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.
Most Recent Clergy Civic Engagement Discussions
Thursday, November 19, 2020 Minnesota First Lady Gwen Walz
First Lady Gwen Walz is passionate about education for all people, from infants to senior citizens to those who are incarcerated. She also spoke about the intersectionality of education, faith and justice reform. Watch and listen to the conversation.
October 2020: John Harrington, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Public Safety and a staff member from the MN Department of Health shared an update on COVID-19 procedures for the faith community.
June 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 who has been a leader in community healing in the aftermath of the Mother Emanuel church massacre in 2015. 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, provided updates on the state’s plans related to COVID-19, including financial opportunities.
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: Officer Anthony Brown from the Saint Paul Police Department and Rev. Darryl Spence from Community Action Partnership addressed gun violence.
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.
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
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