Advocacy / Social Justice Organizations
- CAIR-MN (Council on American Islamic Relations): The mission of CAIR-MN is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. The goals of CAIR-MN are to: Be the leading civil rights advocacy and legal services organization for Muslims in Minnesota, protecting against racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination and injustice; ensure fair, balanced, and accurate portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the Minnesota media; be the primary, trusted resource for education on diversity issues concerning Muslims; mobilize communities and leaders to create systems change; build the organizational infrastructure and human capital to sustain our mission and growth.
- Interfaith Coalition on Immigration: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- ISAIAH: Faith in Democracy: ISAIAH is a vehicle for congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively towards racial and economic equity in the state of Minnesota.
- Jewish Community Action (JCA): Jewish Community Action’s mission is to bring together Jewish people from diverse traditions and perspectives to promote understanding and take action on racial and economic justice issues in Minnesota.
- Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC): Guided by God’s vision of the common good as reflected in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions, JRLC mobilizes religious communities to influence public policy in Minnesota.
- The Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice, and Social Transformation: Housed at the progressive United Theological Seminary, The Kaleo Center works with people from diverse spiritual traditions and faith communities to support beloved community through action in the world. Using an innovative praxis model that combines theory and practice, we train faith leaders in the art of social transformation, and we organize in community to build solidarity with front-line movements for justice and liberation. We are intersectional, pro-LGBTQ, and place racial justice at the center of our work.
- MARCH (Multifaith Anti-Racism, Change and Healing): MARCH is an open coalition of explicitly pro-LGBTQ faith leaders from diverse communities, religious institutions, and spiritual traditions which is building a movement of people of faith and conviction and spiritual and religious communities as partners in the spiritual, moral, political work of dismantling white supremacy and other intersecting oppressions in solidarity with movements for justice led by frontline communities. MARCH works to build a connected community of congregations, spiritual traditions, and faith communities working to leverage their resources in solidarity with movements for collective liberation rooted in intersectional racial justice that are led by Native, Black, and Brown communities, and by the communities most impacted by the systems of oppression we seek to change.
- Metropolitan Interfaith Council for Affordable Housing (MICAH): Housing and homeless organization which is working toward housing solutions for Minnesota.
- Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light: Through leadership and guidance to Minnesota’s faith communities, we respond to climate change by bringing faith communities together and providing opportunities for congregations to join the growing movement.
- A Minnesota Without Poverty: THINK KIDS–THINK PIE. A Minnesota Without Poverty is launching a 2018-19 campaign to Promote Investment Early (PIE) for our youngest most vulnerable children to get the education and support they need to set them up for success in life — long before kindergarten. We believe every low-income Minnesota child under 5 deserves access to high-quality, early learning.
- Protect Minnesota’s Interfaith Alliance for Gun Safety: The Interfaith Alliance for Gun Safety brings together faith organizations, faith leaders, and people of faith from all traditions to work for common sense gun laws and educate Minnesotans about gun violence prevention. It is a member caucus of Protect Minnesota, the only independent, state-based gun violence prevention organization in Minnesota.
- Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative: We are a collaborative of over 80 interfaith congregations in the Twin Cities metro area. Beacon congregations are committed to making sure that all people have a home, and live out their faith by creating affordable homes, sheltering families experiencing homelessness, and working for policy change to grow housing resources.
- Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul: Our Vision: People of faith will relieve the effects of poverty and address its causes through the transformative work of thousands of volunteers. Our Mission: We unite the people, resources, and voice of the faith community to build a more just, safe, and livable East Metro for all.
Education, Dialogue, Encounter
- Abrahamic Tri-Faith Center and Exploration: In 2017, Jewish and Muslim leaders and the people of the Episcopal Church of St. James in Minneapolis began exploring creation of an Abrahamic Tri-Faith Center. The Center would include spaces and programming for shared tri-faith participation in education and service, and could have Jewish, Christian and Muslim worship spaces designed and governed by people of that faith. You’re invited to join in this conversation.
- ASDIC Metamorphosis: ASDIC Metamorphosis (Anti-racism Study Dialogue Circles) is an esteemed anti-racism workshop provider, based in St Paul and operating across Minnesota and beyond. ASDIC’s programs are noted for their depth of analysis, opportunity for dialogue and reflection, building of relationship and community, and lasting transformative change.
- By The Rivers: A multi-faith and interfaith life cycle and learning center, designed for the unaffiliated and affiliated alike; offers engaged learning in a welcoming environment; a gathering of master teachers and talented clergy who help individuals connect with their religious tradition, learn about other traditions, and participate in the community by bringing a greater understanding between faiths, and doing social justice work.
- Interfaith Youth Connection: A program of the Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul involving a group of high school students who work together to nurture interfaith understanding, and act together on common values through service and justice.
- Islamic Resource Group: Eliminating stereotyping through educational programs. Supplementing existing cultural diversity and tolerance programs in public institutions through informative presentations that develop greater awareness and knowledge of Islam, Muslims, and other world religions.
- Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning: A collaborative enterprise of the University of St. Thomas and Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, to promote interfaith learning, friendship, and service among people of various religions.
- The Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas: The center serves the students, staff, and faculty of the university as well as the surrounding communities in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. The center has a collaborative relationship with the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, with which it shares the common mission to foster understanding, cooperation, and friendship among people of diverse religious identities through academic study and civic engagement.
- Jewish Community Relations Council – Minnesota and Dakotas: The public affairs voice of the Jewish community to elected officials, the media, and other religious, racial and ethnic groups—fighting anti-Semitism, advocating for Israel, safeguarding religious freedom, and engaging in community service and social action advocacy to repair the world.
- Minneapolis Area Interfaith Initiative (MAII): Email email@example.com
- Minnesota Council of Churches/Unity and Relationships: Creates the foundation for the common good by building and nurturing interdependent relationships within and among religious communities through ongoing programs and special events.
- Muslim Christian Dialogue Center – University of St. Thomas: Fostering mutual understanding and cooperation among Muslims and Christians through academic dialogue grounded in the Quranic and Christian traditions. The dialogue flows from the belief that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, who is at work in both faiths.
- Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS MN): MAS MN provides religious programming and youth programs and operates three Masjids. MAS MN is a community organization committed to making Minnesota a better place for all Minnesotans. MAS MN provides social services such as food shelves. It is a leader in interfaith dialogue, operating the Ramadan Iftar Open House program with the MN Council of Churches and is the co-organizer of the Rabbi Imam Round Table. MAS MN is committed to engaging the Muslim community in public policy and government affairs through events such as the Muslim Day at the Capitol and the Annual MAS Conventions in Minneapolis and in Chicago.
- Peace Meals: Extending the Table, Building community one meal, one relationship at a time. Peace Meals offers a path to build community and understanding across lines of religious and cultural division at the common table for food, friendship and hospitality. Peace Meals gathers people from different faith traditions and religious identities who commit to meet together six times to share a meal and honest discussion, with the goal of building greater awareness and understanding of each other’s worldviews, questions, concerns, and hopes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 3Faiths@TheTable: An opportunity for persons of different faiths to meet and get to know each other by sharing food in the intimacy of their homes. The goal is to get to know people and build friendships across lines of religion and culture.
- Twin Cities Interfaith Network: A networking organization for people to share news about upcoming events, discuss programming ideas, help each other solve problems, and to discuss topics of interest to those in the interfaith community.
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