Kiva Microlending

In 2007 fourteen St. Jamesians gathered for wine and cheese — contributed $200 or so, and went online to kiva.org to make our first microloans. In years since, more parish events have added to the pot, growing our fund to more than $3,500.

In 2008, St. James youth took over management of the fund. Making loans for as little as $25 a shot, our fund has helped more than 300 entrepreneurs in 76 countries grow their businesses: a beauty salon, farming, crafts, a bakery, clothing sales, dentistry and much more.

Go to http://www.kiva.org/lender/stjames9116. It’s a gold mine of information with maps, photos and stories from our loan recipients. And watch for information about opportunities to be part of the action.

Kiva Microlending

In 2007 fourteen St. Jamesians gathered for wine and cheese — contributed $200 or so, and went online to kiva.org to make our first microloans. In years since, more parish events have added to the pot, growing our fund to more than $3,500.

In 2008, St. James youth took over management of the fund. Making loans for as little as $25 a shot, our fund has helped more than 300 entrepreneurs in 76 countries grow their businesses: a beauty salon, farming, crafts, a bakery, clothing sales, dentistry and much more.

Go to http://www.kiva.org/lender/stjames9116. It’s a gold mine of information with maps, photos and stories from our loan recipients. And watch for information about opportunities to be part of the action.

Nokomis Serves

Along with Minnehaha United Methodist and Lake Nokomis Lutheran, St. James is a founding member of Nokomis Serves — an inter-denominational partnership designed to expand our reach in addressing the needs of our neighbors and people across the globe.

If you’re interested in helping with any of the following, just email the listed contact person.

  • MinneHarvest. Sheldon Bolstad  <sbolstad@gmail.com>
  • Simpson Housing: meals and sandwiches. Maureen Trepp. 612-724-7620
  • Meals on Wheels. Rachel Larason. 612-729-8067
  • Loaves and Fishes. Diane Slovik. <dianeakerson@gmail.com>
  • Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. Robbie Becker <robertadbecker@aol.com>
  • Emma Norton Residence. Maureen Trepp. 612-724-7620
  • Dignity Drive. Jenia Strom. 612-721-6231
  • Holidy Gifts. Anne Scheible.< annebillscheible@gmail.com>
  • Cherish All Children. Ginny Rudloff. 612-751-5214
  • Haiti Partnership. Kurt Hall <Kurtyhall@yahoo.com>

First Nations Kitchen

Since 2008, St. James has been honored to join with All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis, on Sunday evenings, to cook and serve healthy, organic, traditional food. While all are welcome at the table, First Nations Kitchen serves primarily Indigenous people in the Twin Cities, particularly residents of nearby Little Earth of the United Tribes, the largest Indigenous urban housiing community in the United States.

First Nations Kitchen models environmentally sustainable practices in all aspects of the program, including composting and recycling. We serve fare based on an ancestral diet of First Nations people: buffalo, elk, fish, deer, turkey, wild rice, and as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.

Watch the calendar for Sundays when St. James staffs several shifts starting in the mid-afternoon: set-up, cooking, serving and clean-up.

The Giving Garden

Along with the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) and other neighbors, gardening has become an act of service at St. James.

2018 crops include lettuce, kale, beans, chard, peppers of all kinds, beets, radishes, onions, herbs and, for the first time, squash.

All of our harvest is donated to neighborhood food shelves: Minnehaha Food Shelf, Groveland Food Shelf and Riverview Senior Apartments. The summer of 2017 yielded more than 400 lbs. of produce. 2018’s harvest is still on the vine!

Stop by on most-any summer evening, and help us weed, water, harvest, and enjoy the camaraderie of God’s bounty.

The Episcopal Church of St. James on the Parkway

We’re a community of faith-keeping people, beloved children of God committed to affirming the dignity and worth of all. We’ve been described as a scrappy group of folks, whose energy regularly belies our small numbers.

WE WORSHIP WITH JOY.

Our worship is grounded in the traditional rites, liturgies, and prayers of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. It’s regularly enriched by choirs, organ, and piano — occasionally by strings and, sometimes even our seasonal All-Saints Band.

You’ll find more information under the heading Worship.

WE LEARN WITH GLADNESS.

We study scripture, tenets of the Anglican Communion, contemporary issues of peace and justice, and much more. Most recently, in relationship with our sisters and brothers of Jewish and Muslim faiths, we’re exploring the richness of our Abrahamic roots.

No uncertainty or question is denied a place at the table. Challenging speakers, discussion and readings regularly urge us into new territory.

You’ll find more information under the heading Learn.

WE SERVE WITH REJOICING.

We partner with First Nation’s Kitchen to serve health-giving food to indigenous people. Side by side with our neighbors of Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, we raise fresh vegetables for Minnehaha Food Shelf. In partnership with Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church we nurture strengths among Families Moving Forward.

For more than 10 years, we’ve partnered with the people of Bigonet, Haiti. Within this relationship that we call Onè! Respè!   Honor!  Respect!  we serve and learn from one another. 

Most recently we’re working in partnership with our Abrahamic sisters and brothers of Jewish and Muslim faiths.

For more information under the heading Learn.

The Episcopal Church & The Anglican Communion

The Episcopal Church is the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, whose tens-of-millions of members spread across the globe.

Anglicans and Episcopalians focus on living out the Great Commandment found in Matthew 22:36-40:

36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37Jesus replied: “‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like onto it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”