‘Love God; And Love Each Other.’ – Jesus
Community Engagement
God’s mission in the world is to reconcile all things to God’s self. It is to return us to one-ness with God and with one another. To engage God’s mission is to live into the invitation of baptism by joining God in that reconciling work, whether that be in our cathedral community, in relationship with others, or in our neighborhoods. Below please find opportunities to be part of creating Beloved Community by practicing the Way of Love through service and justice-making.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Land Acknowledgment

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral acknowledges that we are located and serve on the ancestral homeland of the Dakota People. We are in close proximity to the territories of the Anishinaabe and Ho-Chunk peoples. This land has been stewarded as a living relative by the Dakota for generations. The United States government effectively stole this land from the Dakota people through a series of unjust treaties and broken promises, followed by targeted efforts of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and forced removal.

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, born out of White Protestantism, recognizes our complicity in these matters. The United States government often carried out this injustice in cooperation with institutionalized white churches. The trauma of forced assimilation and the boarding school system is a stain that cannot be washed away. But we can repent of that past and turn towards a more just future.

We look now to the Dakota people and indeed all Native American communities located in the State of Minnesota as examples of resilience, resistance, and strength. We stand resolute in our commitment to oppose any threat to Indigenous culture or tribal sovereignty, be it political, industrial, or religious.

We were wrong, we can do better, we will do better.
Adapted for Saint Mark's from the Minnesota Council of Churches
Schedule Change Alert
The Community Engagement e-News will be moving to an every other week schedule following Easter. The next publish date will be May 11th.
Lenten Sock Drive - Thank you Saint Markans!

Thanks to all who have donated socks to support the Minneapolis College Student Resource and Referral Center and Community Aid Network of MN.
Saint Mark’s Afghan Refugee Resettlement

Saint Mark’s, in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services, a local affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries, has been co-sponsoring the resettlement of an Afghan family in the local area since December 2021,

 All are welcome and invited to meet and visit with the Zadran family this Sunday May 1st after the 10:30 am service in the Community Room. The family and an interpreter will join us. We will have some food gifts to send home with the family to enjoy when they break their Ramadan fast on May 2. You are welcome to bring any small gifts they might enjoy in Spring and Summer for the yard or home or spring/summer clothes. If you would like to make a tax-deductible financial donation, please do so by May 15 (see below for details). Our goal is to provide meaningful financial support for 12 months after their resettlement aid expires. Questions? Contact Lindsay Strand 612-961-7511.

Donate directly to Saint Mark’s to help the family with rent and mass transit costs. Our goal is $7000. We are seeking an additional $1000 to reach our goal. Donate online here. Select ‘Afghan Appeal.’ in the dropdown box under fund By Check: Send a check made out to Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, with ‘Afghan Appeal’ in the memo line to: Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Thanks to those who have already donated.
All Saint Markans are cordially invited to the 2022 Central and West Metro Mission Area Gathering. Saint Mark’s is part of the Central Metro Mission Area of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota:

Central and West Metro Mission Area Gathering
Saturday April 30, 2022, 9–12pm
At ECMN (1101 W. Broadway Ave Minneapolis, 55411)

Brothers and Sisters of the Central and West Metro Mission Area,

On behalf of your council representatives, ECMN Missioners, and Bishop Loya please plan to attend our joined Mission Area gathering on Saturday April. 30th beginning at 9:00am, at ECMN!
We are excited to be gathering in-person as a joined metro area group. Our gathering will give us opportunity to share stories, have small group discussion, meet our new Canon for Vitality & Innovation, Blair Pogue, and hear from Bishop Loya.
Register free online now: CLICK HERE!

Hope to see you there!
The Wells Foundation Announces 2021 Grant Recipients

The Wells Foundation  mission of community service began in the 1880s. Annie Wells, the wife of St. Mark’s Parish Rector Thomas Bucklin Wells, allowed a German immigrant neighbor to use her sewing machine and gave her lessons in “modern” sewing. By 1908, the Wells Memorial Inc. Settlement House was established to teach sewing, serving, childcare and typing. In the mid-1920’s Wells became a non-profit tax-exempt entity. Eventually, the settlement house and other properties were sold, and the funds were put into an endowment for future needs of the community.

Presently, the Wells Foundation describes itself as “a neighborhood partner in social and recreational activities.” In effect, Wells Foundation helps people to help themselves. It is believed that this conforms with the original intent of Wells Memorial’s founders.

Our vision: We drive entrepreneurial social innovation resulting in lasting change in our community. Learn more about the Wells Foundation and its Saint Mark's roots here.

Our 2021 Grant Recipients
The Wells Foundation is pleased to announce the grantees for our 2021 cycle. We granted a total of $100,000 to 19 organizations that address the needs of homeless families, youth and Veterans. We are proud to work with these dedicated organizations in the important role they play in the lives of so many.
CHANGE, INC. - $4,000
ELPIS - $3,500
MOVE FWD - $3,000
SMALL SUMS - $3,500
THE LINK - $7,500
TUBMAN - $7,500
Help Ukrainians Now
Please consider donating to Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD). Your immediate support will help ERD and other Anglican partners provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Your gift will help provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance to families from Ukraine. Join our response to this ongoing crisis by donating here. Learn more about ERD’s response to the ongoing crisis here: Supporting Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Ukraine - Episcopal Relief & Development
Align MPLS Spring+ Campaign

Congregational Organizing is vital to the work Align Minneapolis does in addressing homelessness. Our Campaign Guides provides ample opportunity for values and beliefs to meet action and praxis. Whether directly serving someone experiencing homelessness or advocating for laws and policies that creates more affordable housing or better serves our unsheltered neighbors, each act of engagement either introduces, inculcates, or reinforces faith inspired values.

Each campaign contains these categories of focus:
  • Advocacy: City, County, or State advocacy that will be led and chosen in partnership with Street Voices of Change because Align Mpls is an organization that truly advocates for issues related to homelessness.
  • Education: Both for individuals and congregations in the forms of webinars, forum presentations, activities, speakers, etc. and interfaith gatherings.
  • Goods: Item drives or financial collections that support our congregational direct services, as well as those in the broader community.

Find the Align MPLS Spring+ Campaign Guide here.

Saint Mark’s Cathedral is a member organization of Align MPLS. Interested in joining others at Saint Mark’s in the ministry of addressing homelessness? Contact: Cathedral member John Cuningham here.

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY: What does affordable really mean?
In conversations about homelessness and solutions to homeless we often hear terms like “affordable housing”, but what does affordable really mean? Affordable for whom and at what income level? How long might a housing unit be affordable before rising rents outpace rising wages? How much more affordable housing is needed to meet the need? Over the course of this guide we will dive into the topic of affordability in housing, and we hope you will develop a deeper understanding of affordability that will provide a foundation for our work to address homelessness together. Learn more here.

UPCOMING Align MPLS EVENT: "Sofas and Tables and Chairs...Oh MY!" Furniture Drive- May 14th
Event will be held from 9am-noon at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis). Donations of gently used furniture will be accepted and will then be given to guests of Align MPLS outreach ministries to assist in furnishing new apartments in a dignified and safe manner. Questions? Contact Julia at 612-317-3413 or jfreeman@mary.org. No beds, appliances, large desks or construction materials, please.

For more information about Align MPLS and to learn how you can be part of ending homelessness:

Visit the Align MPLS website here.
Follow Align MPLS on social media:
Twitter @AlignMPLS: https://twitter.com/AlignMPLS
Episcopalians from the Great Middle Discuss Climate
Monthly, Monday, March 7 - July 11 | Zoom

All members of the diocese are invited to connect with Episcopalians from the Great Middle of the United States—from North Dakota to Texas and from the Great Lakes to the Rockies—for a discussion of Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe.
The discussion began Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Central time and continues monthly on May 2, June 6, and July 11.
Join Our ‘Faith in Action’ Efforts at Saint Mark’s
Interested in our shelter and housing advocacy ministry with Align MPLS? Contact cathedral member John Cuningham.
Interested in ECMN’s work as part of the Minnesota Sanctuary State Coalition, in partnership with the Minnesota Interfaith Coalition on Immigration? Contact Archdeacon Rena Turnham. *Lay leader(s) needed!*
Interested in our climate justice ministry with Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL)? Contact cathedral member Joe Ward.
Interested in our gun violence prevention advocacy ministry? Contact Archdeacon Rena Turnham. *Lay leader(s) needed!*
More Resources
Connect with Community Resources for Saint Markans and the larger community
Connect with the Episcopal Peace Fellowship
Connect with Episcopal News Service
Connect with Braver Angels
Contact Archdeacon Rena Turnham for support in discerning community engagement opportunities.
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