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• Leap Day Event
• Letter to Muslim Neighbors
• Art and The Spiritual Journey - Lenten Series
Leap Day Event
Leap Day is Monday, February 29!
The Board of Mission and Witness invites you to a Leap Day fellowship + service event for all ages.
We’ll gather for a potluck supper 6:00 PM.
Then we will assemble Hygiene Kits for Church World Service. Each kit includes a hand towel, wash cloth, soap, toothbrush, comb, nail clipper and Band-Aids, all packed into a Ziploc bag for distribution to those in need in disaster areas around the world.
Please bring a potluck dish if you are able, and bring your helping hands.
Letter to Muslim Neighbors
The following letter was mailed to:
The Muslim American Society of Minnesota, Inver Grove Heights
The Islamic Center of Minnesota, Fridley
Mosque Masjid At-Taqwa at 1608 Como Avenue
Members of the Elmi Family – the refugee family we sponsored in 2013
7 January 2016
Dear Muslim Neighbors,
Hello! On behalf of the 175 members of St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ in St. Paul, we greet you with good wishes for 2016.
We are writing for three reasons:
First, we acknowledge the increased rhetoric against Muslims here in the U.S. and abroad. Such anxiety, distrust, fear, intolerance, anger and mis-information about Islam and Muslims is deeply troubling. We hear it, we read about it, and we do not want to be silent about it anymore.
Second, we want you to know that such hate-filled speech and actions do not reflect the beliefs and values of all Christians. Here at St. Anthony Park UCC, we strive to live in harmony in the context of religious pluralism in the Twin Cities and the wider world. We respect other faith traditions and acknowledge there is always more for us to learn.
Third, we yearn to stand with you in solidarity, and are not sure how to begin. Perhaps the first step is getting to know one another – Muslim to Christian, person to person, face to face – in order to listen to each other’s stories. We feel called to do our part to bridge the Christian-Muslim gap in order to live out our faith more authentically.
May this New Year bring greater clarity, illumination and insight for all people of faith as we find ways to live together with justice and peace.
Rev. Victoria Wilgocki
Art and The Spiritual Journey - Lenten Series
Wilson Yates — President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion, Society, and the Arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities — will lead the Lenten Series this year.
Through art, lecture and conversation, the class will explore the role of the arts as companion on the spiritual journey. Stations on that journey – the entering into worship, the drawing upon Christian traditions, the raising of religious questions, the engagement in prophetic judgments, the experience of the holy and sacred moments, and the commitment to visions of the Christian life – will be explored in light of the roles the visual arts can play in our pilgrimage.
The Series takes place on five consecutive Wednesdays:
February 17, 24, March 2, 9, and 16
6:00 PM Soup and bread supper
6:30-7:45 PM Art and The Spiritual Journey
Child care provided
Attend one, some, or all five evenings
A marvelous Lenten opportunity!
The Series is made possible by the Patrick Green Lecture Fund
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