‘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, October 6, 2021
What is a Land Acknowledgement?

A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of
this land and respects the enduring relationship between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

--- The Reverend Dr. Bradley Hauff
Episcopal Church Missioner for Indigenous Ministries, Woodbury, Minnesota

What is it not?

Acknowledgement is only a first step and it must be coupled with community discernment that leads to action; while we acknowledge our responsibility as stewards of this land and repairers of this breach we must translate this into concrete action.

Go here to find out about the land you live and work on and the indigenous people who traditionally inhabited it. Get curious and invite others to do the same. Think about bringing this practice of land acknowledgement to groups and gatherings you are part of.
Join us for 'Called to Serve'!

NEW THIS FALL at Saint Mark’s Cathedral starting Tuesday, October 5th, stop by our Monthly Virtual Community Engagement Connection Space ‘Called to Serve’ on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm.

Grounded in prayer and through casual conversation, cathedral staff, clergy and members will help you to identify and connect your gifts and your passions with God’s mission of Beloved Community. This is the place to learn about and connect with local charity and relief opportunities as well as advocacy and social justice efforts, whether it be through an organized cathedral effort or with other community organizations, across ECMN, as part of local ecumenical and interfaith efforts, or even in your own neighborhood.

This monthly Zoom gathering space is also open to Abbey Way congregation members. Our first meeting is on October 5th and will be held on the first Tuesday of the month. Register here.
Call for Members for ECMN Racial Justice & Healing Formation Team

On Thursday, September 30th, during our second BISHOPx Forum, Heidi Kim introduced the next step in our collective work towards racial justice and healing: the establishment of a diverse team from around the state who will come together to faithfully create a formation resource to help every Minnesota Episcopalian deepen their discipleship through the work of racial justice and healing. 
Applications for that team are now open. The hope is for that team to include at least two individuals from each mission area, and to genuinely represent the diversity of ECMN. A stipend will be available, and travel expenses may be covered.
Please take a moment to look over the application and spend some time in prayerful discernment about whether you are called to this work. You need not be experienced in the work of racial justice and healing; more important is to feel truly called to the work of reconciliation and healing by Jesus.
See the application here. Please apply by Sunday, October 17th.
If you have not been able to participate in the BISHOPx Forums, we encourage you to watch both the presentation by Dr. Catherine Meeks and the presentation by Bishop Loya to better familiarize yourself with the theological grounding for our racial justice and healing work.
If you have questions, please contact Rachel Babbitt, your Missioner for Community Engagement: rachel.b@episcopalmn.org
Join Bishop Loya for Earth Prayers

On Monday, October 18, at noon, Bishop Loya and other clergy will lead a multi-faith prayer gathering at 12:00 noon at the Minneapolis Federal Building, 212 Third Ave South, Minneapolis. We expect scores of people of all faiths to gather to pray in solidarity with those standing up for the earth in Washington DC. We are calling on our leaders ahead of the Glasgow world climate summit to make critical commitments to reduce carbon emissions and cut our addiction to fossil fuels. This is a child friendly event and lunch will be offered afterward. Learn more and sign up here.
Sacred Ground Dialogue Circles

This Fall Online
Sts Luke & James in Minneapolis is hosting Sacred Ground Dialogue Circles this fall. The participants in previous Circles have been dedicated and impressed with all the new learnings. It’s a process of discovering things about American history that we never experienced during our years of attending school. Each week the homework assignments come to about two hours, depending how fast you read. It’s a combination of videos, articles, and/or sections of books that are available online. There are also two core books that we discuss in a peripheral way: Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman and Waking Up White by Debby Irving. We are doing this work on Zoom so we interact with people from many locations. For those who are interested in doing this important work. Please contact Gretchen Pickeral by email if you feel called to explore these topics. We have a waiting list for the next circle or two!
More about Sacred Ground:
Sacred ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.
A Message from Stephanie Spellers can be found here.
Sacred Ground Summary can be found here.
Videos from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Sacred Ground Curriculum Developer Katrina Browne can be found here.
Three Opportunities to Support the Dignity Center

  1. Call for Sandwiches! Please consider making a loaf or two of sandwiches and dropping them off at the Dignity Center (located just up the street from Saint Mark’s at 425 Groveland Ave.) during their regular business hours. It is easier for the Dignity Center to receive, store and hand out sandwiches in the aforementioned quantities. Email Dignity@haumc.org or call 612-435-1337 to inquire about sandwich drop-off. Please see specific instructions for making sandwiches here
  2. Call for Hospitality Support! Do you enjoy making and serving food and interacting with guests? The Dignity Center is seeking a hospitality volunteer for one morning per week, either Monday, Wednesday, or Friday for a four hour shift. If you are interested in learning more, contact Todd Lohre at the Dignity Center at: todd@haumc.org
  3. Participate in ‘Sharing Dignity-Building the Path Forward’! This year, the Dignity Center is hosting an online campaign through October (learn more here), sharing personal video stories that highlight the important work they do. Each week, we’ll hear from Dignity Center staff, volunteers, interns, participants and community partners, like Saint Mark’s Cathedral. We are invited to support this effort by SHARING THE WORD about The Dignity Center by forwarding their emails and postings on social media, and encouraging others to visit the Fall Fundraiser webpage found here. From the Dignity Center: ‘When you help publicize our work, we can broaden our reach in the Twin Cities community! We appreciate your help! We are deeply grateful for the ways that you support our work at The Dignity Center — we couldn’t do what we do without you. More info here. To subscribe to the “Sharing Dignity” digital newsletter, click here.”.  
Learn more about The Dignity Center and the work of helping people in poverty on their path to stability here. Saint Mark’s supports the Dignity Center though an annual contribution, providing volunteers and running goods donation drives.
As we are all witnessing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, Bishop Curry has asked us to pray for all involved. Episcopal Migration Ministries offers ways to help those fleeing Afghanistan. Our local partner and EMM affliate assisting with refugee resettlement is the Minnesota Council of Churches, and they are in need of more hosting congregations. Saint Mark's will be co-sponsoring a refugee family. Details to follow. Contact Deacon Rena Turnham if you have interest in participating. We will be seeking to form a team of 6-8 people.
Bishop Loya and your team of missioners are excited to introduce the BISHOPx Forum, the offspring of last year's Leading Beyond the Blizzard gatherings and a deeper exploration of our four priorities. This fall, Bishop Loya will invite leaders from around the church for a monthly conversation to share their stories of racial justice & healing and congregational vitality. Clergy and lay leaders, as well as anyone interested with deeper engagement with these topics, are encouraged to attend! The format of these gatherings will keep us grounded in practices of discipleship, with breakout groups that will put you in conversation with folks from all over Minnesotaa great way to build relationships with others on the Way of Jesus.
Thursday, October 28, 6-7:30pm
Vitality: Dr. Sandra Montes, Dean of Chapel at Union Theological Seminary

. . . to be continued!
Vote Faithfully 2.0; Elections in Minneapolis: Get in the Know and Be an Informed Citizen

The information below has been provided by the League of Women Voters Minneapolis, a non-partisan organization dedicated to voter education and promoting civic participation. LWVM empowers voters and defends democracy, teaching citizens to learn to use their voices, vote and connect with legislators. Thanks to Ellen Archibald, LWV Minneapolis member and cathedral member, for sharing these reminders and important information:

  • Election Day is Tuesday November 2; early voting started, Friday September 17th.
  • The citizens of Minneapolis will elect a Mayor, Council members, Park Board members, & others. League of Women Voters Minneapolis’ Voters Guide is available here,:
  • View candidate questionnaires here
  • At 7 pm Thursday, September 23 learn about Ballot #2, public safety. More information can be found here.
  • At 7 pm Thursday, September 30 learn about Ballot #1, Government Structure Amendment. More information can be found here.
  • Save the Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021, learn more about Charter Amendment #3 — Rent Control
  • Everything you need to know about voting in Minneapolis can be found here.
Make Homes Happen Minneapolis Hosts Candidate Forums
Join the Make Homes Happen (MHH) coalition (Align Minneapolis is a member organization) for a series of virtual candidate forums with a focus on affordable housing in Minneapolis! In these moderated virtual forums, you'll learn about candidates' viewpoints and priorities for housing in our city and have plenty of time to ask candidates your questions directly. Find the full schedule of events on the Make Homes Happen Facebook page, here.

MHH is a coalition of organizations advocating for affordable housing development, preservation, and the improvement of tenant rights in Minneapolis through education, advocacy, and public policy reform.
Align Minneapolis Fall 2021 School Supply Drive 
All Align Minneapolis member congregations are invited to join other community organizations in supporting People Serving People (PSP) Family Shelter by participating in a school supply drive, now through October 1st.

Drive Details:
  • Use the wishlist here to shop online or in-store.
  • If shopping in-store at Target, use the list as you do any other registry. Make sure to show the cashier what you are purchasing from the registry.
  • PSP is currently undergoing a parking lot renovation, so having things shipped directly there is much easier (more information will be provided once they are accepting drop-offs). Items will NOT be collected at Saint Mark’s. 
  • Tip- get items from multiple categories rather than, for example, 10 red backpacks, that way they receive a variety of things from the list.
  • Invite others you know to participate with you!
  • Gift cards are always welcome!

A note from People Serving People about this drive:

These supplies will be used in two ways. First, our youngest guests will be able to access supplies throughout the year to use at school and at home. While many children do receive filled backpacks at the beginning of year, we all know from firsthand experience that supplies break, get lost, or end up not being what they need. We have also noticed that the backpacks tend to be filled with lower quality supplies that both break quickly and immediately make the kids stand out from their peers. That's why you will notice this list has specific, trusted brands. Second, the supplies will be used in our own classrooms so students can have the resources and tools that they need and deserve. By the community providing our classroom supplies, our monetary donations can be used to hire top quality teachers, offer safe spaces, and provide families with comprehensive programming as they move towards stability. Thank you for your generosity and support!

Align Minneapolis Seeks Full Time Emergency Rental Assistance Coordinator

Align Minneapolis is searching for a new Emergency Rental Assistance Coordinator to facilitate and coordinate the Align Minneapolis Emergency Rental Assistance program through application intake and review, maintaining positive working relationships with landlords and clients to mediate their tenancy, and collaborate with member congregations to support Emergency Rental Assistance finance and volunteers.
To learn more about this position, including the full job description, necessary qualifications, and core competencies, and how to apply, go here.

Saint Mark’s is a member congregation of Align Minneapolis, an interfaith collaboration of 17 Minneapolis churches, synagogues, and mosques and people with lived experiences working together to address homelessness and poverty. Align Minneapolis focuses on shifting from an immediate needs approach to long term solutions through a combination of education, advocacy, and action. To learn more about Align MPLS go here. To learn more about our housing advocacy ministry and how you can help, please contact cathedral member John Cuningham.
Raise Your Voice as Part of StreetSongMN

StreetSong MN is an exciting choir in Minneapolis which aims to unite voices for harmony and community. Comprised of persons ‘experienced’ in homelessness – i.e. persons currently or formerly homeless, and those who care about them, – StreetSong is led by Teri Larson and Bill Mathis, Music Directors of the Basilica of St. Mary, and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. This choral collaborative is an enterprise of Align Minneapolis.

StreetSong draws on the experiences, hopes and aspirations of its members to produce a choral experience promoting personal fulfillment and the development of community. A meal is available prior to rehearsal, and bus tokens are provided to remove any financial obstacle which may be a deterrent to participation

Street Song is starting its seventh year! Street Song is always open to new people, just to try it out or to jump in with both feet. They meet Mondays at Central Lutheran Church at 12:00 - Just show up! Street Song is a ministry of Align Minneapolis. Saint Mark’s cathedral is a member congregation of Align Minneapolis.
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 Deacon 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 Deacon Rena Turnham. *Lay leader(s) needed!*
More Resources
Check out the Sojourners Anti-Racism Book List
Looking for a good book for yourself or a group of friends or neighbors? Check out these selected reads. Please consider making your purchase through the Cathedral Book Shop.

Check out Braver Angels
The mission of Braver Angels is to bring Americans together to bridge the partisan divide and strengthen our democratic republic for the sake of the common good. Braver Angels is a bipartisan organization. To learn more about Braver Angels, go here.
Connect with Community Resources for Saint Markans and the larger community
Connect with Episcopal News Service
Contact Deacon Rena Turnham for support in discerning community engagement opportunities.
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