Doug Mitchell spent three weeks primarily in the Occupied West Bank of Palestine learning what life is like for Palestinians under occupation. This Sunday, he will speak about some of the things he learned that are never covered in the American media and show pictures from Palestine and Jerusalem.
Enjoy fellowship and conversation (and Laura Lee Moffett’s wonderful cooking!) as a continuation of our time together in worship. Invite a friend or neighbor who might like to know more about Westminster and experience the joy we have in our life together. The cost of the meal is $10/person, $25 family max. There is no need to RSVP.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The Annenberg Center runs FactCheck, which is committed to examining the accuracy of U. S. political campaign advertisements. Read more.
Read the Downtown/Southwest Journal's coverage of Open Doors Open Futures
Read Kristen Leigh Painter's detailed story here.
Nancy Smith-Mather reports for Presbyterian News Service (Jan 7, 2016) on how the South Sudan Education and Peacebuilding Project is transforming lives and communities. Read her moving article.
Read the story in the Star Tribune.
Listen to his talk on Minnesota Public Radio.
After nearly four years of planning and construction, Westminster’s Affordable Housing Team is thrilled to announce the grand opening of The Rose. The amazing new housing at the corner of Franklin and Portland Avenues has been built by Aeon MN, with financial support from Westminster. Read the Aeon interview with Doug Mitchell.
Read the story that includes comments from Shelvis Smith-Mather.
The Star Tribune writes about programming at Nicollet Square, which Westminster financially supports. Read the story by Gail Rosenblum.
Read the story in the Star Tribune about the $50 million investment in the Mall, set to begin June 2015.
Inspired by the opportunity of Creative Time, our regular midweek worship is on the way this summer. Rather than coming together at Westminster, we will offer summer neighborhood gatherings each Wednesday in June, in 7 locations around the metro area. Groups will meet at 7 pm in Edina, Plymouth, South Minneapolis, St. Paul, Kenwood/Lowry, and Downtown Minneapolis. A Centering Prayer group will meet in Shoreview. A list of meeting times and locations is available here.
Beginning Sunday, May 29 until Labor Day, we move to one worship service at 10 am.
There are many events planned over the summer to give families and children time to enjoy time together in many locations around the Twin Cities and beyond. Learn more here.
This June, Westminster will read The Children Act by Ian McEwan and gather for small group conversations about the book. Some groups will meet right after the 10:00 am service on Sundays, or you can form your own group by a lake or on someone's deck! Read more here.
Middle School Mission Trip: June 27–July 1
Our middle schoolers will travel to Duluth and Grand Marais, the northern reaches of the state, blending service with learning, while exploring the unique historic/environmental context of the area. The theme of our spiritual programming and service will be centered upon caring for God’s creation.
High School Mission Trip: July 16–24
Our high schoolers will travel to New Orleans to partner with Project Homecoming, a local service agency started by the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program. We will help rehab homes, meet and hear from homeowners who were there when Katrina hit, and explore New Orleans. This is a joint mission trip with House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul.
Looking to read a good book and then discuss it with old friends and new? Join the Westminster All-Church Book Read this June. Together we'll read The Children Act by Ian McEwan and gather for small group conversations about the book. Some groups will meet right after the 10:00 am service on Sundays, or you can form your own group by a lake or on someone's deck!
McEwan's beautifully written book turns on the life of a woman who is a judge in the High Court in London, specializing in family cases. She is called upon to make a difficult decision about medical treatment for a young man just three months shy of adulthood, who, with his family, wants to reject blood transfusions. As she wrestles with her decision, her own personal life also demands her attention in new ways (that's all we'll say—no spoiler alert!). The network of law, love, self-understanding, and risk make every decision important.
Parking & programming
With Open Doors Open Futures, Westminster will:
Increase its mission support for local and global needs through $7 million of new investments in affordable and supportive housing in downtown Minneapolis; faith development, college accessibility, and leadership training for young adults; local partnerships that revitalize urban ministries and provide compassionate counseling; and, support for peace building and educational efforts in South Sudan, and global ministry partnerships in Cuba, Cameroon, and Palestine.
Expand its historic building with an inspiring new wing that opens onto Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue. The new wing will improve access and add flexible spaces for worship, youth, and congregational and community gatherings. In addition, 25% of the building is reserved for an on-site, direct service community partner. The building will demonstrate environmental leadership with ecological, responsible design.
Develop welcoming green space and two plazas surrounding the church and new wing. This critically needed green space and community plazas will provide inspiring places for connection and respite for city residents, workers and visitors at the nexus point at the southern end of Nicollet Mall. Importantly, this project complements Minneapolis’ ambitious Downtown 2025 Plan.
Currently the unoccupied eight-story office building on the site is being taken down. Click here to view both a live action and time-lapse camera view. Or, click here to view a slideshow of the project to date. Following demolition an underground parking structure will be added in advance of the wing’s construction. The project is slated to take approximately two years to complete.Read More