Called to Step Out and Take Action

Below you will find short descriptions for the 12 advocacy ministries that make up Central Lutheran's current Social Justice Coalition. To get involved visit and bookmark the Current Actions page or contact the church office to get connected to the advocacy that calls to your heart.

"Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decisions makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, we advocate for a world without hunger." From: Bread for the World History & Mission 

Central Lutheran endorses Bread for the World and financially supports their ministry.

Central Lutheran's advocacy team for eco-justice. Care for Creation works alongside organizations such as EcoFaith Recovery and 350PDX to advocate for climate justice. To participate with Care for Creation learn more HERE and watch the Current Actions page for direct action opportunities.

Connected is a grassroots citizen-lead crime prevention method that has proven successful. Every Friday since April 27, 2011, around 5 pm, people gather at Holladay Park between the Max stop and the Lloyd Center to walk, talk, and show the people in the park that their community cares about them. You are invited into this powerful action and community building ministry. Several members of Central Lutheran participate each week.

An alliance of interfaith communities working together to understand and respond to systemic poverty in the Portland Metro area. Central Lutheran is a founding member of the Alliance and has members that participate on the action teams. Watch the Current Actions page for opportunities. To be involved with the alliance, contact Sarah C. or the church office for more information.

Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ), grew out of the Oregon New Sanctuary Movement (ONSM). Our organization is made up of individuals, faith leaders and 140 diverse faith communities across Oregon, called by our conscience and faith to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters in the U.S.

Central Lutheran has been a partner Sanctuary congregation since 2017. To get involved visit IMiRJ's action page or watch our Current Actions page.

JOIN exists to support the efforts of homeless individuals and families to transition out of homelessness into permanent housing.

Central Lutheran partners with Join by providing needed supplies and financial support. You may bring donations to the church and leave them by the bins next to the elevator.

"Just Coffee Cooperative is a worker-owned coffee roaster dedicated to creating and expanding a model of trade based on transparency, human dignity and environmental sustainability. We build long-term relationships with small-scale coffee growers to bring you a truly incredible cup of coffee." Just Coffee Cooperative: About

Central Lutheran serves Just Coffee at all of our events and makes it available for purchase to members. For more information contact Fraser or the church office.

As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, Central Lutheran includes and encourages people of all sexual and gender identities to fully participate in the life and leadership of our congregation. We annually march in the Portland Pride Parade and hold a booth in the Pride fairgrounds to proclaim a loving message of inclusion.

Recognizing the call to be peacemakers, LJHL works for a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis through education, action, and advocacy. LJHL has a rich history of more than a decade of advocacy through Central Lutheran. To get involved watch our Current Actions page or contact the church office to be connected.

"Northeast Emergency Food Program meets the urgent food and clothing needs of our Portland metro area neighbors, primarily people living in east Portland, many of whom live east of 82nd Ave." From NEFP Homepage

As a supporting congregation Central Lutheran serves as a gathering site for food gifts, volunteer staff, and offers regular financial support. Food gifts may be left in the bins by the elevator. We staff the pantry on every 5th Saturday throughout the year. To be involved, please contact Fraser or the church office.

"Northwest Pilot Project offers opportunities for a life of dignity and hope to very low income seniors in Multnomah County by solving housing and transportation needs." From NWPP Home

Central Lutheran supports this program financially.

Central Lutheran volunteers cook, deliver, and serve a meal on the first Thursday of every month. This ministry has been on going for several decades. Volunteers are needed to purchase supplies (which will be reimbursed by the church or may be given as an in kind donation), prepare vegetables, cook, deliver, and serve on a monthly basis. To get involved contact Polly or the church office.