Social Justice & Advocacy for Children Youth and Family Ministries

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 and our communities. At Nativity our ministry of Social Justice and Advocacy for Children, Youth, and Families stands firmly in the call to be a Beloved Community. We are working to engage Nativity families and 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 and our community in order to deploy our imaginations in service of furthering the gospel, encouraging growth in faith, and strengthening Christian service within our communities.

UPCOMING EVENTS

(Date TBD Soon) Understanding White Privilege- A Conversation with Parents to help talk to their kids.

MORE EVENTS ON RACIAL JUSTICE FOCUS TO BE ADDED SOON

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Racial Justice Resources For Adults

Books for Adults
My Grandmother’s Hands– Resmaa Menakem

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World Paperback – Desmond Tutu , Mpho Tutu

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander

Dear Church : A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US – Lenny Duncan

The Police Killings No One Is Talking About – Stephanie Woodard

Decolonizing Antiracism – Bonita Lawrence and Enakshi Dua

Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism, Second Edition- Rosalind S. Chou and Joe R. Feagin

Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama- Diane C. Fujino

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony – Nelson A Denis

A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn

White Privilege Books

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race – Debby Irving

Me and White Supremacy : Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor- Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo

White Fragility : Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism – Robin DiAngelo

Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine

Podcasts- Videocasts
Seeing White – Podcast

Town Hall: Listening to Latino/a/x Lutheran Faith Leaders

ELCA Ethnic Ministry Strategic Plans
Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity
Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent
American Indian and Alaska Native Strategic Plan
African Descent Strategic Plan
Arab and Middle East Strategic Plan 
Asian and Pacific Islander Strategic Plan
Latino Strategic Plan
Many Voices Tell the Story

News

  • 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 ...

ADVOCACY AT HOME

Love Your Neighbor

Summer trips may be canceled, but that doesn’t mean our experiences are! This summer, students have the opportunity to join in a week of community, empowerment, and leadership.  Together we will learn more about the Queer community, the unique history of the LGBTQ, challenges that are still being faced today, and ways that we can […]

ADVOCACY AT HOME – WE CARE

Teaching Kindness. Standing Together. There’s no question: talking about race can be sensitive, and yes, even a bit messy. And “choosing” whether or not to talk to your kids about race is an option many parents, specifically those of color, don’t have; some children may inevitably learn about it by confronting racism in their everyday […]

ADVOCACY AT HOME – SIMPLE ACTS OF KINDNESS – APRIL 11-12

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!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/nativitycyfsocialjustice Simple Acts of Kindness Kindness is a superpower kids can choose every day to make themselves and others feel good. […]