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About Us

ISAIAH is a vehicle for congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively and powerfully towards racial and economic equity in the state of Minnesota.

By uniting local congregations in a large regional organization, ISAIAH strengthens the ability of people of faith to to address both local and regional community issues, including mass incarceration, immigration, healthcare, and racial inequity.

  • ISAIAH believes that leadership development unites and allows people to take powerful steps to improve the quality of our community.
  • ISAIAH values ethnic and religious diversity in communities and sees this diversity as enriching and healthy.
  • ISAIAH believes in the power of acting collectively in ways that are consistent with our faith values and principles of democracy.
  • ISAIAH believes that all people have the ability to co-create our environment.
  • ISAIAH believes in the possibility of transforming people, our public institutions and culture.
  • We are working to create a Minnesota that ensures the conditions in which all Minnesotans can be healthy. Together we commit to eliminating place-based and race-based health inequities to ensure all Minnesotans have an opportunity for good health.
  • We are working to create a Minnesota where the benefits of public infrastructure — roads, bridges, transit, residential and commercial development — are distributed equitably. This includes opportunities for economic growth, community health, and the increase in wealth that occurs with major transportation, housing or commercial developments.
  • We are working to create a Minnesota that aligns our public investments and applies our collective resources to achieve equity in education, and that opens access to opportunity to students of color across Minnesota.
  • We are working to create a Minnesota that seeks fairness in all its dealings, eliminating financial discrimination against communities of color, supporting best practices in foreclosure prevention, and taking an aggressive approach to enforcing fair leading laws.

Jesus had 3 years to build a church for the centuries… What did he do? He built relationships and trained his leaders

Intensive leadership skill training and mentoring make ISAIAH’s leaders key to our success. Our leaders work together, building powerful relationships with one another to reverse the injustices impacting their own lives and the lives of their neighbors.

ISAIAH provides leadership training for congregation members throughout the year using interactive and experiential adult education tools. Leaders learn how to research and analyze community issues and work with public officials to implement changes in public policy.  Public actions train leaders to be effective in the public arena.

WEEKLONG LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Once each year, ISAIAH sponsors a national Weeklong Leadership Training. This intensive training provides the tools and skills to become more effective at creating transformative change in your community by engaging with other participants in learning that emphasizes self-reflection and mutual inquiry.

Participants will benefit from a life-changing environment that encourages the examination of strengths and weaknesses through calculated risk-taking and the practice of new behaviors. They will learn to discover their self-interest, what drives their leadership, and how to frame their personal story for a public life.

Experienced trainers will teach the path to building individual power and powerful organizations through the launch of strategic campaigns, while naming the political and economic moment.

Registration for Weeklong 2019 has closed

Our History

Founding of ISAIAH

ISAIAH is officially created through the merger of three independent congregation based community organizations:  Great River Interfaith Partnership (GRIP) in the St. Cloud area; Interfaith Action in Greater Minneapolis; and, St. Paul Ecumenical Alliance of Congregations (SPEAC) in Greater St. Paul.

January 2000

Founding of ISAIAH

ISAIAH is officially created through the merger of three independent congregation based community organizations:  Great River Interfaith Partnership (GRIP) in the St. Cloud area; Interfaith Action in Greater Minneapolis; and, St. Paul Ecumenical Alliance of Congregations (SPEAC) in Greater St. Paul.

January 2000

Development of “The ISAIAH Story: Who We Are and What We Stand For”

By acting in community, not isolation;
By acting on hope, not fear;
By sharing God’s abundance with all, not just a few;
We create a world with justice for all.By acting in community, not isolation;
By acting on hope, not fear;
By sharing God’s abundance with all, not just a few;
We create a world with justice for all.

2004

Development of “The ISAIAH Story: Who We Are and What We Stand For”

By acting in community, not isolation;
By acting on hope, not fear;
By sharing God’s abundance with all, not just a few;
We create a world with justice for all.By acting in community, not isolation;
By acting on hope, not fear;
By sharing God’s abundance with all, not just a few;
We create a world with justice for all.

2004

Development of “The Path to Transformation” guiding principles

ISAIAH begins to view all its issues through a racial equity lens.

2008

Development of “The Path to Transformation” guiding principles

ISAIAH begins to view all its issues through a racial equity lens.

2008

Published three “Shining the Light” reports, co-authored by the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity

The reports reveal the ways we have built inequities into our State and how we can take a new path forward. Excerpts from “Shining the light: Revealing our choice,” page 2:

“As Minnesotans we need to fundamentally realign our public policies if we wish to create a sustainable and prosperous future that provides opportunity for all. Minnesota’s current public policies are not working to assure the conditions necessary for a healthy future for our State. We know this because we can measure glaring inequities along every major indicator used to measure the health of a community…

Inequities are built, and they can be dismantled. Policies, practices and assumptions create uneven opportunities and burdens that are perpetuated today by the status quo. We need to recognize and change those policies, practices, and assumptions that create inequality of opportunity… Policies may be racially neutral on their face, but they are often not neutral in effect.”


View a video developed by ISAIAH in connection with this work

2010

Published three “Shining the Light” reports, co-authored by the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity

The reports reveal the ways we have built inequities into our State and how we can take a new path forward. Excerpts from “Shining the light: Revealing our choice,” page 2:

“As Minnesotans we need to fundamentally realign our public policies if we wish to create a sustainable and prosperous future that provides opportunity for all. Minnesota’s current public policies are not working to assure the conditions necessary for a healthy future for our State. We know this because we can measure glaring inequities along every major indicator used to measure the health of a community…

Inequities are built, and they can be dismantled. Policies, practices and assumptions create uneven opportunities and burdens that are perpetuated today by the status quo. We need to recognize and change those policies, practices, and assumptions that create inequality of opportunity… Policies may be racially neutral on their face, but they are often not neutral in effect.”


View a video developed by ISAIAH in connection with this work

2010

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2012

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2012

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2014

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2014

Launched Sanctuary Networks

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2016

Launched Sanctuary Networks

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2016

Year End Video

2017

Year End Video

2017

Launched Greater Than Fear Campaign

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2018

Launched Greater Than Fear Campaign

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2018