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 Director of our Community Outreach Teams will contact you to follow up. Thank you.

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RACIAL EQUITY AND JUSTICE MINISTRY TEAM

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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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR EVENT

PURPOSE: To create a family-friendly Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration for elementary age students in the Twin Cities.
This event creates a community art and community service program and involves local community organizations and leaders. The art project will be displayed at Nativity Lutheran Church and City Hall.
Volunteers involved in this program include the St Anthony High School Dare2BeReal students, Nativity Lutheran Church volunteers and local parents.

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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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Healing our City

Praying into the work ahead. We have been called this week through Scripture–Acts, 2 Corinthians, 2 Chronicles 7, and the Gospel of Luke — to lament, repent and begin again in love. We are asked to embody both accountability and self-compassion by tending to the question Mark Nunberg asked, “Where am I finding trustworthy sources […]

“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 […]

Nativity’s response to the killing of Daunte Wright

The Nativity community grieves the death of Daunte Wright, our hearts are breaking as we grieve another senseless death.  We stand with Daunte’s family and our siblings of color in seeking justice and we will work together to dismantle systemic racism. So in the midst of these difficult times we invite you to pray. Go […]

Welcome Reverend Jenny Sung, Nativity Guest Speaker April 11, 2021

Rev. Jenny Sung serves at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi as Pastor of Outreach and MIssions. She is ordained with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and serves on the Core Team of Advocates for Racial Equity with the St. Paul Area Synod. Rev. Sung graduated from Luther Seminary with a Masters of Divinity […]

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?” […]

Lent 2021- World Hunger & 40 Days of Giving

Join us during lent as we focus on Hunger in our local and worldwide communities with help from the ELCA World Hunger.  You will find resources for bible studies, books to read, a calendar you can follow, and ways you can help raise funds for local and world hunger.  Join in our Nativity community as […]

Christine Belfrey will be our guest speaker for our weekend worship – February 20th & 21st

As part of our efforts to dismantle systemic racism we schedule speakers once a month whose life experiences are different from most of ours. We welcome Christine Belfrey.  She is a mother of 4 children, a 2020 M.Div. graduate of Luther Seminary, and most recently served as Intern Pastor at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. Christine […]

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 […]

January Family Advocacy Week – Racial Justice

January Family Advocacy Week- Racial Justice JANUARY 25-29th, 2021 Join us this week as we hear how people SHOW UP in our community, learn ways you can SHOW UP and listen to stories to help kids SHOW UP in their own way! You will find everything here and on our Social Media. Each day we […]