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March 27, 2013
 

In this Issue

News
Do You Know a Refugee Eligible for Family Reunification?
Upcoming Events
Iron Range Earth Fest
Forgiveness Conference
Tribal Sovereignty and our Mission in the World

Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in MN’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
Alleviating Global Poverty  
Building the Movement to End Poverty

School for Lay Ministry: "Other Reformers"
Make a Difference
Lutheran Day at the Capitol: Advocacy for Clean Energy
After 11 Years, No End to Their Suffering

Resources
Resource Center for Churches Recommends Exodus Conversations
Employment
Open Arms Minnesota Internships
Looking Forward
The Church’s Public Witness

"After Losing a Parent" Retreat

News

Do You Know a Refugee Eligible for Family Reunification?

Our family often lends us the strength to get through hard times, but many new refugees entering the country have had to leave their loved ones behind. The State Department shut down the Family Reunification Program four years ago in response to fraudulent applications leaving few pathways for refugees to reunite with their family members.
 
On October 15th the Family Reunification Program reopened, but the revised process is complicated. Since then, MCC has helped over 60 clients apply for reunification with their parents, spouses, and unmarried children under the age of 21. We provide skilled support to assist people in getting their family members into the country to begin to build a new life together.


                
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MCC hosts information sessions each Monday and Friday at 9:00 (122 Franklin Ave W, Minneapolis) so that refugees and asylees can learn more about who is eligible and how to apply. If attending, please bring your own interpreter if you do not speak English. More questions? Contact 612-230-3220 or stop by during Walk-in Hours every Thursday 1pm-4pm.

Learn more about the revised Family Reunification Program and its impact on families in the Star Tribune.

Upcoming Events

Iron Range Earth Fest
Saturday, April 6; 9 am - 4 pm
     Messiah Lutheran Church - Merritt Elementary School
     - Mt. Iron Community Center (Hwy 169 Corridor)

A celebration of local traditions and practical resources for sustainable living. Over 75 exhibitors, speakers, workshops, and vendors. Activities for children and youth. Green Inventors Contest. Local foods lunch. Live music. For more information, go to ironrangeearthfest.org. Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA's Creation Care Team is a contributing sponsor to Earth Fest this year!


Forgiveness Conference
April 6, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
     Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. We pray this so often, but what does forgiveness really involve? What does it mean to us, as Christians, to forgive others as we have been forgiven? How do we forgive? Is it ever impossible to forgive? Join us for a daylong workshop that is all about these and other hard questions. Dr. Steven Sandage and Dr. Lois Malcolm will challenge some of the popular conceptions of forgiveness that have led to unhelpful strategies of living with "those who trespass against us," as well as presenting psychological and theological perspectives on forgiveness that can lead us toward becoming better forgivers. Cost: $15 at the door; $10 if you pre-register online.


Tribal Sovereignty and our Mission in the World
Thursday, April 11, 5:15-8 pm
     Grace University Lutheran Church
     324 Harvard St, Minneapolis

North American tribes and European immigrants to North America have been interacting for over five hundred years. Much of this interaction has taken place within the context of Christianity. Some tribes have had Christian members for centuries. Some tribes have little to do with Christians. Some churches have walked alongside tribal people for centuries. Other churches have brought only condemnation and suffering to tribal people. Our conversation will be guided by The Rev. Gordon Straw, program director for Lay Missional Centers in the ELCA and an enrolled member of the Brothertown Indian Nation. Together we will explore some of the dynamics that have existed in this mutual relationship over these many years. Our conversation will be grounded in respect and issues of tribal sovereignty and the mission given to the church. Registration> 

Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
April 11, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
     Luther Theological Seminary
     Olson Campus Center
     1490 Fulham Street, Saint Paul

Join Luther Seminary for an evening celebrating 25 years of advocacy, policy accomplishments and leader development featuring Polar Explorer Will Steger and the ELCA MN Bishops. Register here to reserve a meal, but walk-ins are welcome.


Alleviating Global Poverty  
Thursday, April 11, 7 pm
     Continuing Education and Conference Center
     University of Minnesota, St. Paul

One of the biggest challenges facing today’s world is the delivery of foreign aid to our poorest and most fragile nations. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) is dedicated to meeting that challenge by coordinating the international aid efforts of 24 donor nations and monitoring aid effectiveness in the developing world. On April 11, join Professor Atwood, who has just returned to the U following his two-year term as chair of the DAC, for an inspiring discussion about the possibilities of alleviating global poverty.

Building the Movement to End Poverty
Thursday, April 11, 7 pm
College of St. Scholastica
     1200 Kenwood Ave,  Duluth

Monday April 15,  7:30 - 9:00 pm
     United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
     New Brighton

Attend an exploration of how the intersection of grassroots organizing and social theory is building a movement to end poverty. On April 11, antipoverty organizers Willie Baptist and John Wessel-McCoy will be lecturing and facilitating a community conversation on grassroots antipoverty organizing activism and relevant social theories about poverty as part of the Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum. Free and open to the public. The following week Willie Baptist will present at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities as part of the God in Public Series. Register to attend that event.

School for Lay Ministry: "Other Reformers"
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
     4000 South 28th Street, Moorhead

While Martin Luther is the driving force of the Reformation, there were other figures who helped to shape Christian faith in the 16th century and have had lasting influence down to the present day. To understand these 'other reformers' is to understand so much of the church of today. It is also a good way to understand Luther better by comparison and contrast to his fellow Christian leaders. Cost: $50; includes morning refreshments and a noon meal
Download: Information Letter [PDF], Bulletin Insert [PDF], Registration Form [PDF]

Make a Difference

Lutheran Day at the Capitol: Advocacy for Clean Energy
April 11, 10:30am – 4:00 pm
     Christ Lutheran Church, Capitol Hill
     105 University Ave W, Saint Paul

Come to the Capitol for a day of education, community, and ADVOCACY FOR CLEAN ENERGY with your legislators, along with all six MN ELCA Bishops and Fresh Energy’s J. Drake Hamilton. This lobby day will include Christian worship but is open to people of all traditions who wish to advocate for clean energy. Register here to reserve a meal, but walk-ins are welcome.


After 11 Years, No End to Their Suffering

Christians are called to see the image of God in everyone, including the dozens of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who have been cleared for release but continue to be held. Many of the prisoners have gone on a hunger strike because, according to their lawyers, “the crushing reality [is] that after 11 years in indefinite detention, there is no end in sight to their suffering.” Write to President Obama and the Congress and tell them again that they need to close Guantanamo now.

Resources

Resource Center for Churches Recommends Exodus Conversations

Exodus Conversations is a new website that uses the Exodus story and the Passover Haggadah as a springboard for interfaith dialogue. It features side by side presentations of the story of the Exodus as presented in the Qur’an and in the Book of Exodus. Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars respond to basic questions raised by the texts. The RCC is a project of Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal and UCC Churches in Minnesota. Their Facebook page features a great resource every day.

Employment

Open Arms Minnesota Internships

Do you know of someone looking to make an impact in their community and on their resume? Open Arms Minnesota is looking for interns for the upcoming summer season! Opportunities are available for projects involving gardening, nutrition, cooking, delivery and office support. We're looking for bright, engaging, curious folks who want to roll up their sleeves and do some good. All internships are unpaid. Contact Lila Gilbert, Volunteer Services Director for more.

Looking Forward

The Church’s Public Witness
April 24-25, 9:15am-4:15 pm
     United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
     3000 5th St NW, New Brighton

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, in collaboration with the Center for Public Ministry, presents this year's Spring Convocation, exploring the role of faith communities and their calling to do justice--from theological, prophetic and practical perspectives. Check the website for program details and information about presenters and panelists:

• Sarah Bellamy, Penumbra Theatre, presenter ("Theatre as Public Witness")
• Jennifer Butler, Faith in Public Life, keynote presenter and panelist ("The Path to Irrelevance" & "Finding Our Way Back")
• Eleazar S. Fernandez, United, presenter and panelist, ("Letting Justice Roll: God in Public")
• Steven Newcom, Center for Public Ministry, panel facilitator (panel topic: "The Place of Public Ministry")
• Paul Slack, ISAIAH, panelist

Whether you are a United alum, active in ministry or exploring your own spiritual path, join us for this invigorating topic. Space is limited; register now.

"After Losing a Parent" Retreat
Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5
     Hennepin United Methodist Church
     511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis

Mothers and fathers are such an important part of our life. Taking time to remember your parent and all your mother or father meant to you is an important part of grieving your loss. This retreat will allow you to remember both the strengths and the challenges of your relationship with this parent. It will lift you up with support and prayers in a time of grieving and blessing from God. You will be given journaling reflections, poetry, art, and prayers to help you with grieving and healing. The retreat is facilitated by Ingrid Bloom who is a spiritual director, a psychotherapist (L.I.C.S.W.) and a pastor of the United Methodist Conference. Call:  (612) 722-7414 or (612) 845-3221 or email to register.
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