Peace (adopted from The Reconciled Church movement) is a suggested national and local strategy that provides a pathway to make an impact. We challenge the signers of the Milwaukee Declaration to find new ways to collaborate on these endeavors for the greater good of our city.

  1. Prayer and Reconciliation Events
    We will have periodic gatherings of Christian interdenominational and multi-ethnic believers to lift up specific prayer points. This will be accompanied by periodic voluntary engagement in transparent, honest, frank, civil and Godly dialogue; the implementation of plans of action to confront, overcome and resolve destructive views, values, convictions, preferences and practices (like racism, sexism, age-ism, etc.) that divide the Lord’s Church, misrepresent Jesus Christ, defame God’s creation and hinder the fulfillment of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
  2. Education Reform
    Increase access to early educational programs prior to kindergarten for children. Churches can play a major role in offering academic and character building enrichment programs to students in middle and high school. Focus will be on developing core skills in language, reading, and mathematics as well college preparedness.
  3. Civic Engagement
    The meetings would emphasize and educate on the Christian Citizenship Training; Best practices for dealing with citizen and law enforcement rights and issues that threaten to denigrate, deteriorate, debilitate or devastate the highest quality of life for urban residents and Engagement in Civic responsibilities (voting, jury service, PTA, etc.)
  4. Community Outreach and Service
    Compassionate Outreaches with Christian faith-based interdenominational and multi-ethnic Christian based social services. These are strategic efforts to serve the under-resourced, poverty stricken residents living in economically devastated and financially depressed zones of our urban community.
  5. Marriage and Family
    Programs and services that will help to introduce, rebuild, restore and/or enhance the divine sanctity of life, the discovery of personal and relational identity, purpose and destiny. Navigation into the discovery and the fulfillment of these through seminars, personal and group counseling, youth athletic programs, pro-life services and biblical marriage and family training and development. Mentoring and fatherhood initiatives will be a key component of family development.
  6. Criminal Justice Reform
    Minority engagement with the criminal justice system is at the core of our current tensions. We need strategic involvement with the criminal justice system. This would include training for prison and jail evangelism workers, and regional partnerships for prison aftercare and job creation.
  7. Economic Development
    The church can encourage “ethical capitalism” by offering personal financial training, credit repair, and benevolence and many other dimensions of economic equipping. Investment training, schools of business, and specific entrepreneurial training plans can also be developed.
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