Our Core Values


Human Dignity

We value the human dignity of each person and insist upon laws and policies that protect the vulnerable and powerless.


We work passionately to bring about a community of right relationship; where each person contributes to and benefits from the common good.

Democratic Participation

We value the contributions of citizens who govern our state so that, together, we protect human dignity and build up the common good.

Spirituality of Dialogue

We value the many ways we listen and learn from each other and draw upon the wisdom of diverse faith traditions.

Prophetic Leadership

We understand the indispensable role of religious communities to speak out effectively when our institutions or policies drift away from justice.


We value JRLC's ability to base its work on facts and evidence, careful research, and a willingness to listen to a variety of voices, and creativity of our proposals.


We value JRLC members combining passion with moral values and acting boldly for the sake of justice in the public arena.

Leadership Development

We value the leadership role of JRLC's members and their ability to work in congregations and other settings to strengthen our voice for social justice.

In our member's words

There is much poverty and homelessness in rural Minnesota. In the churches, we experience it firsthand, as we are often the first place people turn for help.  In our area, we can provide some help, but our limited food shelves and emergency resources aren't enough.

Rev. Tony Romaine, Staples

We have seen an uptick in the number of requests for meal assistance and food vouchers.  The need is especially great toward the end of the month.  Many families with two working parents are struggling.

Rev. Paul G.  Rider, Mankato

I am deeply aware of families who live in poverty in our area.  I know how hard it is for parents to care for their families when the money runs out before the end of the month.

Rev. Dr. Duane Gebhard, Park Rapids

One does not need to look far to find someone in need.  I see this especially in the need at our local food pantries. 

Rev. Karen Finnegan, Ada