Increase empathy in your community with a Respectful Conversation. Plus, you are invited to join us at a Taking Heart Ramadan dinner (Iftar) taking place in June and July and the government considers advanced care planning reimbursement for doctors. 
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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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May 29, 2014
 

In this Issue

News
   Crossing Cultures
   Taking Heart Ramadan Iftars
   So Essential, It Might Be Paid For

Upcoming Events
   Webinar: Online Ministries
   Ministry Security Course
   'Only Four Things Grow a Church' Seminar
   Silent Saturdays: Introduction to Contemplative Living
   Voting Rights Act: Act to Remember-Act to Restore
   Minnesota Nonprofit Leadership Conference
   Tenth Annual CHUM Rhubarb Festival
 
Make a Difference
   Donate Furniture to Refugee Families
   Torture Awareness Month is NOW

Resources
   What Do Lay People Want in Pastors?
   Social Justice at Work
   Are You Prepared to Pay for Long-Term Care?
 
Employment
   Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Organizer
   Custodian II

Looking Forward
   Pilgrimage for Change
   Total Clergy Well-Being
   Beginning Beekeeping
 

News

Crossing Cultures

While the pre-designed format of a Respectful Conversation for this cycle has been “Guns in Minnesota,” we have had a number of cross-cultural opportunities to design conversations around racial divides, religious and non-religious people, urban/rural tensions, and we are exploring possibilities for a traditional Native American / Christian Native American conversation. People left one of these recent conversations with these comments:

● We interacted better and the dialogue was more fruitful.
●Having such a discussion is a wonderful opportunity.
●This was very enjoyable. 

To bless your community with the increased empathy that comes from a Respectful Conversation about Guns in Minnesota, or any other topic, contact Jerad at (612) 230-3211.
 

Taking Heart Ramadan Iftars

During Ramadan (June 28-July 28 this year), Muslims observe a month of daytime fasting, breaking their fast with a meal when the sun sets. For the fourth year, we have partnered with the Muslim American Society of Minnesota to arrange open houses at mosques where non-Muslims are invited to share in this dinner, or Iftar. If you live in the Twin Cities or Duluth, then one of these 17 mosques may be near you. Click here to find out and register to join your neighbors for a meal.
 

So Essential, It Might Be Paid For

“The federal government may reimburse doctors for talking to Medicare patients and their families about ‘advance care planning,’ including living wills and end-of-life treatment options,” reads a news article from the daily news service of Pew Charitable Trusts. Your congregation can provide a similarly valuable service in the form of a Graceful Journey workshop series by contacting Helen at (612) 230-3345.
 
Whether or not Medicare will cover advance care planning, it is important to be insured. MNsure’s next open enrollment period begins November 15 and you will want people in your community to have all the facts they need before then. Host a MNsure information session in your community this summer, and consider partnering with MCC to become a MNsure Beacon congregation with regular informational sessions. Contact Joo Kim for more information at (612) 230-3219.
 

Upcoming Events

 

Webinar: Online Ministries

June 12, 12:00pm

Church is not what happens in a sanctuary… that’s worship (if the Spirit is moving). Church is the gathered body of Christ and that gathering does not have to be physical. In what ways is the church using online gatherings or communications that are strengthening physically gathered communities? How can online communities serve people unable to gather physically? (Facilitated by Jo Hudson) Register Now (via Minnesota Conference UCC)
 

Ministry Security Course

June 12, 9:00am - 4:15pm
Grace Church, Eden Prairie

What would you do if a child disappeared from your children's department? If someone became seriously ill during service? If someone brings a gun to church? This conference is essential for anyone who actively works in a ministry organization or who is responsible for the safety of people in a ministry. Click here to learn more.
 

'Only Four Things Grow a Church' Seminar

June 14, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Maplewood

Join Bill Easum and Bill Tenny-Brittain for a one-day seminar designed for church leaders who are committed to seeing their churches become increasingly effective, faithful, and sustainable. Learn more and register here.


Silent Saturdays: Introduction to Contemplative Living

June 21, July 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm
MICAH Retreat Center, Crookston

Silent Saturdays are informal and relaxing gatherings to discuss what the Christian contemplative way of life is about, learn about a contemplative prayer practice and then spend time doing the practice. Prayer practices can consist of many things including but not limited to meditating on scripture, prayer, tea ceremony, discernment, walking the labyrinth, art projects, exploring nature, silence, and writing. Learn more here.


Voting Rights Act: Act to Remember – Act to Restore

June 22, 2:00pm
Shiloh Temple, Minneapolis

Join an interfaith celebration to commemorate the Freedom Summer and anniversary of the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwermer with a call to action in support of restoring the Voting Rights Act. Click here to learn more.
 

Minnesota Nonprofit Leadership Conference

June 26
McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis

It's been said that good nonprofit leaders never stop learning. 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.
 

Make a Difference

Donate Furniture to Refugee Families

Families are in great need of dressers, sofas, dining room tables, dining room chairs and coffee tables. If you have any of these items to donate, 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.
 

Resources

What Do Lay People Want in Pastors?

A sense of humor and an ability to laugh. Those are among the conclusions of a comprehensive study of denominational executives and lay members in seven denominations by researcher Adair T. Lummis of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Read a synopsis of the study, and some discovered tensions between lay people and judicatory staff, here.
 

Social Justice at Work

“Shalom” is God’s intention for every single human being and for all aspects of his creation. Bob Robinson, of the Center to Reintegrate Faith, Life and Vocations, shares how one CEO brought shalom into his workplace.
 

Are You Prepared to Pay for Long-Term Care?

When you need long-term care, you will probably end up paying for it on your own. Most of the programs you think of first, like Medicare or your health insurance, most times do not pay for long-term care. Learn more from Own Your Future, a program of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

 

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.


Total Clergy Well-Being

August 3-8
Oak Ridge Conference Center, Chaska

There is still space in "Total Clergy Well-Being: Balancing Your Ministry, Re-Discovering Your Life" August 3-8, 2014 in Chaska, Minnesota, led by Susan Nienaber & Mark Sundby. For registration and program information, go here.
 

Beginning Beekeeping

August 9, 9:00am – 4:00pm AND August 23, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton

People of the book remember that we come from the Garden of Eden, and Christians worship a Christ who defeated death. Do your part for beleaguered pollinators. Classroom and hands-on learning offer practical skills for at-home beekeeping and honey extractions, as well as an in-depth look at the biology and history of beekeeping. You’ll work with live bees from United’s own bee operation, giving you the confidence to start a successful beehive in your backyard. Click here for more information.
 
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