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June 12, 2013
 

In this Issue

News
Base the Budget on Morality, Not Ideology
Twin Cities World Refugee Day
A Call for Musicians: Prayer at the Fair
Upcoming Events
Ashoka Solutions Forum: The Making of Inclusive Economies
Twin Cities World Refugee Day
Out in Gospel: Opening a Sacred Door
2013 Nonprofit Leadership Conference
Make a Difference
Silverware Needed for Refugees
Resources
Live in Duluth? Have a Yard?
Is Your Congregation a Community Innovator?
24% of U.S. Millennials Trust Their Religious Leader
RCC Recommends The Families All Matter Book Project
Looking Forward
Clybourne Park


News

Base the Budget on Morality, Not Ideology

The Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin has been honored with a piece in the National Catholic Reporter on the topic of the federal budget. She argues, "Too often our debates over our budget and social safety net programs have been cast along political and ideological lines, left vs. right, or those who favor more government and those opposed. But poverty is not a left or right issue. It exists in red states and blue states, in the suburbs, inner city and rural countryside. And as Christians, we should not let partisan ideology supersede our moral obligation."



Twin Cities World Refugee Day
Saturday, June 15, noon - 5:00 pm
     Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St. East, St. Paul

Twin Cities World Refugee Day is an annual celebration of the more than 95,000 refugees who have been resettled in Minnesota over the past three decades and the countless family and friends who have joined them here. The event will celebrate the diverse refugee communities of the Twin Cities through cultural performances, speakers, food, vendors, children’s activities, cultural displays and a resource fair. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website.

Check out some of the performances from last year:


A Call for Musicians: Prayer at the Fair

Although it is barely summer, the State Fair is just around the corner! We are already planning for our annual worship services called Prayer at the Fair. Each Sunday morning of the Fair the Minnesota Council of Churches presents an ecumenical prayer service. We are looking for choirs or ensembles who would be interested in performing. The service is at the Band Shell with the support of the technical team. Musical performers receive a pass for the entire day of the Fair. For more information please contact Gail Anderson or Leslie Ball.

Upcoming Events

Ashoka Solutions Forum: The Making of Inclusive Economies
Thursday, June 13th, 7:00-9:00 pm
     James J. Hill Library, Saint Paul

Did you know that more than half of the world's working population does not have access to a formal system of financial credit? Minnesota is no exception. Affecting immigrants, divorcees, and students, to name just a few, this financial exclusion means thousands of people don't have access to credit cards, loans, or money to start a small business. We're delighted to share local, national, and global solutions to this issue by highlighting the work of Ashoka Fellows Jose Quinonez and Michael Turner. Includes delicious desserts and drinks and more opportunities for networking. For more information and to register, visit www.solutionsforum6.eventbrite.com.

Out in Gospel: Opening a Sacred Door
Friday, June 21
1:00 – 4:00 pm: Program, panel, workshops and closing worship
     United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
     3000 5th Street NW, New Brighton


7:30 pm: Community gospel music concert
     Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church
     217 Mackubin Street, St. Paul

Out in Gospel is a groundbreaking, two-part event that supports and nurtures LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning) gospel musicians in their relationship to the church. The event is designed to promote respect, reconciliation and celebration of artistic gifts in the church. This event brings artists, theologians, church leaders and interested members of the public together for the difficult but liberating conversation. The afternoon program culminates in the evening with a gospel music concert featuring nationally known performers who opened the sacred door to liberation while still honoring their commitment to serve.

2013 Nonprofit Leadership Conference
Tuesday, June 25, 8:30-4:30 pm
     McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis

This month, nonprofit and government leaders from across Minnesota will gather for the 2013 Nonprofit Leadership Conference to share strategies and solutions for how both sectors can collectively increase their abilities to engage individuals, improve systems and strengthen communities. Join this pioneering, day-long event to learn from keynote speaker Dr. Paul C. Light as he discusses ways that government and nonprofit agencies can work together, better, to improve organizational outcomes and community impacts. You will also be able to add to your leadership toolbox through 19 timely breakout sessions. Register now to ensure your space.


Make a Difference

Silverware Needed for Refugees

Silverware is one of those durable items that most families purchase only a couple of times in their lifetimes. Perhaps that’s the reason that silverware is so infrequently donated to organizations like Refugee Services. Still, dozens of new families are arriving each month and each one needs a set of silverware to start out. Would you consider purchasing a set or keeping your eyes open at garage sales to help provide these essentials to a new family who has none? Donations can be brought to the MN Church Center (122 Franklin Ave W, MPLS) during business hours. Contact Joo at 612-230-3219 or rsvolunteers@mnchurches.org with questions.

Resources

Live in Duluth? Have a Yard?

Twenty people or congregations willing to plant vegetables for local food shelves including the CHUM Food Shelf are needed.  You can receive training on how to grow broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers and green beans. Free seeds, transplants and black plastic can be picked up at Farmer Doug's on Thursdays from 5 to 7 PM. If needed, help will be provided in harvesting. Contact Meg at CHUM or call (218) 727-2391 for directions or more information.

Is Your Congregation a Community Innovator?

Your ministry may be eligible for a grant or prize from the Bush Foundation. The Community Innovation Grants support innovation through community-powered problem-solving: inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets.  We think of this as civic R&D, allowing communities to develop and test new solutions to community challenges. Attend one of the information sessions being held around Minnesota and the Dakotas. If you have already completed an innovative project, share the news by applying for the Bush Prize for Community Innovation.

24% of U.S. Millennials Trust Their Religious Leader

That’s second-most in the world, according to part of a survey of global youth by Viacom. Other results highlighted Millennials’ value of tolerance, religious attitudes giving way to secular ones, and a strong emphasis on religious freedom. Read about the survey’s religion results here. Read about the survey’s other insights into Millenials here.

RCC Recommends The Families All Matter Book Project

The Families All Matter Book Project uses picture books to help children understand and respect family diversity. The new Christian Faith-Based Curriculum Guide helps churches use the language of faith to teach children about family difference, race/ethnicity, divorce and breakups, lesbian and gay family members, socioeconomics, immigration, adoption, disability, aging, and religion. Access these materials at the Resource Center for Churches. The RCC is a project of Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal and UCC Churches in Minnesota.  Find the best in ministry resources at rcc-mn.org. Check the RCC Facebook page to see a great resource every day.

Looking Forward

Clybourne Park
Saturday, July 13, 1:00 pm
     Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

Tickets to the Guthrie Theater's production of Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play, are half off for the Saturday matinee performance on July 13. Stay for an enlightening post-show discussion on themes of neighborhoods, class, racism and social politics that are at the heart of the play. Panel members include actors from the play and representatives from the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools. Receive a 50% discount on tickets by calling the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224 and quoting "H10" to receive this offer.

Following the 1:00 pm performance, discussion participants include actors and:
  • David S. Nah, associate professor of theology, Bethel Seminary, St. Paul
  • Michael Patella, Benedictine monk, Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville
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