A number of organizations and committees, either sponsored by or in partnership with the Saint Paul Area Synod, commit themselves to serve as the prophetic voice of the church, advocating for just and compassionate social policy, and serving as public witnesses to the Gospel. Some of these groups include:
- Anti-Racism Task Force
- ELCA Justice and Advocacy work
- Daily Work
- Hunger Work Group
- Joint Synod Committee for Inclusivity
- Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
- Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy
- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
- Joint Peace with Justice Committee
- Saint Paul Area Council of Churches
The Anti-Racism Task Force was formed in 2012 as a result of a synod assembly resolution. The task force is committed to creating anti‐racism strategies for congregations, conferences, and leaders, setting goals for diversity in membership and leadership, and creating benchmarks to evaluate progress toward these goals. The task force is also charged with the responsibility of sponsoring anti‐racism training events to continue and deepen anti‐racism dialog and conversation, and to train leaders to bring anti‐racism strategies to synod staff, congregations and conferences.
For more information, contact Lynette Zika, task force chair.
Our faith and our call to boldly serve and love our neighbor take us into some interesting and challenging aspects of life: advocacy, corporate social responsibility, racial justice, science and ethics, peacemaking, justice for women, social issues, and community organizing. We are drawn into every corner of life, society and its institutions to bring the good news of Jesus Christ and to work for lasting, positive change that upholds human dignity. You have a place in the ELCA and an important role in God’s work in the world—find ways here to get connected to a community of faith and the work of our publicly engaged church. More
A Minnesota non-profit organization that assists inadequately served job seekers, who have little or no earned income, find employment and work toward financial independence. Daily Work operates out of two locations in the Twin Cities. In St. Paul at Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave. West and Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton, 1900 7th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112. More
The Saint Paul Area Synod Hunger Work Group is made up of clergy and lay members and works through this purpose statement: "Compelled by God's love, we work to alleviate hunger in all of God's world by prompting congregations and their members to practice generosity and to advocate for a just sharing of the world's abundance." The Hunger Work Group furthers the mission of ELCA World Hunger, a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies—relief, development, education, and advocacy—to address the root causes of hunger and poverty.
The group is currently not meeting regularly but is in the process of re-energizing and reforming. Anyone with a concern for the hungry and a passion for ending hunger would be welcomed to be in touch either through the synod office or with Dale and Vernita Kennen at email@example.com
Be sure to check the synod website regularly to read Seasonings of the Synod, a semi-monthly blog about hunger concerns and resources.
A coalition of congregation-based community organizations through which Minnesota congregations can become stronger, deal with local community issues, and address sprawl, affordable housing, and other regional issues, ISAIAH encompasses Minnesota’s growth corridor, running from St. Cloud through the Twin Cities to Rochester. This corridor is projected to include 75 percent of Minnesota households by 2020. More.
Trusting the reconciling grace of Christ, who has overcome all divisions, this committee of the Saint Paul Area and Minneapolis Area Synods provides support and opportunities for growth in faith and understanding to gay and lesbian persons, their families and friends, and to the church and its members. The Saint Paul Area Synod is a Reconciling in Christ Synod. More
Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) is the largest, most inclusive interfaith public policy body in Minnesota—people of diverse faiths bringing vision and wisdom to the public realm for the well-being of all Minnesotans. Authorized and governed by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Minnesota Council of Churches, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, JRLC is the instrument by which these faith communities work together on social justice issues in Minnesota. The Islamic Center of Minnesota also participates in JRLC as an official observer. More
One of 10 state public policy advocacy offices of the ELCA, its ministry is mandated, guided, and governed by ELCA Advocacy. Its initiatives reflect the collective deliberations of congregations and other church bodies on public policy issues and are guided by Scripture, Lutheran theology, and the expressions of the church’s social statements and resolutions. More
As one of Minnesota’s largest, faith-based charities, LSS is the church in service. More than 2,000 employees statewide offer compassionate, professional service through adoption, counseling, housing, debt counseling, crisis shelters for children, elderly assisted living, group homes for persons with developmental disabilities, and many other services. The mission of LSS is “to express the love of Christ for all people through acts of service.” More
MICAH has 150 members including congregations from the interfaith religious community and housing organizations. MICAH’s central organizing principle is to think regionally, act locally, and live faithfully; to build community support to expand the supply of affordable homes for individuals and families with low incomes; to organize grassroots citizen involvement to win public policy changes, including local, regional, and state housing policy; and to advocate for fair housing and inclusive communities throughout the metropolitan area. More
The peace with justice committee of the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Area Synods is a group centered in the understanding that we are called by Christ to be peacemakers and bringers of justice, expressed in the words of our Lutheran liturgy “to strive for peace and justice in all the world.” The committee is dedicated to a program of education and action, seeking to supplant the evils of war, violence, economic injustice, environmental degradation, racism, and other oppressions, with fairness, compassion, reconciliation, care of creation, and service to others. The committee sponsors monthly peace forums held from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, starting with lunch, followed by speakers and discussion. Contact Dick Hilden at 612.825.1581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Saint Paul Area Council of Churches’ mission is to build a more just and compassionate society. We connect congregations, faith communities and civic organizations to overcome poverty, promote peace and dismantle racism and other barriers that divide our community. More