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Faith Communities

Three images from our June 2022 Discernment Event. One is 4 individuals having a conversation at a table. One a close up of our handout with a picture of the stonearch bridge and Riverside Innovation Hub Logo and the last one is a wider view of some folks standing and getting food, having conversation and sitting at their tables.

RIH’s June 2022 Discernment Learning Event in Hoversten Chapel.

Current Learning CommunitY

The current CCV Riverside Innovation Hub learning community is made up of twelve faith communities located throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Each faith community is in a learning cohort along with three other congregations, a mentor, and a RIH staff facilitator. This learning community began their journey through the artforms of the Public Church Framework in Summer 2021 and will conclude in Summer 2023.

Faith Communities: Class of 2023

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To read more about what the RIH Class of 2023 learning community is experiencing and wondering about, check out the CCV Blog.


Upcoming Learning Community Application is Live!

Our application for our third learning community (class of 2025) to start Fall 2023 – Fall 2025 is live! Please check out our application process here. Below is an overview of the process:

Overview of the Application Process:
  • February 15th : Application goes live.
  • Ongoing: “Letter of Intent” accepted on a rolling basis to be added to direct communication list
  • Ongoing: Complete application with a minimum of one pastor and one lay leader
  • March: Information Sessions Offered
  • April 20: Application deadline submitted online
  • Week of May 16: Selected congregations invited to join the RIH Learning Community
  • June 8: Congregational deadline for accepting the invitation
  • September 2023: RIH Learning Community launches with first large group gathering

Any questions? Reach out to Ellen Weber at or Kristina Fruge at

Groundswell: A Learning Summit Exploring the Call to be Neighbor

Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 9:00pm – 3:00pm at Augsburg University

Co-hosted by Riverside Innovation Hub and MAS Faith Practices & Neighboring Practices

Register here! 

Over the past two years Minneapolis Area Synod’s Faith Practices & Neighboring Practices and Augsburg University’s Riverside Innovation Hub have shared a commitment to accompanying congregations as they discern their call to BE neighbor, rooted in their faith and open to the neighborhood. As the first learning cycle comes to an end and a new one begins, we are coming together to celebrate and learn from this groundswell of people engaged in what it means to be neighbor in the world. We’ll be joined by both congregations and individuals who are doing the work in neighborhoods all over Minnesota.

On June 3rd, we will gather for a day to hear stories from near and far in a variety of mediums, participate in skill-centered interactive workshops for all types of leaders, and practice deep community building. We will be gathering folks that have a growing heart for their neighbor, are curious about who God is and what God is doing in the world and find themselves around people who are shedding some of their fears about taking risks and not afraid to fail.

We invite you to join us as we continue to support and learn from each other on how we are called to be the public church in our neighborhoods!

Previous Learning Communities

To learn more about the faith communities in the Class of 2021, read the summarizing learning report.

RIH Learning Report