Midday Dialogues

The Midweek Dialogues are SPIN’s oldest program. They are offered on the second Thursdays of most months, running from noon to 2 p.m. at the St. Paul Area Council of Churches, 1671 Summit Avenue (corner of  Summit & Pierce). Bring a lunch (beverages and snack provided), along with an open mind. The events are free and open to the public; a free will donation is invited. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for informal mingling.

SPIN May Midday Interfaith Dialogue: A Muslim - Christian Community Partnership

On May 14, 12 noon-2 p.m., leaders of two partnering congregations, Masjid Dar Al-Hijrah/Islamic Civic Society of America and Trinity Lutheran Congregation, both in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, will share the story of their interfaith and cross-cultural partnership. Pastor Jane Buckley-Farlee, Senior Pastor at Trinity and Fardosa Hassan as well as another representative of Dar Al-Hijrah will share the story of their partnership, which pre-dated but intensified when the mosque was damaged extensively by fire on January 1, 2014. The mosque/civic society serves the Somali Muslim community among others and is instrumental in prevention programs related to the recruitment of young people for overseas violent extremism. Trinity congregation states on its web site: “We’re a Reconciling in Christ congregation, sharing ministry with partner Lutheran congregations, Fairview University Hospital, Augsburg College and neighboring mosques. Are you ready to embrace radical hospitality in a multicultural faith community? We’re ready to welcome you.”  Fardosa Hassan, who also directs the Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition at SPACC, works with Dar Al-Hajrah and Trinity in hosting a weekly interfaith dialogue for the community. The sharing of these partners will provide a stimulus for us to dialogue about the potential for more interfaith and intercultural partnerships, the motivations our traditions provide, as well as the obstacles, the benefits and ways to undertake such activity. Sessions are free, open to all, co-sponsored by, and held at, the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., light refreshments/beverages provided; bag lunches welcome.