Loving Our Neighbors, A Speaker Series on Faith, Culture and Justice
Mondays, April 17 – May 22 & June 5, 7 p.m.
Living Table United Church of Christ
3805 E. 40th St.
Join your friends and neighbors for a series of inspiring talks about how different cultures and religions inform people about seeking justice for all. The ideas will help people from all walks of life understand the common ground they stand on when addressing injustice in the community and the world. April 17-Rabbi Michael Latz, Senior Rabbi at Shir Tikvah Synagogue. He brings to the congregation boundless energy, heartfelt compassion and commitment to fostering an authentic and engaging Jewish experience. April 24-Rev. Danny Givens, Senior Pastor at Above Every Name Ministries, a young, cutting edge congregation that prides itself on being a “Church for the People.” He devotes his time and energy to the Black Lives Matter Movement as clergy liaison and is a founding member of Black Clergy United for Change. May 1-Ms. Antonia Alvarez, from Asamblea De Derechos Civiles, a faith-based organization that seeks to empower the Latino community by advocating for political change. May 8-Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Church of All Nations. May 15-Mr. Ker Yang, St. Paul Public Schools. May 22-Mr. Khalil Houri, Northwest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth. June 5-Imam Abdisalam Adam, Islamic Civic Society of America.
Tuesday, April 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall, lower level)
3637 11th Ave. S.
Holy Name is partnering with community neighbors to offer periodic sessions on topics of interest in our area. Any adult is welcome to attend—no cost. For this session we will view a segment from the PBS series “Constitution USA” hosted by NPR’s Peter Sagal, which explains the Bill of Rights and looks at current controversies over freedom of speech and religion. Neighbor Ouida Crozier will facilitate discussion, and coffee will be served. Bring a friend and get to know your neighbors.
Saturdays, April 22, 29 & May 6, 10 a.m.
Living Spirit United Methodist Church
4501 Bloomington Ave. S.
Here’s another drumming workshop with Chico Perez. No drumming experience is necessary, and the workshop is open to all ages. If you’ve been intrigued but not sure about the commitment, this is the workshop to try. You’ll have an opportunity but not an obligation to use what you’ve learned in the worship service on May 7.
MN Peacebuilding Film Series
Tuesday, April 25, 7 to 9 p.m.
Birchwood Café Community Room
3311 E. 25th St.
Peacebuilding films are typically the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Birchwood Café. Bring your appetites for positive social justice change.
April’s feature film is “DIRT! The Movie,” which brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil. But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, “DIRT! The Movie” is a call to action.
Seating for the film is limited so please register: www.mnpeacefilm.eventbrite.com. If you plan to order food and drink, please arrive at 6:30.
Lunafest for Peace
Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 to 9 p.m. (films); 9 to 11 p.m. (after party)
Corner of E. 38th St. & 42nd Ave. S.
The Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute is hosting its annual fundraising festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges will be the Honorary Lunafest Minneapolis Chairwoman, on hand to welcome attendees to the festivities.
The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.
The Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute sponsors peacebuilding films once a month and frequent workshops on Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR).
Get tickets for the fundraiser at www.lunafest.org/minneapolis0426 or at Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Retailer, 520 Selby Ave., St. Paul 55102.
–Walker Community United Methodist Church
3104 16th Ave. S.
*Thursday, April 27, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (neighborhood preview night); Friday, April 28, 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, April 30, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. ($4/bag)
–Holy Name Church
3637 11th Ave. S.
*Thursday, April 27, 4 to 8 p.m. (preview for $1); Friday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ($2/bag)
Immigration: Justice and Compassion in Uncertain Times
Friday, April 28, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Sabes Jewish Community Center, Beit Knesset
4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park 55416
Or Emet will host Michele Garnett McKenzie, deputy director of The Advocates for Human Rights, who will explore the history of U.S. immigration and refugee policy, the impact of the administrative actions, and the call for a just and compassionate response. A short Humanistic Jewish Sabbath service will precede the program, which is free and open to the public. An Oneg Shabbat reception will follow. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.oremet.org.
Flute and Harp Concert
Sunday, April 30, 4 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S.
The duo collaboration of Linda Chatterton, flute, and Rachel Brandwein, harp, has included concert tours in the U.S. and Hong Kong, and an upcoming CD project. They will perform the Minneapolis premiere of a new work written for them by Hong Kong composer Wendy Lee, American works by Vincent Persichetti, Chen Yi, Alan Hovhaness, Charles Rochester Young, and French composer Eugene Bozza. A reception follows in the church’s Chapel Lounge.
The Constitution and Conscience
Tuesday, May 2, 6 to 8 p.m.
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S.
NSA’s Thomas Drake talks of his decision to inform the public on the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of U.S. citizens.
Ladies’ Salad Luncheon
Saturday, May 6, 12 noon
Bethany Lutheran Church
3901 36th Ave. S.
Wear your best hat and enjoy delicious salads. The speaker is Glenndy Ose. Tickets are $8. Call or email the church to make reservations. (Hats encouraged but not required.)
Visit Sacred Dakota Sites
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meet at Church of St. Peter
1405 Sibley Memorial Hwy., St. Paul 55120
We visit sites located around the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or “meeting place of rivers.”
Tours are led by Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota). The tours offer an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through storytelling and experiencing the sites in silence/meditation/reflection. Over the past two years, more than 500 participants have taken the tour.
Tours are appropriate for adults and older youth. We do our best to accommodate the physical abilities of all attendees. Wheelchairs are welcome as the places we go are on or very near trails. Those walking should expect some uneven surfaces and dirt/gravel paths. Wear sturdy footwear.
There is no cost, but a freewill offering is appreciated. Contributions in the range of $20-$40 are invited to support Healing Minnesota Stories programs and events. To register or for information, contact us at email@example.com (St. Paul Interfaith Network). Suggested reading before the tour is “Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life” by Diane Wilson.