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April 16, 2014

In this Issue

   Respectful Conflict?
   National HealthCare Decision Day
   You Can Still Help 60% of Uninsured Minnesotans
   Who is Jesus?
Upcoming Events
   Holocaust Remembrance Day
   Doctrine of Discovery
   Besa: A Code of Honor
   A Poor Church and a Church for the Poor
   ZIPCode Calling: Christians Engaging the Built Environment
   Social & Emotional Learning: Understanding It to Improve It
   Advance Care Planning First Steps Facilitator Certification
Make a Difference
   Refugee Donations Needed
   Immigration Reform is in Trouble - Endorse This Letter
   Earth Day Rally and Prayer Circle
   Churches Protecting Animals
   Learning from Asian Christian Worship Practices
   Know About Consumer Trends to Reach People
   Are You Between 40 and 60 Years Old?
   MCC Database and Communications Assistant
   MCC Fund Development Coordinator
Looking Forward
   Festival of Homiletics
   Minnesota Nonprofit Leadership Conference
   Pilgrimage for Change



Respectful Conflict?

According to Hartford Seminary, 75% of all congregations experience conflict. But how is it managed? They write “Rather than being hidden in the hushed tones of parking lot planning and telephone gossip, if conflict is recognized as inevitable—and potentially even healthy—it can become an opportunity for focus, affirmation, and renewal.”
Using a Respectful Conversation to manage conflict – to maintain positive relationships even while dealing with divisive issues – helps a conflict to be productive rather than destructive. Using the tool as a form of outreach to your community can even help your neighbors to know your congregation as a source of peace. To learn more, contact Respectful Conversations program manager Jerad Morey.

National HealthCare Decision Day

Over 90% of people think it’s important to have conversations about end-of-life care, yet less than 30% have done so. Today, April 16, is National Healthcare Decision Day – a great day to have the conversation. Click the link for more resources.
You can help your congregation and community to have this conversation by hosting a Graceful Journey presentation series, where a trained Faith Ambassador will give people the tools to make healthcare decisions according to their values, not their anxieties.

You Can Still Help 60% of Uninsured Minnesotans

While the open enrollment deadline has passed, it is not too late for your congregation to bless its community with a MNsure presentation and help people be better stewards of their health and finances. According to the Minneapolis StarTribune, "Some 60 percent of Minnesotans who lack health insurance potentially qualify for coverage through a public program, but they are not enrolled because of real or perceived barriers, according to Minnesota Department of Health surveys." There is no end date on public program enrollments.

Reach people by hosting a MCC Faith Ambassador to deliver a MNsure presentation. For more information go here.

Who is Jesus?

April 27*, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Islamic Center of Minnesota, Fridley

Did you know that Muslims await Jesus’ second coming too? In the latest of our Muslim-Christian dialogue series “Prophets, Patriarchs and People of Promise” we will discuss Jesus. We will be joined by Dan Collison, senior pastor of First Covenant Church Minneapolis and key organizer of the Minneapolis Multi-Faith Network, and Owais Bayunus, director of interfaith programming for the Islamic Center of Minnesota. Learn more about Jesus in dialogue with Christians and Muslims at April’s dialogue and RSVP here.
*Please note this dialogue breaks from our typical pattern of 3rd Sundays  

Upcoming Events


Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 27, 7:00pm
Temple of Aaron, Saint Paul

Yom HaShoah, the commemoration of the Holocaust, will be marked this year with the voices of Twin Cities Holocaust survivors. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email

Doctrine of Discovery

April 29, 7:00pm
Sundin Hall, Hamline University, Saint Paul

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery provided a religious justification for early explorers to seize land from indigenous nations and peoples by granting Christian explorers dominion over any land not already occupied by Christians. It viewed Native Americans as savages and is embedded in U.S. law through Supreme Court decisions. View the film and engage in a Q & A with filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. Click here for more information.

Besa: A Code of Honor

April 30, Reception 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Film & Talk 7:00pm – 8:30pm
William Mitchell College of Law Gallery, Saint Paul

During the Holocaust, Albania, one of the few European countries with a majority Muslim population, saved almost all their Jews. There were more Jews in Albania at the end of the war than when it began. This exhibit shares compelling stories and photos from that time. The opening reception will be followed by a film and remarks by Rabbi Michael Latz, Congregation Shir Tikvah, and Mariam Mohamed, Somali community leader.

A Poor Church and a Church for the Poor: Christian Poverty in the 21st Century

May 2, 8:30am- 1pm
Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University, Collegeville

Three days after his election, Pope Francis proclaimed publicy, "Ah, how I would like a church that is poor and is for the poor." This session will explore the concept of Christian poverty by looking backward and inward in order to look forward. Time will include a discussion of the biblical notion of poverty in Jesus' sermons and the apostolic lifestyle found in scripture, images and writings from Francis of Assisi, and review of recent statements by Pope Francis. Finally we will examine how Christians in our modern context might cultivate something of the vision shared by Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis. Learn more and register here.

ZipCode Calling: Christians Engaging the Built Environment

May 3, 8:30am – 5:00pm
The Central Mission, Saint Paul

This one-day conference is an opportunity for Christian pastors and leaders to gain some tools for understanding the built environment and the unique ways the church can answer her call to love her neighbors through nurturing good spaces for people to live together. Learn more and register here.

Social & Emotional Learning: Understanding It to Improve It

May 5, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis and Online

Are you an education, foundation, business, municipal or faith leader who works with youth? Join Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, president of the National League of Cities, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton as we learn about social and emotional competencies, why they are important, and how they relate to the achievement and opportunity gaps. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, learn and discuss intentional social and emotional learning skill development and assessment with local colleagues and others from across the state. Click here for more information and to register.

Advance Care Planning First Steps Facilitator Certification

May 9, 8:00am – 4:30pm
Broadway Ridge Building, Minneapolis

This training course is offered to interdisciplinary healthcare providers, caregivers, community members, and other interested individuals. The course is designed for individuals who want to learn how to lead effective in-depth Advance Care Planning conversations.  It utilizes the Respecting Choices curriculum and certification process to provide the needed skills to lead conversations on future health care wishes and preferences. Learn more and register here.

Make a Difference


Refugee Donations Needed

There are some things that every family needs - including new families of refugees making a home in Minnesota! MCC is gladly accepting donations of the following:
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Pots and pans
  • Serving bowls and platters
  • Trays
  • Kitchen cooking utensils
To arrange a drop-off at our office in the Minnesota Church Center, contact Joo Kim.

Immigration Reform is in Trouble – Endorse This Letter

Immigration Reform is in trouble as a priority. Join the diverse array of faith groups seeking to raise concerns of immigrant communities that must be prioritized as the President and Congress do their part to reform our nation’s broken immigration system. The letter states in part “We urge you to use all your resources, contacts, and the political capital necessary to ensure that Congress enacts legislation that will meet the standards set forth in the Interfaith Immigration Coalition's 2014 Congressional Recommendations.” Read the whole letter and a link to the endorsement form here.

Earth Day Rally and Prayer Circle

April 22, 4:00 pm
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

Make your voice heard as we celebrate Earth Day by asking our legislators to join us in creating a just and sustainable future. We begin in the capitol rotunda where 60+ organizations in the Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign will Rally. After the rally, follow the drum beats to the steps of the Capitol as we gather to lift up our voices as witness to the power of prayer and song in an Interfaith Prayer Circle. For more information and to RSVP go to Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.



Churches Protecting Animals

Do you have a passion for animal protection? The Humane Society of the United States will partner with you for educational and community service work in your church. From pet food donation drives to film screenings and more, the Faith Outreach program can provide resources and training to make it easy to make a difference. Contact Sean Carroll or go to the Humane Society faith website and click “Volunteer” to find out more.

Learning from Asian Christian Worship Practices

Because Asian Christians are more communitarian and less focused on the individual, they worship differently than Americans in the western church are accustomed. How could adopting some practices of Asian Christian worship help American Christians know themselves as part of the body of Christ? Read this interview with Swee Hong Lim by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. (via ARDA)

Know About Consumer Trends to Reach People

JWT Intelligence is a marketing firm that predicts what trends will become popular among consumers for its business clients. Inside its report, however, are datapoints that a strategic minister could use: Can you imagine building an outreach ministry on 3D printing, connecting with the mens’ support movement, or demonstrating Christian practices of mindfulness? How are you preparing for the growing popularity of “Godless congregations?” Learn about the mission field and stir your mind with this slideshow.

Are You Between 40 and 60 Years Old?

During these years, you may have many financial burdens. You may still be paying off your own student loans, trying to pay down a mortgage, paying for college tuition for children and starting to think about retirement. Your parents may need more help to continue to live in their home. Healthy living becomes more important during this time. Your long-term care plan needs reviewing and updating. If you do not have one, this is a good time to create one. Learn how from Own Your Future, Minnesota's long-term care planning resource.



MCC Database and Communications Assistant

Help MCC maintain contact with members, donors and constituents while ensuring staff have the tools to more effectively build the common good in the world by using your Filemaker experience and skills with design as a Database and Communications Assistant.

MCC Fund Development Coordinator

You can use your background in fund development and project coordination to ensure that Council programs like Refugee Services, Graceful Journey, Respectful Conversations and Interfaith Relationships, as well as new initiatives, are well-resourced. This position will coordinate the fund development components of the Council with the executive and program staff.

Click here for details on all MCC job openings.

Looking Forward


Festival of Homiletics

May 19-23

The Festival of Homiletics is a weeklong conference that brings together a wide variety of outstanding preachers and professors of homiletics to inspire a discourse about preaching, worship and culture. The goal is to engage theologically the practices of preaching and worship, as well as issues related to congregations in the 21st century. Individual preachers are invited to consider various styles and methodologies of preaching in the hopes that they will renew their faith and refresh their spirits through engaging worship, lectures and workshops. The aim is to inspire preachers in their roles of proclaiming the gospel. Learn more about this five-day festival and register here.

Minnesota Nonprofit Leadership Conference

June 26
McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis

When we gather with others with different experiences, different ways of relating and different ways of understanding the world, we can’t help but walk away leading differently. When we start seeing and welcoming difference into our organizations, strategy strengthens, implementation improves and impact amplifies. Church leaders can network with other nonprofit sector staff as they focus on nonprofit leadership, governance and management.

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
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