Interfaith – Intercultural Outreach Team

This team seeks to position Nativity Lutheran Church as of beacon of hope in our community, promoting intercultural and interfaith understanding and collaborating with others to eliminate racial and religious bias.

If you would like to join us in our effort to dismantle systemic racism and change the world, fill out the form below and the Facilitator of Community Engagement will contact you. Thank you.

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RACIAL EQUITY AND JUSTICE MINISTRY

MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to listen, educate, and advocate to recognize and eliminate racism in institutions of society including our church, community, and country.

VISION: We envision racial equity and justice for all God’s children.

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SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES sayfsm.org

This organization has been a Mission Partner of Nativity Lutheran Church for the past 7 years.
SAYFSM is a multipurpose service agency that provides culturally and linguistically appropriate HIV and chronic disease health education and social services to African immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. HIV testing is available at the SAYFSM office or individuals may choose to receive the test at a location of their choosing. All testing is performed discreetly and confidentially.
The Nativity Community provides generous donations for phone cards. These cards allow African immigrants and refugees to call home in Africa to talk to loved ones during the holiday season.
Volunteer needs for this Mission partner include persons to teach and assist in the women’s sewing program.

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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

International Day for The Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day for The Elimination of Racial Discrimination March 21, 2022 We reject all forms of racism, discrimination, and hatred on this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Although we’ve made some gains in fighting systemic racism and injustice in the U.S. and around the world, too many people still face discrimination and […]

A Guide To Responding

CALLING PEOPLE INTO CONVERSATION Nativity is working to create a culture and community that all people can come and converse and learn from a diversity of perspectives.  As we approach what it means to be in Public Ministry, we are working with an intersectional lens and commitment so that we can have accountability within our […]

International Women’s Day 2022

Celebrating International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month March is Women’s History Month! Explore the important contributions women have made to American society with your child. International Women’s Day is on March 8th, and it is a day that can serve as a launching point for education and inspiration. The campaign for International Women’s Day […]