St. Mary’s has long had a commitment to justice and peace.
Most recently, along with Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, we have been standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock tribe to stop production of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Click here for our latest trip to Standing Rock.
We are also befriending a refugee family to St. Paul. For where we are in that process, click here.
We were among the first to include women in all levels of leadership, including ordination. We’ve had a few special days and programs related to women’s equality, including the Women’s March, (click here for a video), an intergenerational conversation on How To Respect Women, and most recently gathered for a day of program and conversation at the Day Without Women.
We’ve been consistently welcoming of gay and lesbian people for decades.
We have never cut back on our financial contributions to local and global charities, even when times have been financially tough. And so much more. It’s in our Baptismal Covenant to work for justice and peace, and respect the dignity of every human being, and we try hard to do just that.
At St. Mary’s, “outreach” is a key component of who we are as a community. A great many of us are quick to say that it is the St. Mary’s community, or the style of worship, or the welcoming nature of our church is the primary reason we come to St. Mary’s. But folks often note as well that they are drawn by all we do in the name of Outreach – that we have an intentional connection to the community in which we reside and beyond.
Current Justice activities we are involved in include working for Gun Safety and Violence Prevention, for Climate Justice, and our work as tutors at Galtier Elementary School.
Current charitable activities we are involved in include our support of the Food Drives, Feed My Starving Children, the Angel Tree at Christmastime.
We just started our own Little Free Pantry, which is like the Little Free Libraries you may have heard of, but this one is stocked with food, household goods, and toiletries. People take what they need when they need it, and leave what they think others might need.
Partnerships we happily participate in include Bonne Nouvelle School in Bigonet Haiti, First Nations Kitchen in Minneapolis, Interfaith Power and Light, and Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul, and Neighborhood Network for Seniors