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November 7, 2012
 

In this Issue

News
Healing Minnesota Stories -
Support the Dakota Commemorative March
MCC Response to Minnesota’s Constitutional Amendments
Give To The Max Day: Schedule Your Donation Now
Upcoming Events
United Against Hunger: The Food Stamp Challenge
Beliefs & Art of Orthodox Christians
Adapting Buddhist Meditation Practices to Christian Spirituality
The Return of the Cuyahoga
Interfaith Panel: Finding Common Ground in Uncommon Times
Advocate
Keep a Refugee Warm

Resources
Forgiveness 360 Symposium
Ministry Leadership in a Digital Culture

Looking Forward
Human Rights Day: Shining a Light on Torture
The Nativity Story Comes Alive in South Minneapolis!

News

Healing Minnesota Stories – Support the Dakota Commemorative March
Tuesday, November 13

There is a sad anniversary coming, from a tragic history we all share but may not know. 150 years ago this November, in the aftermath of the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862, 1,700 captive Dakota women, children, and elders were force-marched 150 miles from their homes in southern Minnesota to Fort Snelling. An unknown number died during the march at the hands of soldiers and angry mobs. An estimated 300 more died that winter under brutal conditions at the Fort Snelling concentration camp.

As you meet together in worship this week please be mindful of a group of Dakota members that set out on foot from Morton, MN on Wednesday in a ceremony of remembrance for the Dakota who were force-marched in 1862. Let us as faith communities commit to be in prayer for those who are walking this week. The ceremony will conclude on November 13th with a march from Bloomington to Ft. Snelling State Park. If you would like to participate in any leg of the march or the concluding ceremony please register at http://www.2012dakotamarch.eventbrite.com/.

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Each stake records the name of one of the families who marched in 1862, many of whom have descendants participating on the 2012 march.

MCC Response to Minnesota’s Constitutional Amendments

Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin expressed delight and relief at the failure of the Voter ID amendment. While MCC did not take a position on the amendment to define marriage, it is also proud of its successful work not to change minds, but soften hearts through the Respectful Conversations Project. Click here for MCC’s official statement.

Give To The Max Day: Schedule Your Donation Now

We are excited to announce that we have a generous matching grant of over $6000 from the MCC Leadership Circle, doubling the impact of every dollar you give. Join our work building relationships with people of other faiths, refugees, and those in need by scheduling your Give to the Max Day donation today. Just click "schedule for Give to the Max Day 2012" on MCC's Give MN page and your donation will process next Thursday, helping us potentially win an extra $1000 for our work.

Upcoming Events

United Against Hunger: The Food Stamp Challenge
Sunday, November 11th, 2:00-4:00 pm
     Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
     2730 E. 31st St. in Minneapolis

Could you live on $31.50, the average weekly food supplement for recipients of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)? Join multi-faith religious and community leaders to gain a glimpse of life on a food stamp budget. Shop for $31.50 worth of groceries, the amount given to recipients of SNAP. Explore the wisdom of Judaism, Christianity and Islam on caring for the poor.


Beliefs & Art of Orthodox Christians
Sunday, November 11,  2:00-4:00 pm
     St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral
     1701 5th Street NE,  Minneapolis

Minneapolis Area Interfaith Initiative invites you to learn more about the Orthodox faith. Archpriest Andrew Morbey, Dean of the Cathedral, will explain Orthodox beliefs, practices and the beautiful new icons in the 1905 cathedral. A question and answer session will follow, with time to admire the icons.  Learn how Orthodox Christians differ from Roman Catholics and Protestants. St. Mary’s is in the Russian Orthodox tradition. Free of charge. RSVP to maiimpls@gmail.com.

Adapting Buddhist Meditation Practices to Christian Spirituality
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
     Woulfe Alumni Hall North (378A), Anderson Student Center
     University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

Drawing from her forthcoming book Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation, Susan Stabile will explore some of the common values and understandings that underlie Christianity and Buddhism, how interreligious engagement can offer mutual enrichment for people of both traditions, and, in particular, how Buddhist meditation practices can enrich Christian spirituality. Free and open to the public.

The Return of the Cuyahoga
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.
     St. Anthony Main Theater, Minneapolis

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Clean Water Action will be showing The Return of the Cuyahoga. Known as the “river that burned” (see photo), the Cuyahoga became an important symbol of the environmental movement. This one-hour documentary shows the death and rebirth of one of America's most emblematic waterways. Guest Speaker - Judy Helgen, biologist and author of Peril in the Ponds: Deformed Frogs, Politics, and a Biologist’s Quest. Learn about Judy’s investigation into the mystery of deformed frogs discovered in Minnesota ponds. Register and purchase tickets here.

Interfaith Panel: Finding Common Ground in Uncommon Times
Sunday, November 18, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
     301 County Road 19, Excelsior

Keynote speaker Rabbi Brad Hirschfield shares his journey to discover tolerance, respect, generosity, and peace with those of differing beliefs, also detailed in his book “You Don’t Have to be Wrong for Me to be Right." Following his address, Rabbi Hirschfield joins members of an interfaith panel for further discussion. The panel includes Bishop Ann Svennungsen and Muslim Imam Tamim Saidi. Former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger, Sr. moderates the panel. Tickets are $15. To register log on to www.mountcalvary.org.

Advocate

Keep a Refugee Warm

Kadra arrived to Minnesota with her husband and four children during July’s blazing heat. The record-breaking temperatures were unusual for Minnesota but comfortingly familiar for this Somali family who is accustomed to the year-round heat in Mogadishu. With the winter approaching, families such as Kadra's are learning to turn up the thermostat and add extra blankets to their beds at night. However, we are running low on warm blankets and comforters to help keep the chill out. Adult coats and winter accessories are also critical to keeping our families warm throughout the long winter. Donations can be delivered to the MN Church Center (122 Franklin Ave, MPLS) anytime during business hours. Contact: Kristin by email or at or 612.230.3219.

Resources

Forgiveness 360 Symposium
November 9-18
     Concordia University
     312 Hamline Avenue N, Saint Paul

Is everything forgivable? How do you live with the unforgivable? This festival features theatrical productions, panel talks, film screenings, and visual art shows centering on forgiveness. The symposium is designed to engage conversation, increase awareness of the value of forgiveness in everyday life, and create understanding for the complicated environment of survival in families of crime victims. Spirit In The House! is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reflect and encourage an objective understanding of Spiritual Diversity through the arts. Some events are free and others require a cover charge. Check out the poster here.

Ministry Leadership in a Digital Culture
Thursday, November 29th, 9:00a.m.-3:00 p.m.
     Event location: TBD

This seminar will provide pragmatic resources for leading in ministry amid digital culture, such as texting, Facebook, etc. There will be lots of show and tell. Led by Mary Hess, associate professor of educational leadership at Luther Seminary. Fee: $120 Students: $60  Register online or contact Renee Flesner, 651.255.6138. CEUs available.

Looking Forward

Human Rights Day: Shining a Light on Torture
Sunday, December 9

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) invites you to mark Human Rights Day the weekend of December 7-9 by lifting up the need  to shine a light on places where torture might occur in the U.S. Your congregation can use a bulletin insert and worship materials, show a video, and gather signatures for the petition asking the President to sign the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture. You can go to www.nrcat.org/human_rights_day for resources for this special weekend.


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.
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