WHO WE ARE

ABOUT TOGETHER HERE MINISTRIES

 

Together Here Ministries prepares congregation members in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod to walk with our racialized and marginalized neighbors in a process of learning, listening, and relationship building grounded in truth-telling and the reconciling love of Christ so that transformational change and healing can occur.

 

Together Here consists of an Advisory Board and two ministry teams: The Bridge Building Team and the Anti-racism Team.

 

A Bridge Building Task Force was created in 2017 in response to the Northeastern Minnesota Synod Resolution 17.1, our synod’s commitment to partner with our Ojibwe neighbors as we repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery.  The Bridge Building Team is the on going ministry of the Task Force. Together Here is committed to engaging in the ministry of mutual accompaniment through a process of learning and listening as we build authentic relationships between members of our congregations and members of Native American communities.​ Together Here is dedicated to providing resources and forming new ministry partnerships in order to allow for the process of truth-telling, listening, and healing between communities to occur.

 

The Anti-racism Team was formed in 2020 as a Bishop’s initiative in response to the needs for social reform.  Work of the Anti-racism Team is guided by the ELCA’s Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity adopted in 2019 by the Churchwide Assembly.

 

Both teams assist in creating space for healthy conversation and learning to occur, whether in person or digitally.  We work with pastors and church leaders, civic leaders, and private employers in a variety of settings, including congregational settings, schools, and government departments.  We lead book studies, confirmation classes, cultural sensitivity training, and workshops. 

"...what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8)