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Faithful Innovation at the Intersections


The Riverside Innovation Hub is an incubator for people and communities exploring the public church in the neighborhood. The Hub convenes two-year learning communities with leadership teams from several congregations. These congregations learn a process for discerning how God is inviting them to become more engaged in their neighborhoods. In addition to the learning communities, the Hub is launching two additional projects: a book amplifying young adult voices to the church, and an online network where people can learn from and support one another in their work to become public church. Currently, we are in the midst of our third learning community from Fall 2023-Fall 2025.


The riverside is a place of transformation. We are made new at the riverside.


Innovation happens as we respond to God’s call and our neighbors’ lives.


We are called into transformation and innovation together, as a community.

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RIH Learning Community Class of 2023

The Riverside Innovation Hub has been awarded a grant from the Lilly Endowment's Thriving Congregations Initiative to continue helping congregations live into placed-based vocational discernment in the public square for the common good through two-year learning communities of twelve congregations. 

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Innovation Coach Asefa M Wakjira visits with Partner Congregations Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Minneapolis

RIH Learning Community Class of 2021

From Fall 2019 to Summer 2021, RIH learned alongside twenty-five faith communities in the Twin Cities. Sixteen faith communities were invited into Primary Learning Partnerships. After a year of intentional listening work with a young adult Innovation Coach, partner faith communities submitted sub-grants to fund ideas informed by their contextual listening. Nine faith communities were invited into Periphery Learning Partnerships. They attend learning events and consider ways of practicing the Public Church Framework in their own contexts. The first two years of learning are summarized in our learning report.

Learning Report
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