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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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 […]

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 […]

Healing our City

“Hard is allowed.” News — good and bad — continues to remind us of the long arc we are walking to achieve real justice and build the Beloved Community. During Saturday’s reflection, Rev. Ravyn Miller called us to hold Imago Dei — the Image of God — in our hearts. When we can see the […]

“Thank You” from Cross of Glory after Daunte Wright death

Dear Friends of Nativity, On behalf of the Cross of Glory and Brooklyn Center community I wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks for your generous contribution to our work here as we seek to be the church in the wake of Daunte Wright’s death. Even in the midst of the grief and pain in our […]

REJM – Get to Know the Team

Jeanne Voight, Tell us about yourself and your journey with Nativity Lutheran Church. My journey at Nativity Lutheran is not long, less than 2 years. I came from a large Catholic church, St. Joan of Arc in South Minneapolis, with a strong history of promoting social justice. For many reasons, I was searching for a […]

REJM – Get to Know the Team

Peder Engebretsen, Tell us about yourself and your journey with Nativity Lutheran Church. I have lived in St. Anthony Village since October 2003. I began to attend Nativity in 2011 as I recovered from a long illness. My first time at Nativity, I saw in the bulletin this question: “What if there is no Hell?” […]

REJM – Get to Know the Team

Grace Gee, Tell us about yourself and your journey with Nativity Lutheran Church. I have been a member of Nativity for 7 years. I joined after retiring and moving to St Anthony from Superior, WI. Nativity gives me a chance to work on several social problems including hunger, environmental concerns, and racial equity. I organized […]

Dismantling Systemic Racism

Update on Nativity’s Journey in Dismantling Systemic Racism and other Systemic Injustices An action team from the Nativity community has been created; including individuals from it’s clergy, council, and Racial Equity and Justice Ministry Team. This team has entered into a partnership with Kaleo Center​for Faith, Justice and Social Transformation and it’s Founding Director, Steve […]

Ephraim Olani shares his story

Ephraim is one of our Interfaith-Intercultural Outreach Team leaders for our Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services. For more information: https://www.nativitychurch.org/serve/local/interfaith-intercultural-outreach-team/

Grace Gee shares her story

Grace is one of our Interfaith-Intercultural Outreach Team leaders for our Racial Equity and Justice Ministry. For more information: https://www.nativitychurch.org/serve/local/interfaith-intercultural-outreach-team/