This page describes Westminster’s Faith in Action partnership and advocacy opportunities during COVID-19.
During this uncertain time of COVID-19, Westminster is offering new ways to connect and work for justice. While some of our normal in-person opportunities are “on hold,” others are continuing via remote participation, and still others have been modified with new health and safety protocols in place. COVID-19 has also created new needs and new opportunities for community engagement.
Brief descriptions of current education, partnership, and advocacy opportunities are provided below, with links to learn more and participate. Sign up for Faith in Action News to have upcoming event details delivered directly to your inbox.
While apart, we covenant still to be the church!
Social Justice Forum
The Social Justice Forum continues online during the learning hour on Sundays, 9:15 – 10:15 am. Coordinated by the Social Justice Ministry Team, the Social Justice Forum is a weekly education series examining a wide range of public issues through the lens of Christian faith. The theme for the 2020-21 program year is Wade in the Water: Becoming Anti-Racist. Learn more
Community Engagement and Partnership Opportunities
Al-Maa’uun Neighborly Needs Community Outreach
As the social service arm of Masjid-An-Nur Mosque in Minneapolis, Al-Maa’uun Neighborly Needs Community Outreach has been delivering food to more than 300 residents weekly during COVID-19. Volunteers are needed to prepare, package, and deliver food and other items. Learn more (pdf)
Align Minneapolis (formerly Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness) engages congregations and communities together to address homelessness. Get training to be an intake volunteer for emergency rental assistance. Volunteers complete two 2-hour online training sessions, and sign up for one-hour intake sessions assisting ERA applicants. Learn more (pdf)
FEAST provides hospitality and hot nutritious meals to our neighbors in need on Sunday evenings. During COVID-19, volunteers pack and deliver to-go meals to guests at Plymouth Congregational Church from 3:30-6:30 pm on the fourth Sunday of each month. Learn more (pdf)
Groveland Food Shelf
Westminster was a founding partner congregation in establishing the Groveland Food Shelf more than 40 years ago. Located in nearby Plymouth Congregational Church, Groveland Food Shelf provides emergency groceries for those in need in the Minneapolis area. During COVID-19 the food shelf has been moved outdoors on weekday mornings. Volunteers are needed to help put out produce at 8 am and pack up at noon. Learn more (pdf)
Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic: Repair and Reuse
Help keep useful items out of the landfill and reduce trash by participating in Hennepin County’s Fix-It Clinic. During the pandemic, Hennepin County offers virtual Fix-It Clinics where volunteers advise and guide repairs to small household appliances online. Extend the life of your household appliance or clothing, and save money at the same time. Lamps, hairdryers, sewing machines, and clothing are examples of items successfully repaired by clinic volunteers. Learn more (pdf)
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a community-based service that provides fresh, nutritious meals delivered directly to the homes of seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the Twin Cities. Learn more (pdf)
Open Arms of Minnesota
Open Arms of Minnesota cooks and delivers free nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. During COVID-19, volunteer in the kitchen, deliver meals, or work on their urban farms. Learn more (pdf)
Reading Partners mobilizes volunteers for one-on-one tutoring to provide elementary students with reading support. During COVID-19 individual tutoring is 1.5 hours per week in an online environment. Learn more (pdf)
Second Harvest Heartland
Second Harvest Heartland works to end hunger through community partnerships. Volunteer to sort and pack food to be delivered to low-income seniors or food shelves and homeless shelters. Volunteer sites are located in Brooklyn Park and Maplewood. Learn more (pdf)
The Sheridan Story
The Sheridan Story works to fight hunger in our community by filling the gaps to food access that children face. During COVID-19 the organization provides food at designated food distribution points for children and families. Learn more (pdf)
Advocacy Alert Emails
Advocacy opportunities are made available to our Westminster community through Advocacy Alert emails. Sign up here to be on the Advocacy Alert email mailing list.