The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, in partnership with the Greater Milwaukee Synod, invites applications from Greater Milwaukee congregations who seek support with any of the following:

  • Civil discussion of challenging social topics (political polarization, race relations, LGBTQ issues, etc.)
  • Improved communication regarding issues that have led to internal divisions or tension between members
  • Support in facing significant transitions (i.e. change in leadership, growth or decline of membership, questions about sustainability, etc.)

Program Services

To serve the leaders, congregations, and surrounding neighborhoods of these churches, the Zeidler Center provides innovative, strategic services to help these congregations usher in transformational change. These services include:

  • Trained professional facilitators
  • Detailed and structured process for planning and congregational meetings
  • Proven communication tools that encourage deep listening, fostering trust, reconciliation and movement through conflict
  • Facilitated input groups and listening sessions
  • Comprehensive dialogue and process reports that include recommendations, participant feedback and qualitative and quantitative data analysis

About the Zeidler Center

The Zeidler Center is a Milwaukee-based non-profit organization with offices at Redeemer Lutheran. Our mission is to foster civil dialogue and invite trust in the midst of differences. Since our founding in 2006 by Mayor Frank Zeidler and members of Redeemer, we have dedicated a portion of our work each year to ELCA congregations. Today, the Zeidler Center offers professional facilitation, facilitator trainings, team building, strategic planning and community engagement services, working with organizations, neighborhoods, businesses and faith communities across a range of issues including diversity & inclusion, political polarization, police/resident relations, LGBTQ issues, interfaith dialogues, and more. In the past 2 years, the Zeidler Center’s team of 400+ professional facilitators served 10,000+ dialogue participants. More information about the Zeidler Center:

Program Funding and Fees

This program is available to a limited number of congregations per year and requires a $1000 investment from each congregation chosen, paid directly to the Zeidler Center. Outside of the individual investment from each congregation, the majority of the total program costs for each congregation (~$6000) is generously supplied by the Greater Milwaukee Synod and a grant by the Siebert Foundation.

Please direct questions about this program to Zeidler Center Executive Director, Dr. Katherine Wilson ( and Bishop Erickson (

To apply, please click the button below to fill out an application form. This will be reviewed by synod staff, who will reach out to you using the contact information you provide in the form.