News: Formation of statewide multi-faith network
For the last year representatives of the Twin Cities Interfaith Network (TCIN) and the Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) have been working with the interfaith community to imagine and begin building a statewide multi-faith network. News of that “under construction” process will be posted here until another site and communications are developed.
A network has the potential to accelerate the rate of social change. In these divisive and even dangerous times a state-wide multi-faith network is vitally needed. We are looking for people willing to put in some time to shape the hub of this network. These are designed to be short-term task groups to make recommendations about work going forward. Two options for meetings are scheduled:
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Edina Community Lutheran Church (4113 W 54th St, Minneapolis, MN)
A light dinner will be served.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul (1671 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105)
Since late January 2018 various groupings of persons interested in helping to “steer” the formation of a statewide multi-faith network have met several times to help craft the vision and goals as well as the limited but necessary structure, while learning about a networks approach as different from “one more organization” or association or coalition. Meetings will be continuing and anyone interested in this overall aspect of building the network can read notes of the meetings here and/or contact Tom Duke (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Pickard (email@example.com)
Here is the statement about the vision and invitation to participate offered by Gail Anderson:
(Remarks at Feb. 1, 2018, “Connecting to Change the World” World Interfaith Harmony event at Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center, Bloomington, MN)
Gail Anderson: On a Saturday morning last summer, I was awakened by a call from Imam Asad Zaman. He said there has been an explosion at Dar Al Farooq. I remember in my sleepiness asking him, what do you mean explosion, do you mean bomb? Yes, he said, someone threw an explosive device through the Imam’s office window. He asked me to help organize a press conference for noon that day.