how we live out our faith
Service & Justice
At Faith Mennonite Church, we seek ways to promote peace and justice in our relationships, in our neighborhoods, and in the world. Our focus is on supporting service, activist, social justice, and crisis response organizations that are addressing needs in our community. We also support service and justice work across our Mennonite and Anabaptist connections.
Immigration Justice and Migrant Support
We believe in supporting our immigrant neighbors. We sponsor and support two refugee families, using funds from our Migrant Ministry Fund.
Our church also supports Pueblos de Lucha y Esperanza, a Minnesota faith-based organization that organizes peoples in struggle to build leadership and collective power to change the structures and policies that oppress migrant peoples.
Note: Designate your gift as Migrant Ministry.
Recognizing that we live, work, and worship on stolen Dakota land, the Eco-Justice Committee of Faith Mennonite Church encourages and leads activites, learning, and worship that prioritize caring for the earth and its inhabitants. We seek to integrate creation care into all elements of our congregational worship, community, and mission. From starting a fellowship time composting program to bird watching together to leading worship activities and adult education, we find that care for and connection to the environment are always relevant to our spiritual path. Seeking to be joyful stewards of our local environments, we invite all to join us.
Community Emergency Service seeks to support individuals and families in times of crisis. We support this organization and refer community members in need to them for support. They provide support for funerals, utilities, bus money, food, clothing, and referral service.
The Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches operates a family of social service programs to help families living in poverty. Faith Mennonite financially supports GMCC.
Families Moving Forward, a program of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, provides temporary emergency shelter, permanent affordable housing, and supportive services to low income families with children. Faith Mennonite supports Beacon financially and our members volunteer on occasion with Families Moving Forward programs.
Minnesota Fellowship of Reconciliation is the local chapter of the oldest peace organization in the US. MN-FOR has suppored nonviolence training workshops through Creating a Culture of Peace. Two trainings were held at Faith Mennonite Church.
Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute sponsors Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience-The STAR Training, Restorative Justice 101, and Positive Productive Alternatives to Revenge. These trainings promote healing, revitalize communities, identify and break cycles of victimhood and violence, and build resilience. Faith Mennonite provides financial support for Peacebuilding’s trainings.
Pueblos de Lucha y Esperanza is a Minnesota faith-based organization that organizes peoples in struggle to build leadership and collective power to change the structures and policies that oppress migrant peoples.
Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit, fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home décor, personal accessories, and gift items from around the globe, located in St. Paul. It is part of the world’s largest and oldest fair trade organization. Church members work and volunteer in the store and serve on the board of directors.
Twin Cities Festival Relief Sale is an annual fall relief sale/event to raise money for Mennonite Central Committee. Church members have been involved in planning and participating in the event.
National and Global Partners
Brethren Mennonite Council on LGBT Interests cultivates an inclusive church and society and cares for the Mennonite and Brethren lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community. Faith Mennonite provides office space and financial support for BMC, and has been a member of BMC’s Supportive Congregations Network since 2006.
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. CPT provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy. CPT seeks to enlist the response of the whole church in conscientious objection to war, and in the development of nonviolent institutions, skills and training for intervention in conflict situations.
Mennonite Central Committee is the international relief, development, and peacemaking organization of the Mennonite Churches of North America.
Mennonite Church USA is an Anabaptist, Christian denomination with roots in the Radical Reformation of 16th-century Europe. It is the largest Mennonite denomination in the United States with 16 conferences, approximately 530 congregations and 62,000 members.
Mennonite Disaster Service responds to natural disasters in the United States and Canada.