MN Alliance of Peacemakers Peace Essay Contest
The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP) announces the second annual LESLIE REINDL PEACE ESSAY CONTEST for Minnesota high school juniors and seniors. Students will have the opportunity to think and write on one of three questions, ranging from innate cultural biases to developing one’s own peacemaking activity. The full list of topics, guidelines, suggested resources and classroom speakers are available now by contacting Larry Johnson at email@example.com or 612-747-3904.
Completed essays are due February 28, 2017, and the top three winners will be showcased and awarded scholarship prizes of $1,000, $750 and $500 at World Storytelling Day, March 21, 2017, at Landmark Center in St. Paul.
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.
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 http://www.mnchurches.org/refugeeservices/get-involved/donation-needs.
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 mhconnect.org.
–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 firstname.lastname@example.org or in person by appointment during office hours, Wednesdays 12 to 4 p.m. and Thursdays/Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.