Become an MNIPL Climate Justice Congregation!

Climate Justice Congregations are communities of faith and spiritual practice that are committed to living out their faith and values through effective and sustained action on climate justice.

MNIPL's certification program is a year-long process. We provide resources and support that help you gain the focus and skills to galvanize your community into climate action.

Join a growing number of congregations (see list below!) raising a collective voice and driving faithful action on climate justice.

To get started, fill out our interest form. There is no obligation. This just starts the conversation!

Certified Congregations:

  • All Saints Episcopal, Northfield
  • Ascension Episcopal Church, Stillwater
  • Beth Jacob Congregation, Mendota Heights
  • Centennial United Methodist Church, Roseville
  • Christ Episcopal Church, Woodbury
  • Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester
  • Community of St. Martin, Minneapolis
  • Concordia Lutheran Church, Duluth
  • Edina Community Lutheran Church, Edina
  • First Congregational Church of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • First Universalist Church, Minneapolis
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran, St Paul
  • The Grove United Methodist Church, Woodbury
  • Hamline Church United Methodist, St Paul
  • Judson Church, Minneapolis
  • Lyndale United Church of Christ, Minneapolis
  • Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul
  • Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis
  • St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • St. John's Episcopal Church, Minneapolis
  • St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, St. Paul
  • St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis
  • Sts. Luke & James, Minneapolis
  • Spirit of Peace, Minnetonka
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Lindstrom
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka
  • Unity Church-Unitarian, St. Paul
  • University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis

Annual Certification Activities

Below are the activities your community takes to become newly certified or to renew your certification. But you're not on your own! We work with your team each year to map out what will be most helpful.

1) Create or Update an Action Plan

An annual action plan helps you imagine long-term success, name the assets your congregation brings to the movement, and outlines goals for the coming year. Your actions are based on the "three-legged stool" approach, which includes creating practical, systemic, and spiritual/relational goals.

2) Designate a Community Connector

Choose at least one person to serve as a Community Connector. They are the primary liaison between your congregation and MNIPL. If this changes at any time, just let us know!

3) Attend Be the Spark Training

Encourage one or more team members to attend our Be the Spark training. Become better equipped in leading and encouraging others in your community to take deeper climate action.

4) Host a Workshop

Host an MNIPL workshop or custom program. We also encourage your team to attend any of our events, especially our monthly Community Connector webinars.

5) Be a Sustaining Congregation

As you are able, be a Sustaining Congregation with an annual donation of any amount that is meaningful. The suggested level is $500 per year.

6) Share Your Accomplishments

At the end of each program year, we ask that you report your accomplishments. Let's celebrate your successes and the impact of your work!


Success Stories

Communities of faith and spiritual practice all across Minnesota are making a difference with their actions. Read their stories and inspire others by submitting your own community success story!