Category: Religion Calendar

Social Justice Films Ask Viewers to Take Responsibility

BY ELAINE KLAASSEN There is suffering that simply exists because we are alive. And, there is suffering in the world for which we must take responsibility. Many of the films regarding the latter are screened at WAMM offices,  4200 Cedar. On June 25 they showed “The Ghosts of Johnston County,” by a young filmmaker named Eric Juth. The film chronicles […]

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Pastors and their congregation prepare for new ministry focus

BY ELAINE KLAASSEN Back in the old days (when I was growing up) if you wanted to go to church you had to be sure you weren’t struggling with mental illness, addiction, divorce, family squabbles, financial crises, etc., or at least you had to make sure nobody found out about it, so you could put your best face forward. Then […]

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Exodus Lending offers freedom, education, stability

BY ELAINE KLAASSEN A payday loan is a small-dollar, short-term loan. One can get a payday loan at places like Ace Cash Express or PayDay America. The loans are marketed as a short-term solution for an emergency. But the loans are also used by people just desperate to pay rent and buy food. The lenders have little regard for whether […]

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Bishop Fred Willis Washington

Bishop Fred Willis Washington, pastor of New Covenant Church of God in Christ (COGIC), at 42nd and Bloomington, is the first African-American president of the board of directors of the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC). He took office at the beginning of 2015, following the two-year term of Bishop Larry Wohlrabe. The MCC is an ecumenical agency made up of […]

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Lent & Holy Week

Quiet Wednesdays  & Tenebrae Service Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church 1620 E. 46th St. On Wednesdays through April 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the candlelit sanctuary will be open for prayer and meditation with labyrinth and readings. On April 3, Good Friday,  the church holds a Tenebrae service at 6:30 p.m. with stringed instruments and Eucharist. Everyone welcome. Lenten Soup […]

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New Year is time to protect the Earth

War is one of the major enemies of our environment. Our Earth is being destroyed by war. War is waged with toxins like Agent Orange and dioxins, which have left several generations of Vietnamese children with horrible birth defects and American soldiers still suffering. Now Agent Orange rears its ugly head in our American food system. Religious people everywhere long […]

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Everyone should read ‘The Art of Waging Peace’

BY ELAINE KLAASSEN Even if you dismiss out of hand the idea that world peace is possible, you should still listen to what Capt. Paul K. Chappell has to say about it. His hopeful, knowledgeable, lucid and captivating voice gives the pursuit of peace a firm footing. His message is deeply spiritual and deeply practical. Chappell’s unique perspective on war […]

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Could there be a simple solution?

BY ELAINE KLAASSEN At a service organized in Milwaukee by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, as reported by Annysa Johnson in the Milwakee Journal Sentinal (July 17), “worshippers sang ‘Donna Nobis Pacem,’ or ‘Grant us Peace’ in Latin, Hebrew and Arabic. And Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Unitarian clergy offered their prayers and insights into what it means to […]

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Focus on vets

BY AMY BLUMENSHINE At least 22 veterans die by suicide each day. These deaths deserve our community attention. These deaths deserve our societal resolve to address the suffering some veterans experience before more tragic and unnecessary final losses reverberate through our communities. Veterans account for 20% of all suicides. Recently, a group of veterans and family members of vets who […]

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Extending the sun

BY ELAINE KLAASSEN Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church is the first community of faith in Minnesota to host a solar garden (a solar array) that feeds directly into the Xcel Energy electric grid. Bethel’s pastor, Brenda Froisland, says about the project, “When we say we nourish God’s creation, we really mean it!” Eighty-seven solar panels will be installed on the roof […]

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