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Our active Mission and Social Justice (MSJ) Committee connects the Macalester Plymouth congregation with numerous ways to support people and organizations beyond the church community. The MSJ focus for 2018 is “caring for our neighbors.” MSJ is involved with local, national, and international efforts–often through our denominations or local partners.

Occasionally, we form a new group for a specific designated purpose, recruiting from the entire congregation for these “Mission Teams.”refugee family kids

Recent Projects & Mission Teams

Sanctuary Movement
In January 2017, Macalester Plymouth United Church voted to become a sanctuary church. Read more about what this means here. If you would like to find out more about volunteer opportunities with our sanctuary work, you can fill out this volunteer form.

Refugee Family Support
In 2016, the MSJ committee partnered with the Minnesota Council of Churches to co-sponsor a refugee family from Rwanda as they adjust to life in St. Paul. Our activities to support the family continue though the original commitment was fulfilled.

Caring for Creation
We believe that caring for God’s earth is crucial to our spiritual life and social justice work. The Caring for Creation Committee works for sustainability in our communal life and in our individual lives.

Peacemaking Award
Each year the Peacemaking Award helps a Macalester Plymouth young adult work on a social justice-related project or attend a conference (or training) to build skills for working or volunteering in social justice.

Feeding the Hungry

  • Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf
    Our support includes direct financial support, ongoing donations of food, and semi-annual targeted food drives.
  • Loaves & Fishes
    Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit organization serving free, nutritious meals to those in need. MSJ provides direct financial support, and members of the congregation volunteer to shop, prepare and serve meals.
Summer Farmer’s Market

School Tools Drive
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul’s School Tools is a school supply drive for children from low-income and homeless families.

Summer Farmer’s Market
Every Sunday from June into September, Ly Lee Vue and members of her family set up a mini farmer’s market in the church social hall to provide us with fresh produce from their garden.

Habitat for Humanity
MSJ provides financial support and volunteers for an annual build project in conjunction with neighboring churches. Learn more and sign up for our 2018 build!

MSJ encourages the congregation to work for peace with justice through political action and advocacy. Collaborating with our two denominations, other communities of faith and organizations including Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, Bread for the World, Interfaith Power and Light, ISAIAH, and the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, we contact our local, state and national political leaders and participate in many forms of nonviolent action to help build what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the “Beloved Community.”

International Mission Support
MSJ helps to financially support two families doing mission work abroad, the Holms in Malawi and the Liddles in East Timor. You can read more about their work on their blogs:

Donations to Partners
Thoughtful allocation of the committee’s annual budget ($24,300 in 2017) to support local, national, and international mission and social justice work. Our funds are donated to partners in the sectors shown in the pie chart below.


Interested in getting involved or joining the Mission & Social Justice Committee? Contact Rev. Adam Blons (