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
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)
CAPI guides refugees and immigrants and other neighbors in northwestern Hennepin County in the journey toward self-determination and social equality by connecting them with the resources they need to thrive. A limited number of volunteers are delivering grocery for seniors. 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)
Human Rights Defender Immigration Court Observation Project
The Human Rights Defender Immigration Court Observation Project helps bring transparency and accountability to the federal immigration detainment system through Immigration Court Observers who attend hearings and report on issues of concern. 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)
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)
Welcoming Refugees to the Twin Cities
The MN Council of Churches (MCC) operates a program to resettle United Nations and United States recognized refugees in Minneapolis. Every refugee or refugee family needs a co-sponsoring organization to assist the new arrival(s) with crucial resettling resources. Learn more (pdf).
YWCA Recorded Book Reading for Preschoolers
Help the YWCA Minneapolis, located near Westminster on Nicollet Mall, make video recordings of community members reading children’s books. YWCA Early Childhood Education teachers will use the recordings as part of teaching the more than 500 children who attend early childhood education at the YWCA. 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.