Joint Religious Legislative Coalition

Interfaith Advocacy for Social Justice

Our four faith traditions


The largest and most inclusive interfaith public interest group in Minnesota

What's happening now?

A Time of Transition

As you know, this past legislative session ended without action on key JRLC issues such as affordable housing, emergency shelter, childcare and the Tiny Home/Sacred Communities bill. While this is disappointing, November elections are fast approaching and we hope you continue to connect with your legislators, sharing your concerns on important issues.

The good news is that JRLC is making changes to strengthen our unique multifaith social justice organization. We are transitioning our structure and staffing by implementing a new strategic plan which will sustain the important future of our work.

Effective July 1, our offices, services, funds and administration will become an independent non-profit entity governed by our four sponsoring organizations. With greater flexibility in our collaborative work, we hope to grow our numbers and impact.

JRLC is now forming a brand-new Program Committee that will guide our day-to-day operations, set our legislative priorities and coordinate our events and trainings.

In August, we will launch an Executive Director search. In the meantime, I will continue in my role as Interim Executive Director, and Lisa Engebretson will continue as our Administrative Associate.

We will keep you informed with updates and announcements during this transition. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any comments or questions.

Thank you again for your continued interest and support of our critical work together.


Roger Meyer

Interim Executive Director

[email protected]

Meet our Members


Patrice Critchley-Menor, Duluth

Patrice, from the Office of the Social Aspostolate in the Catholic Diocese of Duluth,  is a JRLC board member and has been an active and tireless advocate for Minnesotans who are struggling.  She loves to talk about the JRLC and the importance of the faith voice in the policy debate.  Look for her at Day on the Hill!