Jubilee UMC Freedom Center and Broader Community


Modeled after the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC), MLK New Jerusalem was birthed with the "hope and faith that the organization would focus on what was proclaimed in the fourth chapter of Luke,  to set captives free and to give liberty to those who are oppressed."  We, too, "seek to change the socio-political landscape for those in need as we continue our fervent quest and biblical directive to do justice."

With this calling, MLK New Jerusalem boldly enters into the public square with an engaged prophetic imagination to work with clergy, organizational leaders of all socio-political stripes and "everyday ordinary blues people" to bring about constructive change on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized populations in our community.  To date, we have focused on sexual and domestic violence issues; issues associated with mass incarceration and the "returning citizen" to community; and the ongoing challenges associated with poverty and its intersections with race and class. 

COVID has either slowed or paused some of our work.  But normally, features of our programming at the Freedom Center include Intentional Faith Development (IFD) opportunities for those interested in "fleshing out" their faith.  These include a myriad of opportunities that cannot necessarily all be captured here, but the IFD opportunities are inclusive of the following:  monthly offerings of LeChristopher's Southern Cuisine (and also now the ever popular LeChristopher's Cafe, which is in development phase); Food Pantry and Food Distribution work with various partners, including the Northeast Iowa Food Bank; Catalyst for Community-wide book reads as well as Movie Viewing and Group Discussions on International Human and Civil Rights Subjects; Undoing Racism Workshops (Fall 2021) in partnership with Kaye Englin and Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa; Recruitment and financial assistance for Higher Education opportunities with Rust College, an HBCU in northern Mississippi; and, of course, the annual MLK New Jerusalem Bus Tour (Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma) with attendant educational discussions, personal reflections and curriculum.


We champion, support and/or co-sponsor the following event(s):

Waterloo Freedom Bus TourSM

Presenting Sponsor



Coming again soon Fall/Winter of 2021 - Dates and times to be announced.  Stay tuned!

November 8 - 12, 2021

Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma

Cost $399/person

Checks/Money Orders made out to MLK New Jerusalem with MLK Freedom Bus Tour in the memo line

For more information and registration for the trip,

please contact Shelly Burch or Abraham L Funchess at





Food Distribution in partnership with HyVee, Food Bank of Northeast Iowa and International Paper Company

Saturday, May 1, 2021 

Noon to 2:00 PM

(This is a planned activity every month - Stay tuned!)


COVID Vaccinations

HyVee will administer 2nd Shots (boosters) on

Tuesday, April 6, from 1200 -1600

Standing Partnership with MercyOne onThursdays,

  0800-1200 and 1300-1600

Where:  Jubilee UMC Freedom Center



Tuesday, March 9,16, 23, 30 - 1619 Project Podcasts (Nikole Hannah-Jones) & Discussion

Starts at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Link Presentation

Sponsored by Waterloo & Cedar Falls Human Rights Commissions, EMBRACE, NAACP of Black Hawk County, MLK New Jerusalem, et al.


Thursday, March 25 - Voting Rights March

Starting Downtown Waterloo Lincoln Park, Ending at Waterloo Center for the Arts

Starts at 4:30 PM

(Commemorating Selma to Montgomery 1965 Marches)



Fall 2021 


Ayanna Gregory

"Daughter of the Struggle"

More information forthcoming








MLK53:  Fifty Three Years Since King:  Chaos or Community?

More to come!  Stay tuned.

For more information, you may call 319-504-0081 (or 319-291-4441, Director Funchess)