Grace has long been a congregation focused on working for justice as a means of achieving peace in the world.
We follow the Prince of Peace in a troubled world. Where there is injustice and oppression, we seek liberation. In our worship, prayer, study, and life together, we strive for peaceful means of living out the gospel. Grace has been a designated Peace Site for many years.
Grace is involved in ISAIAH, a network of congregations in the Twin Cities/St. Cloud region. ISAIAH is a vehicle for congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively and powerfully towards racial and economic equity in the state of Minnesota. http://www.isaiah-mn.org/
From ISAIAH’s Legislative Issues Briefing – Week of March 18, 2013:
Rev. Dan Garnaas from Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and member of ISAIAH testified at Wednesday’s Senate Tax Reform Committee in support of the bill to close corporate tax loopholes. “The prophets do not mince words when the life of the community is out of balance, when the needs of all are not equally prioritized, when the economic system is not fair, when some find ways to not pay their fair share.” You can read his entire testimony here.
The Daily Planet interviewed Pastor Dan Garnaas regarding our current health care system, the Affordable Care Act, and moving toward universal health care. Read the article, “Health reform on right track, but we’re not finished yet” here.
The Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice was organized in 1988 to honor Reverend Vincent L. Hawkinson, a lifelong advocate for peace. Hawkinson served as pastor of Grace University Lutheran Church for 30 years. He was a community leader who witnessed courageously to a vision of political and social change. He vigorously advocated peacemaking and racial equality and stood up for the poor, the oppressed, and the powerless. He died in 2001 at age 86.
The Foundation was founded on the belief that alternatives to violence and the use of military power must be found for a permanent resolution of interpersonal and global conflict. Seeking new avenues to peace and justice was Pastor Hawkinson’s life work. The Foundation keeps his dream alive by granting scholarships to students who have demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice and by honoring those who throughout their lifetime have pursued these beliefs.
The Hawkinson Foundation’s home base is Grace, but their phone number is different! 612-470-4295, or visit their website for more contact information.