Seeking just and affordable housing in our communities has long been a concern of this congregation. We invite you to continue this work through participating in the next three Sunday morning adult forums. We will learn together how past policy has impacted current housing practice and discuss what needs and concerns now face the Twin Cities.
This Sunday, March 24, guest speaker Adam Fairbanks will discuss Homelessness in Native Communities. Last year, the homeless encampment along Hiawatha and Franklin Avenues, known as The Wall of Forgotten Natives, became a very visible reminder of urban homelessness in our community. Adam Fairbanks, a member of the White Earth Nation, will speak about his work as a consultant for the Red Lake Nation.
On Sunday, March 31, Luther Seminary Ph.D. candidate Katherine Parent will join us to discuss housing discrimination. She will share her research and findings on the history of racist and anti-Semitic housing discrimination in Minnesota and will specifically address the roles Lutherans have played in this history.
On Sunday, April 7, we will welcome Kat Vann, a congregational organizer with our mission partner organization Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. Kat will share an update on 66 West, the affordable housing project for young adults that ECLC helped to create. She will also discuss new directions for Beacon, including upcoming projects in the western suburbs.