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December 26, 2012
 

In this Issue

News
Riders Seek to Heal Dakota War Wounds

Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath
Upcoming Events
Seminary of the Streets
Talk and Learn about Justice Issues in the Native American Community
From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Reflections on Everyday Peacemaking
Make a Difference
Cleaning Supplies Needed for New Refugees
Share the CIVIC e-card
Resources
Top Church Leadership Articles of 2012
New Testament Texts in Contexts
Webinar: Stewardship and Finance
Resource Center for Churches Recommends Odyssey Network

Employment
Faith Formation Coordinators
Looking Forward
Learning for Life Education Series

News

Riders Seek to Heal Dakota War Wounds

Today in Mankato the 150th anniversary of the nation’s largest mass execution was commemorated by over 50 Dakota Indian riders and supporters, many of them from MCC member faith communities. Read about the conflict and its aftermath here.
 

Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath
January 6, 2013

On January 6, congregations around the country are being asked to offer sermons, prayers, or education forums against gun violence. Click here to register your congregation and receive a free, downloadable toolkit.

Upcoming Events

Seminary of the Streets
January 10, 5:15-8 p.m.
     Mount Olive Lutheran Church
     3045 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis

Join Seminary of the Streets on the eve of "Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day" for an interactive workshop with Amy Hartman (Cherish Our Children) and others who work to end such abuses. Learn to recognize signs of human trafficking in our communities, and some concrete ways we can organize to help end human trafficking in Minnesota today.

A meal will be served by the good folks of Mount Olive Lutheran's Neighborhood Ministries Team from 5:15-6 p.m., and the interactive workshop will begin at 6 p.m., including several ways to ACT now and get to work ourselves on this serious issue. To register, go to endtrafficking.eventbrite.com.

Talk and Learn about Justice Issues in the Native American Community
Saturday, January 12, 8:30am – 4:00pm
     Minnesota American Indian Center, Minneapolis

Engage in a free and open conversation on Native American life-justice issues of tribal sovereignty and racism. Designated participants include Jim Bear Jacobs, Todd Fast Horse and Anna Marie Hill. Write Martha Fast Horse or call her at (612) 619-6797 with questions. Email Rev. Dr. Ron Letnes or call (763) 291-4003 to register. An ‘Indian Taco’ lunch will be provided for a free will donation. This event is organized by the Native American Justice Task Force of the Joint Peace with Justice Committee of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Synods of the ELCA and endorsed by the Minnesota Council of Churches.

From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Reflections on Everyday Peacemaking
Monday, February 4, 8:00 p.m.
     Quad 264, Saint John's University

Why does conflict arise among individuals and among religious, political and ethnic groups? What contributes to the resolution, even transformation, of conflict in the world and in our lives? How can each of us serve the cause of peace? Rabbi Eilberg will explore these questions through the lens of Judaism's rich body of sacred texts on peace and peacemaking. From Enemy to Friend is through the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning. Why does conflict arise among individuals and among religious, political and ethnic groups? What contributes to the resolution, even transformation, of conflict in the world and in our lives? How can each of us serve the cause of peace? Rabbi Eilberg will explore these questions through the lens of Judaism's rich body of sacred texts on peace and peacemaking. From Enemy to Friend is sponsored through the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning. 

Make a Difference

Cleaning Supplies Needed for New Refugees

New refugees want to be able to take pride in their new homes by keeping them clean, safe, and beautiful for themselves and their families. We provide each newly arriving refugee family with the necessary items to keep their homes clean, but we need your help! Can you help us provide “cleaning kits” (or any of the listed items) for newly arrived refugee families? A kit includes a bucket, all- purpose cleaner, dish soap, laundry detergent, laundry basket, sponges, small trash bags, and a broom or mop. Donations can be delivered to 122 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis during business hours.
Questions? Contact Kristin at 612-230-3219 or rsvolunteers@mnchurches.org.

Share the CIVIC e-card



Sunday, December 23, 2012 a group from Conversations With Friends (CWF) gathered at the Ramsey County detention center to visit immigrants being held in detention for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). For many, visiting detained immigrants during the Advent-Christmas-New Year season - this festival of lights, gifts, re-creation, and grace - is especially revealing of the lie behind ICE's claim that immigrant detention is non-punitive.  Watch this special video card created by CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement) to learn more about current detention policies and new visitation programs across the country. For more information about CWF contact Rev. John Guttermann, Lead for Conversations with Friends, sponsored by the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM, MN): intpasj@mac.com; 651 485-3104.

Resources

Top Church Leadership Articles of 2012

From “An Open Letter to Churches Seeking New Members” to “Planning Inspired by the Spirit,” the Lewis Center for Church Leadership compiled their most popular church leadership articles of 2012 here.

New Testament Texts in Contexts
Saturday, January 5 and February 2, 9:30 - 3:00 p.m.
     901 Portland Ave, St. Paul

Students who complete this course will learn different ways of reading and interpreting New Testament scriptures.  They will develop skills in “reading a context” and “reading an audience” in their own places of ministry and mission. They will learn how contexts and culture inform different meanings of biblical texts. The instructor is The Rev Marilyn Salmon, PhD, Professor of New Testament, United Theological Seminary and Missioner for the School for Formation, Episcopal Church in Minnesota. This course is open to anyone. Click here for more information.

Webinar: Stewardship and Finance - Getting It Right at the Starting Line
Thursday, January 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Whether on the Stewardship Team, Finance Committee or Church Council, your work involves monetary gifts. As you prepare for the New Year, learn new tactics that can make your job the best in the church! Register here. For more information: contact: Ken Sloane or call 615.340.7165.

Resource Center for Churches Recommends Odyssey Network

A multi-faith coalition, Odyssey Networks offers a wide collection of short videos on peace and justice topics: immigration, faith and the economy, poverty in America, caring for the earth, interfaith collaboration, and more. The Resource Center for Churches is a project of Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal and UCC Churches in Minnesota. Friend the Resource Center for Churches on Facebook for more resources!

Employment

Faith Formation Coordinators
Calvary Lutheran Church, Willmar

Two Full Time Positions are available as Faith Formation Coordinators. Calvary desires individuals who enjoy teamwork. Ministry focus will be on building relationships, equipping lay leaders and cultivating a culture of Christ centered learning and faith formation for children, youth and their families. Must have an interest in cross generational ministry and be willing to engage in important faith questions. Prior work experience or training in Christian education or family ministry preferred. Full time salary plus benefits negotiated commensurate with experience. Application deadline is January 18th, 2013.

Send cover letter and resume to:
Stephanie McCarthy, Pastor of Family Ministries
Calvary Lutheran Church
302 Olena Ave. SE
Willmar, MN 56201
pastorstephanie@calvarylutheranchurch.com

Looking Forward

Learning for Life Education Series
Anderson Student Center, St. Thomas University St. Paul campus

“Learning for Life” is an education series co-sponsored by the St. Thomas Alumni Association and an academic department or center that provides personal growth for all stages of life.

Comparative Religions: Journey through Christian and Islamic Dialogue in Today's World
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 - What is Islam?
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - The Bible and the Qur’an
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - Islamic-Christian Dialogue

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 or all three for $25. Learn more and register now.

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