This page describes Westminster’s regularly scheduled Faith in Action partnership and advocacy opportunities. Email the Faith in Action Council to learn more. Sign up for the Faith in Action News to have upcoming event details delivered directly to your inbox.
Social Justice Forum
Sundays, 9:15 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. Forums explore an annual theme, fostering informed dialogue and congregational engagement inspired by God’s call to justice. Speakers from a variety of public, private, and nonprofit organizations – elected officials, documentary filmmakers, grassroots advocates, journalists, educators, and policy experts – share their experiences and perspectives working to help individuals and communities to thrive.
Fourth Sunday of the month, 4-7 pm
For nearly 30 years, Westminster has partnered with three other downtown congregations to provide hospitality and hot meals to our neighbors in need. The weekly FEAST (“Friends Eating and Sharing Together”) meal rotates among the participating congregations, with guests gathering at Westminster on the fourth Sunday of each month. Volunteers cook, set tables, serve meals, engage with our guests, and clean up on our designated Sunday.
Meals on Wheels
Mondays, 11 am-12 pm
Volunteers help deliver fresh, nutritious meals directly to the homes of seniors and individuals with disabilities in the downtown Minneapolis area. The healthy food and social connection help meal recipients continue to live independently in their own homes. Volunteers can sign up for one Monday per month, or more often as their time permits.
Groveland Food Shelf
Westminster members and friends can bring non-perishable food items to church at any time and leave them in the marked bins located at Parking Level 1 and 2 and near the Chapel. While any non-perishable item is welcome at any time, Groveland staff also provide information about priority needs each month, which is shared in the biweekly Faith in Action newsletter.
Mondays, 9:30-11 am
Volunteers gather the non-perishable food items members have brought to church throughout the week and deliver them to Groveland Food Shelf at Plymouth Congregational Church.
Thursdays 9:30-11 am
Volunteers work with staff at Groveland Food Shelf at Plymouth Congregational Church to stock the shelves of the facility with donated food items.
Liberty Community Church 21st Century Academy
Through the 21st Century Academy, Westminster’s ministry partner Liberty Community Church equips K-12 Northside students to become accelerated learners, game-changing global leaders, and justice-oriented entrepreneurs. Committed and talented volunteers make 21st Century Academy possible. Email questions about volunteering and click to be notified about volunteer opportunities. Learn more
Reading Partners harnesses the power of community volunteers to make a meaningful and measurable difference in reading proficiency. Volunteers commit one or more hours per week on a recurring schedule to work one-on-one with students at one of several Reading Center locations throughout the metropolitan area. Reading Partners empower students to succeed in reading and in life by providing individualized, personal attention to each student in the program. Learn more
Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Day on the Hill
The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) is the largest and most inclusive interfaith public interest group in Minnesota, where people of diverse faith traditions bring vision and wisdom to the public realm for the well-being of Minnesotans. Day on the Hill is JRLC’s annual policy briefing and lobby day, where hundreds of clergy and lay people from across the state come together during Minnesota’s legislative session to be briefed on social justice issues before visiting members of the legislature at the Capitol.
Habitat Build Week
During a designated week in the summer, Westminster members volunteer with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to build or rehabilitate affordable homes in the seven-county metro area.
Hearts and Hammers
Volunteers gather for one day to provide exterior painting and home improvement assistance for senior citizens, disabled adults, and veterans or their surviving spouses. The homeowners receive this assistance at no cost. The annual Metro Paint-a-thon transitioned to this program in 2018.
Homeless Day on the Hill
Hundreds of Minnesotans gather at the capital to talk with lawmakers about the need for significant investment in safe and affordable housing across the state. The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Align Minneapolis, and Street Voices of Change sponsor of this event.
Homeless Memorial March, Silent Vigil and Service of Remembrance
Westminster members participate in an annual walk to honor people who have died while experience homelessness. Participants leave from the Hennepin County Government Center and march to Plymouth Congregational Church, carrying signs with the names of people who have died throughout the year. A service of remembrance follows the march.