Mission & Justice

We exist, not for safety and comfort, but to be Christ’s hands and feet and heart in a hurting world.

We are the Body of Christ, sharing God’s love in concrete ways. Come join us to make a real difference in our neighborhood and in the world as together we answer the call of God: "Let your Kingdom come on earth."

Lancaster County Interfaith Justice Ministry

Along with over 20 congregations, we are launching a new justice ministry in Lincoln – Lancaster County, to do justice in our community.  In conversation with you – members of our communty, we are working to identify two justice issues that collectively we can do something about …. and then we’re going to do something about them!   Click the link below to find out about the small group meetings we’re hosting as the beginning of of this important work as part of our faith.

Be a part of our Justice Ministry Network.

Challenges and Blessings in our Neighborhood
Challenges and Blessings in our Neighborhood

In our immediate neighborhood:

  • Median household income is significantly below state average.
  • % of unemployed is significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population % is above state average.
  • Renting % is significantly above state average.
  • % of population with a bachelor’s degree or higher is below state average.
  • Violent crime is above the US average.
  • Property crime is above the US average.

Statistics don’t tell the whole story.  We are surrounded by wonderful people with huge hearts, activists seeking change, and people who have decided that they are more than a statistic.

Regardless of circumstances, God is among us, and together we seek to embody the Kingdom of God in our neighborhood.

Social Justice Ministry

One aspect of being a church in our neighborhood is we are blessed with a rich diversity of people we interact with on a daily basis.  Many come from different cultures, many have different experiences in our own culture, some positive, and some negative.

Like many today, we are becoming more aware of how different the color of our skin makes in our experience in this world.  Periodically we offer opportunities for study and exploration that help us be aware of those differences, so we can be better neighbors.

Click the button below to check out some of our small groups for current offerings.  In the “TYPE” option, search for “Mission & Social Justice” for current offerings.

Death Row Inmate Visits
Death Row Inmate Visits

God never stops loving us.  That message is woven through our communion services, the cross, and our call to love our neighbors as ourselves.  Under the umbrella of Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, we visit death row prisoners on a quarterly basis throughout the year.  We also have a display of their artwork in our Welcome Center.  We do not deny the seriousness of the crimes committed, we simply acknowledge that we are called to love all people without exception, and we keep in mind Jesus’ words:

“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Matthew 25:31-40

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

In our neighborhood are people from many different cultures, countries, and faith traditions.  Yet one thing we all have in common is the need to express gratitude.

In partnership with many others, we help organize an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service for our neighborhood and wider Lincoln community.

This is typically held on the Sunday immediately before Thanksgiving, and the joy of hosting is rotated among many religious traditions.

In 2020 it was held virtually.  In 2022 we look forward to being in person again, and sharing in each other’s company, and just as importantly, sharing more cookies, bars, and treats than is healthy!

Arts for the Soul Concert Series
Arts for the Soul Concert Series

The Arts for the Soul Concert Series has been an important part of our church ministry for over 10 years.  We not only enjoy world class music, we also reach out to local schools to share the joy of music, and to offer classes.

We have also used the concert series to highlight issues of importance, such as ecology and care of creation, and interfaith and intercultural relationships.

The Annual Sing from the Heart Concert is a fundraiser for one of our community partners.  We have enjoyed choir concerts, story tellers, and learned about the important work done by our partners in our community.  A highlight is always the cheesecake or ice cream enjoyed during the concert!

17th St. Community Garden
17th St. Community Garden

Food is an important part of life – and the connection to the earth and our history that it nurtures in us.  In partnership with Community Crops and Jacob’s Well we provide community garden space in our neighborhood.  28 families in our neighborhood farm plots in this garden.  Some do it for the enjoyment it brings, some for the food it supplies, some for the connection it provides to the land and the homes they left in other counties.  A beautiful, rich community grows in our garden!

Alcoholics Anonymous

For over 25 years we have provided space for men and women seeking support to deal with addiction to alcohol.  While in a way all we do is provide space, the relationships we have built with the men and women who come here for meetings has been an important part loving our community, and ourselves.

Visit their website to find out more about them, and to find meetings.

Little Free Library
Little Free Library

Yes, we have a little free library with a seating area for neighbors to enjoy an outdoor lunch, read a book, or just rest.  Thanks to donations we keep a selection of books available for anyone to borrow.

Our Amazing Community Partners

One of our greatest privileges is working in partnership with others to celebrate, to work for justice, and to make care for people.  We can’t do half of what we do without our amazing community partners who are themselves working to make a difference in our community.  Check them out at the link below to find out more about them, and if you’re looking for ways to volunteer, check out their websites.

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