Social Justice & Advocacy for Children Youth and Family Ministries

Advocacy At Home – LOVE IN ACTION – March 22

Each week you will find resources to help create inspiration for doing social justice and advocacy at home. Come see our new FACEBOOK GROUP and see other creative ways to connect with each other!  Children, Youth & Families During this time where we find ourselves at home and unable to go places, how do we […]

As Scripture teaches, faith is active in love and love calls for justice in the relationships and structures of society.

Our grateful response to God’s love and grace motivates us to live lives that demonstrate our responsibility for the well-being of society, communities, and the environment. Nativity Lutheran Church has created a brand-new hybrid position filled by Kelly Sherman-Conroy, Minister of Social Justice and Advocacy for Children, Youth, and Family Ministries to stand firmly in this call of Beloved Community. This new role is responsible for engaging Nativity families and CYF staff in building, resourcing, supporting, and empowering advocacy through themes of social justice which serve our neighbors and the world. To do the work effectively, support is needed from everyone, children and youth to their families in order to deploy our imaginations in service of furthering the gospel, encouraging growth in faith, and strengthening Christian service within our communities. Our plan is intentionally focused on Nativity’s efforts to nourish our Children, Youth, and Families, and program staff by engaging in the work of social justice and advocacy, while also understanding that multi-generational opportunities may also be woven into the work.

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  • Nativity Community Outreach Teams Update Outreach Leaders & Ministers, Thank you for your continued faith, generous spirits, and compassionate hearts. I hope you, your family, and friends find comfort and support in the love you share. We also appreciate and love you at Nativity and want to make sure we keep it flowing! During these uncertain times, let’s find solace in each other by ...
  • World Kindness Day World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organizations. World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 ...
  • 4 Ways To Decolonize Thanksgiving Stories told about the first Thanksgiving often perpetuate harmful stereotypes and racism. It is important to set the record straight, acknowledge Native Peoples, debunk myths, and show Native Americans as contemporary people with dynamic thriving cultures. November is National Native American Heritage Month and offers many opportunities to move past one-dimensional representations.  Thanksgiving is an opportinity to also go beyond ...
  • 4 Ways To Decolonize Thanksgiving Stories told about the first Thanksgiving often perpetuate harmful stereotypes and racism. It is important to set the record straight, acknowledge Native Peoples, debunk myths, and show Native Americans as contemporary people with dynamic thriving cultures. November is National Native American Heritage Month and offers many opportunities to move past one-dimensional representations.  Thanksgiving is an opportinity to also go beyond ...
  • World Kindness Day World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organizations. World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 ...
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training- November 2019 Kelly Sherman-Conroy – CYF Social Justice and Advocacy At the beginning of November, I attended an eight-hour, evidence-based public education program designed to equip those who work with youth ages 12-18 years, with the knowledge we need to know how best to respond in a mental health emergency and how to offer support for someone who ...
  • Lenny Duncan- Lecture and In-person Reading- October 2019 Interim Pastor – Vladimir Poveda In October I was able to attend a worship service at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, and a book reading later that evening with the author of the book DEAR CHURCH: A LOVE LETTER FROM A BLACK PREACHER TO THE WHITEST DENOMINATION IN THE U.S., by Pastor Lenny Duncan. It was ...
  • Suicide Awareness Symposium Pastor Ben Schori- Children, Youth and Family Ministry In Late September, I attended the Suicide Awareness Symposium presented by Mental Health Connect at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities in Minneapolis. It was a fantastic and incredibly valuable event, which dove into a topic that our society, and especially the church, far too often pushes to the ...
  • MICROAGGRESSION AND BIAS 101 – September 2019 Leah Reddy- Children’s Faith Formation grades 1-4, Musikgarten Leader I recently attended a workshop at the YWCA in Minneapolis entitled Microaggression and Bias 101. The workshop is a part of a series of workshops about racial injustice. The facilitators made sure the attendees felt they were in a safe space. Ruben and Deqa did an excellent ...

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