Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Venice R. Williams is the Executive Director of Alice's Garden Urban Farm in Milwaukee. A Layminister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving in the Greater Milwaukee Synod for 30 years, Venice is also the Mission Developer and Minister for a Synodically Authorized Worshiping Community (SAWC) called The Table: a first-century-style community in the twenty-first century.  The Table is a farm-to-church ministry, based on the principles of the original Acts house churches, gathering on Wednesday evenings in homes, on the farm, and in other public spaces; sharing a meal, the stories of the people, scripture, the Eucharist. Although she studied Theology at Valparaiso University in the Deaconess program, Venice attributes her passion for "faith, food, farms, and folks", to her parents, both sets of grandparents, and her paternal great-grandparents, all of whom nurtured and nourished her understanding of what it means to have an active faith, to care for the Earth, and to feed the community, body and soul. Venice deeply believes that everything we need to learn about how to live, we may learn from observing all of Creation.  Her work in Milwaukee has earned her many awards and recognitions from countless organizations and groups. Venice is clear that she is stilled called to serve in Milwaukee, and that the work God has called her to do here, in caring for people and planet, is not finished yet.

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