Justice, justice, you shall pursue.

– Deuteronomy 16:20

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition

Interfaith Advocacy for Social Justice

Our four faith traditions


Guided by God's vision of the common good as reflected in
Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions,
JRLC mobilizes religious communities to
influence public policy for social justice in Minnesota.


The largest and most inclusive interfaith public interest group in Minnesota

What's happening now?

The JRLC has consistently worked to protect consumers trapped in payday loans. Last October, the JRLC joined groups around the country in submitting comments on proposed consumer lending regulations.

In September, JRLC co-sponsored an event about childhood poverty solutions. Watch the video to hear from an economist about the importance of early childhood poverty education. 

Anne Krisnik, the JRLC's Executive Director, was interviewed about recent policies going into effect that make child care more accessible for low-income families. JRLC is a member of the Kids Can't Wait Coalition that works to implement policies that will benefit children, families, and the state of Minnesota. Read More...

JRLC staff (and board member Doug Mitchell) had the opportunity to host a group with representatives from Uganda, Lebanon, Sweden, and Bangladesh in May. The conversation centered on religious identity and promoting discussion across faith traditions.

JRLC staff joined community members in Little Falls, MN for a forum on homelessness and housing in May. We asked forum attendees to continuously be in conversation with their elected officials about the state of housing in their community.

Meet our Members


Patrice Critchley-Menor, Duluth

Patrice, from the Office of the Social Aspostolate in the Catholic Diocese of Duluth,  is the current JRLC Board Chair 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!