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December 12, 2012
 

In this Issue

News
Talking About the Incarnation
Dakota Ride Begins
Did you Attend a Respectful Conversation?
Upcoming Events
Listening to a Voice Inside the Immigration Debate: An Evening With Jose Antonio Vargas
The Nativity Story Comes Alive in South Minneapolis!
Sounds Sacred (to me): "From Darkness to Light"
Advent Meditations

Live from Bethlehem - Pray for Peace!
Make a Difference
A Place to Gather
Resources
Resource Center for Churches Recommends Mimi's Village
Employment
Refugee Immigration Intern
Employment Services Intern
Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps
Looking Forward
Equipping Congregations Day - Life Giving Identity


News


Talking about the Incarnation

Sunday, December 16, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
     Islamic Center of Minnesota
     1401 Gardena Ave. NE, Fridley

Christmas is the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus.  Beyond the popular imagery of the baby Jesus in the manger is a profound theological concept.  Christians think of the Incarnation as God breaking into the world in a new way, as Emanuel, God-with-us.

The Incarnation also is one of the most troubling aspects of Christianity for Muslims.  If there is only one God, how can God also be Jesus,  and how can God have a son?

In this month's Muslim Christian Dialogue Professor Terry Nichols of the University of St. Thomas will discuss the Christian concept of the Incarnation in conversation with Br. Owais Bayunus, Director of Interfaith at the Islamic Center of Minnesota.  The discussion is designed to clear up misconceptions about the Incarnation, and to allow participants to ask their own questions. RSVP now!
 

Dakota Ride Begins     

Dakota Indian horseback riders and support teams are gathering in South Dakota on Monday for an annual memorial journey to southern Minnesota. Their ride will end in Mankato on Dec. 26, the 150th anniversary of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. On that day in 1862, 38 Dakota men were hanged from a single gallows platform in downtown Mankato in retribution for the US-Dakota war. The horseback ride will grow as it moves east, with more groups joining in.
 
Read the rest of the story on Minnesota Public Radio. MCC member congregations along the route are volunteering to support the riders and acknowledge the execution’s anniversary.

Did you Attend a Respectful Conversation?

Thank you for being part of creating a culture of respect in Minnesota during the recent amendment decision about defining marriage as between one man and one woman. We held 54 conversations in the state with 1550 participants. We also trained more than 250 people as table facilitators. We thank you for your participation and ask you for a little bit more of your time. We are evaluating the project in order to make it even more successful the next time. Would you please help us by completing the following survey? Take the Survey Now!

Upcoming Events

Listening to a Voice Inside the Immigration Debate: An Evening With Jose Antonio Vargas
Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.
     Riverview Theater
     3800 42nd Avenue S, Minneapolis

Jose Antonio Vargas will present a short film that explores the broken U.S. immigration system and raises the question of what it means to be an American. Last year, Jose Antonio Vargas used his skills as a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist to break a personal story. In his New York Times Magazine article he informed readers that he was an undocumented immigrant—a fact he was unaware of until he applied for a driver’s license and was told his immigration materials had been forged. He is the founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is hosting this free preview of Vargas’ work. Click here to register for the event.
 

The Nativity Story Comes Alive in South Minneapolis!
December 13-16, 20-22
     1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

"La Natividad", a partnership of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and St. Paul's Lutheran Church embodies the gospels of Matthew and Luke in the tradition of the Mexican "la posadas" and within the reality of their south Minneapolis neighborhood. The performance begins at the theatre and turns into a procession that culminates at the church (two blocks away) where all are welcomed for a fiesta. Enacted with beauty, humor and soulful live music. Performed in English and Spanish. We have reserved special rates for church groups of ten or more. Call 612 721 2535 for more information or to order tickets. Or go to the theatre website:www.hobt.org. Find a bulletin insert here (pdf).


Sounds Sacred (to me): "From Darkness to Light"
Monday, December 17, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
     716 Main Avenue, Fargo

During the seasons of Advent and Christmas, the Christian calendar mirrors the earth's seasonal patterns. In Advent, the nights grow long. We wait in darkness, hopeful for the future. Christmas brings with it the return of the light, as Jesus is called the "light of the world." This Sounds Sacred (to me) gathering will use poetry, live music and art to explore the depths of the darkness and find a way to light and hope. Come and experience "From Darkness to Light." Nothing is required of you. Sit and be open. Because sometimes it is all you can do to just be there. Live music provided by Michael LarsonAndy Clemenson, Brent Johnson, Grace Lenhart, John Schmidt, and more.   Poetry will be read from poets like Yeats, William Stafford, Allen Ginsberg, Emily Dickenson, Dom Helder Camara, and more. For more information, please visit the facebook event page. While you are there, "Like" the Project F-M to stay updated on all the latest events.

Advent Meditations
Wednesday, December 19, 12:00-12:30 p.m.
     122 Franklin Avenue West, Minneapolis

The Minnesota Council of Churches is happy to once again invite you to participate in a series of Advent Meditations during the month of December. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a quiet respite from the busy work day for a weekly advent meditation offered by three of the denominations which make up the Minnesota Council of Churches. Buy or bring your lunch to Assembly Room 1.  This advent meditation is led by Bishop Ann Svennungsen, Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
 

Live from Bethlehem - Pray for Peace!
Saturday, December 22, 9:00 a.m.
     Central Lutheran Church
     3rd Avenue South at 12th Street, Minneapolis

You are invited to join with Christians from around the world in participating, via live webcast, in a prayer service for peace in Palestine and Israel. Prayers, readings, and hymns alternate between Washington, D.C. and Palestine, bringing together people of different lands, languages, and ethnic backgrounds in celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace. Service participants include the Rev. Mitri Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church and the Lutheran and Episcopal bishops of Washington, D. C. and the Holy Land areas. Viewing will be on the big screen in Fellowship Hall. Continental Breakfast Available at 8:00 a.m. The service and breakfast are free of charge, but reservations are requested by calling 612-870-4416.

Live outside of the Twin Cities Metro? The live webcast will be available on the main page of the National Cathedral here:  http://www.nationalcathedral.org/

Make a Difference

A Place to Gather

Sitting around the dinner table is a wonderful way for any family to come together to share a meal and talk about the day. Can you make a family dinner possible for a new refugee family in time for the holidays by donating a gently used small dining table sets with chairs? MCC Refugee Services is unable to pick furniture items; however, please contact Kristin at 612-230-3219 or at kristin.zoellner@mnchurches.org to schedule a delivery.

Resources

Resource Center for Churches Recommends Mimi's Village

Mimi's Village:  And How Basic Health Care Transformed It by Katie Smith Milway is a new picture book from CitizenKid that introduces children to global health issues and inspires action.  By sleeping under mosquito nets and helping build a clinic, Mimi and her family transform their village in rural Kenya.  Other CitizenKid books help children see the power of a small loan, a garden, and a well. Find them and other ministry resources at the Resource Center for Churches. Located in the Minnesota Church Center, the RCC is a project of Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian and UCC Churches in Minnesota. Resource Center for Church's Facebook page highlights new and excellent resources.

Employment

Refugee Immigration Intern

For the first time in more than 4 years, refugee families in the US will have the opportunity to file for immediate family members living overseas through the AOR program. Interns 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 Immigration Services Coordinator will provide extensive initial training on the processing of immigration applications and ongoing training as government procedures change. 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. Interested candidates can contact rsvolunteers@mnchurches.org for more information and application instructions.

Employment Services Intern

The Employment Services Intern will help with MCC Refugee Services' Employment Team’s efforts to find and obtain sustainable and appropriate employment for some of the most vulnerable refugees in our program. The intern will spend the majority of his/her time working one-on-one with these refugees to help them based on their specific needs. Interns may also work independently conducting research and gathering information on various potential employers. Interns must be able to contribute 10-15 hours per week on a consistent basis between the hours of 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday starting in January. Interested candidates can email their resume and a cover letter expressing their interest to rsvolunteers@mnchurches.org. Read the full internship description.

Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps

The Episcopal Church offers untold opportunities for young adults to provide service and share their expertise worldwide through the Young Adult Service Corps. Commonly known as YASC, applications for 2013-14 will be accepted until January 4, 2013 from young adults between the ages of 21-30. Read More.

Looking Forward

Equipping Congregations Day - Life Giving Identity
Saturday, February 9, 9:00am-3:30pm
     Vinje Lutheran Church, Willmar

This all day event includes a variety of workshops as well as guest speakers Andrew Root, PhD at Luther Seminary and Bishop Jon Anderson of our Southwestern Minnesota Synod. Read the flyer for the full list of over 25 workshops. Register now to take part in this great opportunity! All are welcome including congregation members, council officers, christian educators, worship & youth leaders, pastors, and anyone else! Register before January 17th for a group rate.
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