The mission of Kwanzaa Community Church (Kwanzaa) is child focused, and lies in the promotion of community, safety, pride, justice, social change and empowerment for the children and families of north Minneapolis.
....proclaiming saving freedom and the healing of Jesus Christ to body, soul and mind.
Kwanzaa was chartered as the first African American lead Presbyterian congregation in the State of Minnesota in February of 2002 after four years of development. Kwanzaa’s strategic planning process and organizing principles provide a basis for the work of dismantling stigma, racism, sexism and classism, interrupting the systems that lead to generational poverty. Kwanzaa’s vision is to “Proclaim freedom to body, soul and mind.” A critical component of our vision is the congregation’s active engagement with the community beyond our membership, promoting solidarity, community and total environmental health.
Kwanzaa was founded utilizing the liberation motif of the historic African American Church; we continue to engage our community through an action reflection model. Thus, when we become aware of an issue or need, we analyze critical data pertaining to the issue and develop a communal response based on the voices of the community. Our diverse programs are a comprehensive response to the continuum of needs in our community, and have been a part of our identity and work since our earliest years as a congregation. At Kwanzaa, we believe that every life is significant and that every life has meaning and value; we take action, because in the words of Dr. Gwendolyn Brooks, “we are each other’s business.”