YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization founded in 1891 as a member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world. Our mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and girls and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Circle of the Beloved*
In the Fall of 2016, The Episcopal Church in Minnesota, together with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, community organizers and neighbors, launched Circle of the Beloved: the Minnesota chapter of the Episcopal Service Corps. Four Residents live in intentional community on the North side of Minneapolis and serve full time at Americorps sites that work to close opportunity gaps in Minnesota. At Circle, we intend to live together in intentional Christian community that acknowledges and deepens kinship across many lines of difference.
Penumbra Theatre creates professional productions that are artistically excellent, thought provoking, and relevant and illuminates the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.
Minnesota Council of Churches—Black Speakers Bureau*
To help the church reflect on the challenges of being Christian in America after Charleston, Falcon Heights, Baton Rouge, and other such incidents, the Minnesota Council of Churches has organized a speakers’ bureau of Christian leaders from our Historic Black Churches. Hearing the stories of these pastors and their families about being black in Minnesota will build empathy in your congregation, which aids discernment of right action. Help your community learn from black Christian leaders about their experiences and concerns by inviting one to speak in your church.
ECMN Commission on Reconciliation
The Commission is a group of ECMN community members from faith communities around Minnesota. They have a passion of racial reconciliation and addressing the many ways racial oppression impacts our neighborhoods. This group comes together every other month to talk about books, events, and tools that can be used within ECMN. They are currently compiling a list of resources for faith communities.
If you are interested in this work or joining the Commission, email Rachel Babbitt, Missioner for Community Engagement. (email: email@example.com)
Resources – Articles, Books, and Videos
Black Elk Speaks (Book)
I’m Not Going to Say Racial Profiling Does Not Exist – Brian Todd, Rochester Post-Bulliten
Something Rotten in the State of Minnesota – Taylor Gee, Politico Magazine
The Stewardship of White Privilege – Luther Seminary
Under Our Skin (Video) – Seattle Times
“What can I do to change to be a better American?” (Video) – Washington Journal, C-Span
*Episcopal congregations or leaders are members/supporters of agency. If you have partners to add to this list, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.