An engaged, urban partner sharing the good news with a world in need of God’s peace, love, and justice, Westminster has been a telling presence in the city since 1857.
With stirring worship services, beautiful traditions, and a progressive church culture, Westminster is a home for people of all ages and backgrounds to deepen their faith and make a difference in the world. The church offers ministries in adult, children, and youth education; music and the arts; and social justice, with a highly engaged congregation welcoming and caring deeply for all people within and beyond its walls.Read More
All are invited to a family-friendly service of worship and communion followed by a cookout dinner ($5/adult; $3/child; $20 family max.).
May 28 Eccl. 3:1-2 Tim Hart-Andersen
June 4 Eccl. 3:3 Tim Hart-Andersen
June 11 Eccl. 3:4 Tim Hart-Andersen
June 18 Eccl. 3:5a Brennan Pearson
June 25 Eccl. 3:5b Meghan Gage-Finn
July 2 Eccl. 3:6a Kathy Michael
July 9 Eccl. 3:6b Steve Robertson
July 16 Eccl. 3:7a Daniel Vigilante
July 23 Eccl. 3:7b Dean Seal
July 30 Eccl. 3:8 Doug Mitchell
Currently in the early stages, this project will ultimately include a capital campaign in spring 2015. Preliminary information and plans are now available (although they are subject to change in months ahead as the project takes shape). Peruse the documents below to learn more about current project status:
The Westminster Gallery exhibits and collects religious and secular art representing diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. We feature art from the Westminster collection, private collections, and from regional and nationally known artists who demonstrate the connection between art and how it informs our faith. The church has a long history of collecting and incorporating art into both worship and daily life.
At Westminster, we believe that art matters because it provides a communication tool between an artist or designer and the diverse audience that encounters the art. This encounter likely will generate thought, stimulate conversation, or evoke emotion.
Westminster members have been having fun, and the art that they have created for this summer’s exhibition proves it. The construct of Where in the World has inspired them to take us to their favorite places around the world and into their own imagination.
Betty Kinsey photographed the Westminster courtyard in mid-winter and wonders where in the world are we going to have our picnic? Ron Hovda and John Heefner each painted cityscape pastiches that bring their favorite international buildings into an imaginary relationship by plucking them from their original location and regrouping them in a new way. When you view the exhibition, you will discover how this artistic technique can produce very different results.
Many other artists have contributed to this delightful exhibition. Whether photographed, painted, or woven; realistic, impressionistic, or imaginary; Westminster’s members have taken us on disparate journeys into their perception of the world. Come along and enjoy the ride.
The Westminster Collection includes diverse historic and contemporary art from numerous ethnic and cultural sources. The Martha Spencer Rogers Crèche Collection includes nearly 200 crèches from around the world and presents the Christ child as belonging to each community. There are several dozen additional crèches and a growing collection of Noah’s Arks also on permanent view. Minnesota’s premier sculptor, Paul T. Granlund, is well represented with "The Birth of Freedom" installed in front of the church and numerous models placed throughout the building. The collection includes paintings by He Qi, serigraphs by John August Swanson, linocut prints by Robert Hodgell, katazome prints by Sadao Watanabe, and much more.
The Westminster Gallery, which opened in September 2002, features approximately six exhibitions each year. The exhibitions during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter are based on those themes, but vary substantially from year to year. A summer exhibition generally features art created by Westminster members and friends, and is curated around a particular theme. The other exhibitions focus on a single artist, a biblical theme, or may be inspired by current events. The work of other artists is frequently exhibited in the Great Hall, and the public spaces of the building are filled with original art from the collection.Read More