‘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, November 17, 2021
Land Acknowledgment

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral acknowledges that we are located 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
Saint Mark’s Cathedral to Co-Sponsor Refugee Resettlement of Afghan Refugees

Saint Mark’s, in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services, a local affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries, is co-sponsoring the resettlement of an Afghan refugee family in the local area. Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement ministry of The Episcopal Church, proudly carrying on a century-old legacy of Episcopal ministries that welcome immigrants and refugees. In that same spirit, we are seeking a team of 8-10 cathedral members to assist with various aspects of resettlement, under the leadership of cathedral member Lindsay Strand.

The core of our cathedral support team has been formed and the timeline for welcoming and receiving the family is almost upon us.  If you are interested in lending hands on support with direct contact with the family or in helping with behind-the-scenes preparations, please contact Lindsay Strand here to learn more about becoming part of our cathedral support team.

As our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reminds us, “The ministry of offering welcome to those fleeing violence is nothing less than God’s work—one that calls us to walk the way of love as Jesus of Nazareth taught us, through compassion, through practical care, showing to our newest neighbors that we are neighbors.” Amen.

“People, look east and sing today: Love, the guest, is on the way.”

Statewide Policing Conversations
with Commissioner Harrington,
MN Dep't of Public Safety
Tuesday, November 23, 11:30am-1:30pm
Online Register here
 
We all want our system of public safety to be better — and we know that people of faith are compelled to seek justice. Interfaith Action invites you to a series of compelling conversations about public safety and policing in Minnesota.
 
Together with Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety John Harrington and several state public safety leaders, we will walk through real-life scenarios that police officers face on the job. What do we want our public safety officers to do in these situations? And what sources do we look to figure out the answers?
Episcopal Service Corps

Applications Now Open

The Episcopal Church invites young leaders ages 21 to 32 interested in a transformative outreach and discernment experience to consider applying to the Episcopal Service Corps for its 2022-23 service year.
 
Every year, 80-100 young leaders serve more than 120,000 hours in local and community-based nonprofits and churches through the Episcopal Service Corps, helping in rural ministries, homelessness support, healthcare, immigration and refugee resettlement, housing justice, education for at-risk youth, and much more. Participants live together in community, creating and living by a household “Rule of Life,” and committing to regular spiritual direction and prayer in addition to service.
 
Applications opened online yesterday and are due by February 4. Potential applicants can also take an online discernment quiz or learn more about ESC here. To learn more about ECMN's own ESC community, check out Circle of the Beloved here.
Community Aid Network of MN Now Open at Saint Mark's!


Community Aid Network of MN - CANMN is a volunteer-led mutual aid organization serving the residents of Minneapolis. CANMN works to build mutual aid bonds with Minneapolis neighbors, organize volunteers and redistribute resources to ensure everyone has the means for dignified survival.
 
As of November 1st,Saint Mark’s Cathedral is CAMMN’s new ‘drive up’ distribution site. CANMN’s Saint Mark’s location is open for distribution Mondays 11am - 2 pm and Thursdays 5pm - 7pm. If you would like to donate or volunteer, learn more here.
Saint Mark’s ACTION Project Participants Finish Up a Year of Good Work!
 
Last October, thirty one Saint Mark’s members, staff and clergy began a year-long journey with the Rev. Jia Starr Brown, Senior Pastor of First Covenant Church in Minneapolis, as part of the first ACTION Project in Minneapolis! Twenty two of the thirty one participants will be retaking the IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) assessment to see if their understanding of culture and ethnicity has changed over the past year. Thank you to those who participated!
 
What’s next?
 
Last year, the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) took extraordinary steps toward repairing harms to African American and Native American communities in Minnesota, by announcing a ten-year effort of truth telling, education and reparations work. MCC is thrilled to announce a partnership with Rev. Jia Starr Brown to bring forth the ACTION Project as the second vital prong to its timely and overdue justice work.
 
The “ACTION Project” is now a three-year curricular journey that will bring individuals and faith communities together who are willing to make “A Commitment To Inclusion in Our Neighborhoods” (acronym: ACTION). Learn more here. Interested in being part of the ACTION Project next year as part of a group of Saint Markans? Please contact The Venerable Rena Turnham to be added to a list of interested members. Details to come!
Join us for 'Called to Serve'!

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

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. Register here.
Conversations with "Those People"

Presented by Episcopal Peace Fellowship in Partnership with Braver Angels
Sunday, December 5, Online

 
American society has, for decades, been fragmenting into groups of the like-minded, so that we are losing the spirit and the skills to relate to human beings as opposed to mirrors. Bishop Mark Beckwith and Braver Angels offer ways we can regain the capacity to live authentically in the midst of diversity.
 
The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith was Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark (2007-2018) and now serves as Partnership Coordinator for Bishops United Against Gun Violence. He is active with Braver Angels. 
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
Connect with Community Resources for Saint Markans and the larger community
Connect with Episcopal News Service
Connect with Braver Angels
Contact Deacon Rena Turnham for support in discerning community engagement opportunities.
519 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone Number:
(612) 870-7800