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October 18, 2012
 

In this Issue

News
MCC Speaks in Opposition to Voter ID Amendment
Give To The Max Day Approaching
Events

Rabbi Harold Kushner Book Signing
Twin Cities Social Justice Curriculum Fair
Current Relationships between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East

Take Part in a Respectful Conversation
Wokiksuye K'a Woyuonihan: Remembering and Honoring Dakota Stories
Advocate
Voices for Voting Rights
Keep a Newly Arrived Refugee Warm
Run to Unite – Run/Walk/Cheer for Somalia

Resources
Want to give your congregation's youth a sneak peek at seminary life?
Employment
Volunteer Refugee Immigration Assistant


News

MCC Speaks in Opposition to Voter ID Amendment

Executive Director Peg Chemberlin and MCC board officers Bishop Peter Rogness, St. Paul Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and Rev. Dr. Karen Smith Sellers, Conference Minister of the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ, came together to voice opposition to the Voter ID Amendment this Tuesday. They cited the potential ramifications of the new amendement, such as high costs and the disenfranchising of thousands of the most vulnerable Minnesotans' ability to vote. Bishop Rogness stressed the importance of “defending the right of the last, lost and least to vote." The press conference was held in an effort to connect even more community members with the knowledge and tools they need to be a voice for the voiceless.

MCC calls upon our congregations and members to have vigorous conversations and to be vigorously engaged to defeat the voter ID amendment.

"If there ever was a reason to vote, the time is now," said Rev. Peg Chamberlain, executive director of the Council. "Vote, to save the right to vote."


Bishop Peter Rogness speaks against the Voter ID amendment

Give To The Max Day Approaching

Loving one’s neighbor means going beyond tolerating differences. It means working toward deep understanding of each other, to listen and learn from those who follow different faith traditions. You can support interfaith understanding here in Minnesota such as Ramadan dinners, Muslim Christian dialogues, and American befrienders for new refugees by donating at GiveMN. On November 15th, Give to the Max Day, your donation puts us in the running for exciting awards and prizes!

Upcoming Events

Rabbi Harold Kushner Book Signing
Thursday, October 18, 7:00pm
     Hennepin & N 17th Street, Minneapolis

While on a national book tour for his new release, The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person, Rabbi Kushner will speak at The Basilica of Saint Mary and be available to sign books.  The book explores why God permits good people to suffer and explores what it means to live in a troubled world.  Contact Erna Dalen, 612.317.3509, with questions.

Twin Cities Social Justice Curriculum Fair
Friday October 19th, from 9am-4pm
     South High, 3131 South 19th Avenue, Minneapolis

Learn and share strategies for creating and using social justice approaches in your classroom or youth program. Meet and build relationships with other teachers and social justice educators while attending workshops such as math as social justice, the community as a classroom, youth research, and much more! Registration is free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Register to attend.

Current Relationships between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East
Sunday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.
     1401 Gardena Avenue NE, Fridley

The last two years have seen dramatic changes in the Middle East, and in the last few months we have seen images of violent protests against the United States. What are the implications for Muslim and Christian relationships in the Middle East and the U.S?  Register to join the MCC and Islamic Center of Minnesota in welcoming speaker Dr. Antony Sullivan, the Senior Associate for the Middle East at TerraBuilt Corporation International, for this month's Muslim Christian Dialogue.

Take Part in a Respectful Conversation

MCC's Respectful Conversations Project offers a chance to talk with your neighbors about their views and gain a deeper understanding of  marriage amendment issue from all perspectives. This project is a program of the Minnesota Council of Churches with support from the Bush Foundation.  Stay up to date with the Respectful Conversations Project on Facebook!


Monday, October 22, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
     Holy Cross Lutheran Church
     6355 No. 10th St.,Oakdale
Tuesday, October 23, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
     Luther Seminary
     Northwestern Hall, Rm. 230
     2481 Como Ave., St. Paul
Tuesday, October 23, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
     First United Methodist Church of Stillwater
     813 W. Myrtle St., Stillwater

Register for an upcoming conversation here.

Wokiksuye K'a Woyuonihan: Remembering and Honoring Dakota Stories
Monday, October 22, 7:00-9:15 p.m
     1075 E. 3rd St., Saint Paul

JB Weston, tribal historian, and Art Owen, historian and spiritual leader, will be present to share their stories, experiences and history of their people in the years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 as part of the Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) Fall Series.  Witness and hear these personal stories and experiences by Dakota decedents from The U.S. - Dakota War of 1862 to present day and engage in a structured and facilitated dialogue. For more information on the fall series and SPIN, visit www.spinterfaith.org

Advocate

Voices for Voting Rights


Want to hear from the voices of those who may be truly affected by the Voter ID Amendment? Check out the Voices for Voting Rights videos including: "American Indian Voices for Voting Rights", "African American Voices for Voting Rights", "Hmong Voices for Voting Rights", "Somali Voices for Voting Rights", "Latino Voices for Voting Rights." Other site resources include conversation guides and multilingual voter guides.

Keep a Newly Arrived Refugee Warm

The leaves are changing, signalling colder temperatures ahead. While we have had generous donations of children's coats, MCC Refugee Services lacks enough winter wear for the many adult refugees facing their first Minnesota winter. Please consider donating adult coats and winter accessories. Donations can be delivered to the MN Church Center (122 Franklin Ave, MPLS) anytime during business hours. Contact: Kristin by email or at or 612.230.3219.


Run to Unite – Run/Walk/Cheer for Somalia
Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m
     Minnehaha Park

Join a Run/Walk/Cheer like no other! How far will the run go? You decide! I AM A STAR for Somalia and ARC Relief are building the world’s longest paper chain of hope for aid in Somalia. The paper chain is already 50,000 links long and growing! From now until October 20th every $1 donated equals a link in the chain with a goal of 100,000 links. On Saturday they’ll stretch out the entire chain at Minnehaha Park. The length of the paper chain will determine the length of the race!  Register at RunToUnite2012.org or call Jenna at (612) 607-6495.

Resources

Want to give your congregation's youth a sneak peek at seminary life?
Thursday, November 8
     Luther Seminary

Previews is a youth-focused event for selected high school students and their pastors that helps youth explore their gifts, callings and various ministry opportunities. The event includes engaging breakout sessions, discussions with seminary students and faculty, campus tours, a tasty lunch, fabulous prizes and more!
Previews explores:
  • What does it mean to be called?
  • Why consider ministry?
  • What's it like to attend seminary?
RSVP your group today or contact us with questions at welcome@luthersem.edu or 800-LUTHER3

Employment

Volunteer Refugee Immigration Assistant

As a Volunteer Refugee Immigration Assistant you will get the unique opportunity to assist in the process of helping to reunite families who have been separated for many years. Volunteers will directly assist refugees and asylees in the completion of applications as well as working closely with the Immigration Services staff on administrative tasks related to those applications. The time commitment is 4-8 hours per week. Must be available on Wednesdays for full or half days as this is when processing occurs. We ask for a minimum six-month commitment, due to the extensive training provided.
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