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March 13, 2013
 

In this Issue

News
Video from the Mankato Area Refugee Consortium
Saints and Angels in Christianity and Islam
Upcoming Events
Westminster Townhall Forum: Building Real Food Communities

Shobi's Table: A Ministry of Spiritual Wellness in the Homeless Community
Getting Real About Climate Change
Cross Cultural Ministry Days
2nd Vigil for Immigration and Reconciliation
Make a Difference
Shampoo and Toothpaste for Refugees

Build Civil Liberties Awareness in Your Church with Fact Not Fiction
Resources
Unmaking America’s Water Crisis Webinar
Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless: Education Grants
Certificate in Trauma Studies
Resource Center for Churches Recommends #Occupy the Bible
Looking Forward

Earth Day Sunday Resource
Emerging Issues in Immigration
"After Losing a Parent" Retreat


News

Video from the Mankato Area Refugee Consortium

Watch a video summary of the MCC Mankato Area Refugee Services Community Consortium that brought together over 70 leaders, students, and immigrants. Learn how we create a welcoming community where everyone feels like they belong and can contribute by checking out the video.


Saints and Angels in Christianity and Islam
Sunday, March 17, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    1401 Gardena Ave. NE, Fridley

At this month's Muslim Christian Dialogue, Father Steven McMichael, a Franciscan Priest and professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas, will join us to speak about the role of saints in the medieval period and the criteria for sainthood. Dr. Saoudy Saoudy, former Religion Directer at the Islamic Center of Minnesota, will add his perspective to the conversation. Moderated by Mr. Owais Bayunus.  RSVP Now.

Upcoming Events


Westminster Townhall Forum: Building Real Food Communities
Thursday, March 14, Noon - 1 pm
     Nicollet Mall & 12th Street, Minneapolis

Anna Lappé leads the Real Food Media Project, a collaborative movement which works for sustainable food and farming across the U.S. At this Westminster Townhall Forum she will discuss the root causes of hunger and poverty around the globe. The event is sponsored by Minnesota FoodShare and is free and open to the public.

Shobi's Table: A ministry of spiritual wellness in the homeless community  
Thursday, March 14, 5:00-8:00 pm
     463 Maria Ave, St. Paul.

Come and learn about a ministry of radical hospitality among the homeless population of St. Paul's East Side. Led by Pastor Margaret Kelly, Shobi's Table is a Word and Sacrament community that has grown out of the Wellness Center ministry at First Lutheran Church. Participants will be invited to mingle with the Wellness Center guests, join in the community meal at 6:00 p.m., and learn more about the ministry from Pastor Kelly and other leaders. Registration.

Cross Cultural Ministry Days
Monday-Wednesday, March 18 - 20, 2013 
     Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

The Gustavus Adolphus College community is becoming more and more diverse, and so are the communities in which pastors, church musicians and congregations serve. The college is excited to welcome ELCA Pastor James Lobdell, 1971 Gustavus graduate, and Gospel Choir Director Donnie Williams from Inglewood, California for three days of "Talks and Songs" in our Christ Chapel worshiping community-all about cross cultural ministry. We invite pastors, musicians, and congregation leaders who are doing, or feel called to begin doing, creative and effective ministry in diverse communities to join us for all our part of these days, no charge! To register, contact Chaplain Rod Anderson at (507) 933-744 or rander11@gustavus.edu. More information.


2nd Vigil for Immigration and Reconciliation
Friday, March 22, 7:00 p.m
     Simpson UMC
     2740 First Avenue South, Minneapolis

Come to pray and intercede for immigration reform and reconciliation in the USA, praying for all who have been and continue to be disenfranchised because of race, nationality, and religious beliefs. At the event participants will share stories, poetry, prayer, worship and the Word. This event is co-sponsored by Simpson Center for Servant Ministries, Amistad sin Fronteras of Park Avenue Church, La Puerta Abierta, and Peace and Hope International. Free and open to all. For more information contact Jesus Purisaca Ruiz at jpurisaca001@luthersem.edu or (612) 735-6198.

Make a Difference

Shampoo and Toothpaste for New Refugees

Imagine (if you can) flying internationally without any money or even a credit card, only to find out your hotel doesn’t have any toiletries like shampoo or toothpaste. MCC Refugee Services prepares apartments for newly arriving refugee families with all the basics to give families a warm welcome to Minnesota and give them a chance to settle in without having to worry about basic necessities. We are in need of full-sized shampoo and toothpaste to share with the many new arrivals that we’re expecting. For a full list of accepted items, visit our website. Donations can be delivered to the MN Church Center (122 Franklin Ave W, Minneapolis) during business hours.


Build Civil Liberties Awareness in Your Church with Fact Not Fiction

Torture is damaging to the tortured, the torturer, and the society that the torturer is trying to defend. If you have seen the movie Zero Dark Thirty, you will want to learn the facts. Watch Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever to learn the truth about torture. The video is available online and at the Resource Center for Churches, and a downloadable study guide can work for small group discussion. After you learn the facts, sign the petition asking the Senate Intelligence Committee to release its report on CIA torture.

Resources

Unmaking America’s Water Crisis Webinar
Thursday, March 21, noon – 1:30 p.m.

Water plays a central role in the Christian faith, and is a precious natural resource which we are called to steward well. How can we be better stewards and work to protect water for future generations? The Eco-Justice Programs of the National Council of Churches invites you to join a webinar on March 21st with Cynthia Barnett, author of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, to find answers. Register here.

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless: Education Grants
Due by April 15, 2013

Applications are being accepted for programs that serve the education-related needs of children and youth without permanent homes. The purpose of this program is to remove barriers for homeless youth to participate in school and to improve student academic success. Only Minnesota homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, supportive housing agencies, and school districts with an active Title I Homeless Youth Program are eligible to apply for funding. Agencies with multiple service sites should submit only one application for all sites. Full guidelines and application materials.


Certificate in Trauma Studies

The Clinical Practice Series at the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work will offer an expanded Certificate in Trauma Studies, taught by an interdisciplinary faculty. The certificate is designed for professionals in pastoral care and others who work with survivors of abuse, interpersonal violence, war, torture, accidents, crime, and disasters. E-mail ceseries@umn.edu or visit http://z.umn.edu/swce for more information.

Resource Center for Churches Recommends #Occupy the Bible

Learn how the early Israelites, Jesus of Nazareth and the #Occupy movement today occupied in more than one sense. The resource includes online summaries and study guides with videos for each chapter of Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite's #Occupy the Bible: What Jesus Really Said About Money and Power (Astor+Blue Editions, 2013). The RCC is a project of Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal and UCC Churches in Minnesota. Their Facebook page features a great resource every day.

Looking Forward

Earth Day Sunday Resource

How can we change our Sunday morning routines and habits to bring healing to God’s creation? This year’s Earth Day Sunday resource from the National Council of Churches examines the environmental impacts of our habits and helps us respond to God’s call to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, and heal the sick. Download the free resource from this website.

Emerging Issues in Immigration
Saturday, April 27,  9:00 - 4:00 pm
     1524 County Rd C2 W, Roseville

All faith-based individuals and groups interested in becoming or continuing as social justice advocates in the area of immigration/refugees are invited to a training day to learn how to mobilize your congregation for New Arrival Ministry, learn about specific issues, and network with social justice advocates in other congregations. The day will include worship, a key note speaker/facilitator (Bill Mefford, Director of Civil and Human Rights, General Board of Church and Society), and a chance to attend three different workshops. Workshop topics include: refugee ministries, the legal system, immigration and the Bible, established ministries, and more! $15 per person, $45 max per congregation; lunch included. Registration.
 

"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 to register.
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