Nurturing Justice works with a diversity of talented and motivated people who are dedicated to dismantling the notion that there is a hierarchy of human value based on skin color.
Lead Facilitator and Founder Rev. Kris Watson is a seasoned facilitator, mediator, mediation trainer, and attorney at law with deep roots in the study and practice of justice.
Rev. Dr. Ruby Wilson:
The spiritual guru of the group, Rev. Ruby provides sound counsel and a refreshing approach to the work of affirming the dignity and worth of all humanity. Her focus is working with African descendant people who are descendants of American slavery.
Rev. Laura McLeod
Rev. Laura is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ for over thirty years. She has served churches in New England and the midwest. Originally from Chicago, Laura graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a degree in Psychology before getting her Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. She completed her coursework in Psychology and Clinical Studies at Andover Newton as well, becoming a Member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Laura has long been an advocate and ally with the LGBTQ+ community and is currently the chair of the Open and Affirming Committee of the Wisconsin Conference UCC and a member of the Queer and Allied Faith Leaders of Greater Milwaukee. She was part of the 2019 cohort, becoming a vetted facilitator of Sacred Conversations to End Racism through the National UCC and is now a part of Join the Movement. She has facilitated racial justice conversation with faith communities and non-profits throughout Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with her teaching and accountability partner, the Rev. Andre Pirtle. Laura is currently pastor of Brookfield Congregational UCC just outside Milwaukee. Her husband Scott is also a UCC pastor in the Milwaukee area and they have a daughter, Ruth, who is in graduate school at the University of Connecticut, and son Henry who is attending the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Part of Laura’s journey into racial justice work is shaped by being the mother of a son of African descent.