Clergy involved with Interfaith Action’s work in the community gather periodically throughout the year for conversations with civic leaders about how to build economic mobility in Greater Saint Paul. Clergy represent houses of worship that are members of Interfaith Action or who work with the organization’s Project Home, Opportunity Saint Paul, and Community Power-Up programs.
Questions? Contact Sarah Peterka, Director of Opportunity Saint Paul & Congregational Engagement, 651-789-3853.
June 18, 2020 Rev. Darrin Goss: Lessons Learned from Charleston – Clergy’s Role in Community Healing after the Mother Emanuel Massacre with opening remarks from Governor Tim Walz
Rev. Darrin Goss is the president of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina (CCF). Shortly after the Mother Emanuel church massacre in June 2015, Rev. Goss returned to Charleston to work at CCF. Since then, he has been a leader in forging Charleston’s pathway towards community healing. Along with clergy and other leadership in Charleston’s white, Jewish, and black communities, Rev. Goss learned many lessons as their community held together and then built greater strength In the years after tragedy. Read more and watch the video of the discussion.
May 2020: John Harrington, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner, and Maureen Ramirez, Office of Economic Opportunity at the MN Department Employment and Economic Development, updated us on social distancing, reopening houses of worships for weekly services, and financial opportunities that have been made available during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 2020: Ramsey County Attorney John J. Choi met with interfaith clergy for a candid, far-reaching discussion about the criminal justice system in Ramsey County and Minnesota. Attorney Choi has been on the cutting edge of many issues that affect our congregations and communities.
November 2019: Gun violence, with Officer Anthony Brown from the Saint Paul Police Department and Rev. Darryl Spence from Community Action Partnership
September 2019: Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough; Councilmember Rebecca Noecker, St. Paul City Council Ward 2; and Cathy ten Broeke, Director of MN Interagency Council on Homelessness discussed family homelessness
July 2019: John Harrington, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner, shared ideas about how to heal our community and encouraged us to learn more about the effects of trauma and about trauma-informed care.
April 2019: Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter met with the group to discuss issues ranging from homeless to affordable legal services.