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Congregational Life: Social Justice: Neighborhood Revitalization

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Ancient Echoes: Refusing the Fear-Filled, Greed-Driven Toxicity of the Far Right     Breakthrough: Trusting God for Big Change in Your Church     Building a Moral Economy: Pathways for People of Courage     The Defiant Optimist: Daring to Fight Global Inequality, Reinvent Finance, and Invest in Women     Faith, Class, and Labor     Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty     Funding Forward: A Pathway to More Sustainable Models for Ministry     Jesus on Main Street     The Just Kitchen     Remove the Pews | Spiritual Possibilities for Sacred Spaces (Schaper)     When We Stand     Where We Live | Environmental Activists' Fight to Save Their Communities (Cunningham)     

Children's Books

All Are Neighbors     God's Coming to Visit!     Hot Day on Abbott Avenue     I Help     Jayden’s Impossible Garden: timeless story about community and connection     Maybe I Can Love My Neighbor Too               Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox          Cover of Something Happened in Our Park     Cover of They’re So Flamboyant     What You Need to Be Warm

Community Action

8th Fire Solar At White Earth Tribal and Community College, in Mahnomen, a paid solar-worker certification program is preparing students of all ages to install solar arrays. Across the reservation in Osage, 8th Fire Solar is constructing solar thermal panels—basically a sun-powered furnace system—that help people cut emissions and lower winter heating bills.

 Vernita Kennen of Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview has a recurring Addressing Hunger blog. Read Discouraging Food Swamps and find additional posts here.


Reclaiming the Labor Movement

April 6, 2021

Can religion actually radicalize the labor movement as we know it and help to build economic and political power for all working people? We believe the labor movement is crucial to any democratic struggle for greater economic and political justice, and because religious democracy is as rare as economic democracy, deepening the relationship between religion and labor is key to the success of both.

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50 Ways to Take Church to the Community

Churches can no longer open their doors and expect that people will come in. Effective congregations go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel. These 50 Ways provide tips on reaching beyond the walls of your church with worship, community events, ministries, and service.

Cole Stevens - Co-Founder, Vice President - Bridgemakers | LinkedIn

Bridgemakers is a holistic civic, social, and financial capacity building platform which amplifies the stories and mentors the leadership of black, brown and otherwise marginalized youth. We build bridges between young artists, activists and entrepreneurs with experienced leaders to engage intergenerational collaboration in breaking cycles of miseducation, poverty, violence and addiction. Together, we’re reimagining and revitalizing marginalized communities to flourish with passion purpose positive relationships and power.

Lights On! | An Innovative Program of MicroGrants

Lights On! An innovative program that replaces tickets with repair vouchers.

Learn how everyone benefits!

Daily Work | Holistic Employment Services | LinkedIn

Daily Work’s mission is to provide employment services and mentoring so job seekers can thrive, resulting in a community where everyone can work, grow, and contribute.

Northside Achievement Zone

The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) exists to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis. Together with their partner organizations, they walk side by side with low-income families as they put their children on a path to college.

EMERGE Community Development | LinkedIn

EMERGE has deep roots in North Minneapolis and Cedar-Riverside, and specialized experience in providing innovative support for people overcoming barriers to employment such as overcoming a criminal background, new Americans facing language barriers, single parents struggling with poverty cycles, and participants who seek to earn higher wages.

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Tending the Soil, 24page zine

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Maybe God Is Like That Too

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

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Reimagining Church Buildings


How can your church building be an asset rather than a liability? Dave Harder says we must interrogate the dominant narrative that says church is what happens in the building for a few hours on a Sunday and let a new narrative emerge — one that focuses on God’s hopes and dreams for the neighborhood.

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Flipping the Script on Church Owned Property

How can local churches reimagine property stewardship so that a building can fund a church, rather than a church needing to fund a building? Tom Sine and Dwight Friesen offer examples of churches that have discovered innovative ways to leverage their property to fund their church and ministry.

The Kaleo Center offers this excellent resource on Sevenfold Social Transformation: excellent reading for vision, mission, and identity discernment; outreach and organizing discussions; and community engagement decisions.