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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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 […]

No, I will not be quiet. Yes, it does hurt.

Join us Martin Luther King Jr. weekend worship as we welcome our guest pastor, The Rev. Angela T. Khabeb. The Rev. Angela T. Khabeb joined the Holy Trinity ministry staff in August 2018. Pastor Angela, a Bridges Scholar, completed seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where she won the James Kenneth Echols […]

Holy Post-Race in America

Phil Vischer of VeggieTales fame, created this 18 minuteYouTube video on June 14, 2020  to help us understand why people are angry, why  people are protesting, and why even 150 years after slavery ended and 60 years after the civil rights movement we still have a race problem. Listening to this video will give you […]

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/