Rev. Pamela Ngunjiri to Advance the Vision for Truth and Reparations
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April 6, 2021
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Minnesota Council of Churches
Rev. Pamela Ngunjiri Joins Minnesota Council of Churches
The hiring of a second Co-Director of Racial Justice marks progress towards the Vision of Truth and Reparations
Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota Council of Churches is proud to announce the hiring of Rev. Pamela Ngunjiri as Co-Director of Racial Justice, fulfilling another step of our Vision for Truth and Reparations. Says CEO Rev. Dr. Curtiss Paul DeYoung, “Rev. Ngunjiri’s deep networks developed over years of organizing in Minnesota’s African-American communities and her commitment to the Vision will shape a more just Minnesota.”
Rev. Ngunjiri is a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal denomination, has been a social worker, college professor, and is recently completing a Doctorate in Ministry focused on Racism, White Supremacy and the Christian Church. With eight years of experience pastoring historically Black Churches and decades of involvement in racially, culturally and ethnically diverse communities Rev. Ngunjiri will be able to hit the ground running and immediately move the Vision for Truth and Reparations forward.
“From the moment the Vision for Truth and Reparations was developed we have been eager to add a Co-Director of Racial Justice. I have known of Rev. Ngunjiri for a long time and can’t think of a better Co-Director to work alongside,” said Co-Director of Racial Justice Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs.
“My education and experience, coupled with my passion for working for racial justice, will benefit not just the Minnesota Council of Churches but also individual congregations throughout Minnesota and their communities,” says Rev. Ngunjiri. Her first day in the position will be April 26.
The Vision for Dismantling the Structures and Repairing the Damage of Racism in Minnesota was announced in a press conference in October of 2020 and has been reported on by the Star Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, BBC, CNN, Washington Post and other outlets. The vision includes Truth and Reconciliation commissions; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainings in congregations; and reparations to BIPOC communities for the harm done by white supremacy in Minnesota Learn more here.
About Minnesota Council of Churches
Representing 27 member judicatories and about 1,000,000 Christians, the Minnesota Council of Churches’ mission is to manifest unity in the church and to build the common good in the world. The Minnesota Council of Churches programs include Refugee Services, Respectful ConversationsTM, Racial Justice, Advocacy, Interfaith Relationships and the Minnesota Church Center. For more information, visit www.mnchurches.org