Love in Action

This is a page devoted to all of the ways that you can put your faith in action through service work, justice making, and outreach on campus and beyond. Check back regularly for updates, which will also be posted on our calendar!

upcoming events

Love In Action: Concrete Tools for Building God’s New Day

We often talk about how Jesus shows up at the margins of our community and world, and the margins of our life.  We also often talk about showing up in solidarity with those on the margins, and meeting Jesus in those places.  But we don’t often talk about how to do that in concrete ways, or how to pick what actions matter most to us. During Lent this year, we’ll be meeting on Wednesdays at 7:30pm to learn from outstanding practitioners about concrete ways to build a better world.  We’ll follow these conversations with contemplative worship at 9pm; grounding ourselves in prayer, scripture, and the light of Christ.

March 8, 7:30pm | Engaging the Halls of Power

Advocacy can seem like a much bigger deal than it actually is, and we know that laws that are made now will impact people for years to come.  Learn some concrete tools for making an impact on your legislators and council people, as well as how and where to invest your time and energy!

March 15 | UMN Spring Break

March 22, 7:30pm |  Having Hard Conversations across Difference

Former Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson
We live in a polarized world.  It’s true.  It can feel so hard to connect with people who disagree with you on issues you care about. Come to this gathering to gain some concrete tools for connecting around shared values with people you disagree with, and for reaching out to bridge differences.

March 29, 7:30pm | Poetry and Song as Resistance and Resilience

Dave Scherer (AGAPE) and Joe Davis
All this loving can get exhausting unless you have practices of resilience to keep you going.  Join hip hop artist AGAPE (Dave Scherer) and spoken word artist Joe Davis to hear how poetry and song keeps them going in their work for racial justice.  Part performance, part presentation, this will lift you up!

April 5, 7:30pm | Standing Up and Stepping In: A Bystander Intervention Training

What do you do when you sense something bad is about to happen?  Maybe it’s on the bus, or at a party?  When do you intervene, and how?  When do you decide to step back and what do you do?  Gain some concrete tips for finding courage, standing up to haters, all while keeping yourselves safe.

 

 


Alternative Spring Break Trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico!

 March 11-16, 2017 | Find out more here!


Reformation Outreach: Nail it to the door! | Friday, October 21, 11:30am-1:30pm 

In the coming year, Lutheran’s are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran church being reformed! In 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door in Wittenburg, Germany…The results of this evangelical confidence in God’s forgiving and liberating Word are evident today in Christian communities of all types. Many humans have been hurt and frustrated by the church, and many humans also have questions about faith and living in a world where we can find hope in God. We want to offer this time and place as an open invitation to “nail it to the door!” There will be several question prompts, and people are invited to nail their answers onto the door.

We will be hanging out near Coffman Memorial Union on Friday–stop by over your lunch! All are welcome.

Islamophobia: The Muslim-American Identity | Monday, October 24, 5-8pm 

Join the LCM community in attending this event sponsored by the Muslim Student Association. Speakers include Ihan Omar, a State Representative candidate and Asma Lori Saroya, from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. It’s no secret that Islamophobia has become a real issue in our community between last year’s terror attacks, and the surge of anti-Muslim rhetoric from U.S. politicians have raised a lot of questions about Islam and Muslims in America. The Muslim Student Association hopes to address the many questions students, faculty and the public have about Islamophobia in the campus community. The event will be held in the Phillips Wangensteen Building in room 2-470.


Making meals at Open Arms | Saturday, September 17, 9am-noon 

All hands are needed for this first service opportunity of the year at Open Arms of Minnesota, a non-profit organization that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening and chronic illness in the Twin Cities. We will be making and packaging meals for hundreds of people during this morning! RSVP here so we are sure to have transportation lined up!

View more info at their webpage: http://www.openarmsmn.org/

Meet at Grace University Lutheran and we will drive from there.


Interfaith River Clean-up | Sunday, September 25, 12noon-3pm 

The time has come for the annual Interfaith River Clean-Up, hosted by the Muslim Student Association and Lutheran Campus Ministry. Stop by as we be stewards of the planet, and then for some tasty food provided by these partner organizations.

We plan to meet at Grace University Lutheran at 12:00pm and walk down to the river together; or you can meet us at the river!


Fall Retreat | Friday, September 30-October 2

The LCM Fall Retreat is always a favorite event of the year! It’s open to all students–those who are new to LCM and those have been involved for a while!

This year it’s on a lake in Wisconsin!! We’ll be going to Heartwood Retreat Center to reconnect with ourselves, each other and God. We sing, pray, spend time outdoors, and do a lot of hanging out. Cost to you is $50, thanks to generous donors. If the remaining cost is an issue, we can subsidize further. Please email Pastor Kate for more information or to sign up! Your spot is reserved once you pay–bring a check to pause or drop it off in the office at grace during the day.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: September 21


Advance Screening of “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman” | March 30th, 6:30pm

The Borders Small Group will be going to see the National Geographic film screening of “The Story of God w/ Morgan Freeman” next Wednesday at Augsburg–join us! Tickets are free but you have to reserve one beforehand to get in–register with this link. Questions? Email laura@umnlutheran.org or visit http://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/2016/03/04/advance-screening-morgan-freemans-story-of-god/.


The Hunger Banquet: Hosted by Students Against Hunger | March 30th, 6pm

Another student group on campus, Students Against Hunger, will be hosting their annual Hunger Banquet and a few LCM’ers are going! The Hunger Banquet is an interactive event: the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty. If poverty, homelessness and hunger are areas of interest and concern for you, join us! For more information, click here!

Free Dinner will be hosted by Wally’s. So bring your friends!

Alternative Spring Break: San Diego Border Immersion | March 13th-18th

We’re going to the Border between the US and Mexico this Spring Break! We’ll serve, learn, and grow together as we consider what it means to be people of a border crossing God.  On this trip, we’ll explore issues of immigration, border security, and the theology of accompaniment on our Alternative Spring Break in San Diego and Mexico! We’ll have a meeting in early December to firm up details. Cost to you is approximately $450.

Transformational Border Opportunities (the program we’ll be going through) crosses borders and barriers to build friendship and understanding toward a more just and peaceful world.


Winter Service Opportunity for Refugee Families in MN | Saturday, January 30th, 9am-12:00pm

It’s the first service opportunity of the semester–grab a friend and spend a couple hours volunteering at Arrive Ministries to help sort coats and winter clothing for refugee families. The clothes are already donated–they just need to be sorted…and sorted SOON because we know it’s COLD in MN!! Most refugee families have had a tough journey to get to MN, and many need warm winter clothes once they are resettled here.

Please RSVP here!


Thanksgiving Food Giveaway | Saturday, November 21st, 9:00am-12:00pm

This is a huge event at Community Emergency Services (CES) and they need lots of volunteers to help with their Thanksgiving Food Giveaway!

Let’s give thanks for all we have, and help spread this gratitide around the metro area.

Meet at Grace University Lutheran Church at 9AM. Transportation provided.

Please RSVP here and share with your friends!


Reformation Celebration! | Thursday, November 5th, 11:30am-1:00pm

Stop by the Northrop Mall to nail your hopes, dreams, and critiques of the institutional church to our very own REFORMATION DOOR!


Rake, Rattle, & Roll! | Sunday, October 25th, 12:00-2:30pm

It’s time to RAKE, RATTLE, and ROLL!

Come help rake the yards of physically disabled and elderly people–and have fun while doing it! Invite your friends to join you!

Hot cider, cocoa, and treats will be provided to give us energy along the way!

We will meet at Grace University Lutheran Church at noon and leave from there. Transportation is provided.

Please RSVP here so we know how many rakes we will need.

Contact laura@umnlutheran.org  with any questions!


Community Emergency Services Afternoon | Friday, September 23rd, 12:00- 3:00pm

Join LCM as we serve at “Bonus Friday” at Community Emergency Services in Minneapolis!

Every Friday, 175-275 households receive fresh produce and other food assistance through the free food line at CES. We will be packing up the food, interacting with the people that CES serves, and helping to efficiently distribute the food to the many families in need.

RSVP here and contact laura@umnlutheran.org  with any questions!


Interfaith River Clean Up & Cookout | Sunday, September 13th, 12:00-3:30pm

We want you to join in the fun! Join Lutheran Campus Ministry and the Muslim Student Association to clean up our beautiful Mississippi River, meet new friends, eat good food and start the school year off right.

We’ll meet outside Grace University Lutheran Church (in the garden) at noon and walk to the river from there. Join us then, or later for a back-to-school cookout around 2pm! Halal/Vegetarian/Gluten free folks – there will be food for you!

RSVP here and contact laura@umnlutheran.org  with any questions!