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Congregational Life: Social Justice: Poverty, Hunger & Unhoused

online and in-person connections for service and justice work


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

Maps, Prayers, and Action by Vernita Kennen, Incarnation Lutheran Church (ELCA), Shoreview

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


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

Baking Homemade Bread Becomes a Public Good

The Seattle-based Community Loaves project enlists home bakers to help those facing food insecurity during the pandemic.

Chapter books that illuminate hunger, poverty, and homelessness.

Doing Good Together supports families who want to Help the Homeless

By volunteering together, your family can address the issue of homelessness thoughtfully and make a meaningful difference.


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


The Centering the Silenced Summit featured 15 voices that have been historically marginalized and silenced. These humans answered one main question for us - what is the single greatest social or liberative challenge facing us, as Christians, at this time? During our chats, we spent some time breaking down their answer and looking at the critical and practical ways that the Church should respond.


Settled is developing Sacred Settlements, which are an innovative, research-based way to address long-term homelessness by developing holistic tiny home communities in cooperation with a faith community.

Living Rough, Living Sheltered

(PDF download)

A service of solidarity with rough sleepers with an emphasis on compassion, listening and acting for justice. 10 pages.

Helping the Hungry

Helping the Hungry: A Big-Hearted, Book-Based Curriculum

Enrich your food drive with three fun, meaningful lessons.

This innovative curriculum guides children through the complicated issue of hunger and empowers them to make a difference.


Hosted by ELCA World Hunger, this webinar series explores the many ways hunger and poverty intersect with other issues, including climate change, food production, access to housing, racial justice, gender justice and more; including ways we can be part of God’s promise of a just world where all are fed.

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.

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:

Community Engagement

Ramsey County Cold Weather Plan for Unsheltered Residents

Ramsey County will operate warming spaces every night this winter during the months of December, January and February to supplement existing shelter beds. They will provide referrals and transportation to and from those warming spaces through February of 2023.


Simpson Housing Services' Mission is to house, support, and advocate for people experiencing homelessness.

Individuals and congregational groups can support through volunteer services and finances.

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 by building bridges between young artists, activists and entrepreneurs and experienced leaders to engage intergenerational collaboration in breaking cycles of miseducation, poverty, violence and addiction.

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.

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.

In Our Library - Children

Beautiful Moon (A Child’s Prayer)          Paperback Fly Away Home Book     cover image Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi     In God's Hands: Kushner, Rabbi Lawrence, Schmidt, Gary, Baek, Matthew J.:  9781580232241: Books                    

Children's, Tweens, & Teens Books

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

the coat     Crenshaw     Dolores Huerta     Emilio's Very Bright IDEA     Global Poverty Books.jpg     Picutre Books that Illuminate Hunger in America     Chapter books that illuminate hunger, poverty, and homelessness.               No Place Like Home     Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox     What You Need to Be Warm

Adult Books & Downloads

Abundance     Abundant Lives | A Progressive Christian Ethic of Flourishing (Udis-Kessler)     Charging Interest: Medieval Wisdom for a Modern Financial Crisis          Eighth-Day Discipleship: A New Vision for Faith, Work, and Economics     Picture of Everyone Must Eat     Evicted book cover     Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty     Picture of Faithful in Small Things          The Gospel of Peace in a Violent World     Grace Can Lead Us Home     

Homeless     Indispensable Church - Lifeway          Jesus on Main Street     The Just Kitchen     Our Fair Share: How One Small Change Can Create a More Equitable American Economy     Poor Technology: Artificial Intelligence and the Experience of Poverty               Image result for praying with our feet          Shelter Theology: The Religious Lives of People without Homes     The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee     BL_Trash_Cover_9781506486277c     Trespass: Portraits of Unhoused Life, Love, and Understanding     United States of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope     The Unjust Steward     The Way of Abundance: Economic Justice in Scripture and Society     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

In Our Library

The End of Hunger               Food for Life: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating     9781501815034: The Passionate Church