Rev. Emily Goldthwaite Fries joins the Beacon staff from Mayflower United Church of Christ where connecting with neighbors at Creekside Commons was a highlight of her five years there. With experience organizing for social and environmental justice in local, state, and international campaigns, Emily has witnessed the powerful role congregations can play in the healing of communities, especially when it comes to housing and homelessness. Emily grew up in Oregon, earned her M. Div. at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, and has worked in ministries in South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, and Palestine and Israel. She now lives with her family in Minneapolis.