Centennial Fund for Social Justice

In 2017, St. John’s completed the pledging phase of our “Keeping Faith” capital campaign. The campaign raised $2,000,000, which was used to restore the church’s 1917 bell tower, expand and renovate the church’s lower level and establish a Centennial Fund for Social Justice.

The Centennial Fund was funded through an intentional commitment of 10% of the capital campaign funds – resulting in approximately $200,000 to use, once all pledges are paid. The Fund – and how it is dispersed – is designed to open a new chapter in St. John’s social justice work.

The Fund’s vision is to organize, engage and give in new ways that foster connection, community and commitment to one another and to our Twin Cities neighbors. A core value of the Fund is to fuse grantmaking with efforts to develop or enhance relationships with organizations in the community, rather than simply act as a transactional donor.

Since its inception in 2018, the Centennial Fund Committee has investigated opportunities with organizations that represent a mixture of issues and places across the city of Minneapolis. In addition, there is a youth-led grantmaking track.

Thus far, grants have been made to:

  • Sisterhood Boutique: A secondhand clothing store developed by East African women ages 14 to 23 in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood which also provides personal and professional skill development for young women involved in the Boutique.
  • Marlene’s Place: A new program launched by The Bridge for Youth that provides housing and services for single pregnant or parenting homeless youth ages 16-20. This transitional living program is the first of its kind in Hennepin County.
  • Circle of the Beloved:This partnership will enable a member of the 2019-20 Circle of the Beloved cohort to carry out his/her service supporting the work of First Nation’s Kitchen. Circle of the Beloved houses four or five young adults each year who live in intentional community on Minneapolis’ North side while serving full time at non-profit sites in the Twin Cities. First Nation’s Kitchen, a long-time recipient of St. John’s volunteer time, is a ministry led by indigenous people for indigenous people. Its primary intent is to provide food to indigenous people who would not otherwise have access to high-quality, fresh organic food in an environment of radical hospitality and cultural empowerment.

Funding Principles Include

  • Be consistent with St. John’s mission
  • Be relational, not transactional
  • Be directed locally
  • Fund programs and projects over organizations and individuals
  • Prioritize ongoing over one-time giving opportunities

Read more about the work that’s been done:

Learn more about the Centennial Fund and the opportunities it has to open doors to new ways of engaging with social justice efforts by contacting Brigitte Parenteau or Mark Lindberg, cochairs of the committee.

Justice & Service at St. John’s
Justice & Service at St. John’s

They say a mind once stretched will never return to its original dimensions. We believe the same to be true for the heart.

Our members have passion for direct personal service and relationships, broader systemic change, and the pursuit of justice for individuals and whole communities.

Actions to Combat Racism
Justice & Service Events
July 8, 2020
  • Wednesday night discussion

    July 8, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    via Zoom. Link available in our subscribed emails.

    Dismantling Racism through the Way of Love:
    A Six Week Introduction to a Lifelong Journey

    Week Three, Lament: Wrestle with the emotions of facing the great harm racismhas caused; follow Jesus to the places of the world’s pain until we realize it is our own.  

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July 10, 2020
  • Response to police violence initative

    July 10, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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July 11, 2020
  • Affordable Housing workday

    July 11, 2020  8:30 am - 3:00 pm

    St. John’s work crews work the second Saturday every month. The tasks range from demolition, carpentry, painting, cleaning, and yard work, so there is work available for every skill level. The typical work day starts at 8:30 and ends around 3 pm (lunch is provided). New volunteers are always welcome for either site construction work or the lunch crew. For more details and to sign up, please contact John Corlett.

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July 12, 2020
  • First Nations Kitchen

    July 12, 2020  1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    First Nations Kitchen

    Every Sunday, First Nations Kitchen offers a free meal to the community. The church relies on volunteers to prepare the food, serve, and cleanup. We will have a sign up in the Gathering Space a few weeks prior to the weekend. For more information, contact JoAnn Blatchley or 952-922-0308. For more information about First Nations Kitchen, check out their website.

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July 15, 2020
  • Wednesday night discussion

    July 15, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    via Zoom. Link available in our subscribed emails.

    Dismantling Racism through the Way of Love:
    A Six Week Introduction to a Lifelong Journey

    Week Four, Repent: After experiencing deeply that systemic racism dehumanizesand harms everyone, including those in power, decide to confess and turn from ourcomplicity in it.   

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