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.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES RESOURCES

UPCOMING EVENTS

News

  • Indigenous Peoples Resources
    You don’t need to wait until a specific day or change in season to dive into the rich and often painful history of the land that so many of us currently inhabit. Below, you will find resources that have been written or illustrated by Indigenous people of North America. While some are filled with the ...
  • Bread for the World
    Use your words, and hands, to advocate for hunger awareness. Before and after all worship services on Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, October 17 you are invited to write a letter to your Senator or Representative. The letter-writing campaign is to advocate the need for continued Nutrition programs at home and worldwide. Sample letters will be ...
  • RIC Core Team Announcement
    On March 16, Nativity Council approved the formation of a small group (Core Team) to begin leading Nativity through the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program; a program of ReconcilingWorks. The RIC Program is a way for faith communities to ensure the welcome, inclusion, celebration, and advocacy for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

ADVOCACY AT HOME

Indigenous Peoples Resources

You don’t need to wait until a specific day or change in season to dive into the rich and often painful history of the land that so many of us currently inhabit. Below, you will find resources that have been written or illustrated by Indigenous people of North America. While some are filled with the […]

Bread for the World

Use your words, and hands, to advocate for hunger awareness. Before and after all worship services on Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, October 17 you are invited to write a letter to your Senator or Representative. The letter-writing campaign is to advocate the need for continued Nutrition programs at home and worldwide. Sample letters will […]

Nativity Civil Rights Tour Video Presentations

Mark and Leslie Swiggum’s retirement passion and mission is to invite others to join them on a journey where the participants will go to the places where significant events happened, meet people who were the “ground soldiers,” hear stories of their experiences and become knowledgeable about the story of the movement. They have led over […]