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Faithful Innovation at the Intersections

Christian congregations seem quite anxious about young adults and whether they are attending church or not. This does not make us anxious. We are inspired by young adults - the ways they are gathering, the ways they are seeking to make meaning, the ways they are worshipping, and the ways they are working to make our world a better place. We are eager to help faith communities become less anxious and more inspired by young adults. We do this by learning together. We are learning how to let young adults lead. We are learning how to become more engaged in public places where young adults live their lives. We are learning how Christ is calling us and freeing us to proclaim good news in new and urgent ways.


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.

Partnering and Innovating with Congregations

RIH is learning alongside of 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 of $25,000-$30,000 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.

Program Information

Learning Report

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Current Partnership Opportunities

We welcome interested faith communities to apply to become a Periphery (Track 3) Partner. Faith communities in this track are committed to attending learning events at Augsburg throughout the life of the project and taking back insights to their own context. Without an innovation coach or sub-grant funds, Track 3 faith communities benefit from participating in the larger conversations emerging from this project and have the freedom to customize how they utilize the relationships and learnings through RIH in their own communities.

Apply to Track 3 Partnerships

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

Phase 1

Research & Development

June 2017 - July 2018

Phase 2

Equipping & Discerning

August 2018 - August 2019

Phase 3

Experimentation & Adaptation

September 2019 - August 2021

Phase 4

Evaluation & Dissemination

September 2021 - July 2022

Recent Posts

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Permaculture as Proclamation: Understanding the Land as Neighbor

This week’s story is written by Marie Page, a congregational learning partner at Church of All Nations (CAN). She shares …

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From Frustration to Transformation: The Public Church Framework as a Process

This week’s story is written by Stephen Richards, a congregational learning partner at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Steve writes about …

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The Healing Power of Dirt

This week we hear from Ellie Roscher, a congregational learning partner at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Ellie shares a story about …

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Introduction To Phase Three: Experimentation & Adaptation (Sept. 2019 – Aug. 2021)

Phase Two came to an end on June 1, 2019 as our 16 partner congregations presented their project proposals. We …