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Who I’m Learning From Now: Movement Chaplains

A response to protests
by Lee Ann Pomrenke | April 16, 2021

The world is watching Minneapolis as the Derek Chauvin trial continues and while another police officer shot and killed another Black man in the metro area’s suburbs this week. How are some faith leaders responding in this situation?

“The Twin Cities Interfaith Movement Chaplains are all volunteer clergy, lay leaders, and spiritual practitioners who practice and lead by example in cultural competency, de-escalation, trauma awareness, self-care, and peaceful, prayerful and healing presence.” 

Their model could be adapted to other mass protests and situations. Learn more at their website or from this article highlighting their work, Minnesota ‘crisis mode chaplains’ seek to heal trauma of George Floyd’s death.

About the Author

Lee Ann Pomrenke

Lee Ann M. Pomrenke is an interim pastor in the St. Paul Area Synod of the ELCA, digital content editor for The Faith+Leader, and author of Embodied: Clergy Women and the Solidarity of a Mothering God (Church Publishing, Inc, 2020). She also blogs at

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