Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Congregational Life: Social Justice: Home

online and in-person connections for service and justice work

Home

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!

Ableism & Disability Rights

Community Engagement

The Heart of the Beast Theater presents Care Work Workshops

Offered on zoom, each workshop includes discussions of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice along with participatory art activities, all centered around disability justice, joyful accessibility, and community.

Read about the book here.

Learn more about the workshops here.

October 5, 12, 19, 26 & November 2; 7:00 - 8:30 PM CDT

Books

Arts, Protest, & Justice

Visual Arts

Richard Rohr lifts up numerous contemplative artists reflecting on arts, contemplation, and justice work, in Finding god in the Arts, which ran August 15-20, 2021.

Books

Fight Like Jesus     Odetta     Look Inside Three Lines in a Circle

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

citizenship - small.jpg     Chapter Books about Citizenship

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

          Faith on Trial               Let My People Vote     Our Time Is Now          

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

Climate Change Activists Either Prod Exxon Mobil or Dump It - The New York  Times

THIRD ACT — EXPERIENCED PEOPLE WORKING FOR A FAIR AND STABLE PLANET.

We’re over 60—the Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation. We have skills, we have resources, we have time—and many of us have kids and grandkids. We also have a history. In our early years we saw remarkable shifts in politics and society; now, in our latter years, we want to see those changes made real and lasting.

Pledge to vote for climate justice.

Join the MNIPL Drop-In Community Hour, Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM, to get support for whatever you or your congregation are up to.

This! Is What We Did is driven by the following Mission Statement:

To help grow a movement strong enough to break the power of the fossil fuel industry and stimulate the effective, drastic action needed to spur climate justice and give future generations a chance for a decent life through 

  1. a powerful educational experience
  2. a welcoming community
  3. easy-access on-ramps to effective action

In particular, we see people 50 years and older as an untapped resource to fight climate change.

Find out how individuals and communities can live into their responsibilities as Treaty Peoples to support the years-long efforts of Water Protectors to Stop Line 3.

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

mnipl-2016-logo4

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.

Animal Books collection.jpg     animal chapter books.jpg     Picture Books to Heal the Earth     Chapter books that inspire kids to heal the earth.     Picture Books for Nature Lovers

     

     

     

          

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

Join the MNIPL Drop-In Community Hour, Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM, to get support for whatever you or your congregation are up to.

This! Is What We Did is driven by the following Mission Statement:

To help grow a movement strong enough to break the power of the fossil fuel industry and stimulate the effective, drastic action needed to spur climate justice and give future generations a chance for a decent life through 

  1. a powerful educational experience
  2. a welcoming community
  3. easy-access on-ramps to effective action

In particular, we see people 50 years and older as an untapped resource to fight climate change.

Study & Worship for Progressive Churches: Creation (Donald Schmidt - Author) makes the vision of whole congregation sharing not only possible, but easy. This all-in-one study and worship resource includes everything a congregation needs to enable children, youth, parents, and grandparents to share together in a five-week study of the biblical stories of creation.  

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.

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

Find out how individuals and communities can live into their responsibilities as Treaty Peoples to support the years-long efforts of Water Protectors to Stop Line 3.

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

A prayer, posted August 9, 2021 by Maren, to share any time:

Prayers for the Heating Earth

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          Fight Like Jesus          Forgiven but Not Forgotten          How to Have an Enemy          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     Picture of Love Is the Resistance     A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community      Neighbor Love through Fearful Days: Finding Purpose and Meaning in a Time of Crisis     The Peacemaker's Path: Multifaith Reflections to Deepen Your Spirituality          The Space Between Us          We Will Not Cancel Us     Welcoming the Unwelcome               

Children's Books

          Stories to Inspire Imaginations               treasuries.jpg                    

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

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble, reflecting on how our words/language create our realities, encourages us to Say What You Mean.

Learning How to See with Brian McLaren

In season two of our podcast Learning How to See, we are invited to confront the host of biases that prevent us from connecting more deeply with ourselves and one another. Listen and discover how seeing is social, political, and contemplative.

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.

Hollaback! logo

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

Logo

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.

Webinars & Trainings

CONVERGENCE offers numerous leadership and community development webinars on-demand or in a cohort:

  • White Too Long: A Webinar with Robert Jones from the Anderson Forum for Progressive Theology

Confronting Misogyny

Books

Brave: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Grief, Mercy, Folly, Joy, Sex, and Redemption     #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     The Defiant Middle: How Women Claim Life's In-Betweens to Remake the World     Book cover image: Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive     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          Leaving Silence     The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became  Gospel Truth: Barr, Beth Allison: 9781587434709: Amazon.com: Books     More Than a Womb               9781587435386.jpg                         Women and Other Monsters               The Words of Her Mouth | Psalms for the Struggle (Spong)

Children's, Tweens & Teens Books

Image result for 111 Trees     Finding Beauty     A Girl's Bill of Rights     Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel: The Story of Anne Bradstreet, America's First Published Poet     Walking for Water | Kids Can Press     We Listen to Our Bodies: A picture book about body awareness and consent.     You Don't Have to Be Everything

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Matthew Fox writes extensively about the need to balance the Sacred Masculine with the Feminine Divine, often citing Hilldegard of Bingen, among other mystics, as references. See, for example, The Goddess as Gaia and Our Mother.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble, reflecting on how our words/language create our realities, encourages us to Say What You Mean.

Video & Webinars

CONVERGENCE offers numerous leadership and community development webinars on-demand or in a cohort:

Do Christianity and Buddhism Have Shamanic Roots?: A Teach-In with Isa Gucciardi and Matthew Fox

Spiritual and Theological Evolution with Sue Monk Kidd

Boundary Training for Clergy

Cosmic Wisdom and the Divine Feminine: Lost Insights for an Emerging World - 15 Day Teach-In with Rabbi Rami Shapiro and Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox spends a few days with Julian of Norwich Celebrating Divine Wisdom and the Feminine and Julian: Divine Wisdom, Christ and Divine Motherhood at Work. Scroll down for the video and a more thorough discourse.

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

The PC(USA) Store has compiled a list of resources for Preaching & Teaching Women's Stories resources.

Logo

An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice

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

Contemplative Activism

Local Resources

 

Gathering

The Minnesota Council of Churches Healing Minnesota Stories provide group Sacred Sites Tour to Explore Indigenous Experience in Minnesota. These tours are designed to "create understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people, particularly those in various faith communities".

Tours are led by Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota). The tours offer an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling and experiencing the sites in silence / meditation / reflection.

Upcoming Tour Dates

174307387_129328355839169_5830505313759900857_n

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.

Books

Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us into the Sacred     Crisis Contemplation: Healing the Wounded Village     Do Better     Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee     Faith, Class, and Labor     Feed the Wolf: Befriending Our Fears in the Way of Saint Francis     How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy: Odell, Jenny:  9781612197494: Amazon.com: Books          On Love and Mercy     Picture of The Peace Project     Image result for praying with our feet     Cover for Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul     The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton     Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers     Today Everything Is Different: An Adventure in Prayer and Action

This beautiful picture book teaches kids to connect with themselves, with others, and with nature

Websites & Webinars

 

LIFT EVERY VOICE BOOK CLUB

Lift Every Voice: Contemplative Writers of Color Book Club offers monthly conversation on the Christian Mystical Tradition. Join Abbey of the Arts for a monthly conversation on how increasing our diversity of perspectives on contemplative practice can enrich our understanding and experience of the Christian mystical tradition.

This free series is a conversation between Christine Valters Paintner and author Claudia Love Mair. Read the book in advance and actively join this "journey of deepening, discovery, and transformation".

Learn more here.

Engaging Christianities and Socialisms — The Wendland-Cook Program in  Religion and Justice

Register for upcoming webinars here.

Watch previous webinars here.

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

FOUR PRAYERS FOR JUSTICE

Four prayers for social justice, change, and working for the common good.

The Cosmic We podcast goes beyond race and racism to consider relatedness as the organizing principle of the universe, exploring our shared cosmic origins though a cultural lens that fuses science, mysticism, spirituality, and the creative arts. Together with prominent cosmologists, shamans, biblical scholars, poets and activists, CAC core teacher Barbara Holmes and co-host Donny Bryant unveil the “we” of us beyond color, continent, country, or kinship to conjure unseen futures in exploration of the mystery of Divine connection.

You can listen and subscribe to The Cosmic We with Barbara Holmes through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or any podcast player of your preference.

Richard Rohr lifts up numerous contemplative artists reflecting on arts, contemplation, and justice work, in Finding god in the Arts, which ran August 15-20, 2021.

Learning How to See with Brian McLaren

In season two of the podcast Learning How to See, we are invited to confront the host of biases that prevent us from connecting more deeply with ourselves and one another. Listen and discover how seeing is social, political, and contemplative.

Barbara Holmes reflects on Crisis Contemplation, in When Crisis Comes and Crisis Contemplation; trauma researcher Joy DeGruy adds Healing Generational Wounds - all worth a read for those concerned about the extent of body trauma experienced generationally by our siblings of color and diversity; and being absorbed by all of us in these times of upheaval.

enfleshed's Contemplating Now podcast is great all the time.

This interview with Cassidy Hall on her work on the intersection of contemplation and Social justice is particularly good.

Richard Rohr asks leaders to become - or make room for - Becoming Wise Fools.

His Earth Day reflection, One Life, One Breath, features Native American attorney and sacred activist, Sherri Mitchell.

Sharing Felicia Murrell's Silence in Trauma and Healing week.

The theme of "Oneness", (May 23-28, 2021), culminated in Action Based on Oneness, citing contemporary mystic and activist-inspirer, Howard Thurman.

Practices via 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).

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

Publication Cover Image     Publication Cover Image

Congregational Engagement

Bishop Bill Tesch of the ELCA's NW MN Synod offers guidance and Martin Luther's comments on faith during The Plague in this video.

The White House through the HHS published a toolkit for how organizations – including houses of worship – can work directly with vaccine providers to set up vaccination clinics in locations that people know.
For information on National Vaccine Month, click here.

Rev. Dr. Anna Hall (of Convergence) reflects on Church & Vaccine

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.

pexels-ramy-kabalan-745054.jpg

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

     Coronaspection     Shelter in This Place

Education

Children's Books

Walking for Water | Kids Can Press

 

Tweens & Teens Books

Rolling Warrior

Local/Regional Connections

Foster Grandparent volunteers provide one-on-one mentoring a few hours a week to at-risk youth to help them boost self-esteem and overall success. Volunteers can positively impact the lives of children and youth, find a meaningful way to give back, and earn extra income.

In this COVID-19 environment, Foster Grandparents are finding ways to support teachers and students remotely through phone and video chat.

Learn about becoming a Foster Grandparents partner site here.

Learn about benefits, who qualifies, and how to volunteer here.

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.

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.

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

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

Our mission is to MEDITATE on, EDUCATE about, and ADVOCATE for gun violence prevention in the non-violent Spirit of Jesus.

Community Resources

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.

Logo

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!

Books - Adults

          Common Ground     Fight Like Jesus     God and Guns     How to Have an Enemy          The Tradition     Picture of When Thoughts and Prayers Aren't Enough     

Books - Children & Youth

Cover of Something Happened in Our Park

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

The Sahan Journal's Hibah Ansari shares How You Can Help Afghan Refugees in Minnesota Right Now

Minnesota has pledged to accept dozens of Afghans fleeing their country after the Taliban takeover. Many of them helped the U.S. Armed Forces and would face danger and death back home. Resettlement agencies say these new arrivals will need ongoing help with everything from housing to job training as they rebuild their lives in Minnesota

Rosalind C. Hughes' Over the Water: read it.

Image8

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.

Hollaback! logo

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.

Denominational Resources

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota offers numerous supports for Immigrant and Refugee peoples, including prayers in solidarity and opportunities for congregations to walk with a refugee family in their Circle of Welcome program.

page1image2643454896

AMMPARO was envisioned to accompany children today and in the future who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons. Explore their Resources on the Web and their congregational strategy tools.

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.

Logo

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

Books

American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club)     Boomerang / Bumerán     Faithful in Small Things          Once I Was You     Our Angry Eden: Faith and Hope on a Hotter, Harsher Planet     White Borders

The Our Angry Eden Discussion Guide is perfect for church groups, book clubs, and individual study.

     

          Drawn Together     Para Todos - For All     Watercress     Look Inside Where Is Home, Daddy Bear?     Wishes

Israel & Palestine

HOME

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.

LGBTQIA+

Books

Boomerang / Bumerán          #ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing     The Defiant Middle: How Women Claim Life's In-Betweens to Remake the World     Fulfilled: Let Go of Shame, Embrace Your Body, and Eat the Food You Love     Hola Papi     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

The PC(USA) Store has compiled a list of Books for LGBTQIA+ Inclusion.

Logo

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.

Neighborhood Revitalization

Books

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

Community Action

Photo of a group of smiling people holding clipboards at an outside event

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.

Webinars & Training

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

Graphic representing an old church transforming into a vibrant congregation

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.

Policing & Prisons

Books

Defund Fear     Gideon's Promise     How the Word Is Passed     Picture of I Take My Coffee Black                    "Prisons Make Us Safer"     Psalms from Prison (Chavis)               Tangled Up in Blue by Rosa Brooks     United States of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope     We Do This 'Til We Free Us

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

Video

Before You Call the Cops' BLM video goes viral...again - YouTube

Tyler Merritt's Before You Call the Cops is powerful watching. Get to know him!

Dr. Gary Green of United Theological Seminary moderated this important conversation in the Plymouth Congregational Church series: Disrupting White Supremacy: Reimagining Public Safety: Confronting the Problem of Policing, featuring Jaylani Hussein ( CAIR-MN), Rev. Nekima Levy-Armstrong, JD (lawyer and activist), and Rev. Dr. DeWayne Davis (lead minister of Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis).

Throughline

NPR's throughline presents American Police

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 & Curriculum

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

Sahan Journal's Beck Z. Dernbach compiled this FAQ on Minneapolis Police reforms and 2021 ballot questions.

What happened when the city of Rochester, NY, defunded the police? See The Independent article here.

Civil Rights Coalition Letter on Federal Policing Priorities

Signed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries and The United Methodist Church - General Board of Church & Society

CURA Reporter Logo

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

Adult Books

Christian Socialism     Christianity in Blue: How the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Theology Shape Progressive Identity     Faith on Trial     Fight Like Jesus     The Great Reckoning     Humankind     In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World     Innocent Until Proven Muslim: Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and the Muslim Experience Since 9/11     Jesus on Main Street     A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community      Naming Neoliberalism: Exposing the Spirit of Our Age     Our Fair Share: How One Small Change Can Create a More Equitable American Economy          Unholy by Sarah Posner     We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign     When We Stand

Tweens & Teens

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

Children's Books

citizenship - small.jpg     Global Poverty Books.jpg     Sofia Valdez's Big Project Book for Awesome Activists

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.

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

Richard Rohr includes numerous voices in his week-long reflections on Good and Bad Power.

Webinars & Training

Learning How to See with Brian McLaren

In season two of our podcast Learning How to See, we are invited to confront the host of biases that prevent us from connecting more deeply with ourselves and one another. Listen and discover how seeing is social, political, and contemplative.

174307387_129328355839169_5830505313759900857_n

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.

Poverty, Hunger & Homelessness

Welcome

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.

     Settled

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

Align MPLS

Align Minneapolis is an interfaith collaboration of 17 Minneapolis churches, synagogues, and mosques and people with lived experiences working together to address homelessness and poverty through learning, volunteer opportunities, community partnerships, community organizing, and development of effective strategies and programs.

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.

  Blessed are the poor rotator01

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     Evicted book cover     Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty     Picture of Faithful in Small Things     Indispensable Church - Lifeway     Jesus on Main Street     Our Fair Share: How One Small Change Can Create a More Equitable American Economy     Image result for praying with our feet     Shelter Theology: The Religious Lives of People without Homes     United States of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope     We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign

The PC(USA) Store has compiled a list of Books Addressing Issues of Poverty & Inequality

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

NYC, NYPD to battle hate crimes against Asian American community | PIX11

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

Hollaback! logo

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

Sweet Potato Comfort Pie Logo

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

Antiracism Study Dialogue Circle at Common Ground Meditation Center

Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles (ASDIC) is an esteemed antiracism workshop provider operating from Montevideo, MN, across Minnesota and nationally. ASDIC has worked across different sectors, customizing its work to the particular focus and formats needed by organizations. ASDIC’s programs are noted for their depth of analysis, opportunity for dialogue and reflection, building of relationship and community, and lasting transformative change. ASDIC was founded in 2004 by Okogyeamon, a former monk, teacher, and now ordained UCC minister, and Margery Otto, an attorney.

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.

Logo

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.

War & Genocide

Websites

Retired UCC pastor, Rev. Charles Busch, founded Fields of Peace, and calls us all to make A Promise to Our Children.

Books

Fight Like Jesus     Innocent Until Proven Muslim: Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and the Muslim Experience Since 9/11     Look Inside Three Lines in a Circle