Many of us are passionate about issues of poverty, homelessness, hunger, racial and economic inequality, sexism, homophobia and other social justice concerns. As in Micah 6:8 : "Do justice, have mercy, and walk humbly with your God," we believe that it is our responsibility as Christians to incorporate outreach, advocacy and study into our spiritual faith.
We welcome anyone who would like to participate in our social justice ministries. To volunteer or to learn more about any of the following projects, please contact Social Justice Ministry Chair Paula Kringle.
Our current social justice activities are:
The Blue House - providing support for a Ugandan orphanage that houses and schools girls who have lost parents to AIDS. St. Matthew's has a special relationship with the Blue House, because it was founded by a longtime parishoner and minister at St. Matthew's, Beatrice Garubanda. A major fundraiser, called the Blue House Boutique is held in our parish hall on the first weekend in December each year, with artisanal gifts for the holiday season.
Loaves & Fishes - Four Sundays a year, we serve meals to homeless individuals and families at the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul. An average of 265 individuals are served each time ranging from 225 to 325. We need volunteers to serve and cook and donate cookies and bars.
Project Home - As part of St. Paul Area Council of Churches Project Home, each night in August we offer our downstairs as an overflow shelter for homeless families when the regular shelters are full. Sadly, the last couple of years, we have been very busy. We need volunteers to offer hospitality to these families during the evenings and nights.
Social Justice Advocacy - Many of us are passionate about making our voice heard in the community, and making lasting changes through local and state government channels. One way to accomplish this is by joining with other churches and religious groups through the JRLC - the Joint Religioius Legislative Coalition.
YouthLink/St. Barnabas Apartments - There are on-going needs for support, including basic care items for young adults who are supported by YouthLink, a place for homeless youth in downtown Minneapolis. Several parishioners have offered spiritual listening and GED tutoring for YouthLink residents and also serve on YouthLink's Board of Directors and Young Adult Professionals Board.
Keystone Community Services Food Shelf - On the second Sunday of each month a special monetary collection is taken at each of the services to support the food shelf. Cash donations are preferred so that the Keystone staff can purchase the most needed items and get discount pricing.