Network + Connect

Connections and connecting are essential to the “network approach” of Minnesota Multifaith Network (MnMN). Many connections happen naturally, even accidentally. MnMN seeks to make connections more intentionally, perhaps even “smartly,” so that the network web can rise to new levels of effectiveness and impact.

Currently a volunteer “convenings” team is working to map faith and interfaith leaders, practitioners, groups, cooperating circles, and networks in order to have an information bank of who is doing what and where. The team also makes person to person and group connections to identify common interests and possibilities for shared learning, cooperation, and collaborative projects where they are not already in place.

Through these processes, initiatives have been created such as the Multifaith Speakers Network, Greater MN Interfaith Leadership meetings, and the connecting of multifaith leaders with the Bush Foundation’s bushCONNECT event. The dynamic networks of MnMN and our partnering organizations catalyze these much-needed programs, which are created by leaders with diverse perspectives to reach a wide audience. We share this information in the spirit of collaboration and not as an endorsement of any particular organization or position.

Minnesota Multifaith Speakers Network

Our Minnesota communities possess a great diversity of faiths that has brought about a widespread desire to learn more about these religious and spiritual traditions. Until now, faith groups have had independent speakers who respond to requests from individuals or organizations who desire to learn about other faiths. The Minnesota Multifaith Speakers Network (MMSN) is a new, cooperative project of MnMN and several faith communities to organize these speakers and connect them with audiences. Typical venues for these speakers will include schools, houses of worship, and community learning settings. Audiences may request speakers of one faith or a panel of multiple faiths for one-time events or for a series spread over weeks/months. MMSN can help bring together interested groups with trusted, knowledgeable individuals who then together create occasions for positive encounters.

The speakers and speaker bureaus represented here are dedicated to sharing their experiences, knowledge, and multifaith connection. Some are able to volunteer their time, and some depend on this work for their livelihood. We seek to make this process financially sustainable for everyone involved. When you make contact with a speaker or speaker contact, we encourage you to discuss the prospect of an honorarium.

Network Speakers

To contact speakers, follow the web or email links below of the faith communities. You may also contact a MnMN representative who can advise you on forming a panel or designing a program.

MnMN representative for consultation and referral: Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert.

Specific Trainings

Law Enforcement Training

Is your department looking for ways to offer engaging and informative continuing education hours for officers to apply toward license maintenance and renewal?

The Minnesota Multifaith Network (MnMN) speakers’ bureau is happy to announce that we are offering a Religious Community Diversity and Cultural Differences in-service course that is POST approved and certified for up to 2 hours of continuing education credit. 

Learn more in this introductory video.

If you have additional questions or are ready to schedule your Religious Community Diversity and Cultural Differences In-Service, please contact:

John Emery, Islamic Resource Group ([email protected]) or Holly Brod Farber, Jewish Community Relations Council ([email protected])

Organizations Directory

Below are interfaith organizations and single faith organizations doing significant interfaith work in Minnesota. It is intended to help you know where to find interfaith work and resources. This list is not exhaustive. If you would like us to consider additions (formal/informal efforts), please let us know and we will consider them. We have grouped organizations according to the primary type of work they do. We welcome any suggestions about improving this list. We do not implicitly or explicitly endorse any of these efforts. Inclusion in this list does not imply membership in MnMN or any affiliation with MnMN. 

Advocacy and Social Justice Organizations

  • CAIR-MN (Council on American Islamic Relations): The mission of CAIR-MN is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
  • Interfaith Coalition on Immigration: Email [email protected]
  • ISAIAH: Faith in Democracy: ISAIAH is a vehicle for congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively towards racial and economic equity in the state of Minnesota.
  • Jewish Community Action (JCA): Jewish Community Action’s mission is to bring together Jewish people from diverse traditions and perspectives to promote understanding and take action on racial and economic justice issues in Minnesota.
  • Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC): Guided by God’s vision of the common good as reflected in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions, JRLC mobilizes religious communities to influence public policy in Minnesota.
  • The Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice, and Social TransformationHoused at the progressive United Theological Seminary, The Kaleo Center works with people from diverse spiritual traditions and faith communities to support beloved community through action in the world. Using an innovative praxis model that combines theory and practice, they train faith leaders in the art of social transformation and organize in community to build solidarity with front-line movements for justice and liberation. They are intersectional, pro-LGBTQ, and place racial justice at the center of their work.
  • MARCH (Multifaith Anti-Racism, Change and Healing): MARCH is an open coalition of explicitly pro-LGBTQ faith leaders from diverse communities, religious institutions, and spiritual traditions. They are building a movement of people of faith and conviction in spiritual and religious communities as partners in the spiritual, moral, and political work of dismantling white supremacy and other intersecting oppressions in solidarity with movements for justice led by frontline communities.
  • Metropolitan Interfaith Council for Affordable Housing (MICAH): MICAH is a housing and homeless-advocacy organization working towards housing solutions in Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light: Through leadership and guidance to Minnesota’s faith communities, this organization responds to climate change by bringing faith communities together and providing opportunities for congregations to join the growing movement.
  • Protect Minnesota’s Interfaith Alliance for Gun Safety: The Interfaith Alliance for Gun Safety brings together faith organizations, faith leaders, and people of faith from all traditions to work for common sense gun laws and to educate Minnesotans about gun violence prevention. It is a member caucus of Protect Minnesota, the only independent, state-based gun violence prevention organization in Minnesota.

Dialogue, Education, Encounter

  • ASDIC Metamorphosis: ASDIC Metamorphosis (Anti-racism Study Dialogue Circles) is an esteemed anti-racism workshop provider based in St Paul and operating across Minnesota and beyond. ASDIC’s programs are noted for their depth of analysis, opportunity for dialogue and reflection, building of relationship and community, and lasting transformative change.
  • Interfaith Youth Connection: This is a program of the Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul involving a group of high school students who work together to nurture interfaith understanding and act together on common values through service and justice.
  • Islamic Resource Group: IRG seeks to eliminate stereotyping of Islam and Muslims through educational presentations and professional training. They supplement existing cultural diversity and tolerance programs in public institutions through informative presentations that develop greater awareness and knowledge of Islam, Muslims, and other world religions.
  • Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning: This collaborative enterprise of the University of St. Thomas and Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, promotes interfaith learning, friendship, and service among people of various religions.
  • Jewish Community Relations Council – Minnesota and Dakotas: This is the public affairs voice of the Jewish community to connect elected officials, the media, and other religious, racial and ethnic groups. They fight anti-Semitism, advocate for Israel, safeguard religious freedom, and engage in community service and social action advocacy to repair the world.
  • Minneapolis Area Interfaith Initiative (MAII): Email [email protected] for more information.
  • Minnesota Council of Churches/Racial Justice/Healing Minnesota Stories: Contact Jim Bear Jacobs at [email protected] for more information.
  • Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS MN): MAS MN provides religious programming and youth programs and operates three Masjids (mosques). MAS MN is a community organization committed to making Minnesota a better place for all Minnesotans. MAS MN provides social services like food shelves. It is a leader in interfaith dialogue, assists with the Ramadan Iftar Open House program with the MN Council of Churches, and co-organizes the Rabbi-Imam Round Table.
  • Peace Meals: Peace Meals offers a path to build community and understanding across lines of religious and cultural division at a common table with food, friendship and hospitality. Peace Meals gathers people from different faith traditions and religious identities who commit to meet together six times to share a meal and honest discussion. The goal is to build greater awareness and understanding of each other’s worldviews, questions, concerns, and hopes.
  • [email protected]: This is an opportunity for persons of different faiths to meet and get to know each other by sharing food in the intimacy of their homes. The goal is to get to know people and build friendships across lines of religion and culture.

Service

  • Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative: This is a collaborative of over 80 interfaith congregations in the Twin Cities metro area. Beacon congregations are committed to making sure that all people have a home and live out their faith by creating affordable homes, sheltering families experiencing homelessness, and working for policy change to grow housing resources.
  • Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul: People of faith will relieve the effects of poverty and address its causes through the transformative work of thousands of volunteers. Interfaith Action aims to unite the people, resources, and voice of the faith community to build a more just, safe, and livable East Metro for all.

Spirituality & Action

  • Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality: A Center of innovative programs that explore the spiritual dimensions of contemporary life for women and men. They reimagine and embody what women can be as agents of transformation in church and society.

United States Organizations

International Organizations

Convening

Greater MN Interfaith Leaders

Weaving the network of multifaith work around the state is the purpose of this Zoom call.  Meetings build relationships through sharing about the work, issues, and challenges:  Participants talk about the approaches that work and ones that don’t as well as the needs and opportunities they see.  The benefits are inspiration, connections, learning from peers and opportunities for cooperation — or at least “stealing” good ideas.
Participants share in setting the agenda, identifying topics, inviting new participants and managing the sessions.
 
Timing:  Zoom the second Wednesday of each month from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CT.
 
Connect: Tom Duke.

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