Faith and Food Production
In summer, the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden holds Open Garden Night (weather permitting) every second and fourth Sunday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 3201 22nd Ave. S. The gatherings are welcoming and informal. Live music happens often, and light refreshments are always served amidst garden tours and good conversation. Stop on by, and bring a friend!
The Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden was created to address food production issues—What are we going to eat in 20 years? Who will have access to food? What will the earth produce? Will it be enough? Will it be safe? It is a collaboration between Gandhi Mahal Restaurant; First Nations Kitchen, a ministry of All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission; and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, which mobilizes Minnesota’s faith communities to address climate change.

New Addition to St. Joan of Arc
On Sunday, May 28, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community broke ground for a new Welcome Center. The center will be a 2,000 sq. ft. addition to the existing gymnasium and the project will include replacing the parish’s current parking lot. Construction began June 6 and will probably be finished by mid-October 2017. In the midst of construction, care has been taken to minimize neighborhood disruption. SJA pastor, Father Jim DeBruycker, said, “We value our decades of good relations with our neighbors and we will do everything we can to be sensitive to our neighbors during the construction.”

Lutheran Blind Center
The Lutheran Blind Center was started April 23, 2016, at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3430 E. 51st St. On the third Saturday of every month blind people of the Minneapolis area are invited to Faith Church for a two-hour event, from 12 to 2 p.m.,  that includes a meal, Bible study and fellowship free of charge.
Help is needed. Please consider getting a group from your church or several friends together to help with this project. Please call Carol M. Zemke at 612-799-5782 to help or participate as a guest.

Help Refugees
The International Institute of Minnesota, at 1694 Como Ave. in St. Paul (55108), is helping coordinate the arrival of Syrian refugees and gathering items that will make it a tiny bit easier. If you want to donate, here is a list of what is needed: Baby items: diapers (only new), wipes (only new), baby clothes. Household items: dishes, glassware, silverware, tea kettles, garbage cans (only new), garbage bags, bed linens (laundered), blankets (laundered), towels (laundered), dish towels (laundered), vacuums, laundry baskets. Winter clothing: coats, boots, gloves, hats, scarves. School supplies: pencils, calculators, pens, notebooks, folders, crayons, backpacks. Other items: maps of the city, gift cards (only to Cub Foods, Target, Goodwill), bus cards.

People who come to Minnesota from refugee camps around the world don’t always have weather-appropriate clothes to go to and from classes and jobs. Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services is accepting donations of men’s winter coats, blankets and sheets for full- and twin-sized beds, towels and pots and pans. Other items to donate are toilet paper, laundry detergent, serving bowls and platters, trays and kitchen cooking utensils. Contact Joo Kimat at 612-230-3219 with any questions.

Clean clothes and linens are one of the little blessings of our everyday life. Help newly arriving refugees feel this blessing by donating laundry baskets and laundry detergent. These items can be dropped off at the Minnesota Church Center. For more information please visit

You can help the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services welcome refugees to new lives of freedom and opportunity in Minnesota. You can donate the following needed items: deoderant, toothpaste, alarm clocks, shampoo, baby diapers, twin bed sheets, pot and pan sets.  Donations can be delivered anytime during business hours to the MN Church Center at 122 W. Franklin Ave.  Questions? Contact 612-230-3219 or”

Mark Prophet was the founder of the New Age movement The Summit Lighthouse. Growing up in the 1930s and ’40s, Prophet considered his master to be Jesus. Later he believed that his life was guided by Ascended Masters, including Jesus. He opened his heart, mind and soul to a master from the tradition of the Far East, Morya, who led him in the rigors of discipleship.  In 1957 Prophet published dictations from El Morya, “Pearls of Wisdom,” and The Summit Lighthouse movement was born. After his death, his work was carried on by his wife, Elizabeth Clare Prophet. The fundamental principle of the teachings of the Ascended Masters is that all sons and daughters of God have a divine spark inside themselves, which is their potential to realize the universal Christ within and ascend to God as Jesus did. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Community Teaching Center of The Summit Lighthouse at 6035 Nicollet Ave. S. holds worship meetings every Sunday morning from 10 to 11:30. The sanctuary is very interior, warmly lit and filled with images and statues of Ascended Masters from many different traditions.

Nearly one in five adults experiences mental illness in a given year. Many people don’t seek treatment because they are unaware of what “counts” as mental illness. If you’re living with mental illness, or think you may be, or have friends or family that are suffering—Mental Health Connect is for you. It helps you connect to the mental health services you need. Mental Health Connect is a ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Church with staffing resources through Vail Place. For help call 612-312-3377 or visit

–If you are looking for a place to hold meetings or markets or concerts or family get-togethers, consider a church in your neighborhood. You might pay a small fee and develop some new partnerships. I just visited St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, at Howell and Laurel, and discovered a very beautiful old church (from 1895) with an inner courtyard garden and a warm sanctuary with a 9-foot grand piano. They are very open to sharing their space with neighbors and I’m sure there are many such churches right in your neighborhood.  Something to think about. –Elaine Klaassen

–Mental illness has a presence in every community. One in four adults experience mental illness in a given year; one in 17 live with serious, persistent mental illness. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, at 4100 Lyndale Ave. S., has launched Mental Health Connect, a new ministry open to all. Its goal is to connect people to a full spectrum of mental health services, education and support. Kristina Swanberg is the navigator for Mental Health Connect. She assists individuals and families with finding mental health services and resources, including medical and psychological evaluations, counseling, treatment and integrative therapies. You can reach Kristina at 612-312-3377 or or in person by appointment during office hours, Wednesdays 12 to 4 p.m. and Thursdays/Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  1. Sharon Jaffe says:

    Rosh HaShanah, RoshShekhinah
    Tuesday, September 15, 10 am -12:30 pm followed by an eco-kosher potluck, vegan, vegetarian, fish foods welcome
    1360 W Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis (Shir Tikvah)
    For renewal of self and community in the feminist traditions of our people through Chanting, Dance, Meditation, Poetry, Davenen/Prayer, Torah TIme, Shofar Blasts
    ALL ARE WELCOME Please bring your shofar and your friends

    Rosh HaShanah, organized by Kohenet Sharon Jaffe and supported by Makom Shalom, a Jewish women’s sacred circle.
    Questions or Accessibility Needs…. Please contact Sharon at 612–729 3873 or e-mail Ruth at

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