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

  • Wowauonihan (Honor) All Saints
    This All Saints’ Day I could not help but think of Marilyn Eberlein, a fantastic woman we were blessed to know who just recently passed away. I regularly attended the Wednesday Bible Studies that Marilyn led earlier in my ministry at Nativity. One day she recited Psalm 121, A song of ascents. 1 I lift up my ...
  • Christmas Outreach for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
    November is the month Nativity focuses on serving those experiencing homelessness. LSS Circle is once again coordinating the effort to support youth served by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. As we have the last two years, we are asking for financial gifts only for this outreach fundraiser. Initially chosen as a safety measure during the pandemic, ...
  • Be Part of the Bread for the World Letter Writing Campaign
    October is Global Outreach Month. This weekend, October 15 and 16 after all worship hours, we’re organizing a letter writing campaign for Bread for the World. Please join us in the Commons after worship to write a letter to your Senator or Representative advocating for continued nutrition programs at home and worldwide. Sample letters will ...
  • Nativity’s New Public Ministry Director
    Dear Nativity Community, I’m pleased to share that Dr. Kelly Sherman-Conroy has stepped into a new role at Nativity: Director of Public Ministry. Kelly joined the Nativity staff in 2015. She previously held the position of Minister of Social Justice & Advocacy for Children, Youth and Family Ministry and has more recently served as Co-Director of Public ...
  • New Book Selection for Social Justice Book Group
    Beginning Oct. 11, the group will be reading and studying the book by Desmond Tutu entitled The Book of Forgiving, The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. For Zoom link and more info, email Paula Biessener at paulabgolfer@icloud.com.
  • Thank you, Nativity!
    Last weekend Nativity celebrated the annual ELCA-wide “God’s Work. Our Hands.” We were happy to welcome new individuals and families, as well as see familiar faces who took part in this annual intergenerational event. Thank you for your generosity and enthusiasm for the donation drives, service projects, and the Shobi’s Table food truck brunch. Not only ...
  • Justice Library Wish List!
    Justice Library Book Drive We’re excited to begin a Community Advocacy Library at Nativity for ALL AGES! Books are the best tools we have to answer our big-hearted questions. They help inform us, teach us, and spur conversation. Check your shelves for new or gently used books. Become an Advocacy Book Sponsor, and we will add ...
  • 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 ...

ADVOCACY AT HOME

Wowauonihan (Honor) All Saints

This All Saints’ Day I could not help but think of Marilyn Eberlein, a fantastic woman we were blessed to know who just recently passed away. I regularly attended the […]

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 […]

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 […]