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 September 2015 Midday Interfaith DialogueContact-imageThe Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC): The Story of a Premier Interfaith Public Policy Advocacy Organization, It’s Mission, Methods, Impact and Current Agenda. On Thursday, September 10, 12 noon-1:45 p.m., Brian Rusche, Executive Director of JRLC will share the story of JRLC, the first interfaith public lobby group in the USA, founded in 1971. JRLC is the largest and most inclusive interfaith public interest group in Minnesota — people of diverse faiths bringing vision and wisdom to the public realm for the well-being of Minnesotans. JRLC is authorized and governed by four Sponsoring Members: the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota. Brian, an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), has over 30 years experience in social justice advocacy, the most recent 26 years as registered lobbyist and executive director for JRLC. Presentation and dialogue will focus on the workings, success and challenges JRLC faces, as well as its yet unrealized potential.

SPIN Midday Dialogue sessions are free, open to all, co-sponsored by, and held at, the Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul (formerly SPACC), 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., light refreshments/beverages provided; bag lunches welcome.