Community and Global Partnerships
For nearly 120 years our calling has been to make the love of God real in the world–we strive to do this through our warm and inclusive welcome as well as through our service work and mission partnerships. We are also pleased to offer small grants to neighborhood organizations on the north side. Currently we are completing a collection drive called “Undie Sundays,” collecting new underwear, socks and school supplies for two local elementary schools.
COMMUNITY MEALS: We open our doors every last Tuesday of the month at 6 PM for a free community meal, a meal served by members, friends, and neighbors for neighbors. Community meals are also held on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4656 Colfax Ave. N. through the Camden Promise…
OUR NEWEST PARTNERSHIP: involves joining hearts and hands with APPETITE FOR CHANGE. Appetite for Change is a north side nonprofit organization using food is a powerful community tool for building health, wealth and social change. AFC operates Kindred Kitchen and the new restaurant Breaking Bread located on North Broadway.
Working with organizations such as Salem, business and residents are building community through a more local and equitable food system.
Salem will provide space for Appetite for Change’s COMMUNITY COOKS, an innovative program bringing people together to cook and share nutritious and delicious meals. COMMUNITY COOKS facilitates discussions on ways to build health and change in yourself and the community. Groups are hosted for families, new moms, youth and fathers to meet their special needs.
Salem will be a new location for community gardens as part of the FRESH CORNERS project. Together we will be building the capacity of growers and vendors to sell local food while increasing local access to and control over our food system. What are YOU hungry for in our neighborhood?
Working Together as the ELCA
Working together as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we are doing God’s work in ways that no individual or none of the 10,549 congregations can do alone. Salem tithes a significant amount of money which is combined with other congregations to support the whole church. The ELCA has a long history of being present in communities, working to help and serve where the needs are greatest. Participating in this work that God calls us to in the world compels us to be attentive to complex and changing situations, as well as to the importance of both immediate relief and ongoing, long-term assistance for our sisters and brothers and the communities in which they live.
Our relief and development work is pursued and accomplished through a variety of bold, active ministries and initiatives:
- ELCA Malaria Campaign
- ELCA World Hunger
- HIV and AIDS Ministry
- Lutheran Disaster Response
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Each effort strives for justice, peace and change in the world, and draws its strength and effectiveness from working in partnership with others who share a common vision of serving and loving our neighbor and restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name.