Benefit Concerts for Volcano Victims in Guatemala
On June 3, a volcano erupted near the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. Further seismic events a few days later caused more devastation, leaving over 60 people dead and nearly 200 missing. Some survivors have lost their entire families. CNN reported, “Towns were engulfed by thick, heavy ash from Sunday’s sudden eruption. Hot gases, rock and ash raced down the volcano, killing dozens, erasing hillside communities, blocking roads and leaving behind steaming debris that rescuers had trouble navigating.”
Local singer/songwriter Chiqui Ryan, originally from Guatemala, is bringing her band, Grupo Luz, to two locations two weeks in a row to perform and raise money for the victims, who are in need of basic necessities. Please share in a spirited evening of beautiful and lively music that will help the poorest of the poor. Other artists performing will be pianist Edgar Delgado, from Bolivia, and singer Dennis Melgar, from El Salvador.
The events will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28, at First Congregational Church, 500 S.E. 8th St., Mpls. 55414, and Saturday, Aug. 4, Church of the Ascension, 1723 Bryant Ave. N., Mpls. 55411. Freewill donations will be gladly accepted at the door.
The Summit Lighthouse
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.
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.
The Dream Continues
In August 2017, the leaders of the four historic black denominations in Minnesota called together the heads of Minnesota’s Mainline Protestant, Evangelical and Catholic communions for a listening session to address the unmitigated racial division that exists within the Minnesota Christian community, as well as the resurgence of hate crimes and divisive rhetoric, both in Minnesota and in the nation. The black leaders invited their white peers to embark upon a reparative process of learning, reform and healing.
From this historic gathering was launched a black-led initiative to rid the Christian Church in Minnesota of racism and white supremacy. At the lead are the Historic Black Church leaders, Bishop Richard D. Howell, Jr. (Pentecostal Assemblies of the World); Rev. Dr. Billy G. Russell (Minnesota State Baptist Convention); Presiding Elder Stacey L. Smith (African Methodist Episcopal Church) and Bishop Fred W. Washington (Church of God in Christ), with support from Rev. Richard Coleman of Hope United CDC. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota Council of Churches, and Transform Minnesota are partners in this ongoing initiative.
A community worship service honoring the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 11, at the Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 – 17th St. N., Mpls. 55403. The event will focus on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s final sermon, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” Fifty years ago, Dr. King declared in his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” sermon, “Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point … We’ve got to see it through.” The Dream Continues.
(This worship service was originally planned for April 3, but a major snowstorm called for a postponement.)
Help kids learn to read by becoming a volunteer tutor in elementary schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Volunteers with Reading Partners Twin Cities make a lifelong impact on children who struggle with reading. Give as little as one hour a week; flexible weekday times are available. Follow a highly effective, structured and easy-to-use curriculum; no formal teaching experience is required. Website: readingpartners.org. Email: volunteerTC@readingpartners.org.
Lutheran Blind Center
The Lutheran Blind Center was started April 23, 2016, at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3430 E. 51st St. On the second 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. Or call Faith Lutheran Church at 612-729-5463. Reservations are requested.
Space is Available
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. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, at Howell and Laurel, for example, is 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 as are the churches in your neighborhood. Something to think about.