FAITH IN ACTION: ADVOCACYDo you desire to help tackle major social issues by joining in movements with other members of the larger community? Want to find like-minded Saint Markans working with faith-based organizing partners to advocate for change and shape public policy?
SAINT MARK’S GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION TASK FORCE
Working together with Protect Minnesota and other interfaith and public policy partners, the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force educates and organizes around common sense laws to protect all Minnesotans. You can join the task force and/or become part of the network of Saint Markans who respond to legislative “action alerts”. Contact: Rebecca Hawthorne.
SAINT MARK’S CLIMATE JUSTICE TASK FORCE
The Climate Justice Task Force is committed to supporting and resourcing the Cathedral community to become active and dynamic advocates for creation. The Task Force is bolstered by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, a collective of more than twenty congregations throughout the state, and the Cathedral Earth Keepers education network. Saint Mark’s is a ‘certified’ MNIPL congregation, having made both an annual financial contribution to MNIPL, as well as setting congregational goals for the program year around climate justice initiatives. You can join the task force and/or become part of the network of Saint Markans that respond to legislative “action alerts” and/or respond to invitations as an individual willing to make lifestyle changes that support our creation care and climate justice efforts. Contact: Joe Ward.
The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition is the largest and most inclusive interfaith public interest group in Minnesota. Sponsoring members: the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota.
SAINT MARK’S HOUSING ADVOCACY TASK FORCE
Working together with other Align MPLS (formerly DCEH) interfaith congregations, the Housing Advocacy Task Force educates and organizes to shape public policy around ending homelessness and creating more affordable housing in the Twin Cities and in our state. You can join the task force and/or become part of the network of Saint Markans who respond to legislative “action alerts”. Contact: John Cuningham.
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)
Episcopal Migration Ministries lives the call of welcome by supporting refugees, immigrants, and the communities that embrace them as they walk together in The Episcopal Church’s movement to create loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships rooted in compassion. EMM’s desire to honor the inherent value of human connection brings communities together to love their neighbors as themselves. EMM acts in covenant with individuals and partners to ensure the equity of all voices as they work to serve, engage, and sustain the mission. EMM welcomes refugees, educates communities, and equips advocates.
SAINT MARK’S IMMIGRATION REFORM/Sanctuary state TASK FORCE
Have you been reading about immigration and refugee topics in the news? Have questions or interest in learning and taking action around these topics? We’re just beginning our congregational conversation to see who may be interested in local outreach and engagement work around issues that affect our community’s immigrants and refugees. The Minnesota Interfaith Coaltion on Immigration (ICOM) is our faith-based organizing partner in this work. The Sanctuary State Coalition, launched through the What Would Whipple Do? Campaign, puts the Episcopal Church in Minnestoa at the table with both immigrant -led groups and other denominations and faith traditions, Contact: the Rev. Rena Turnham, Deacon.
The Minnesota Council of Churches is our partner in living out our faith in our community. The organization connects with:
Christians, churches, religious leaders, and denominations, people of other faiths, refugees, those in need, and those in public life of Minnesota: legislators, businesses, foundations, and government. Member denominations, including the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, engage in prayer and worship together, public witness and advocacy, shared meals, conversation, and learning.