January Highlights

  • MLK Weekend was packed with some pretty amazing opportunities to hear from faith leaders involved in the work of justice. It was standing room only at the interfaith Shabbat service with Dr. William Barber; 950 in attendance with another 1,000 live streaming. The next day, the dynamic duo that is George Mason and Dr. Freddie Haynes ignited passion in a room full of 200 people to work together towards racial equity. And then on Monday 90 of us gathered and packed over 20,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger. It was a full and rich weekend!

  • Homeless Ministries: We hosted our first night of Room in the Inn hosting another group of 10 women experiencing homelessness from Austin Street. We also had over a dozen Wilshire members participate in both the first citywide youth homeless count and the annual Point in Time Count. 

February Highlights

  • Brene Brown Simulcast: In partnership with Riverside Church NYC, a conversation between researcher Brene Brown and Black Lives Matter activist, DeRay McKesson was live streamed. 
  • Souper Bowl of Caring:  The missions committee hosted our annual Souper Bowl of Caring event in Community Hall. It featured a new partnership between Wilshire and the African Inland Church of Tanzania.
  • Career Day at Jill Stone Elementary: Several Wilshire members shared about their careers at the Jill Stone Elementary Career Day. 
  • Room in the Inn: Wilshire welcomed our sisters back from Austin Street Shelter on February 16 to spend a night in Community Hall. Please contact Room in the Inn ministry team leader Melissa Atkinson for more information about this ministry: melissaatkinson@rocketmail.org.