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:
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!
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:
United Theological Seminary offered this list of resources in their 10.12.20 Monday Morning newsletter:
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.
Election Day community engagement & worship planning resources
from A Sanctified Art; free and downloadable
from Upper Room and Chris Broadwell, contributor to Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
faith values voter guide to share
UCC and ecumenical faith leaders speak out about voting
Rev. Sheri Prestemon's article: Where Faith and Politics Meet
|Churches see census as part of their mission|
See the UMC's call for Engaging in the Electoral Process.
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.
offers opportunities to engage in the work of getting out the vote.
Turn Out Sunday / Lawyers and Collars toolkit. Watch 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.
Complete the MNIPL interest form.
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:
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
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.
Help spread the word to stop the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline! Request a yard sign.
a suite of Grades 3-12 curriculum resources
The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock
offers diverse and changing opportunities to engage in the work of climate care and natural disaster relief locally, nationally and globally.
|Monthly water events for churches are posted here.|
AND SEE: Water Stories for Churches
A St. Paul Water Story: Lake McCarrons & Galilee Lutheran Church
Water Stories: Luther Seminary Students (part 2) Africa & Indonesia
Develop your own excursion or work with Heidi@growinggreenhearts.com.
Reconciling relationships with nature: In 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
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:
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".
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.
LeaderWise's Dan Nelson, PhD, LP, collated a beautiful Interfaith Prayer for Peace. Adding pieces from other world religions or individuals - especially publicly/currently demonized groups - might add to its power.
Rev. Angela Denker asks, is this The End of Dialogue?
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.
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).
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:
The Women of the MN Annual Conference UMC invite you to make masks.
Lewis Center for Church Leadership has a growing list of Covid-19-related resources on topics of Social Action, Stewardship, Technology, and Hospitality.
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.
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.
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.
An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice
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.
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:
led by Hanna Sandison (The Advocates for Human Rights) & Julio Zelaya (ACLU, Mankato)
October 26, 2020; 7-8 PM CST
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:
Volunteer Virtually with Refugee Services: Online. 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.
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.
Scroll through the blog for a four-part series on Policing and the Church.
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.
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.
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:
is distributing food, water, medical care, and support for residents and protesters in South Minneapolis.
needs volunteers. Sign up for a time.
ELCA World Hunger encourage addressing local, regional and global hunger.
Seasonally appropriate materials guide congregations in specific actions and provide for worship and study.
Creating Sacred Settlements for folks who do not want to live without a home. Engage financially and/or through hands-on projects.
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:
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.
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:
Send this letter to our nation’s lawmakers to end systemic racism and implement a reconstruction agenda for our country.
Uprising Minnesota provides concrete steps for action and engagement.
The Rev. Jia Starr Brown of First Covenant Church Minneapolis invites congregations to join the ACTION Project, a yearlong initiative of courageous listening, learning and action toward bridging gaps of equity and justice.
[Offered for learning and as a template for similar posts in social media and on websites.]
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:
Rev. Dr. Ronald Bell Jr. implores that we Do Not Look Away!
Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs of the MN Council of Churches' Open Letter to White Clergy
Anahkwud Mihgiizay, Ajiijak Dodem’s (Wendy Stone’s) post on Ways Minnesota’s White Churches Need to Use Their Power and Faith
Multifaith Anti-Racism Change & Healing’s (MARCH) Statement;
African American college student, Lucy Smith’s, conversation with her white clergy mom, Rev. Mary Austin
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival's list of Demands on Systemic Racism and Police Violence
MPD150's report asking us to imagine a different relationship to policing as a society
Offers online resources, speakers, trainings, and programming.
Friday, Nov. 13-Saturday, Nov. 14 | Online
Keynote speaker: Dr. Eddie S. Glaude
Other speakers and presenters include: Chanda Smith Baker with May Lee-Yang; Michael McDowell; Jim Bear Jacobs; and Judith Marquz Duran. Cost is $125 for both days or $65 per day; student tickets and limited scholarships are available
RECLAIM the Block networks neighborhood organizations for local solutions to safety, affordable housing, hunger/food deserts, and unjust policing.
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.