Events – Religion Calendar

Silver Screen Songs – A Summer Concert Series
Sundays (July 22 & Aug. 19), 1 p.m.
St. Albert the Great
Corner of E. 29th St. at 32nd Ave. S.
Singer Maud Hixson and pianist Rick Carlson will put the spotlight this summer on “Silver Screen Songs,” those beloved melodies sung and danced to by Fred and Judy and Doris, Julie, Gene and so many others. Starting May 20, a series of four monthly concerts featuring songs written by the Gershwins, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter may just have you dancing “Cheek to Cheek” with the “Boy Next Door,” and maybe “As Time Goes By” you’ll say to your partner, “I Only Have Eyes for You.”
$20 at the door, cash or check.


Choir from Norway at Open House
Tuesday, July 24, 11 a.m. (lunch); ll:45 (devotions and announcements); noon to 1 p.m. (performance)
Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
924 E. 21st St.
The Tuesday Open House gatherings are on break until July 24th, at which time the church will host Gullgutane, a community choir from Suldal, Norway. The choir’s performance in the sanctuary is called “Farewell to Mother Norway,” and expresses the sentiments of immigrants on their journey in search of a prosperous life in America. “With eyes towards the future and a heart longing for home, they carried on.” The group’s U.S. tour also includes Westby and Stoughton, Wis., and Decorah, Iowa.
Admission is $7 at the door.


Community Singing of Indian Melodies
Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All Nations Church
1515 E. 23rd St. (at Bloomington Ave.)
The Brothertown Indian Nation and the Twin Cities Shape Note Community present a community singing of Indian Melodies (1845) by Thomas Commuck, a Brothertown Indian of Narragansett descent. Commuck is thought to be the first Native composer to publish in “Euroamerican” notation. His 1845 “Indian Melodies” celebrates the rich tradition of Brothertown hymn singing. The tunebook was published with shaped note heads, signifying a style of early American singing still practiced in shape note communities today. Songs from “Indian Melodies” will be interwoven with stories and histories of the Brothertown Indian Nation. All are welcome—singers and non-singers alike! Questions? Contact indianmelodies1845@gmail.com.


Benefit Concert for Victims of Volcano in Guatemala
Saturday, July 28,  7:30 to 9 p.m.
First Congregational Church
500 S.E. 8th St., Mpls. 55414 AND
Saturday, Aug. 4, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Church of the Ascension
1723 Bryant Ave. N., Mpls. 55411
Grupo Luz, headed by local Guatemalan singer Chiqui Ryan, is performing with pianist Edgar Delgado and singer Dennis Melgar to raise money to help Guatemalans in need of basic necessities after the June 3 volcanic eruption. Please share in a spirited evening of beautiful and lively music that will help the poorest of the poor.  Freewill donations will be accepted at the door.


Immigration in Minnesota & Building a Community of Hope, Support and Action
Thursday, Aug. 2, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul 55105
Join us for an evening unpacking the current realities around immigration in Minnesota with John Keller of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM). Freewill offering goes to support the ILCM and their crucial work in our community at this critical time. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Justice Commission Immigration Task Group and the Association of Archdiocesan Social Justice Staff.


FROM JULY 2018

Fundraiser for Victims of Volcano in Guatemala
Saturday, July 7,  7:30 to 9 p.m.
Cristo Rey Auditorium
2924 4th Ave. S.
Grupo Luz, headed by local Guatemalan singer Chiqui Ryan, is performing with pianist Edgar Delgado to raise money to help Guatemalans in need of basic necessities after the recent volcanic eruption. Please share in a spirited evening of beautiful and lively music that will help the poorest of the poor.  Freewill donations will be accepted at the door.


Church in the Park
Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Phelps Park
709 E. 39th St.
Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will present Church in the Park. Enjoy free food, games and entertainment. Please bring your family, and tell your neighbors. All are welcomed.


The Gandhian Iceberg
Sunday, July 8, all day
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul 55106
Chris Moore-Backman offers a day-long interactive exploration of Gandhi’s theory and practice of nonviolence, highlighting its holistic balance of personal transformation, constructive program (the work of social uplift and renewal), and direct, bold resistance to empire. Through small group work, personal reflection and inquiry, mini-lectures, video segments and readings, participants will wrestle with the radical nature of Gandhi’s social change vision, and consider what it has to teach us about the living of our lives, and the building up of principled-strategic movements in the present-day United States.
Moore-Backman is the author of “The Gandhi Iceberg: A Nonviolence Manifesto for the Age of the Great Turning.” He has worked with a variety of social justice, human rights and peace organizations, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams and the Alternatives to Violence project. He has served on international peace teams in Colombia and Palestine, and is the producer of “Bringing Down the New Jim Crow,” a radio documentary series.
The workshop will be limited to 40 participants, and Chris would like to work with serious nonviolence practitioners who are committed to love for all. For more information contact Jean Fagerstrom: jenaluna123@gmail.com or 612-423-2926.


Killing Gaza
​Monday, ​July 9, 7 p.m.
WAMM
4200 Cedar Ave. S.
In this documentary, while giving voice to the pain of a people under siege, Cohen and Blumenthal also highlight Gazans’ inspiring acts of creative resistance, from painting to break-dancing to literature, that allow them to maintain their humanity in the face of deprivation and war.
The McGill Daily calls it “A moralizing and heart-wrenching call to action.” Cosponsored by the WAMM Middle East and Movie Committees ​and the Anti-War Committee​.
Movies are always FREE and open to the public. ALL ARE WELCOME! Free popcorn!


Vacation Bible Study
Monday – Friday, July 9-13, 5 p.m. (registration); 5:30 (dinner);  6:30 (devotion); 6:50 (classes)
Macedonia Baptist Church
3801 1st Ave. S., Mpls. 55409
We would like to invite the community to “Game On.” As kids get ready for the big game, they will learn that the goal is not competing in their own strength because God has already equipped them with everything they need. For more information call 612-827-4608 or email mbcsecretary@outlook.com.


Healing and Recovery Service
Wednesday, July 11, 7 p.m.
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4101 37th Ave. S.
Stop by for uplifting music and inspirational messages of hope and healing. The gatherings are free. All are welcome.


Summer Bingo-Rama
Wednesdays, July 11, 18 & 25, 6 to 9 p.m. (Social Hall)
St. Albert the Great
Corner of E. 29th St. at 32nd Ave. S.
Enjoy affordable family fun in the accessible, air-conditioned lower level. The Bingo Café opens at 5:30 p.m.


Racial Justice Book/Podcast Study: Seeing White
Wednesdays, June 6 to July 18 (skipping July 4), 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
19th & Nicollet
The Racial Justice Task Force has been hosting a six-part podcast that looks at such topics as how race was created, history of racism from the very beginning of this country, institutional racism, our treatment of Native Americans and more.
We have been listening to the podcasts together and then discussing them. (In case you missed a session or two, they are available online at Scene On Radio.) And missing a session is not a problem; the sessions can stand alone. There is one more session left, on July 18.
More information  at 612-871-7400 or plymouth.org.


FROM JUNE 2018

Bach Day
Saturday, June 2, 4 p.m. & Sunday, June 3, 5 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S.
Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts presents two public events in association with the Twelfth Annual “Bach Tage.” Every year during a two-day convocation, singers (and listeners) from anywhere and of any age gather to explore, rehearse, hear and learn about the music of Lutheranism’s greatest composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.
Two solo cantatas by Bach will be performed on Saturday afternoon. At Evening Prayer on Sunday afternoon, Bach’s Cantata 161, “Komm, du susse Todesstunde,” as well as Andreas Hammerschmidt’s “Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein reines Herz” will be incorporated into the service.
A reception in the Chapel Lounge follows Evening Prayer. Both events are free and open to the public.


Musical Events at Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (vocal competition); 2 p.m. (winners’ recital)

Three winners will be chosen from the final round of the 2018 Edvard Grieg Society Voice Competition. The competition and the recital are both free and open to the public. There are two divisions: ages 18 – 23 and ages 24 – 35.
Sunday, June 10, 2:30 p.m. (piano concert)
Award-winning 16-year-old Nita Qiu will perform a benefit piano recital for the China Service Ventures. She will play works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Ginastera and Chopin. She was named a Guest Artist on the prestigious National Public Radio’s program “From the Top.”
China Service Ventures helps enable many of the poorest of the poor children in Henan Province to attend middle and high school, thus hopefully breaking the family poverty cycle. CSV also provides an opportunity for Christian pastors in China to study the Bible.
More info at 612-874-0716.


Silver Screen Songs – A Summer Concert Series
Sundays (June 10, July 22 & Aug. 19), 1 p.m.
St. Albert the Great
Corner of E. 29th St. at 32nd Ave. S.
Singer Maud Hixson and pianist Rick Carlson will put the spotlight this summer on “Silver Screen Songs,” those beloved melodies sung and danced to by Fred and Judy and Doris, Julie, Gene and so many others. Starting May 20, a series of four monthly concerts featuring songs written by the Gershwins, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter may just have you dancing “Cheek to Cheek” with the “Boy Next Door,” and maybe “As Time Goes By” you’ll say to your partner, “I Only Have Eyes for You.”
$20 at the door, cash or check.


Summer Opportunities at Pilgrim Lutheran Church
3901 1st Ave. S.
612-825-5375
*Vacation Bible School
Monday – Thursday, June 11 – 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Immigrant Solidarity Action Vigil and Courtwatch
Tuesday, June 12, 7:30 a.m.
Whipple Federal Building
1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling 55111
In the news we see the deportation machinery ramping up in its intensity and cruelty, now intentionally separating children from parents who are seeking asylum. Please join people of all faiths in ICOM (Interfaith Coalition on Immigration) as we lift up prayers and songs in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors who are experiencing deportation and call for just and humane treatment for all. All are sacred! All are welcome! Keep families together!
At 8:30 a.m. after the vigil, we will invite up to 10 people to stay until 10:30 a.m. to witness immigration hearings and the tragedy heaped on our communities by the immigration courts. More details will be provided at the vigil. Sponsored by St. Joan of Arc Parish Welcome the Stranger Ministry.


Neighborhood Night: Jane Goodall
Wednesday, June 13, 7 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall/lower level)
3637 11th Ave. S.
Join us as we celebrate nature by viewing and discussing this newly released documentary on Jane Goodall.  Come, learn and get to know neighbors!  SPECIAL FOR JUNE:  Bring a small snack to share—we’ll provide the beverages!   Get to know your neighbors. Bring a friend! No cost/no registration. For more info: www.churchoftheholyname.org, 612-724-5465.


Healing and Recovery Service with Barbecue
Wednesday, June 13, 6 p.m. (barbecue) & 7 p.m. (service)
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4101 37th Ave. S.
612-722-9527
Stop by for a great barbecue followed by uplifting music and inspirational messages of hope and healing. The gatherings are free. All are welcome.


Coming to the Table (CTTT)
Third Saturdays, (next meeting is June 16), 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sumner Library
611 Van White Memorial Blvd., Mpls. 55411
At Coming to the Table (CTTT, www.comingtothetable.org), descendants of those who were enslaved and descendants of slave owners and all those interested in engaging safe constructive dialogue, come together to envision the U.S. as a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal the racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, and the racism it continues to spawn. Join Peacebuilding Associate Trainer Crixell Shell and others invested in transforming trauma into nonviolent power.
Since seats are limited, please sign up for this free event at www.cttt-mpls.eventbrite.com. Questions? Email info@mnpeace.org.


Vacation Bible School
Tuesday – Thursday, June 19 – 21, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St.
The VBS will begin with a light meal at 5:30 followed by God’s Word, music, games, food and crafts. Children 4 – 11 years old are invited to attend. Free for all to come and have fun. An offering will be taken each night to support Trinity First. Call 612-729-5463 to register. Call Today!


Annual Rummage Sale/Reuse/Recycle
Thursday & Friday, June 21 & 22, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. to12 p.m.
St. Albert the Great Catholic Church
Corner of E. 29th St. at 32nd Ave. S., Mpls. 55406
Handicapped accessible entrance is behind the statue of St. Albert and the frog on East 29th. Access to the gym is through the rear parking lot, behind 2836 33rd Ave. S.
Join us for our huge, annual rummage sale for an opportunity to recycle and reuse! Items include clothing, linens, housewares, furniture and décor, yard and garden, “Oval Room,” jewelry, toys, books and much more. Large items will be in the gym.
June 23 is Bargain Bag Day—$5 or $3 per bag depending on size—does not include gym, jewelry or “Oval Room” items.


Summer Opportunities at Pilgrim Lutheran Church
3901 1st Ave. S.
612-825-5375
*Weekly Wednesday Bible Camp
Wednesdays June 20 – Aug. 8, 8 a.m. to noon
Free snack and lunch.
Bible Camp is for 4-year-olds to 6th graders.  Register at www.pilgrimonline.net.
*Annual Rummage Sale
Thursday – Saturday, June 21 – 23.


Outdoor Worship
Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St.
The service will be held outdoors on the lawn, weather permitting. Please bring your own chair. Fellowship to follow.


Minnesota Peacebuilding Film Series
Tuesday, June 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
Birchwood Cafe Community Room
3311 E. 25th St.
Peace building films instigate timely nonviolent action.
The documentary “Poverty, Inc.” shows that the West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry–the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the resettle have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, the film unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?
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. Films are typically screened the fourth Tuesday of each month from January to March and May to October at the Birchwood Cafe. Bring your appetites for positive social change.


STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies, Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day
Wednesday, June 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Faith Mennonite Church
2720 E. 22nd Street
STAR-Lite is a single-day evidence-based training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality.  STAR-Lite is for individuals who wish to learn the basics of becoming trauma-informed and resilience-oriented within a shorter time frame than the 4.5 day STAR Training.  Everyone is welcome.  Optional 6.5 hours of Continuing Education (CEs) approved for nurses, teachers, and mental healthcare professionals and 5.5 hours CLEs for attorneys for an additional $35.  Early STAR-Lite tuition: $75. Standard tuition: $99. Group discounts and scholarship assistance are available.  Space is limited to 40. Preregistration is required. For details and registration: https://sljun272018.eventbrite.com. Star-Lite Training is sponsored by the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.


FROM MAY 2018

Walker UMC Helps Celebrate KFAI’s 40th Birthday
Tuesday, May 1, 10 a.m.
Walker Community United Methodist Church
3104 16th Ave. S.
For its 40th year on the air, KFAI returns to its roots for a day of broadcasting from the (rebuilt in 2013) Walker Community United Methodist Church, this time from the church’s sanctuary with a 900-watt stereo/HD signal. Starting at 10 a.m. on May 1, with Nicholas David and Jackson Buck’s “East of Here West of Now” and continuing through Ellen Stanley’s “Womenfolk Radio Show,” the broadcast day will be open to the public and filled with special guests and well-wishers.


Pipelines, Power and Protest
Wednesday, May 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Faith Mennonite Church
2720 E. 22nd St.
Faith Mennonite and Emmanuel Mennonite churches are sponsoring a spring community forum to consider the questions: What is happening with oil pipelines in Minnesota? Where is the oil coming from and where is it going? How can we increase our knowledge and involvement with this issue? How are our financial investments involved? Panelists are Brent Murcia, from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, and John Stoezs,  a member of Faith Mennonite Church.
We will be showing excerpts from the documentary “First Daughter and the Black Snake,” which is about Winona LaDuke and her work resisting pipelines.
We are currently seeking co-sponsors. For more information call 952-929-0909.


Healing and Recovery Service
Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4101 37th Ave. S.
Stop by for uplifting music and inspirational messages of hope and healing. The gatherings are free. All are welcome.


Fare For All
Wednesday, May 9, 3:30 to 5:30
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2730 E. 31st St.
Each month, Holy Trinity hosts Fare For All, an organization that buys fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meat in bulk to save buyers up to 40% off grocery store prices. Fare For All is community supported and open to everyone. The more people who shop, the better.


The Dream Continues, Martin Luther King Community Worship Service
Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Basilica of Saint Mary
88 – 17th St. N., Mpls. 55403
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.
This community worship service was originally planned for April 3, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 1968, but a major snowstorm called for a postponement. The event on May 11 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 “Mountaintop” sermon, “Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point … We’ve got to see it through.” The Dream Continues.


Natasha and the Coat
April 21 to May 13
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul 55116
“Natasha and the Coat” is the last play in the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company’s 2017-18 season. Natasha has just begun a fashion internship in an atelier in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When she spills coffee on a vintage fur coat, she takes it to a dry cleaner where the work of Yossi, an Hasidic Jew, results in beautiful restoration. As Natasha brings more and more items for cleaning, the very different lives of these two 20-somethings intersect, opening up possibilities for what their futures may hold. Join MJTC for the world premiere of Deborah Stein’s poignant play about independence, self-exploration and defining your dreams. Ticket information is at 651-647-4315 or www.mnjewishtheatre.org.


Rethinking Incarceration
Monday, May 14, 7 p.m.
Crosstown Covenant Church
5540 30th Ave. S.
Dominique DuBois Gilliard will advocate for “justice that restores” in this timely program addressing one of the gravest problems in this country. The United States has more people locked up in jails, prisons and detention centers than any other country in the history of the world. Mass incarceration has become a lucrative industry, and the criminal justice system is plagued with bias and unjust practices. And the Church has unwittingly contributed to the problem.
Gilliard will explore the history and foundation of mass incarceration, examining Christianity’s role in its evolution and expansion. He will then show how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles, offering creative solutions and highlighting innovative interventions.
Gilliard is the director of racial righteousness and reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). The Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.” An ordained minister, Gilliard has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago and Oakland. With a bachelor’s degree in African-American studies, a master’s in history and a master of divinity degree, he is a widely published author.


Neighborhood Night: Wounded Knee
Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall/lower level)
3637 11th Ave. S.
Join us as we honor Native American History Month in Minnesota with a showing and discussion of the American Experience documentary: “We Shall Remain/America Through Native Eyes—Wounded Knee.” This is the story of the economic and political struggles that led to the American Indian Movement and the 1973 siege at Wounded Knee. Coffee and discussion included. Get to know your neighbors. Bring a friend! No cost/no registration. For more info: www.churchoftheholyname.org, 612-724-5465.


Free Clothing and Food
Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
2600 E. 38th St.
This is a community outreach and everyone is welcome.


Silver Screen Songs – A Summer Concert Series
Sundays (May 20), 1 p.m.
St. Albert the Great
Corner of E. 29th St. at 32nd Ave. S.
Singer Maud Hixson and pianist Rick Carlson will put the spotlight this summer on “Silver Screen Songs,” those beloved melodies sung and danced to by Fred and Judy and Doris, Julie, Gene and so many others. Starting May 20, a series of four monthly concerts featuring songs written by the Gershwins, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter may just have you dancing “Cheek to Cheek” with the “Boy Next Door,” and maybe “As Time Goes By” you’ll say to your partner, “I Only Have Eyes for You.”
$20 at the door, cash or check.
Please join us as we go back in time to love songs from the heart.


Prayer Service
Wednesday, May 23, 12 Noon
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St.
This event is organized by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Luncheon will follow the service. All are welcome.


Minnesota Peacebuilding Film Series
Tuesday, May 29, 7 to 9 p.m.
Birchwood Café Community Room
3311 E. 25th St.
Peacebuilding films are typically the fourth Tuesday of each month. Bring your appetites for positive social justice change.
May’s feature film is “Anita: Speaking Truth to Power.” An entire country watched as a poised, beautiful African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual harassment and power in the workplace that resonates still today.
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.


FROM APRIL 2018

Human Rights Breakfast Fundraiser
Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. to noon
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
1660 W. County Road B, Roseville 55113
This breakfast, provided by members of the New Brighton Oak Grove Community, will be an opportunity to have a delicious authentic Mexican breakfast, meet and hear the stories of some of the residents of the Oak Grove community, and help raise legal defense funds for residents who are being detained by ICE.
Oak Grove Mobile Home Park, has had approximately 13 of its residents taken by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—the Department of Homeland Security. Five of our neighbors have already been deported and the rest of the cases are in court processes.
Prior to these actions by ICE, a group of residents organized to resist the years of illegal and unjust business practices by the Oak Grove Mobile Home Park. The group is called Sembrando Poder and is led mostly by women.
In January the group held a vigil at Christo Rey to lift up the current issues at Oak Grove and the fear around ICE’s actions. Per the group, “The goal was to come out of the shadows, tell our stories of abuse, denounce injustice and demand our rights as humans. We are demanding justice for the welfare of our children.”
After the vigil, the husband of one of the group’s main organizers was grabbed by ICE as he came to work. When ICE approached this man they asked him if he was the husband of the organizer who had spoken at the vigil.


Tergar Meditation Community Grand Opening
Saturday, April 7, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (welcome program 4 p.m.)
Fisk Building, Suite 210
1621 E. Hennepin Ave.,  Mpls. 55414
Don’t just do something, sit there!Tergar will open its doors to anyone interested in learning more about meditation, and particularly the style of meditation developed by Tibetan meditation master and best-selling author, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. The community is hosting a  grand opening event in its new location in Minneapolis, the Southeast Como neighborhood. Attendees will have the chance to experience a guided meditation session and get acquainted with the community, including its Minneapolis/St. Paul instructors, staff, leaders, volunteers and members .  Refreshments will be served.
About Tergar
The mission of the Tergar Meditation Community is to make the ancient practice of meditation accessible to the modern world. Tergar Meditation Community supports individuals, practice groups and meditation communities around the world in learning to live with awareness, compassion and wisdom. Our online and in-person programs are accessible to people of all cultures and faiths, and support a lifelong path toward the application of these principles in everyday life.
Parking/Transit
There is ample parking at the back of the Fisk Building or in the parking lot located across the street to the west of the building. MetroTransit bus routes 3 and 4 have regular service, with stops about 1/3 mile from the center; route 61 operates weekdays/Saturdays with stops along E. Hennepin Ave.


Trinity Lutheran Congregation’s 150th Anniversary
Sunday, April 8
Augsburg University (Hoversten Chapel)
Riverside & 22nd Aves.
The church will celebrate its rich and colorful history, which includes its place today as a multicultural center on the West Bank.  The special day begins with worship at Augsburg University’s Hoversten Chapel. Bishop Ann Svennungsen of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA is preaching, and a “pick-up” choir, which will rehearse at 10 a.m. right before the service, is singing. Anyone who would like to participate is welcome. Afterwards an Eritrean lunch will be served. A brief program in the Atrium next to the Chapel follows. Please email intern@trinitylutherancongregation.org to RSVP if you would like to attend the lunch.


Dignity Not Detention Vigil
Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 a.m.
Whipple Federal Building
1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling 55111
The Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) organizes vigils at the Whipple Federal Building every second Tuesday. It is a solidarity action vigil and courtwatch. WELCOME THE STRANGER! NO MORE IMMIGRANT PRISONS! This vigil will be sponsored by Congregation Shir Tikvah, Mt. Zion Temple and Congregation Beth Jacob. The “Passover” commemorates the liberation of the Jews from slavery. Join us as people of faith who demand the liberation of all of our immigrant sisters and brothers from their captivity in ICE prisons and from the deportation system. After the vigil, we will invite up to 10 people to gather and prepare to attend the court session from 9 to 10:30 a.m. More details will be provided at the vigil.
Please be with us as we take a stand as people from all faith traditions, in the name of all that is sacred. All are welcome!
Mission statement: “Interfaith Coalition on Immigration engages in courageous spiritual, multicultural action in solidarity with immigrants and refugees to achieve justice and stand up to systems of oppression.”
For more information, visit the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) Facebook page.


Fare For All
Wednesday, April 11, 3:30 to 5:30
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2730 E. 31st St.
Each month, Holy Trinity hosts Fare For All, an organization that buys fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meat in bulk to save buyers up to 40% off grocery store prices. Fare For All is community supported and open to everyone. The more people who shop, the better.


Spring Salad Luncheon
Saturday, April 14, 11:30 a.m.
Church of the Holy Name
3637 11th Ave. S.
Salads, bars, door prizes and entertainment provided by Machinery Hill, a local band. $10 admission at the door. Sponsored by the CCW. For further information call 612-724-5465.


Neighborhood Night: One Survivor Remembers
Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall/lower level)
3637 11th Ave. S.
Join us as we honor Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a showing and discussion of the Academy Award-winning documentary “One Survivor Remembers.” This tells the story of author and human rights advocate Gerda Klein.  Coffee and discussion included. Get to know your neighbors.Bring a friend! No cost/no registration. For more info: www.churchoftheholyname.org, 612-724-5465.


Legendary Spring Rummage Sale
Thursday, April 19, Neighborhood Preview Sale, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, April 20, 1 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, $4 Bag Sale, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Walker Community United Methodist Church
3104 16th Ave. S.
Walker Church holds a rummage sale every spring and fall. High-class junk/Recycled treasure/Amazing bargains.


Strikepoint Handbell Choir
Sunday, April 22, 4 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S.
Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts presents a concert by Strikepoint—a church-based handbell ensemble from Duluth, Minn. Led by player-coach Bill Alexander, this 11-member group performs in a directorless ensemble setting.  College students and community members have joined with selected ringers from the five bell choirs at Duluth’s First United Methodist Church to provide a consistently high level of musicianship since Strikepoint began in 1984. Strikepointers are often high school students, sometimes as young as 13.
A reception follows the concert in the church’s Chapel Lounge. The event is free and open to the public; a freewill offering may be received to support the Music and Fine Arts program.


Peacebuilding Films at Lunafest
Wednesday, April 25
Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Ave. S.
Enjoy nine films by, for, about women while raising funds for Peacebuilding. Join us for a night of inspirational films and supporting Peacebuilding. Our Honorary LUNAFEST Chairwoman will be Patty Wetterling.  She is a champion of Peacebuilding’s mission and will help us kick off this inspiring, thought-provoking evening of fun! Tickets are on sale for LUNAFEST: Minneapolis! at www.mnpeace.org.


Free, Fun, Informal Women’s Day
Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St. (kitty-corner from the Nokomis Library)
Faith Women will host a day of Bible study and mission Service projects in place of our traditional spring zone rally. There will be a variety of projects, so anyone can participate. If you can’t spend the whole day, come for an hour or two. If you have worn-out white sheets, we can use them to make bandage strips for Global Health Ministries (GHM).  Thrivent Action dollars will be used to buy items for hospice kits for GHM. Bring a bag lunch and join us for a fun day of service and Bible study. Offerings will go toward shipping costs.


Saints and Servants: Songs of Women
Sunday April 29, 7 p.m.
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
900 Summit Ave., Saint Paul 55105
EVENT WEBSITE https://www.facebook. com/events/1234401656694615/
A rich tapestry of music by women and about women, this concert examines the often mundane but holy work that women do and have done as mothers and daughters for centuries. Lumina is a professional women’s ensemble dedicated to the mystery, beauty and hope inherent in music. Lumina’s programming draws from a rich well of musical sources, including Medieval chants, Renaissance motets, folk song traditions, and works by living and local composers. The ensemble’s goal is to share the spiritual experience of music through performance, participation and education. Based in the Twin Cities, Lumina has collaborated with faith communities, schools and choral organizations to present concerts, special church services and educational workshops.
All tickets are general admission. They will also be available at the door and can be paid for via cash, check, or credit card. For more information, call St. Paul’s UCC at 651-224-5809 or email spoffice@comcast.net.
Parking is available in a lot behind the church or on Summit Avenue and side streets.


FROM MARCH 2018

War Tax Resistance
Sunday, March 4, 3 to 5 p.m.
Faith Mennonite Church (chapel/education wing entrance)
2720 E. 22nd St.
612-375-9483
Are you curious about War Tax Resistance?  If you are uncomfortable with the percentage of income taxes that pays for war and military, meet with a group of Twin Cities War Tax Resisters, to learn, support each other and talk about next steps. Join us!


Homeless Day on the Hill
Tuesday, March 6
Advocates from around Minnesota will meet at the Capitol to advocate for the needs of homeless people in the state. Among other things, you will be able to advocate for the 2018 Homes For All legislation, which, if passed, will provide funding for affordable housing and homelessness prevention throughout the state. To learn more, visit www.mnhomelesscoalition.org/advocate/.


Fare for All and the Shoe Bus
Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2730 E. 31st St.
In addition to the standard fresh fruit, veggies and variety of frozen meat packages, Fare For All will offer a Brunch Box, which includes ham, bacon, sausage, blueberries, strawberries, cinnamon rolls, peppers, hash browns and shredded cheese. In addition to shopping or as an alternative, consider a $20/month gift card to benefit a Longfellow student.
The Shoe Bus will be parked outside of Holy Trinity in conjunction with Fare For All. It offers new and gently used shoes. Prices are suggested donation amounts and range between $2 and $10.


A Film About Immigration
Sunday, March 11, 12 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls. 55403
“Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey” is a profound look at the human face of the immigrant. Drawing on the insights of Pulitzer Prize winning photographers, theologians, church and congressional leaders, activists, musicians and the immigrants themselves, this film exposes the places of conflict, pain and hope along the U.S.-Mexico border. It is a reflection on the human struggle for a more dignified life and the search to find God in the midst of that struggle.  Plymouth’s Immigrant Welcoming Work Group will host a follow-up discussion featuring Lily Percy, the executive producer of On Being Studios. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Latino USA, WNYC’s Soundcheck, and Esquire. In 2012, she received the Religion Newswriters Association Radio/Podcast Religion Report of the Year Award for her profile of four Roman Catholic Womenpriests.  Adults and interested youth are invited to join us in the Jackman Room to see this powerful film and to join the discussion.


Dignity Not Detention Vigil and Courtwatch
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 a.m.
Whipple Federal Building
1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling 55417
ICOM, Interfaith Coalition on Immigration, will hold a vigil with special guests John Bruning and Kim Hunter, attorneys for Abdulmalik Ibrahim and Abdi Hakim Mohamed, and Mohamud Hassan of the Somali Family Life Center.
On Dec. 7, a deportation flight with 92 Somalis, including approximately 30 from Minneapolis, was bound for Somalia but was sent back to the U.S. Detainees were shackled together for 48 hours, including for 20 hours in Senegal. ICE agents in charge of the flight committed horrible human rights violations. Join us as we learn the current status of this class-action case, and what we can do to support all Somali immigrants in the deportation system, and lift our voices to renounce the inhumane acts that happen in the Whipple Building in our name.
After the vigil we invite a small group of people to stay until 10:30 to witness immigration hearing and the tragedy heaped on our communities by the immigration courts. Sing, Pray, Support—All are welcome! Visit ICOM on Facebook.


Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) March Meeting
Thursday, March 15, 6:30 pm
The Friends Meeting House
1725 Grand Ave., St Paul 55105
Anyone who would like to help support immigrants and refugees is welcome to become involved. The meeting starts with a reflection on the vigils held at Elk River/Sherburne Jail Saturday, March 10, and at Fort Snelling Tuesday, March 6, followed by planning for the April vigil. There will be a report from the Detainee/Family Support sub-committee; a discussion of the election of county commissioners sympathetic to the needs of immigrants and refugees; recruitment for Muslim Day on the Hill, Tuesday, March 20, with signup at 8 a.m.; and an update on DACA Support.


Minnesota Peacebuilding Film Series
Tuesday, March 20, 7 to 9 p.m.
Birchwood Café Community Room
3311 E. 25th St.
Peacebuilding films are typically the fourth Tuesday of each month, but in March the film will be screened a week early.  Bring your appetites for positive social justice change.
Inspired by a curiosity about our country’s careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi-award-winning documentary “DIVE!” follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars’ worth of good, edible food—resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerrilla journalism and 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.


World Storytelling Day
Tuesday, March 20
Landmark Center
75 5th St. W., St Paul 55102
If I can hear your story, it’s harder for me to hate you. That is the premise of World Storytelling Day. The World Theme this year is “Wise Fools.” See www.freewebs.com/worldstorytellingday/. The event at the Landmark Center is titled “Wisdom on the Folly of War,” with four veterans, Nothando Zulu (Black Storyteller’s Alliance) and Phuoc Tran (first Minnesota Vietnamese-American librarian). Our event rejects the Burns/Novick documentary premise that “The war in Vietnam was started in good faith, but mistakes were made.” The stories of March 20 will explore the idea that the War in Vietnam would have ended before it started if we had truly followed the principles and values we say we believe.  Those precepts include the Constitution, the military’s Geneva Conventions and Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Church’s Just War Theory, ethical business practice, and spiritual principles as reflected in Martin Luther King’s speech on Vietnam. For more information contact Larry Johnson, larryjvfp@gmail.com, author of “SIXTY-ONE” (61 stories calling for less war, fewer veterans and no arguing on veteran care) at www.shipwrecktbooks.com.


Gifts of the Dark Wood
Midweek Lenten Dinner and Worship
Wednesdays through March 21 (dinner 6 to 6:30 p.m.; worship 7 to 7:30 p.m.)
Wednesdays through March 21, (dinner 6 to 6:30 p.m.; worship 7 to 7:30 p.m.)
A special feature of these Lenten gatherings is the book study: “Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers)” by Dr. Eric Elnes, a guidebook for spirituality in an uncertain world.  The author is a UCC pastor in Nebraska with a doctorate from Princeton. The book was born of his experiences, both personal and pastoral, wrestling with tough times in the parish and with tough passages in scripture. He writes about things we traditionally have considered challenges to faith through a lens of hope, encouragement and honesty.
Mystical, poetic and filled with biblical scholarship, the book assures you that God can most likely be found in the Dark Wood, a place where you may feel uncertain, empty, lost, tempted and alone. The writer says these feelings can be your greatest assets. This is a book for those who feel awkward in their search for God.
Services will include excerpts from the book, scripture and David Cherwien’s liturgical setting for Lenten worship, “Stay With Us, Lord.”
See nokomisheights.org for details.


Neighborhood Night: The Refugee Experience
Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall/lower level)
3637 11th Ave. S.
Local refugee speakers will share their experience and information on refugees in our area.  Come and learn more about these neighbors. Coffee and discussion included. Bring a friend! No cost/no registration. For more info: www.churchoftheholyname.org, 612-724-5465.


St. Albert’s Fish Dinners
Fridays of Lent, Through March 23, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Bingo 5:30 to 7:30)
St. Albert the Great Catholic Church
E. 29th St. & 32nd Ave. S.
The fish dinners, a seasonal fixture in the Twin Cities, have come a long way since they started a  little over 20 years ago—when they were frying fish in two turkey fryers in a garage and running up and down two flights of stairs to bring it to the dinner. Now they have a full kitchen on the same floor as the serving line. The menu is responsibly-sourced fried and baked tilapia, with mashed or hash brown potatoes, meatless spaghetti, cole slaw, rolls, soup samples, homemade desserts and beverages.
According to Brian Arvold, who now helms what he calls the “three-ring circus,” the introduction of sustainably-sourced tilapia has been an important recent development. The fish is grown in highly controlled farms in contained areas in pristine monitored water where they are fed a specific diet consisting of beans, cereals and grains—they don’t eat the algae, mud or shallow-pond waste wild-caught fish are exposed to. The rapidly harvested and processed fish contain no growth hormones, mercury or antibiotics. The company uses its profits to provide hospitals and schools for its thousands of employees in the fish farming communities. The tilapia farm company also commits to zero waste. Every part of the fish is used for something.
Another example of the church’s environmental consciousness can be seen in its recycling and composting operations at the dinners, which they estimate will serve between 7,000 and 8,000 people.
The fish dinners are the main fundraiser for St. Albert the Great. Everybody helps, members and non-members alike, just because it’s so much fun. And everyone enjoys the star power and humor of Father Joe Gillespie as master of ceremonies and champion raffle ticket promoter.
Tickets are $12 for adults and seniors; $6 for children 6-12. Kids 5 and under eat free.


 

The Way of the Cross
Sunday, March 25, 9 to 10 a.m.
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S.
This is an all-ages Palm Sunday Event devoted to all things related to the cross, from hot cross buns and cross crafts to a wall of crosses from around the world and a cross walk that examines what Jesus did for us. Bring a cross from home that holds special significance to share with others in attendance. Followed by palm procession and worship at 10 am.


Native American Film Series
Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m.
Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall
715 22nd Ave. S., Mpls. 55454
Join Shirley Sneve (Vision Maker Media) along with John Gwinn, Binesi Means and Tiana LaPointe (MIGIZI Communications) for an evening of short films focused on Native Americans’ experiences and perspectives on law enforcement, racism and healing. There will be discussion following the films. Free and open to the public.


FROM FEBRUARY 2018

Religious Socialists Branch of TC DSA Meeting
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m.
Common Roots Café (community room)
2558 Lyndale Ave. S.
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is a nationwide socialist organization, not a political party, with three chapters in Minnesota, of which TC DSA is the largest. DSA has a long tradition of having Religious Socialists branches, which had fallen off in the past decade but is now seeing a resurgence. You do not have to be a DSA member to attend branch meetings. All faiths are welcome.


Screening of “13th”
Sunday, Feb. 11, following 10:30 a.m. worship
Living Spirit United Methodist Church
4501 Bloomington Ave. S.
The social justice team and the United Methodist Women will be showing Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary. The title refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. The film features archival footage, interviews with activists and more. Please join us for this important film.


Lent at Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S.
612-825-6846
–Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes piled high with Mardi Gras fun! We’ll have a variety of pancakes and toppings, plus pancake games for everyone. Invite your friends! The freewill offering will help send kids to Camp Wapo this summer.
–Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m.


Neighborhood Night: The Refugee Experience
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall/lower level)
3637 11th Ave. S.
Local refugee speakers will share their experience and information on refugees in our area.  Come and learn more about these neighbors. Coffee and discussion included. Bring a friend! No cost/no registration. For more info: www.churchoftheholyname.org, 612-724-5465.


Minnesota Peacebuilding Film Series
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 to 9 p.m.
Birchwood Cafe Community Room
3311 E. 25th St.
“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.
There is no admission charge, but space is limited and you are asked to reserve your seat at http://www.mnpeace.org/events.html. Please come a little early if you plan to order food. Films are usually shown the fourth Tuesday of the month January – March and May – October. Open to the public.


FROM JANUARY 2018

Help Immigrants through Difficult Times
Volunteer Training
Saturday, Jan. 6,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m., in English
Location in the Twin Cities to be determined
We volunteers of Conversations with Friends (CWF) are in solidarity, brotherhood and friendship with our brothers and sisters in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention who suffer from isolation, loneliness, uncertainty and fear as they face deportation and, as a consequence, possible permanent separation from their family, friends and communities. Through our group visits in jail classrooms, letter writing and other programs, we show that we truly care; they are not alone.
Everyone attending the training will be trained to write letters and to visit so that when a visit opportunity arises closer to the Twin Cities, folks can choose to participate if they would like. After attending training there is no obligation, simply an invitation.
Our volunteers are typically 22 years and older and  post-college, since they find they are more able to meet the weekly letter-writing commitment. There is no cost to attend the training.
Our training is primarily for new letter writers who, once trained, write a weekly letter to a person (usually male) detained by ICE in a Minnesota county jail, until the time the person is released or deported. You might be writing weekly to the same individual for as short as one to two months or as long as six to eight months. At this time, we are especially in need of those who can write in Spanish since more than half of those with whom we visit and write are originally from Mexico or Central America.
Secondarily, the training is for new visitors. We are in conversation with other Minnesota jails and hope to begin a visit program with at least one of them in early 2018. That will increase our need for new visitors. Until that time, we are especially in need of Spanish speakers interested in visiting in Albert Lea. Our visitors typically visit once per month or once every other month, but at a minimum once per quarter.
Our training includes a presentation by an immigration lawyer from The Advocates for Human Rights covering the legal issues of particular interest to CWF letter writers and visitors; anonymous profiles and stories of people with whom we have visited;   multiple opportunities to participate in “active listening” sessions, led by hospital chaplain Paula Bidle, where we will respond to challenging questions/themes relating to people in ICE detention; a presentation on CWF and our letter-writing and visit programs.
Since October 2015, we have been visiting, in a group of about six CWF volunteers, the men in immigration detention at the Freeborn County Jail in Albert Lea, MN, two Sunday nights each month in a large classroom setting. The men are originally from Mexico, Central America, Somalia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Sudan, Colombia, Ecuador, Vietnam, Burma and other countries.
Since March 2011, we have been visiting people in ICE detention at the Ramsey County Jail in St Paul on the second and fourth Sunday evenings of every month. Ramsey County just recently announced that effective Jan. 1, the Ramsey County Jail will no longer be housing ICE inmates. This is especially good news for ICE detainees since there are no windows, no opportunities for fresh air, and no exercise facilities there.
For additional information:
Please see the article published on 7/6/17 by CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement) that describes the CWF visit ministry to the Freeborn County Jail. The link also includes beautiful tributes to  Rev. John Guttermann who started CWF in 2010 and died on December 29, 2016: https://medium.com/imm-print/ civic-spotlight-conversations-with-friends-349b578d2f81
To register for our training:
Simply email Director Steve Kraemer
CWFconversationswithfriends@gmail.com
www.conversationswithfriendsMN.org
952-240-3501 (cell)


Inter-Faith Gathering:  Solidarity Action Vigil & Courtwatch
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7:30 a.m.
Whipple Federal Building
1 Federal Drive, St. Paul 55111
ICE REPRESSION: NO! BISHOP WHIPPLE’S LEGACY: YES!
We claim all spaces as sacred
CLEAN DREAM ACT NOW! EXTEND TPS! NO BAN!  SANCTUARY FOR ALL!
As People of Faith We Gather To:
–  Invoke the legacy of Minnesota’s own Bishop Henry Whipple, who was a tireless worker for the cause of Indigenous peoples’ rights, and against unjust imprisonment and deportation;
– Reaffirm our support for continuation of DACA, including 840,000 people nationwide and 6,000 in Minnesota and for passage of a clean Dream Act bill;
– Bear witness to the terror of ICE; oppose ICE’s intent to expand immigration detention capacity in our region;
– Stand in solidarity to oppose racism, Islamophobia, racial profiling, and hate.
The Whipple Federal Building houses an immigration court, which is now flooded with cases, and is responding by authorizing many deportations every week.
Join us as we assert that this building and court are the People’s property—our property—and renounce the inhumane acts that are done there in our name.
At 8:30 a.m. after the vigil, we will invite up to 10 people to stay until 10:30 a.m. to witness immigration hearings and the tragedy heaped on our communities by the immigration courts.  More details will be provided at the vigil.
Please be with us as we sing, pray and take a stand, as people of all faith traditions, in our shared connectedness with all that is sacred.  All are welcome!
Come, Pray, Support!
For more information, visit our Facebook page: Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM). Questions may be directed to Chris at 612-716-5907.
Mission Statement: “Interfaith Coalition on Immigration engages in courageous spiritual, multicultural action in solidarity with immigrants and refugees
to achieve justice and stand up to systems of oppression.”


Vets Ministry Roundtable
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
2315 Chicago Ave. S.
Military experiences can leave a complicated residue of feelings, which are often very hard to verbalize. Hear from several vets who use the expressive arts to ARTiculate their HeART concerns. “Art as Antidote to Moral Injury.”
Learn a bit about three of our presenters from their postings on the Minnesota Vietnam Story Wall:  Stephen Gates https://www.mnvietnam.org/story/an-artist-gets-drafted  and Larry Johnson https://www.mnvietnam.org/story/61-and-beyond/ and  David Cooley https://www.mnvietnam.org/story/protest-messages-on-bombs/.  There’s also a story about how making art can help, from a vet who’s sadly no longer around to do it:  https://www.mnvietnam.org/story/what-am-i-going-to-do-with-all-this-art-a-posthumous-letter/. Please also contact us if you’d be interested in discussing the Ken Burns Vietnam War series. Wars are never really over.
Anyone interested in ministry with veterans and their families is invited. There is no cost for the program. Lunch is gratis. Please let us know you’re coming. Buddy@ListenToVets.org or 612-871-2967.


Arias, Songs & Keys
Sunday, Jan. 14, 4 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S.
Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts presents a delightful afternoon of arias, songs and piano music featuring local freelance professional singers Chandler Molbert and Tricia Van Ee, with pianist Jill Dawe, performing works by Schubert, Vaughan Williams and Brahms. Also featured will be Mount Olive’s recently acquired Steinway piano. A reception follows. Free and open to the public. A freewill offering may be received to support the Music and Fine Arts program.


Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) Planning Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Friends Meeting House
1725 Grand Ave., St. Paul 55105
ICOM and MIRAC (Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee) work together to work for justice and rights for immigrants. There is a monthly planning meeting to discuss plans for monthly vigils held to stand in solidarity and to raise awareness in the general population of immigrant detentions and to organize other related actions. Anyone is welcome to get involved.


Neighborhood Night: Somali!
Tuesday,  Jan. 23, 7 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall/Lower Level)
3637 11th Ave. S.
See the PBS documentary “Next Door Neighbors—Somali,”  part of a video series exploring immigrant and refugee communities that focuses on Nashville’s Somali community. It features both challenges and achievements of the Somali community. In our own Twin Cities and Powderhorn communities, our growing population of Somali neighbors is going through similar experiences. Come and learn more about these neighbors. Coffee and discussion included. Bring a friend! No cost/no registration. For more info: www.churchoftheholyname.org, 612-724-5465.


Minnesota Peacebuilding Film Series
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 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.
January’s feature film is “Girl Rising,” stories of nine girls from developing countries that show them overcoming great obstacles to obtain an education and change their fates.
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. The series is sponsored by www.mnpeace.org.


Dedication of Healing Hub
Sunday, Jan. 28, 9:45 a.m. (worship); 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (open house)
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4101 37th Ave. S.
The Healing Hub is a new way for Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church to extend itself to the community. The congregation has spent the past few years learning about trauma and its effects on people’s lives and is working to put its arms around anyone who is suffering. The congregation has created a special room in the church building for anyone who needs a calm place for difficult conversations or a meditation or for a group discussion. There is no charge for the use of the room, but reservations are needed. Donations will be accepted. Weighted blankets, fidgets and neck snakes are available to be used for a calming effect. Stress-reducing items such as a rocking board, a platform swing, a body sock (for children), exercise balls, noise-canceling headphones, relaxing nature sounds and aroma therapy diffusers are all available to be checked out from the sensory library.
There will be a blessing of the Healing Hub during worship followed by an open house. Refreshments will be served. The event is open to all people. Everyone is welcome. Call 612-722-9527 with questions.


FROM DECEMBER 2017

HIV Update: Recognizing AIDS Awareness Month
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall/Lower Level)
3637 11th Ave. S.
The science of HIV is ever evolving and progressing.  With all of the new information, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction when discussing HIV.  This presentation will provide a review of the basics of HIV, along with updating participants on the latest information on HIV prevention and treatment.  Recent articles in the Star Tribune have pointed out that HIV/AIDS is an ongoing problem in MN for over 8,400 people and that HIV is becoming more drug resistant and more frequent in certain populations.  World AIDS Day/AIDS Awareness Month is December so join us for this timely topic.  Our presenter is Chelsea Mathison-Sward, the TEACH Community Education Coordinator for the MN AIDS Project.  Bring a friend and join us for learning and community building. No cost/no registration; coffee provided.  For more info:  www.churchoftheholyname.org,  612-724-5465.


Homeless Memorial March
Thursday, Dec. 21, 5 p.m. (march and silent vigil); 6:30 p.m. (service of remembrance); 7:30 p.m. (community meal)

This event is to honor people who have died while homeless in Minnesota. The march and silent vigil begin at the Hennepin County Government Center at 3rd Ave. S./ 5th St. S. and will follow 5th St. westward to Nicollet and proceed south to 28th St. The service of remembrance will be held in the sanctuary of Simpson United Methodist Church, 2740 1st Ave. S., followed by the community meal in Simpson’s lower level. Shuttles to the march will depart from Kmart at Lake St. and 1st Ave. at 4 p.m. The last shuttle will leave at 4:20 sharp. All are welcome.


Christmas Eve Day at Walker Methodist
Sunday, Dec. 24, 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Walker Community United Methodist Church
31st St. & 16th Ave. S.
Walker Church is celebrating the fourth Sunday of Advent during its regular Sunday service on Christmas Eve Day. There will be a potluck following the service; then we will have the “Littlest Angel Christmas Pageant” at 2 p.m. The pageant will include congregational singing and will end with lighting the final candle of the Advent wreath.


Special Events at Nokomis Heights Lutheran
Sunday & Monday, Dec. 24 & 25
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S.
Christmas Eve Services are Sunday at 4 and 10 p.m. No regular Sunday morning worship will be held on that day. There will be worship on Christmas morning at 10 a.m. followed by Christmas Coffee, which includes delicious Scandinavian and other treats.


 

 

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