Opportunities for social justice ministry during pandemic

We know many Gloria Dei members are looking for ways to engage in local social justice ministries while remaining safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of some opportunities available with some of our long-standing social justice partners at Gloria Dei.

Neighborhood House needs volunteers as they provide food support to the local community. Pastor Bradley is on the board of directors, and many of us have attended their Revel for a Cause in recent years.

The Mapping Prejudice project had such a large response of volunteers after George Floyd’s death that they have completed the deed reviews for racist language in Hennepin County. Contact them if you’re interested in helping.

The Department of Indian Work (operated by Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul) has experienced a 300% increase in requests for house delivery of food and overall requests have increased 30% each month since the pandemic began. Gloria Dei provides support through a Second Offering once a year, but they expressed that would greatly welcome any additional support from Gloria Dei. They need diapers, hygiene items, and household cleaners and sanitary cleaners. Of course, they will accept cash and purchase items they need.

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative appreciates all that Gloria Dei members have already donated during the collection drive that kicked off in April. They still need supplies. Their main request now is hand soap and hand sanitizer. There are blue bins outside Gloria Dei where you can drop off items and Gloria Dei volunteers will transport them to Beacon House.

Learn More About our Native American Siblings in the ELCA as Pastor Joann Conroy’s sermon on Sunday, July 12, prompted many of us to do. In addition, learn about a dark part of our state history that few Minnesotans know. Mankato, Minnesota, was the site of the largest mass execution of Dakota Indians in 1862 by white settlers.