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.
New grant and loan programs encourage health, energy efficiency
The Minneapolis Area Synod recently announced two new programs that provide resources to help congregations improve the health of their neighborhoods and the energy efficiency of their buildings. The projects – one a grant program, the other a loan program -- were announced at the Synod Assembly on May 15, 2015.
As part of the synodical commitment that all people live in just and healthy neighborhoods ... continue reading >