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A Scholarship—Making a Real Difference

Rev. Nancy Swanson (pictured) was an early recipient of the Margaret Dreves Scholarship more than 40 years ago. Interfaith Action is honored to be continuing the tradition of awarding this scholarship to deserving students. Carl Dreves set up this scholarship in memory of his wife, Margaret, who was an active supporter of Interfaith Action of Greater […]

Morning Star Baptist Church Powers Up Its Community

Jenae Harris and Carol Bros from Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) By Randi Ilyse Roth Rev. Carl Walker of Morning Star Baptist Church said in an interview with Interfaith Action last October, “My ministry used to be about tending to my congregants’ spiritual lives in the church. Now it’s about tending to my congregants’ economic survival […]


We Are All Related

Youth Enrichment students at American Indian Magnet School working on a sand painted art project. By Rebecca Fairbanks Dickinson, Youth Enrichment Coordinator In our Department of Indian Work Youth Enrichment program, we will say “Mitakuye Oyasin,” which means, “We are all related.” Respecting one another as a relative is one of the core values we […]

Why Culturally Specific Education?

Youth Enrichment student smiles after finishing his sand painted art project. By Randi Ilyse Roth and Annie Roth Blumfield Interfaith Action’s core programs include two culturally specific education programs for children in grades K-5: Project SPIRIT, which works in the African American community, and DIW Youth Enrichment, which works in the Native American community. These […]

Dear Friends

Project SPIRIT student at Maxfield Elementary smiles proudly showing her artwork from class. Annual Report Letter By Randi Ilyse Roth It’s hard to follow the news these days without asking what is going wrong in this world. Even more difficult is figuring out how we should respond. In a piece called, “Trying to Hold onto […]

Activating our Vision

Young family staying at Project Home. By Randi Ilyse Roth Let’s look together at some recent news. On September 17, the headline in the Star Tribune was, “Income plunges for blacks in state.” The report noted that in the past year, the median income for black households in Minnesota fell 14%, from about $31,500 to […]

From Homeless Shelter to Volunteer

Mary Beth Young, Project Home Senior Site Coordinator, chatting with Ken Phipps, Project Home Volunteer, at the family picnic he organized at New Life Presbyterian Church. By Kristin Vanevenhoven, Communications Specialist Meet Ken Phipps, Project Home Volunteer Ken Phipps, a member at New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville, has been an active volunteer at his church. […]


Working Together

Students working at the registration table at the Interfaith Youth Day of Service. By Rev. Rex McKee I am humbled and greatly excited to be elected the new President of the Board for Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. It will be an exciting time for all of us. With the leadership of our new Executive Director, Randi […]