Episcopalians across Minnesota are engaged in God's project of healing the world with love, right in their own communities. To learn more about what Episcopalians are up to in your area, find your local Episcopal faith community by clicking "Find a Church."
Below, you'll find Diocesan-wide ministries and ways to get involved!
Racial Justice & Healing
The cries for racial justice that swept like a tidal wave over the whole earth in the summer of 2020 emanated from the heart of our diocese. As faithful followers of Jesus, we in ECMN are committed to spending the rest of our lives joining the Spirit’s work of healing and liberation. Learn more about how we are working toward racial justice and healing below.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
As follower of Jesus, caring for creation is one of the clearest moral imperatives we have been given. In fact, according to scripture, it is our first and primary vocation as humans. ECMN works closely with MN Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL) and is guided by their leadership in our care for creation. Learn more below.
Children, Youth, and Camp
ECMN offers statewide camp and retreat programs, serving all ages and every faith community in Minnesota. In 2019, we welcomed 590 young people into beloved community with one another through 12 collaboratively built experiences. These gatherings change lives by cultivating sacred space, building beloved community, and allowing youth to share transformative adventures—all of which are crafted through the lens of faith.
Advent for Afghans
The Commission for the Diaconate and all ECMN deacons, along with Bishop Loya, are inviting all faith communities in ECMN to take part in Advent for Afghans: Welcoming Our Newest Neighbors. During the four Sundays of Advent, we will be raising awareness across the diocese for our Afghan allies that have made their way to safety in the United States and here in Minnesota.
First Nations Kitchen
First Nations Kitchen is a justice-focused, Gospel-based ministry based in Minneapolis, with a new chapter opening soon in White Earth. It is by Indigenous people for Indigenous people, and its primary intent is to provide high-quality, fresh, organic food to Indigenous people who would not otherwise have access to it, in an environment of radical hospitality and cultural empowerment.
Circle of the Beloved
Circle of the Beloved is an intentional community of four young adults living on Minneapolis' North side and serving with non-profits in the Twin Cities area. Circle is ECMN's chapter of the Episcopal Service Corps. The Circle community lives together in intentional Christian community that acknowledges and deepens kinship across many lines of difference, living out the values of kinship, rule of life, and reconciliation.
University Episcopal Community
University Episcopal Community blesses Minneapolis with stories and meals to respond to the crisis of social isolation with an experience of the Beloved Community. UEC members are 18-22 year olds in a period of transition: students at the University of Minnesota, Augsburg University, Minneapolis College, Normandale College, folks taking a break from school, or called to another path entirely. UEC is student-led. Peer ministers lead small groups, build connection, and some live together in intentional community.
What Would Whipple Do? Sanctuary State Movement
In October of 2019, an interfaith group led by Episcopalian leaders converged on the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building to demand that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement be evicted, or that the name of Minnesota's first Bishop, renowned for his partnerships with and defense of Indigenous people, be removed from the building that houses Immigrations and Customs Enforcement's deportation machine for the upper Midwest. This campaign launched an ongoing interfaith movement to have Minnesota declared a Sanctuary State.
Episcopal Church Women
Since 1871, the National Episcopal Church Women, ECW, have championed women’s rights and the Christian foundation of God and family. They are an affiliate of the Episcopal Church and celebrate that Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Their women’s ministry and children’s programs feed, educate, and provide community grants around the world. They are a volunteer organization that creates a legacy for Episcopal Church Women to lead future generations with stewardship in Christ.
Episcopal Spiritual Directors
Spiritual direction is an ancient practice that has been a part of the Christian tradition since the third and fourth centuries when people sought guidance and wisdom from the mystics we now call the Desert Fathers and Mothers. The primary purpose of spiritual direction is to help persons become more aware of God’s presence in their daily lives. To help them begin to see God’s action in the here and now and then to help them see how their lives are a response to that initiative.
Much of our ministry is done in partnership with regional and national organizations. Below are those we work most closely with and whose guidance we follow.
Ecumenical & Interfaith Partners
Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC)
We are a member of MCC and partner with them on a variety of issues, including immigrant support, racial justice & healing, and ecumenical dialogue.
Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC)
We are a member of JRLC and work with them to create and push a legislative agenda that supports our neighbors in poverty.
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL)
MNIPL is our partner on creation care initiatives and advocacy work at the state level. They have also worked with several of our faith communities to create inter-congregational dialogue and support for creation care initiatives at the congregational level.
Minnesota Multifaith Network (MNMN)
MNMN is our partner in interfaith work, keeping us in close relationship with our colleagues of all faiths.
Episcopal Migration Ministries
Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Public Policy Network
United Thank Offering