Our Convenings

NEW: In a Time Such as This: October 7 & 13, 2021

Dates & Time

October 7 & 13, 2021, 10am-12pm, Online
Attendance at one or the other or both is welcome

  • Thursday, October 7th: Inspiring Speakers & Interactive Breakout Conversations
  • Wednesday, October 13th: Relationship Building & Learning Across Shared Areas of Interest

Description

Join us for MnMN’s upcoming interfaith, statewide convening called, “In a Time Such as This: The Urgent Need for Building Stronger Multifaith Communities in Minnesota” to be held online October 7 & 13, 2021. 

As we strive to respond to the urgent needs and disorientation of the past year, our path forward calls us to come together around our shared values of a more interconnected and just Minnesota. Coming together across faith traditions can be a powerful salve to the wounds of systemic oppression, division, isolation, and trauma that our communities have been struggling with during these turbulent times. In this two part series, we invite you to hear from community and faith leaders, share your perspectives and stories, and be in relationship with people of different faith backgrounds. Together we will grapple with what it means to cultivate authentic relationships that can acknowledge and honor our differences.

  • What gets in the way of us coming together?
  • What is required of us to truly build multifaith communities in Minnesota?
  • What do we want to leave behind and what do we want to create as we move forward together?

Registration Info Coming Soon

Minnesota Multifaith Network (MnMN) invites all faith leaders, people devoted to interfaith relationships, and everyone committed to the flourishing of all communities in Minnesota. MnMN is bringing together Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Sikh, Unitarian, and other communities working for a more just and loving world. Your presence will contribute to deepening a growing multifaith network in Minnesota.

Discerning Our Moral Commitments Together: June 17, 2021

Description

MnMN’s interfaith, statewide convening called, “Discerning our Moral Commitments Together: A Multifaith Conversation on Racial Justice and Human Dignity” was held June 17, 2021. A deep conversation with people committed to the flourishing of all communities in Minnesota took place online. Participants shared thoughts about racial justice, human dignity and what faith communities can do together to propel needed change. 

Highlights

Professor Anantanand Rambachan, MnMN’s board chairperson, prolific author, and a global leader of interfaith networking, helped set the tone with a reminder that our religious, social, and professional destinies are joined, different faiths have common values, and conversations like this break boundaries. Read the text from his opening statement HERE or play and then scroll the video found below ahead to approximately minute 5:00.

Special guest Reverend Jia Starr Brown, senior pastor of First Covenant Church, shared her own personal story about how she became present and engaged with the community at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis following George Floyd’s murder. She spoke of relationships moving excuses out the window in order to make room for learning, authentic advocacy, and emotional connection. Rev. Brown’s portion of the recording may be heard starting at approximately minute 14:30.

Karen Wills, executive director at Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, offered a meditative opening blessing. Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker, senior rabbi at Mount Zion Temple, talked through next steps and encouraged participants to reach out to one another and stay in relationship. Chiemi Onikura Bly, minister in the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist tradition serving the Twin Cities Buddhist Association, closed the convening by sharing “The Golden Chain.” Courageous Change Collective facilitated all large group sections of the convening; small, breakout sessions were facilitated by MnMN’s network members, board members, and operations team members

Resources

View resources below. 

  • Read Professor Anantanand Rambachan’s welcome message HERE
  • Large group sections of the convening were video recorded and may be viewed HERE
  • Small breakout session NOTES were collected using Jamboard.