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
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.
He Qi: New Works (Westminster Gallery)
March 9 – April 27, 2014
The Chinese Christian artist He Qi creates paintings that feature his own culture as well as reflect his exposure to Western twentieth-century art during his graduate studies in Europe. His designs are a delightful composition of dramatic and improbably posed cubist figures often set in imaginary landscapes. The stories of the Bible are boldly presented in bright, saturated colors. Following a writing break, He Qi has produced seven new paintings which are making their debut in the Westminster Gallery.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Presentation by He Qi in the Meisel Room 11:45am to 12:15pm
followed by a book signing in the Westminster Gallery
Passion Pilgrimage: Journey Along the Way of the Cross (Great Hall)
March 9 – April 27, 2014
Linda Witte Henke marks the signposts in Jesus’ journey from Passion Sunday to Easter through 18 textile pieces. She incorporates many techniques including piecing, appliqué, stitching, and embellishing with the addition of diverse media. These engaging pieces offer opportunities for us to contemplate our own spiritual and faith journey through Lent.
May 4 - June 25, 2014
An exhibition featuring Cameroonian art and artifacts from the Westminster Collection and photographs from the recent visit to our Global Partners at Kumba Town Presbyterian Church.
June 22 - Sept 7, 2014
Where in the World?
Art created by Westminster's members and friends around the concept of where in the world.
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
Advocacy is carried out primarily through the Advocacy Committee and partnerships with Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, M.I.C.A.H. (Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing), and the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition and its Interfaith Coalition for Child Advocacy, which speak to policy issues in the name of its Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish and Muslim sponsors.
Social Justice Forums present a weekly forum on current and emerging social issues. Topics are typically presented in a three-week series that focuses on the big picture, the local manifestations, and a call to action on each topic. There is always a drive to prepare people for advocacy of the issues presented
April 27 Urban Agriculture 101: Food Justice at the Local Level
Jane Shey, consultant to Homegrown Minneapolis—the local food program for the city of Minneapolis—works with community organizations, urban farmers and other interested community members to achieve the goal of healthy, affordable food for all members of the community. Jane will introduce us to the concept of urgan agriculture, what is happening in the city, and how our congregation might connect with some of the initiatives underway. We will also have information on Westminster’s CSA program and the Co-Sponsored by Westminster’s Hunger Ministry Team. Co-Sponsored by Westminster’s Hunger Ministry Team
May 4 The Boundary Waters: More Precious Than Copper
Becky Rom, Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness
Polymet, Twin Metals, and others propose mining heavy metals in northeastern Minnesota, in direct proximity to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. High demand for copper and other metals, as well as the promise of jobs, have again raised the question, “What price wilderness?’ and split communities on the Iron Range. Heavy metals mining has a disastrous environmental track record elsewhere in our country, but these same companies assure Minnesota’s DNR, the final arbiter, that this time, things will be different. Becky Rom, retired lawyer from Faegre & Benson, a member of the governing council of the Wilderness Society and leader of Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, outlines the case against allowing such mining to occur so close to three sensitive watersheds. Becky is deliberate, articulate and matter-of-fact in her presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to cut through the media hype and hear a concise case for environmental protection.
May 11 Climate Change Update: Where is the Hope?
An update and discussion with Jim Lenfestey, Patty O’Keefe, Karen Larson, Interfaith Power and Light*
Recent news has suggested that we have passed the point where we can reverse the effects of global climate change. What does the science tell us? And, given the fact that scientists uniformly agree that climate change is real, and human-caused, why do some policymakers continue to deny the science? Come learn the latest news on climate change and be prepared to contribute to a discussion about what we can do to make a difference.
May 18 Fossil Fuel Divestment: Getting Out of the Carbon Business
Dwight Wagenius, Patty O’Keefe, Julia Nerbonne, Interfaith Power and Light*
Do you consider the impact of your investments on the environment? Should Westminster consider the environment in how it invests its endowment?
Divestment was a powerful tool for justice in helping to dismantle apartheid in South Africa and several churches around the country, including some in our denomination, are looking to this same tool to challenge the continued use of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. What does this mean? Does it make sense? How might it work? Come listen to representatives of Interfaith Power and Light build a case for divestment of fossil fuels.
*Interfaith Power and Light is a consortium of faith communities concerned about global warming, and promoting energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy. Westminster’s Eco-Justice Team has worked with IFPL over the last few years.
Greeting from Macalester President, Brian Rosenberg
Macalester College Pipe Band, Michael Breidenbach, director
Macalester College Concert Choir, Dr. Michael McGaghie, conductor
Macalester Sunday celebrates the long relationship between Westminster and Macalester College. Macalester is a liberal arts college in covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA). We welcome Macalester alumni and friends to worship. Shortbread served after 10:30am worship.