Interfaith history is made in the upper Midwest as Christian and Jewish funeral services come together under one building. Plus an opportunity to expand your social silo, add a Graceful Journey presentation this fall, and Minnesota's uninsured population drops to an all time low this month.
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Refugee Services:
MCC offers Immigration, housing, employment, education and citizenship services to refugees and their families with the aim of guiding them on the path to self-sufficiency.

Graceful Journey:
With Graceful Journey, people learn how to have end of life conversations, and to make decisions based on deeply held religious beliefs, surrounded by a caring community of faith.

MNSure:
In order to connect thousands of uninsured Minnesotans with the healing opportunities afforded by MNsure, MCC-trained Faith Ambassadors deliver presentations on the MNsure marketplace to congregations.

Respectful Conversations Project:
Respectful Conversations is designed not to change minds, but soften hearts. Find out how people in your community can talk about their differences in a way that stitches us together rather than tearing us apart.

The Tapestry Project:
This project is a partnership between MCC, City of Mankato, and Lloyd Management to co-facilitate a 7-week class to address specific barriers to self-sufficiency.

Partnerships with the American Indian Communities:
For years, Minnesota Council of Churches has had a strong partnership with Native American communities advocating for improved access, promoting public education and protecting against human trafficking.

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June 25, 2014
 

In this Issue

News
   A Conversation to Break Out of Your Silo
   Interfaith Funeral Partners and Ramadan Iftars
   Put a Graceful Journey in Your Fall Schedule
   MNsure

Upcoming Events
   Minnesota Nonprofit Leadership Conference
   Tenth Annual CHUM Rhubarb Festival
   Binding the Covenant
   The State of Politics, Then and Now
   Built Environment Lunch & Learn
 
Make a Difference
   Your Perishables Can Help Refugees
   Torture Awareness Month is NOW
   JRLC Legislative Summary

Resources
   The Where and How of Strategy
   Are Millennials Your Secret Weapon?
   Learn How to Give Away Your Power
   Renewal for Effective Leadership
   Foundations of Christian Leadership
   Are you Between 60-70 Years Old?
 
Employment
   Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Organizer
   Custodian II

Looking Forward
   Pilgrimage for Change
   Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter
   Celebration of Biblical Preaching
   Residential Writing Programs for Scholars and Pastors
 

News

A Conversation to Break Out of Your Silo

A recent Pew poll shows that people who disagree about politics also disagree about other things – like where to live, who to hang out with, and the value of being near people with different religions or ethnicities. But we have found one tool that consistently works to help people empathize with each other – whether you’re in a discussion with religious and non-religious people or you’re discussing guns in Minnesota, a Respectful Conversation is the tool that will help people break out of their silos. Contact Jerad Morey at (612) 230-3211 about organizing one today.
 

Interfaith Funeral Partners and Ramadan Iftars

In the area of interfaith relations: On July 8th Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapels and Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services will make interfaith history by becoming the first Jewish and Christian funeral homes in the upper Midwest to share a building without being in competition with each other. That these two businesses of different faiths are "not trying to take each other's business away," as Jim Bradshaw of Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation services says, shows the respect each has for the sacred nature of the experience they facilitate.
 
An experience sacred to our Muslim partners in Minnesota, Ramadan, also starts this month (June 28). For one month, Muslims fast during daytime hours and eat an "Iftar" when the sun sets. Minnesota Council of Churches, in partnership with the Muslim-American Society of Minnesota, has organized Taking Heart Ramadan Iftars, essentially open houses in mosques and Muslim community centers where neighbors are invited in to experience this distinct element of the Muslim religion. As those of us of all faiths and no faith are finding ways to better get to know each other, you can take this concrete step yourself: See if there is a Taking Heart Iftar in your area and sign up to participate. Experiencing an element of another culture and faith can help you see your own in a new light.
 

Put a Graceful Journey in Your Fall Schedule

When legendary radio host Casey Kasem passed away people remembered not only his joyful presence but also the familial struggle in his final days over the kind of medical care he would have wanted to receive. CNN.com writes “The family battle over Kasem's end-of-life care was magnified by the media. Yet the story of families facing difficult decisions at the end of a loved one's life is one that millions of Americans can relate to.”
 
Graceful Journey is a series of presentations and workshops delivered in congregations to help individuals experience the end of life as a more graceful journey. As you develop your fall ministry plan, contact Helen Jackson Lockett-El at (612) 230-3345 about adding two 90-minute Graceful Journey workshops to your calendar.
 

MNsure Presentation Successes

Thanks in part to the congregations which have already blessed their communities with MNsure presentations, Minnesota’s uninsured population is at its lowest point since records have been kept, going from 8.2% of the general population to 4.9%. Help your neighbors prepare for the next open enrollment period, beginning November 15, by contacting Joo Kim at (612) 230-3219 to host a MNsure information session in your community.
 

Upcoming Events

 
 

Minnesota Nonprofit Leadership Conference

June 26
McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis

It's been said that good nonprofit leaders never stop learning - this includes clergy. No matter where you are in your personal and professional development, remaining open to new ideas is essential to keeping pace with the constant change taking place around us every day. Learn more here.


Tenth Annual CHUM Rhubarb Festival

June 28, 9:00am – 4:00pm
1 Ave East & London Road, Duluth

This annual celebration honors Steve O'Neill and celebrates a year of rhubarb delicacies including pies, muffins, crisps, and more!  A variety of games and crafts, live music and a silent auction promise a day of fun and entertainment for the whole family.  Admission is Free.  Find out more here.


Binding the Covenant

June 28, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Minneapolis Convention Center

This is a moment when you can join your voice and your efforts with others to seek economic and racial justice for all God's children, working to build a Minnesota where the dignity of each person is respected, where healthy communities and residents are the norm, and where everyone has a pathway to greater opportunity. Go to the ISAIAH website for more information.
 

The State of Politics, Then and Now

July 10, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis

Join Vice President Walter Mondale and MPR’s Gary Eichten for a lively conversation on politics and the state of our union. Music precedes the forum at 11:30am and a public reception follows. Free and open to all. For information, contact Susan McKenna, 612-332-3421, or smckenna@wpc-mpls.org.
 

Built Environment Lunch & Learn

July 16, 11:30am – 1:00pm
First Covenant Church, Minneapolis

Meet and hear from community and church leaders about their various forms of engagement with the built environment. Rev. Dan Collison, Senior Pastor of First Covenant Minneapolis, will be leading the first discussion on July 16 and talk about how his involvement in local city development issues has affected his approach to ministry in the neighborhood. Contact Sara Joy Proppe, sj.proppe@gmail.com, with questions and to RSVP.

 

Make a Difference

Your Perishables Can Help Refugees

With a new push for emergency donations, the community has been really responsive, and many core items have been coming in.  We are now in a unique position to ask for some of the more perishable items that are required for resettlement, which include: shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, toothpaste, trash bags, and children’s toothbrushes. Contact Joo Kim at (612) 230-3219.

 

Torture Awareness Month is NOW

June is Torture Awareness Month, and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture is providing resources and activities to honor survivors of torture, ensure that the truth about the U.S. torture program is made public, and begin the restoration of human dignity for all.


JRLC Legislative Summary

The 2014 Legislative Session was one of the most productive and dramatic in Joint Religious Legislative Coalition history. Read about what we accomplished through JRLC this year on JRLC's website!
 

Resources

The Where and How of Strategy

Being strategic in ministry, writes Faith & Leadership's David L. Odom, means not just having a detailed and articulable answer to the “why” of what you’re doing, but also to the ‘where’ and ‘how.’ “In order to accomplish anything, the strategy needs to be directed to specific people in specific places. The more generically the place is defined, the more faceless are the people and the weaker the strategy.”
 

Are Millennials Your Secret Weapon?

A five-year study summarized in the Stanford Social Innovation Review looked at Millennials’ engagement with social causes and concluded that Millennials can become an organization’s secret weapon: “Our research reveals a generation that is energetically trying to transform the world for the better. The mandate is clear: Organizations can’t afford to cater only to older donors and volunteers. Younger audiences are demanding that the causes they support change the way they engage with them.”
 

Learn How to Give Away Your Power

Most Pastors believe in delegating tasks and sharing authority to develop leaders. But in practice it’s not so easy. Dan Hotchkiss of Congregational Consulting writes a how-to for pastors to transition from delegating tasks to growing a leader. (via Northern Plains E-News)
 

Renewal Program for Effective Leadership

People engaged in public and community service are often so busy doing their work they miss the opportunity to think about why that work is important or how they might do it more effectively. They can also be deprived of the sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that hard work merits. The Wilder Foundation’s James P. Shannon Institute is a year-long program that provides experienced community leaders the opportunity clarify the purpose of their work and core values they want that work to reflect. Click here for a flyer and to attend an upcoming information session (pdf).
 

Practice the Foundations of Christian Leadership

When one is new to a leadership position within a Christian institution or multi-staff congregation, the learning curve is often steep. Leading at this level requires discernment rooted in Christian practices and tradition, as well as stewardship exercised through thoughtful management. Whatever previous experience one may have, new positions and responsibilities challenge leaders to develop their capacities in richer, fuller ways. Foundations of Christian Leadership is a learning community organized by Duke Divinity School. Learn more about the community and program here.
 

Are You Between 60-70 Years Old?

The years between 60 and 70 are years of important transitions. You might still be working, thinking about retiring or already be retired. You might need to reduce monthly expenses so you can afford to retire. All these factors will affect your long-term care planning. Learn about key factors to plan for as you advance in age from Minnesota Own Your Future.



 

Employment

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Organizer

JRLC is hiring an organizer to provide full-time organizing and interfaith social justice advocacy services to constituents, especially to the JRLC Legislative Network of volunteer leaders and advocates. For more information click here.
 

Custodian II

Minnesota Council of Churches is hiring for a custodian II who can assist the building superintendent in the care and maintenance and all-around safety of the Minnesota Church Center and grounds and program set-ups. Click here for more information.

 

Looking Forward

 

Pilgrimage for Change

August 1-3
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis

Join author, teacher, and scholar Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell for a weekend for young adults. Dr. Newell will offer teaching rooted in the Celtic Tradition on healing, justice, and spiritual transformation. Time and space will be provided for participants to learn and practice Tai Chi movement, yoga, interfaith chants, and meditation. For more information see www.pilgrimageforchange.com.

Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter

September 8-10
TIES Event Centre, Saint Paul

The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter is a training for all those who aspire to learn how to work with teams, groups, organizations or community in more interactive, engaging and effective ways. Click here for a flyer with registration information (pdf).
 

Celebration of Biblical Preaching

October 6-8
Luther Seminary, St. Paul

Each week preachers have the opportunity to immerse their hearers in the divine drama of God’s activity to save the world God loves so much. It is a story of peril and beauty and courage and grace. But do we approach the pulpit seeking to immerse our hearers in its plot line, or do we offer them only religious information instead? For more information and to register, click here.
 

Residential Writing Programs for Scholars and Pastors

January, 2015 Deadline

The Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research is now accepting applications for its 2015-2016 residencies. Learn more about the program and apply here.
 
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