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August 15, 2012

In this Issue

St. Anthony Residents Share Iftar Meal
Dakota Legacy 2012: Pipestone MN

Fight, Flight or Fascinate?
Cultural Art Imbizo
Prayer at the Fair

Think Globally, Run Locally - Support Refugee Services
Brooms and All-Purpose Cleaner for Refugees!
United Way Action Day
Fellowship of the Fresh at the Minneapolis Farmers Market
Food Access Summit: Expanding Opportunities for Low-Income Minnesotans

Webinar: How Adults Learn, Part 1: The Emotional Aspect of Learning


St. Anthony Residents Share Iftar Meal

Fox9 highlighted the MCC's Taking Heart Ramadan Dinner in St. Anthony, one of ten dinners throughout the metro area bringing diverse communities together to break the fast. Last Thursday an estimated seventy-five Muslims, Christians, and people of all faiths came together in the St. Anthony Village Hall to socialize and enjoy the shared meal known as Iftar. Bridging difference is more important than ever in St. Anthony with the lingering backlash after city officials rejecting a proposed Islamic Community Center.  Community members sat in this same building earlier this summer at public hearings which generated strong emotions. Muslims hope that bringing their neighbors together over Ramadan Dinner will deepen public understanding of their religion.

Watch a video of the St. Anthony Iftar to learn more about the event.

Upcoming Events

Dakota Legacy 2012: Pipestone MN

Friday, August 17, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
     REI Parking Lot
     750 American Blvd W

Support the Dakota Legacy event by joining SPIN and others from the Twin Cities interfaith community to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the US-Dakota Indian War. This is a tremendous opportunity for ALL Minnesotans to come and to "welcome" the Dakota to their homeland, cheering them on as they walk from the border of South Dakota to Pipestone. In addition to being part of the "welcome committee," our group will assist with the feast set up, meal service and then cleanup, building relationships as we go, supporting this very special homecoming event.  Register here, limited transportation available.

Fight, Flight or Fascinate?

When humans talk to people with beliefs opposite our own, our bodies often respond the same way they do to when we face physical danger. Now people throughout the state have a better option than fight or flight: be fascinated by people who disagree with you on the topic of the amendment to define marriage. Participate in a Respectful Conversation. Here are a few upcoming options:

Saturday, August 18, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
     First Presbyterian Church
     535 20th Ave. No., South St. Paul
Thursday, September 6, 6-9 p.m.
     Valley of the Peace Lutheran Church
     4735 Bassett Creek Dr., Golden Valley
Saturday, September 8, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
     First Congregational Church
     221 7th Ave. W., Alexandria

These conversations are not designed to change minds, but to soften hearts and help people who disagree about the amendment to define marriage to see each other in a better light. Register for an upcoming conversation here, or write to Tonia Johnson about being a source of peace and hosting a conversation in your community. This project is a program of the Minnesota Council of Churches with support from the Bush Foundation.

Cultural Art Imbizo

Saturday, August 18th, 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
     Hamline Park Plaza, Saint Paul

Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment will host its fourth annual Cultural Art Imbizo based on the rich Zulu “Imbizo” tradition of communities coming together  to celebrate friendship, soul & spirit. There will be fun games, local ethnic food, music, resource booths from local community organizations, and a silent auction. Immigrant and refugee high school girls who were a part of the GGAL Summer Arts Program will be displaying their work along with local cultural artists. The proceeds from the Imbizo will help to support next year's GGAL’s Summer Arts Program.

Prayer at the Fair

Sunday, August 26 & September 2, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
State Fairgrounds, Bandshell

No need to choose between church service and the Minnesota State Fair. Start your day at the fair off with a prayerful celebration. The Minnesota Council of Churches annually organizes this ecumenical service of music and readings.

Think Globally, Run Locally - support Refugee Services

Saturday, September 8, 8:00 a.m. registration, 9:00 a.m. race
     Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan

It’s time to lace up those old tennies…for the Think Globally, Run Locally 5K! Not a runner? No worries! There’s a 2 mile walk, too. The 5K Trail Run and 2 Mile Forest Walk at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan is hosted by St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in partnership with Minnesota Council of Churches. All proceeds from the event will benefit MCC Refugee Services!  We hope to see you there! Take advantage of discounts for early registration, teams and families!  Register online today!


Brooms and All-Purpose Cleaner for Refugees!

New refugees take pride in their new homes and want to keep them clean, safe, and beautiful for themselves and their families. We provide each newly arriving refugee family with the basics, but we are currently short on brooms and all-purpose cleaner (like 409). Can you help by bringing in a broom and cleaner for us to share with new arrivals? Donations can be brought anytime during business hours to 122 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Questions? Contact Kristin at 612-230-3219 or at

United Way Action Day

Wednesday, August 22, 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Take a little time for an afternoon and change lives in our community. Whether you have 15 minutes or an hour, come to downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul over the lunch hour and join hundreds of other local speed volunteers making a difference. Otherwise, join the United Way at the Mall of America at 1 p.m. to bus to local agencies and make an impact. When you return to the mall, make a team of friends, co-workers, family or neighbors to compete in making homework kits, snack packs, and safety kits from 4-7 p.m.. Receive a mystery ticket to Nickelodeon Universe! Register today at

Fellowship of the Fresh at the Minneapolis Farmers Market

July 8 - September 20, 312 East Lyndale Ave.

Do you shop at the Minneapolis Farmers Market? After picking up your veggies, consider filling and purchasing an extra bag of food from your favorite farmers market vendor. Just let them know it's for Second Harvest Heartland and the food will be sent out to local food shelves. The Mosaic Company has generously stepped up to match $1 for each pound of food donated at the farmers market, doubling your impact. Also, take part in volunteer opportunities to let other shoppers know about this program!


Food Access Summit: Expanding Opportunities for Low-Income Minnesotans

August 21-23, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

The Food Access Summit is for leaders working to increase access to healthy food for low-income Minnesotans. The Summit will focus on increasing the dialogue between the public health, anti-hunger, food production and distribution communities in Minnesota. Participants will learn about health and economic outcomes of good and poor nutrition, share promising practices to increase access to healthy food for low-income Minnesotans, and act through identified opportunities with regional food policy councils. $50, Scholarships are available contact Aby John. To register visit or call 1-800-782-6372.

Webinar: How Adults Learn, Part 1: The Emotional Aspect of Learning

Tuesday, August 28, 6:30 p.m.

This webinar is an opportunity to prepare leaders for adult faith formation. Participants in this webinar will explore how emotions function in ways to increase or shut down learning. Ideas related to developing a positive emotional climate in adult small groups will be included. Preregister online.

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