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/
A few years ago, 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.
A message from the Foundation:
“Thank you for your generous contributions to the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation! Effective March 28, 2017, the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice will be the Hawkinson Fund at Grace University Lutheran Church. The Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to 138 students in recognition of their deep commitments to peace and justice since 1988. Please know that we plan to continue this mission as part of Grace University Lutheran Church. We are making this change at this time to ensure that even more of your donations go directly to our mission. As a result of this transition we will not be issuing any scholarships or honorary awards in 2017. Please look for more information to be made available in early 2018. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please know that checks for any future donations should be made out to the Hawkinson Fund at Grace University Lutheran Church and will continue to be tax deductible.”
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 kept 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. We look forward to new ways in which the legacy of Pastor Hawkinson will be embodied through the Hawkinson Fund at Grace.