Adding a Rich Tapestry
Building bridges across cultures is just what Pastor Melissa Melnick does. Years ago, as a high school Spanish and ELL teacher, she noticed that the honors Spanish students were all white and the ELL learners were mostly Latino. And the two groups never interacted. So, she worked to bridge relationships and to help desegregate the two groups. Pastor Melissa lived a multicultural life in every aspect except one – church.
“My church life didn’t reflect my multicultural life,” she said. So now, she is starting one. She named it Tapestry, and right now, she’s cultivating a core group of leaders who are working together to create a multi-cultural dinner church. Read the full story >
The Minneapolis Area Synod supports congregations and ministries as together we share God’s love in Jesus Christ. We provide encouragement for leaders, resources for communities of faith, and strategic investment in areas where we are “better together” – such as ministry with and outreach to racially diverse communities and people in their first third of life. We also work to strengthen connections among congregations, justice ministries, ecumenical and interfaith partners, and the global church.
Synod Engages InterServe to Guide 'First Third of Life'
Recently, Bishop Ann Svennungsen announced that the Minneapolis Area Synod will partner with InterServe Ministries to expand synodical support for leaders and congregations in their "First Third of Life" ministries. Interserve is uniquely qualified to help the synod staff expand its work in this area. “Between them, the two Interserve directors have nearly 30 years of experience in youth ministry -- plus a wealth of relationships with leaders and congregations of our synod,” explained Svennungsen. “Their expertise will be invaluable as we support this ministry so essential to the church, and as we envision how the synod can most effectively support First Third of Life work into the future.” Continued