The Human Thread

April 04, 2016

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Fr. Mike Crosby, O.F.M., Cap.


Michael Crosby, Capuchin friar and priest, died on 5 August 2017 at the age of 77, after suffering with cancer. Click here for the obituary. He founded The Human Thread. For almost 30 years, he lived in community with other friars in a downtown Milwaukee parish that serves people who are poor, homeless and marginated. In 1973 Michael pioneered the effort of Catholic institutions in promoting corporate reform through socially responsible investing. He was influential in getting Catholic groups to work with the Protestant and Jewish communities through the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). This has involved him in a wide range of issues–from South Africa and infant formula to climate change and tobacco control. He was Executive Director of the Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment which is part of the ICCR. Michael’s preaching and writing on contemporary biblical discipleship took him around the world. He wrote nineteen books.

Frank Sherman


Frank is an advocate for peace and justice as a board member of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and Executive Director of the Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment, the main sponsor of The Human Thread. Frank is on the adjunct faculty of Cardinal Stritch University where he teaches business ethics, environmental sciences and human resource development. He gives back to the local community as a consultant for SCORE, the volunteer arm of the Small Business Administration.

Frank retired in 2012 after a 35-year career as a senior executive of Akzo Nobel, the world’s largest coatings and specialty chemicals company. He was recognized as an industry leader in areas of sustainability, employee safety and product stewardship.

Christopher Cox, Campaign Manager


After 16 years working in multi-cultural, low-income parishes in the U.S. and Latin America, Chris began to manage The Human Thread campaign in January of 2016. Long committed to faith-based advocacy and the work of justice, Chris is now the associate director of Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment.

Chris earned an M.Div. and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He enjoys reading, writing, photography, and technology.