Racial Reconciliation — Creation Care — Feeding Hungry People
Social justice is an issue close to the hearts of many Living Spirit members and friends. A social justice framework shapes everything we do, from the words and music we use during worship, to the way we read the Bible, and the activities we choose to do in the community. There are many ways to get involved with social justice work at Living Spirit. Below are some common examples; other events can be found on the calendar.
Social Justice Team
The Social Justice Team meets most months to debrief, review regular activities, and plan special events. Check the calendar for the next meeting time; they usually meet on a Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Here are a sample of the many projects they do at Living Spirit:
- Film screenings on a variety of topics, followed by discussion (past titles include The New Jim Crow, American Outrage, Fed Up, Cracking the Code, and Dirt)
- Informational presentations with local organizations working towards social justice, including 15 Now MN, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, and Interfaith Power and Light
- A community climate conversation
- Trip to Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of the voting rights march
The Social Justice Team is also the driving force behind many of the initiatives below.
Every Wednesday evening we open our doors to the greater Twin Cities community for a free supper. Everyone is welcome! A dedicated supper team prepares, serves, and cleans up after supper. They could always use another pair of willing hands to get the work done. Preparation starts in the mid-afternoon, supper is served at 5:45 p.m. and cleanup is usually over by 7:00 p.m. If you want to help, just show up for supper one day and talk to one of the people working or Pastor Suzanne.
If you'd rather not get that close to the action, another way that you can help is to come to supper and talk to someone you don't know. Sharing stories with our neighbors is an important part of serving them, and your assistance is greatly appreciated.
The community garden is a labor of love that bring fresh produce to gardeners from Living Spirit and the surrounding community. The garden is divided into boxes that are 16 sq. ft., and planted using the principles of "square foot gardening," which maximizes the yield of a small area. Gardening also brings us to our knees in the earth, giving people the opportunity to connect with God in a completely different ways.
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children recruits volunteers to pack nutritious meals that are delivered to malnourished children around the world. A team from Living Spirit meets downstairs at church every month and carpools to the FMSC facility in Eagan. The opportunities alternate between morning sessions (meet at 11:25 a.m.) and evening sessions (meet at 7:25 p.m.). You are more than welcome to join in; if you get a chance, talk to Ann Jensen before-hand and let her know that you plan to attend.
Loaves & Fishes
Established in 1982, Loaves and Fishes has been working to end hunger in Minnesota by providing free meals at various sites for those facing hunger.
Living Spirit is a member of TRUST, a local collective of like-minded churches working for good in south Minneapolis. TRUST churches have been serving at St. Stephen's Loaves and Fishes six time per year for the past 34 years. In 2016, Living Spirit joined the TRUST crew and now helps out on the last Monday of odd-numbered months.
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
Living Spirit is a proud member of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, which works to make sure everyone can have a home.
Members of Living Spirit are particularly passionate about engaging our lawmakers on issues of housing in Minnesota by writing letters, attending rallies and legislative action sessions, and more.