Social Justice & Advocacy

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.

Coping With Gun Violence Resources

 Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Resources

Indigenous People’s Resources

News

  • World Refugee Day
    World Refugee Day is held annually on June 20th to bring awareness to the plight of displaced humans around the globe. It is also a day to commemorate the strength and resilience that refugees display during the hardest of times. It is an opportunity for the world to think about human rights in the face of ...
  • Help Out with Yard Clean Up at Safe House
    We invite you to join us Saturday, June 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Yard Clean Up at Safe House, a shelter for homeless teens that is owned and operated by LSS MN. We’ll carpool from Nativity to the shelter in St. Paul, leaving at 8:40 a.m. Those interested in driving separately will be ...
  • CLNE Partnership and Gala Invitation
    The Racial Equity & Justice Ministry (REJM) at Nativity is proud to announce that the Center for Leadership & Neighborhood Engagement (CLNE) has been approved as a Mission Partner of Nativity for the remainder of 2022. The Mission Partnership is an internal designation which helps us to organize our community partnerships and comes with a ...
  • Rev. Kelly Sherman-Conroy to Speak at Local Series
    Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church is partnering with Minnesota Council of Churches to present a three-part series of documentary viewings and wisdom-sharing gatherings, “Impart: Wisdom from the Community.” Guided by Indigenous and Black Minnesotans, the series will create a space for deep conversations that can lead to heart-change and more fervent engagement in our own ...
  • RIC Update and Report
    On Tuesday, April 19, the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Core Team presented their Report & Recommendation to Nativity Council. The Report details the work of the Core Team leading Nativity through its RIC Process for over the past year. The Recommendation includes, among other things, a proposed new RIC Welcome Statement and a motion to ...
  • Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day
    Today is Yom HaShoah-Holocaust Remembrance Day It is pertinent to remember the Holocaust. The Nazi regime murdered 6 million Jews as well as millions of other innocents, including Roma, Slavic, and Sinti peoples, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ people as well as political dissidents, among other groups. We join Jewish people throughout the United States, Israel, and the ...
  • REJM Video Discussion April 18th
    Upcoming Facilitated Zoom Discussion: Monday, April 18, 7:00-8:15 pm, Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88440430739?pwd=elJYVW5mM0tMWXJ2Wkh2QVhDdisvZz09 The Racial Equity and Justice Ministry team (REJM) is sharing a series of YouTube videos illuminating white U.S. history and the legacy of white supremacy. The series is produced by Jim Stewart, a retired American History Professor from Macalaster College. The goal of these videos ...
  • Convergence of Holy Days
    As we enter into the Three Days of Holy Week, people of other religions are also journeying into their holy days, including Vaisakhi, Mahavir, Jayanti, Passover, and Theravada New Year.  We wish all of our neighbors peace and blessings.
  • Ramadan Kareem
    As many of you know, the holy month of Ramadan began at sunset yesterday, April 2, 2022, and lasts until May 2, 2022. Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because it marks the month that the Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him). During the holy month of Ramadan, many Muslims fast from dawn to ...
  • Standing in solidarity: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2022
    Transgender Day of Visibility Today is Transgender Day of Visibility—a day to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of transgender, non-binary, Two-Spirit, and other gender-diverse communities.  We see you, we hear you and we are allies for you. What is International Transgender Day of Visibility? International Transgender Day of Visibility (also called Transgender Day of Visibility) is an ...

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World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is held annually on June 20th to bring awareness to the plight of displaced humans around the globe. It is also a day to commemorate the strength and resilience that refugees display during the hardest of times. It is an opportunity for the world to think about human rights in the face of […]

Juneteenth

The United States has a dark history of slavery. Sadly, this is a topic that is seldom discussed. Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, is included in this. For nearly 150 years, the national government has been reluctant to proclaim this day a public holiday. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth […]

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. The rich history and heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is thousands of years old and is integral to shaping the history of the United States. Formerly known as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the […]