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Congregational Life: Social Justice: Home

online and in-person connections for service and justice work

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Where You'll Find What

Here you'll find resources to bolster your congregation's community engagement and justice ministries.

Each Social Justice page offers opportunities for Individual, Household, Congregational and broader Community Engagement. There are obvious overlaps there, so feel free to improvise and interpret as you like. Resources are grouped into themes of:

  • Climate/Environmental Sustainability
  • Covid 19 Compassion
  • Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness
  • Systemic Racism & White Supremacy Culture
  • Voting
  • Conflict, Division & Reconciliation
  • Gun Violence & Control
  • Policing
  • Immigration

We'll continue to add curated lists within this group as interest dictates, so if you'd like an idea fleshed out, let us know!

Census & Voting

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders encourage congregational engagement in ending voter suppression and encouraging people to vote. Here you'll find opportunities for:

  • Individual Engagement
  • Household Engagement
  • Congregational Engagement
  • Community Engagement

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

At brainpickings.org: Maria Popova cites: Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower (public library) and Parable of the Talents (public library).

Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza writes in his 09.14.20 Liberating Word, "If those words from Ms. Butler don't motivate you to pray and get involved in the election, I'm not sure what will."

United Theological Seminary offered this list of resources in their 10.12.20 Monday Morning newsletter:

Vote.org and whenweallvote.org, offer non-partisan resources about voter registration and the how-tos of voting.

Voters of color will find Color of Change's resources on votingwhileblack.comwevotewecount.org has resources for multiple communities. 

LGBTQ Voters can find resources at The Task Force's Queer the Vote and the Human Rights Campaign's Voting Center

Spiritual communities are offering lots of resources: United Church of Christ: Our Faith Our Vote, the Unitarian Universalist Association: UU the Vote, Presbyterian: PCUSA Votes, a letter from Buddhist teachers about voting in the 2020 election, The Episcopal Church: Vote Faithfully, Lutheran: ELCAVotes, Council on American Islamic Relations: MuslimsVote. There are also resources at Faith in Action and Interfaith Alliance

This publicly available toolkit is designed for faith, religious, and spirit-rooted communities that are mobilizing to protect the vote in the 2020 general election. 

Please share widely using bit.ly/faithfulelection, and submit additional resources here.

Vigils & Litanies

   Worship Resources for a National Election pdf & Word

   Election Day community engagement & worship planning resources

   from A Sanctified Art; free and downloadable

Rev. Elsa Cook offers Pandemic Prayers for Proper 27, including prayers, confession and response music (from The Many).

Individual Engagement

Get out the vote!
Relational organizing meet-ups: Wednesdays; 3-4pm and Thursdays; 6:30-7:30pmeach week until Election Day.
This Google Doc lays out four steps for how to talk with people you know about voting and what's at stake.

Peter Wallace's blog post Anger in the Service of Justice: Following Jesus’ Example offers helpful biblical context and grounding.

MPR News & the League of Women Voters of Minnesota provide a voter guide.

Questions leading up to the Election Day? #AskMPRNews.

All Minnesota voters are eligible to vote by mail.   

Household Engagement

#ELCAVotes

Tools for talking with American citizens eligible to vote who are living with a disability.

And/or see: The Autism Self Advocacy Network's (ASAN) online toolkit, which walks a person through the process of registering, getting a mail-in ballot, and more.

Download the toolkit's chapter, “All About Voting” (PDF) and/or the Easy Read toolkit called Your Vote Counts: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Voting in the U.S.

ASAN and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law created a plain-language guide to voting rights for people with mental disabilities, including people under guardianship.

Mobilize America offers a one-stop-shop to help you get out the vote!

Stacey Abrams & the History of Voter Suppression in America

The Movement for a Future without Policing & Prisons

Kaepernick Publishing & LEVEL publish 30 stories that point to a future that puts the needs of the community first

The Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has resources online that walk a person through the process of registering, getting a mail-in ballot, and more. All About Voting and Your Vote Counts: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Voting in the U.S. may be the most helpful.

ASAN and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law created a plain-language guide to voting rights for people with mental disabilities, including people under guardianship.

Children, Tweens, & Teens

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Congregational Engagement

In Pastoral Is Political: "Pastor, Stay in Your Lane!", Sharon Temple wonders what would happen if clergy doubled-down on the theology of baptism and if we first focus on who we are voting as, before we consider who to vote for.

      Brian McLaren

The Five Electorates in 2020; and Clergy - Please Don't Be Silent! (but be non-silent wisely and legally!): essential reading in preparation for the coming election season. And take advantage of Three Short Sermons on Politics, Democracy and Voting.


Get Out the Vote text-banks with MNIPL Zoom for a training: 

     

UCC and ecumenical faith leaders speak out about voting

Rev. Sheri Prestemon's article: Where Faith and Politics Meet

 ELCAvotes helps individuals and congregations work toward ensuring voting rights for all.

Smiling person holding a VOTE button   The Church and Election Day

Doug Powe and Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff say there is much a church can do to encourage people to vote, ensure that voting occurs in a safe and secure manner, and encourage hope and civility in this polarized time.

Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough is among more than 50 U.S.-based bishops who signed a statement on Faith and Democracy, calling on the people of The United Methodist Church to support voter registration and encourage people to vote in the November 3 elections.

Presbyterian Mission

offers opportunities to engage in the work of getting out the vote.

Living Lutheran’s October issue lead feature answers the question ”How should Lutherans be involved in politics?” Other denominations may find wisdom, as well. Read the full article here and download the study guide

Community Engagement

 TurnOut Sunday

Turn Out Sunday / Lawyers and Collars toolkitWatch two inspiring videos (and share with your congregation!) and learn how you can support voter turnout, safeguard polling areas and ensure that every vote is counted.

Check your voter registration status

Encourage others

adopt a state to support

educate yourself and others on the electoral college

Host a 'Voting Your Values' event with your community

Complete the MNIPL interest form.


Chalk the Vote! 

Read this google doc for ideas.

Let MNIPL know.

You might share this beautiful video from the Franciscan Action Network on your website.

Books

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Climate & Sustainability

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders encourage congregational engagement in the work of environmental sustainability. Here you'll find opportunities for:

  • Individual Engagement
  • Household Engagement
  • Congregational Engagement
  • Community Engagement

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Individual Engagement

Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training program that equips US-based United Methodists to launch and grow environmental projects in their communities. Topics include eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing, and project planning. All participants plan a project during the training. Find out more and apply.

Household Engagement

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MNIPL's Just Solar: Residential page helps Twin Cities Area households discern best steps toward residential solar; Help 4 Low-Income Households Go Solar with secure donations; and find exciting options for solar in Southern Minnesota here.

The MN Center for Environmental Advocacy offers numerous opportunities to engage - both long-range (like their Youth Climate Intervenors) and extremely current Action Alerts. See here for more options.

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Farmer-Eater Exchange: avoid food waste;

Community Supported Agriculture directory: openings for this season.

Stop the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline! Request a yard sign.

The Office of Social Justice and Faith Formation Ministries offer this resource to address God's call to care for creation. Ten Ways to Care for Creation includes ideas such as starting an intergenerational gardening project, holding a storytelling series, and much more!

Download this free resource or order printed copies for a small fee at FaithAliveResources.org.

Congregational Engagement

Lutherans Restoring Creation

Lutherans Restoring Creation offer this Congregational Covenant and Organizing Kit

Adapt it to any denominational affiliation by substituting comparable denominational statements or calls to action in appropriate places. Tools for organizing across committee and governance structures are universal.

MNIPL has posted video highlights from their Rise by the River event of ceremony, song, hope, and prayer in opposition to the destructive Enbridge Line 3. Hear and feel the words, energy, and spirit shared by Rev. Jim Bear JacobsBishop Craig LoyaNina BerglundSharon Day, and dr. raj. Their Facebook page has more videos and photos.

Metro Blooms partners with communities to create resilient landscapes and foster clean watersheds, embracing the values of equity and inclusion to solve environmental challenges. Individuals or congregations can participate by volunteering for community projects and/or learning workshops.

Become a Climate Justice Congregation and/or host one to three of their virtual Winter 2021 Connect & Act Series for Climate Justice: Line 3 Conversation; Forward on Federal Climate Action; and/or Take Action on Climate Change from Home

Sign up here; learn more here.

Four events held on Zoom consider our sacred connections to land, water and air and how individuals, families, and congregations might respond to climate change. The events are free and open to all.

  • The psychological impact of the environmental crisis
    • April 22, 7:00-8:30 pm
    • Dr. Teddie Potter | REGISTER

Help spread the word to stop the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline! Request a yard sign.

Presbyterian Mission

offers diverse and changing opportunities to engage in the work of climate care and natural disaster relief locally, nationally and globally.

Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership Cohorts

High School, middle school, or intergenerational. Go to GrowingGreenHearts.com for more information

AND Water Stories for Churches Video Resources

Community Engagement

Reconciling relationships with natureIn a video released by United Methodist Global Ministries, Rev. Tyler Sit, an EarthKeeper who serves New City Church in Minneapolis, shares the importance of connecting with the Earth and how leading a program that provides nature-based therapy in support of people of color is impacting his community.  Watch video

View a trailer, join a multi-group event, or create a virtual screening

Water Where We Live: Rain Gardens for ChurchesMonthly water events for churches are posted here.

AND SEE: Water Stories for Churches

A St. Paul Water Story: Lake McCarrons & Galilee Lutheran Church 

  • Explore interconnectedness with scientist Amy Myrbo

Water Stories from Luther Seminary Students (part 1) Africa & Indonesia

  • Esther Sianipar; Indonesia 
  • Janice Gonoe; Liberia

Water Stories: Luther Seminary Students (part 2) Africa & Indonesia

  • Wholistic water connections, climate change, and water work as vocation in Africa and Indonesia

Water Stories: Rain Gardens for Churches with Macalester Plymouth United Church 

  • Boost water quality with rain gardens

'Water Is Life' is a UM News photo-essay chronicling global struggles for clean water and the church’s efforts to provide clean water to rural Africa. View package

Visit the Wakan Tipi Center, part of the Lower Phalen Creek Project.

  • Share the introductory video.
  • Discuss environmental racism
  • Learn about this land's sacred and cultural significance for the Dakota people
  • Engage in the restoration of prairie, language and traditions
  • Enjoy a staff-guided hike

Develop your own excursion or work with Heidi@growinggreenhearts.com.

Earth Day

This Earth Day 2021 Toolkit was created to help you inspire, educate, and engage your faith or spiritual community in working for climate justice this Earth Day and beyond! Our theme is: Sacred Ground: Cultivating Connections Between Our Faith, Our Food, and the Climate, and it invites you to ...

  • Reflect on your spiritual connection to the land

  • Examine how current food systems contribute to injustice and climate change and ways to advocate for systems that are better for people and the planet.

  • Take practical actions that promote justice

Conflict, Division, & Reconciliation

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders facilitated healing conversations about and in the midst of conflict, division and reconciliation: within and without the congregation. Here you'll find opportunities for:

  • Small Group Discussions
  • Empowering Leaders
  • Engaging the Broader Community

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Small Group Discussions

                    Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva               Forgiven but Not Forgotten                    In Defense of Kindness: Why It Matters, How It Changes Our Lives, and How It Can Save the World     In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World     Just Us     Leading with Love          Listening to the Movement                    We Will Not Cancel Us     Welcoming the Unwelcome          

Children's Books

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Empowering Leaders

Krista Tippett interviews Serene Jones in Grace in a Fractured World. The Oklahoma-born theologian of trauma speaks on our political & spiritual love crisis: “Everything is falling apart, and something new is emerging.”

Guidelines (adopted in 1992) for use in times of conflict and disagreement.

Kyle Roberts, Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs at United Theological Seminary, authored, “Leading Through the Contention: Guidance from Open and Relational Theology in Navigating Conflict".

Engaging the Community

Kairos Blanket Exercise

The Kairos Blanket Exercise is developed to create reconciliation through education and understanding.

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a program of KAIROS CANADA. KAIROS Canada is an ecumenical movement for ecological justice and human rights around the globe.

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Hollaback and Asian Americans Advancing Justice teamed up to create free Bystander Intervention Trainings. See here for dates and details.

Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza urges us to name America's Dividing Line as what it is: racism. Only after naming the divide can we hope to heal it.

On Being with Krista Tippett

Bishop Michael Curry & Dr. Russell Moore

Spiritual Bridge People

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An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice offers numerous and varied ways to engage.

Brian McLaren's, The Five Electorates in 2020 is essential reading for understanding the "other"; see also Recognizing Our Biases.

MennoMedia’s ~ing Podcast Episodes 14 & 16 feature Mennonite pastor and author Melissa Florer-Bixler speaking about loving one’s enemies and author Shane Claiborne speaking on love amid violence, respectively.

Sister Joan Chittister issues A Call to Be One.

Confronting Misogyny

Books

#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing     Book cover image: Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes     First and Only: A Black Woman's Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life     Fulfilled: Let Go of Shame, Embrace Your Body, and Eat the Food You Love     HildegardSaintForOurTimes.jpg     Hood Feminism     If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Means for You to Be     In My Grandmother's House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit               The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became  Gospel Truth: Barr, Beth Allison: 9781587434709: Amazon.com: Books                                   Women and Other Monsters     

Video

Barbara A. Holmes' film series with The Work of the People: A Transcendent Leap (on our cosmic identities), Womanist Theology, Release the Fire (on Pentecost and the Spirit), Be the Mystery, Emerging Wholeness (on God's call to love our neighbor), A Contemplative Moment (on how contemplative prayer births prophetic proclamation and action).

Websites

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An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice

Their Gender page is updated regularly with articles reflective of current events, issues, and practices.

Children's, Tweens & Teens Books

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Covid-19 Compassion

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders encourage congregational engagement in the work of Covid-10 Compassion. Here you'll find opportunities for:

  • Individual Engagement
  • Household Engagement
  • Congregational Engagement
  • Community Engagement

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Individual Engagement

For faith leaders wanting to help folx with accessibility issues navigate vaccination systems and/or get registered online for COVID-19 vaccines, The MN Council of Churches recommends MN Vaccine Hunters. To submit names of adults who are in need of, want, and are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, click here. This is a safe, secure, grassroots effort through which a limited number of individuals will have access to the information provided.

The Women of the MN Annual Conference UMC invite you to make masks.

  AND  

offer lists of pandemic service opportunities

Household Engagement

Donate household items and clothes to Old School, by Steeple People

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Congregational Engagement

Thriving Beyond COVID is a scripture-based small and large group study that will encourage, inspire, and challenge members and get them in a positive frame of mind for your post-COVID journey. Challenges can be managed with faith and a plan. This two-minute video is an introduction. A leader guide, small and large group participant guides, as well as videos are available for free download here.

The WI Council of Churches offers these important and thoughtful Returning to Church guidelines and suggestions; dated 05.13.21.

Faiths4Vaccines is connecting and supporting faith communities and leaders across the country who are leading by example, receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, advocating on behalf of its equitable distribution, and mobilizing to support vaccination administration.

See their Love thy neighbor. Get vaccinated. video here.

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Nuns & Nones provide an excellent article on emerging from Covid-19 and an interactive resource guide for creating ritual to help us move - individually and collectively - into the future "with little luggage, ready to imagine another world."

The World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue have released a joint document, “Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity: A Christian Call to Reflection and Action During COVID-19 and Beyond.” Its purpose is to encourage churches and Christian organizations to reflect on the importance of interreligious solidarity in a world wounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lewis Center for Church Leadership has a growing list of Covid-19-related resources on topics of Social Action, Stewardship, Technology, and Hospitality.

5 Addictions the Church Must Overcome to Grow in the Future

Carey Nieuwhof explains that churches must respond to a culture that has become even more digital, mobile, and home-centered during the COVID-19 crisis. He predicts growing churches will focus less on place-based ministry and packed rooms and will adjust budgets and attitudes to fit a new reality.

numerous ideas and links for creative responses to community needs

Understanding common felt needs may help in launching an online micro-community and showing compassion for neighbors.

Community Engagement

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance from FEMA: FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020. Applications will be accepted starting April 12. Please share this resource with loved ones of those who passed away of COVID and had a funeral at your church.

Interfaith leaders offer pandemic prayer

The leaders of more than a dozen judicatories in Minnesota crafted a joint statement voicing concern about the increase in COVID-19 cases and urging Minnesotans to serve their communities, partner with neighbors and health care workers, and make changes that will save lives.

  RIP Medical Debt

Check out the 2020 Medical Debt Summit, recorded 10.06.20. See Matthew 25 in the PC(USA) for inspiration.

Sign and share this statement to Congress urging compassionate release of people in federal prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Share a letter of support for – and solidarity with – your local health care providers and other frontline workers. Invite neighboring faith communities to join you. [Expand the Christian references accordingly, to include others.] Share a “signed” version on your website and/or a local media outlet.

Minneapolis Forward shares resources (to offer or receive) related to COVID-19 and the transformation of the city.

Books

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Education

Local/Regional Connections

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.

Children's Books

Walking for Water | Kids Can Press

 

Gender & Sexuality

Books

#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing     Fulfilled: Let Go of Shame, Embrace Your Body, and Eat the Food You Love     Hood Feminism     If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Means for You to Be     In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World          Love Makes Room: And Other Things I Learned When My Daughter Came Out:  Frenes, Staci: 9781506468631: Amazon.com: Books          

Curricula

Find a plethora of resources for Bible studybook discussion, and diversity training in Rev. Jia Starr Brown's 2020 Journey to Freedom series. Find the entire video line-up in our Journey to Freedom Vimeo Showcase. Learn more here.

Websites

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An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice

Their LGBTQIA+ and Gender pages are updated regularly with articles reflective of current events, issues, and practices.

The Good Fruit Project

Good Fruit Project offers a Guide outlining the faith- and research-based evidence of the bad fruit of conversion therapy and resource lists.

Children's Books

Walking for Water | Kids Can Press

Videos & Podcasts

The Ministry Lab is excited to share access to Rev. Jia Starr Brown's transformative series, Journey to Freedom: Embracing God's Cultural Mosaic of People. Along with diversity trainings, Bible studies, and book groups, the 2020 them, Intersectionality, was brought to life by six guest preachers reflecting on John 4:4-26 (The Woman at the Well) and poetry and music from Minnesota-based artists.

Gun Violence & Control

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders encourage congregational engagement in the work of gun control and mitigating gun violence. Here you'll find opportunities for:

  • Individual Resources
  • Household Resources
  • Congregational Resources
  • Community Resources

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Individual Resources

Peter Wallace's blog post Anger in the Service of Justice: Following Jesus’ Example offers helpful biblical context and grounding.

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Household Resources

Alternate textEpisode 16: "Forging"

explores the guns-into-garden tools movement with Mike Martin and Shane Claiborne discussing the RAWTools organization.

Congregational Resources

          The Tradition

Community Resources

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.

ENGAGE is a Saint Paul Area Synod (ELCA) public witness committee on gun violence prevention.

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An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice offers numerous and varied ways to engage.

Volunteer with Protect Minnesota to participate in virtual activities to tell legislators that we need Universal Background Checks and Extreme Risk Protection Orders now!

Healthcare

Congregational Engagement

Eradicate medical debt at pennies on the dollar. Together, RIP Medical Debt and numerous faith communities have abolished billions in medical debt - but it's only the beginning. They want your help!

Immigration & Refugees

Blogs, Podcasts & Webinars

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Shoulder to Shoulder offers "Faith Over Fear" virtual training periodically throughout the year. Gain valuable skills to better counter anti-Muslim discrimination in your community and learn how to build stronger local multireligious networks. Learn more and register here.

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Hollaback and Asian Americans Advancing Justice teamed up to create free Bystander Intervention Trainings. See here for dates and details.

545 of Our Children by Dr. Eric Barreto

Rev. Amanda Simons from Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church shared her Literature Epiphanies, including a list of resources congruent with her book study of American Dirt.

Additional Resources

Sojourners

faith in action for social justice

El Camino - The Way

Engage immigrant justice. Find transformative sermons.

Sign up to receive recommended sermons, tips for preaching about immigration, and tools for churches seeking justice with immigrant communities. Includes sermons from two MN Annual Conference UMC preachers: Nate Melcher and Jean Carlos Diaz.

Reporting on Minnesota's new Americans — Sahan Journal

Sahan Journal is the only independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit digital newsroom fully dedicated to providing authentic news reporting for and about immigrants and communities of color in Minnesota, chronicling the struggles, successes and transformations of Minnesota’s immigrants and communities of color, whose stories are often overlooked by traditional news organizations.

Richard Blanco's How to Love a Country and other poems and writings on the many Homes we carry within us.

From MN Council of Churches:

Service Opportunities

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.

Volunteer Virtually with Refugee ServicesOnline. Refugee Services of the Minnesota Council of Churches needs online volunteers. Help refugees with the skills needed to navigate life in Minnesota and with English conversation practice.

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An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice offers numerous and varied ways to engage.

Books

American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club)     Faithful in Small Things     

Israel & Palestine

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The Israel/Palestine conflict has been raging since Israel's nationalization in 1948. It is a complex and far-ranging issue, with enormous international implications.

Discussions can be emotional, spiritual, political, and intellectual. Here are resources to touch on all the salient points to increase awareness and understanding.

Other Resource Lists

15 Books to Read to Better Understand the Modern History of Israel-Palestine

For resources on the modern history of Israel / Palestine, see this list of readings compiled by associate editor of Alma, Emily Burack.

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

In Real Christian Talk about Israel and the Palestinians, Dr. Greg Carey asserts that, "Despite the media’s efforts to promote over-simplified narratives, it’s possible for us to hold multiple truths in tension with one another. Let us not grow weary in our insistence upon justice for the Palestinians."

Judicatory Responses to Recent Conflict

"We call for an immediate ceasefire:" Palestine, Israel, and the Complicity of U.S. Christianity.

After several weeks of increased tension in Israel/Palestine, coinciding with the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Israeli government and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire on 5/21/22. United released a statement in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis and acknowledging the particular complicity of American Christianities in the conflict. Read United's statement here.

Neighborhood Revitalization

Books

Faith, Class, and Labor     Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty     When We Stand

Community Action

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.

Webinars & Training

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

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.

Policing & Prisons

Books

                         Tangled Up in Blue by Rosa Brooks     United States of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope

See the Equal Justice Initiative interviews and the movie based on Just Mercy.

Video

African American Policy Forum short film: The Unequal Opportunity Race

Award winning film by Ava DuVernay; focuses on the history of racism in America and the rise of the prison industrial complex

This documentary follows the police of Oakland, California, as they reform and face the challenges of corruption, commitment and cataclysmic change.

An award-winning, timely profile of WeCopwatch, an organization that seeks to disrupt the ever-present challenge of police violence by filming the police as a non-violent form of protest.

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising.

Websites

Lights On! | An Innovative Program of MicroGrants

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

Learn how everyone benefits!

Policing The Progressive City

Michelle S. Phelps' extensive research on policing in Minneapolis is informative and potentially transformative.

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

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The U of M's Center for Urban & Regional Affairs offers researched insight in Over-Policed and Under-Protected: Public Safety in North Minneapolis (11.17.20)

Call To Mind: Spotlight On Black Trauma And Policing (MPR) - with Angela Davis hosting Spotlight on Black Trauma and Policing, a live virtual community conversation including Resmaa Menakem and Justin Terrell.

In Front of Our Eyes & 74 Seconds: Podcasts from Minnesota Public Radio, available on all major podcasts apps.

Derek Chauvin has been found guilty, but there is much work still to be done including sentencing and additional trials of other officers. “In Front of Our Eyes” followed the trial providing weekly updates on this monumental case, and the consequences it holds for the city and country. 

 

  “74 Seconds” followed the story of another black man shot and killed by    police. In July 2016, the world watched a man die, live on their phones, after a traffic stop in suburban Minnesota. This is the story of that man, Philando Castile, and the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, who is about to go on trial in his death. It sits at the intersection of race, policing, justice and safety in America. A lot can happen in 74 seconds.

The Movement for a Future without Policing & Prisons

Kaepernick Publishing & LEVEL publish 30 stories that point to a future that puts the needs of the community first

Scroll through the blog for a four-part series on Policing and the Church.

Enough is Enough!

The Kaleo Center blog included a link to Uprising Minnesota, “A regularly updated site on how to support Black organizing in the Twin Cities”; Jae Hyun Shim’s excellent article about how we came to this moment in Minneapolis; and Mariame Kaba’s NY Times article, Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police.

Politics & Social Structure

Webinars & Training

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United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities offers a list of Resources and Actions Amidst amidst the Chauvin Trialand the Death of Daunte Wright, including opportunities for Prayer/Meditation, Holding Memory, Changing Policies, Impacting Public Discourse, and Engaging Our Emotions.

Children's Books

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Tweens & Teens

Chapter Books about Citizenship     Chapter books that illuminate hunger, poverty, and homelessness.

Adult Books

Christian Socialism     Humankind     In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World     Unholy by Sarah Posner     When We Stand

Partner Organizations

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) is a statewide interfaith legislative advocacy coalition working to advance opportunities for economic and housing security and social and racial justice for all Minnesotans. The MN Council of Churches is the Protestant partner.

You can see their 2021 legislative agenda here. For more information, contact Joan Miltenberger at the JRLC - jmiltenberger@jrlc.org, 612-230-3232.

Poverty, Hunger & Homelessness

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Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders encourage congregational engagement in the work of eliminating poverty, hunger, homelessness, and transiency. Here you'll find opportunities for:

  • Individual Engagement
  • Household Engagement
  • Congregational Engagement
  • Community Engagement

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Individual Engagement

Dispensing donations amongst Minneapolis tent communities. Sign up to join the effort!

 

is distributing food, water, medical care, and support for residents and protesters in South Minneapolis.

Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training program that equips US-based United Methodists to launch and grow environmental projects in their communities. Topics include eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing, and project planning. All participants plan a project during the training. Find out more and apply.

Household Engagement

  

St. Paul area churches and Hamline are collecting funds for Keystone Community Services and Interfaith Action of Greater St. PaulDonate here.

needs volunteers. Sign up for a time.

LSS of MN's Sponsor a Youth holiday gift program is for individuals, families or groups. Complete the sponsor form by Nov. 20.

Congregational Engagement

Eradicate medical debt at pennies on the dollar. Together, RIP Medical Debt and numerous faith communities have abolished billions in medical debt - but it's only the beginning. They want your help!

ELCA World Hunger encourage addressing local, regional and global hunger.

Seasonally appropriate materials guide congregations in specific actions and provide for worship and study.

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Creating Sacred Settlements for folks who do not want to live without a home. Engage financially and/or through hands-on projects.

Presbyterian Mission

offers diverse, seasonal and changing opportunities to engage in the work of ending poverty and hunger locally and globally.

Interfaith Action of Greater St Paul provide support and encouragement to folks living on the margins through:

Encourage MN legislators to pass the Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program

Call your state representative and state senator to urge them to increase the amount of aid their leadership is pushing for.

Community Engagement

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.

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.

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.

 

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) is a statewide interfaith legislative advocacy coalition working to advance opportunities for economic and housing security and social and racial justice for all Minnesotans. The MN Council of Churches is the Protestant partner.

You can see their 2021 legislative agenda here. For more information, contact Joan Miltenberger at the JRLC - jmiltenberger@jrlc.org, 612-230-3232.

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.

Lights On! | An Innovative Program of MicroGrants

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

Learn how everyone benefits!

   

Make a loan, change a life.

With Kiva you can lend a small amount of money and make a big change in someone's life. It's fast and easy to get started.

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Blessed are the Poor: Engaging the Community Toward Social Transformation: a webinar series designed to help church leaders engage with the people in their communities and reflect on the different ways in which people experience poverty. These two-hour sessions occur once a month for five months: October 2020 through February 2021. Register

Children's, Tweens, & Teens Books

Adult Books

Picture of Everyone Must Eat     Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty     Picture of Faithful in Small Things     Indispensable Church - Lifeway     Image result for praying with our feet     United States of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope

Systemic Racism & White Supremacy Culture

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help foster congregational engagement in the work of anti-racism and ending white supremacy culture. For study and conversation prompts, please see our Talking about Racism guides for Children and Parents; Tweens & Teens; and Young Adults & Adults.

Here you'll find opportunities for:

  • Individual Engagement
  • Household Engagement
  • Congregational Engagement
  • Community Engagement

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Individual Engagement

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Barnard Center for Research on Women shared a list of upcoming trainings, vigils and other resources in response to the Atlanta shootings of 8 people, including 6 Asian-descent women.

Defending Asian women, defending sex workers

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Hollaback and Asian Americans Advancing Justice teamed up to create free Bystander Intervention Trainings. See here for dates and details.

Support the Minneapolis uprisings

Uprising Minnesota provides concrete steps for action and engagement.

Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training program that equips US-based United Methodists to launch and grow environmental projects in their communities. Topics include eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing, and project planning. All participants plan a project during the training. Find out more and apply.

Household Engagement

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Sweet Potato Comfort Pie’s mission is to advance racial justice and equity, heal damage caused by race-based trauma and elevate marginalized voices and experiences. We achieve our mission in three ways: by using the powerful Black cultural food tradition of making and delivering sweet potato pies; by facilitating story-circle dialogues with intentional listening and authentic sharing; and by building multicultural alliances/relationships that deepen commitment to racial justice work.

Get involved here.

Support the Minneapolis uprisings

Uprising Minnesota provides concrete steps for action and engagement.

Congregational Engagement

JUSTmove

Joe Davis and David Scherer together are JUSTmove which offers anti-racism performances, retreats, courses, and consulting for individuals and congregations.

Please read Scherer's article: Why Shame Is Not Effective

See their To My Beloved Children video - appropriate for all ages.

The Ministry Lab is excited to share access to Rev. Jia Starr Brown's transformative series, Journey to Freedom: Embracing God's Cultural Mosaic of People. Along with diversity trainings, Bible studies, and book groups, the 2020 them, Intersectionality, was brought to life by six guest preachers reflecting on John 4:4-26 (The Woman at the Well) and poetry and music from Minnesota-based artists.

 

See Joe Davis' invitation to Deepen Humility and Compassion with the IDI; develop institutional intercultural awareness and competence; and/or join Round 2 of Davis' and Dave Scherer's Next Faithful Move.

ISAIAH is a multi-racial, state-wide, nonpartisan coalition of faith communities fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota.

Several blogs highlighting ways congregations can work for systemic change:

Showing Up for Racial Justice - SURJ

Offers online resources, speakers, trainings, and programming.

Interfaith Action of Greater St Paul provide support and encouragement to folks living on the margins through:

Community Engagement

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) is a statewide interfaith legislative advocacy coalition working to advance opportunities for economic and housing security and social and racial justice for all Minnesotans. The MN Council of Churches is the Protestant partner.

You can see their 2021 legislative agenda here. For more information, contact Joan Miltenberger at the JRLC - jmiltenberger@jrlc.org, 612-230-3232.

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An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice offers numerous and varied ways to engage.

RECLAIM the Block networks neighborhood organizations for local solutions to safety, affordable housing, hunger/food deserts, and unjust policing.

Racial equity in the areas of education, family achievement, home-ownership and more.

Daily Meditations on Restorative Justice (September 6-11):

For personal practice or community discussions.

Executive Director Mark Sundby, referencing this twitter thread by Aisha Ahmad advises that now (09.29.20) is the time to lean in to conversation about race.

Reconciling relationships with natureIn a video released by United Methodist Global Ministries, Rev. Tyler Sit, an EarthKeeper who serves New City Church in Minneapolis, shares the importance of connecting with the Earth and how leading a program that provides nature-based therapy in support of people of color is impacting his community.  Watch video

The Revolutionary Love Project, founded by civil rights leader and prophetic voice Valarie Kaur, inspires and equips people to build beloved community where they are, teaching ten core practices of revolutionary love, backed by research and infused with ancestral wisdom. They center the voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities in their educational tools, training courses, artwork, music, and stories. In an era of great transition, they believe that we can birth a world where we see no stranger. Each of us has a role. When we lead with love, we labor with joy.