Austen Hartke
Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

Austen Hartke

Austen Hartke is the author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians, a book on theology and personal narratives published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2018. He is also the creator of the YouTube series Transgender and Christian, which seeks to understand, interpret, and share parts of the Bible that relate to gender identity and the lives of transgender individuals. Austen is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution. He has spoken at conferences all over the country, including events for The Reformation Project, Gender Spectrum, Wild Goose, Q Christian Fellowship, the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, and the Why Christian Conference. Currently Austen is a 2019 Bush Foundation Fellow, and is researching best practices for rural churches that are interested in becoming LGBTQI2A-affirming. As a transgender person of faith, Austen's greatest passion is helping other trans and gender-non-conforming people see themselves in scripture.

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Reverend DeWayne Davis
Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Reverend DeWayne Davis

Reverend DeWayne Davis is a cleric ordained in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) with expertise in social justice analysis, advocacy, and organizing and a passion for Christian education and preaching. In our city, Reverend Davis’ leadership has paved the way forward for the possibility of a more equitable Minneapolis. We are grateful for the gift that this man is and are excited to have him (and you) with us on this night.

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Women at The Table
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Women at The Table

In the history of the church, women have often been silenced and sidelined, despite Jesus’ insistence that they be central to this story. Join us at a Women at The Table Event where together we will see how Jesus sees women, and dismantle the distortions of patriarchy that continue to get in the way.

This meeting will be at Lauren Moberg’s house which is located at 2805 W 60th Street, Minneapolis.

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Mapping Prejudice: Transcription Event
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Mapping Prejudice: Transcription Event

"This research is showing what communities of color have known for decades. Structural barriers stopped many people who were not White from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century… Contemporary White residents of Minneapolis like to think their city never had formal segregation. But racial covenants did the work of Jim Crow in northern cities like Minneapolis." – Mapping Prejudice

Through extensive historical research and analysis, Mapping Prejudice has helped to unearth the shameful history of racial covenants and redlining in Minneapolis dating back more than 100 years.

And there is still much work to be done.

After attending the "Jim Crow of the North" Film Screening at Elmer Andersen Library on Thursday May 9th (http://www.facebook.com/events/447646679306634/), bring your laptop and a few of your friends out to Knox Church on Saturday, May 11th, as we continue the work of Mapping Prejudice by documenting the history of discriminatory deeds and furthering our work towards creating a more just Minneapolis.

If you can't make it to the film screening on the 9th, you can also watch the film here online: https://youtu.be/XWQfDbbQv9E

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Jim Crow of the North Film Screening
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Jim Crow of the North Film Screening

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHSUM) along with co-sponsors will hold a free film screening of Jim Crow of the North followed by a panel discussion on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Jim Crow of the North, a Twin Cities Public Television documentary film is based on the work of the Mapping Prejudice Project at the University of Minnesota. The film is about 60 minutes in length and will be followed by panel discussion and reception with refreshments.
Register at https://www.continuum.umn.edu/reg/reservations-to-jim-crow-of-the-north-screening-may-9/

Panelists include:
Daniel Pierce Bergin, producer Jim Crow of the North and Senior Producer and Partnership Manager of Twin Cities Public Television
Kirsten Delegard, Mapping Prejudice Project Director
Andre Dukes, Northside Achievement Zone
Steven Belton, Minneapolis Urban League
Iris Tzafrir, Jewish Community and Relations Council: Minnesota and the Dakotas Speakers Bureau
Kate Dietrick, Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
Ken Engel, Chair of Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota
Norm Pink, Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota, Jewish Community and Relations Council: Minnesota and the Dakotas, Northside Achievement Zone, Minneapolis Urban League, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives, and Twin Cities Public Television.

About the film
Why does Minnesota suffer through some of the worst racial disparities in the nation? One answer is the spread of racist, restrictive real estate covenants in the early 20th century. Jim Crow of the North premieres on February 25 on TPT’s Minnesota Experience.

The film is based on the work of the Mapping Prejudice Project at the University of Minnesota. This cutting-edge research is documenting, mapping and presenting data on restrictive covenants in the largest metro area in the upper Midwest.

The story charts the progression of racist policies and practices from the advent of covenants after the turn of the last century through to their final eradication in the late 1960s. This history suggests that, the lack of Southern style segregation, this Jim Crow of the North has had dramatic and lasting impact on the largest metro area in the upper Midwest.

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Women at The Table
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Women at The Table

In the history of the church, women have often been silenced and sidelined, despite Jesus’ insistence that they be central to this story. Join us at a Women at The Table Event where together we will see how Jesus sees women, and dismantle the distortions of patriarchy that continue to get in the way.

Tonight’s meeting will be at Lauren Moberg’s house which is located at 2805 W 60th Street, Minneapolis.

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John Pavlovitz at The Table
Jan
20
5:00 PM17:00

John Pavlovitz at The Table

John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years, his blog “Stuff That Needs To Be Said” has reached a diverse worldwide audience as he continues to advocate for equality, diversity and justice—both inside and outside faith communities.

This is a night that you won’t want to miss!

To read from John’s blog, go here: https://johnpavlovitz.com

Purchase John’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/Bigger-Table-Authentic-Spiritual-Community-ebook/dp/B075NKFGZ8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1545493594&sr=8-3&keywords=John+Pavlovitz

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Financial Peace University
Jan
8
6:30 PM18:30

Financial Peace University

How do you hold the resources that you have? Join us for this 7 week journey through which we will explore what it looks like to have a healthy perspective on our finances.

The course content and schedule will go as follows:

  • Lesson 1: Super Saving on January 8, 2019

  • Lesson 2: Relating With Money on January 15, 2019

  • Lesson 3: Cash Flow Planning on January 22, 2019

  • Lesson 4: Dumping Debt on January 29, 2019

  • Lesson 5: Buyer Beware on February 5, 2019

  • Lesson 6: The Role of Insurance on February 12, 2019

  • Lesson 7: Retirement and College Planning on February 19, 2019

  • Lesson 8: Real Estate and Mortgages on February 26, 2019

  • Lesson 9: The Great Misunderstanding on March 5, 2019

Register at this link here: https://www.financialpeace.com/groups/1078574?c=ccf

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Searching for Home: An Evening with Harriet Oyera and Virgil Wiebe
Jul
22
5:00 PM17:00

Searching for Home: An Evening with Harriet Oyera and Virgil Wiebe

After losing much of her country and kin to the terror of the Lord's Resistance Army, in 2006, Harriet Oyera courageously fled Uganda and came to the distant shores of America, where she not only re-built her life but has also worked to see others do the same.

This Sunday night, July 22nd at 5pm, we're so excited to have Mrs. Oyera with us to tell her story as a refugee who was granted asylum, and why, in a moment where thousands are struggling to do the same, this matters so much.

Joining her on this evening will also be Virgil Wiebe, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law who specializes in the area of immigration. Through his experience in this conversation, Mr. Wiebe will equip us with a new understanding of what is happening at our borders as well as what people of goodwill can do to make a difference.

This is going to be a beautiful and important night. Please make the effort to be in it with us.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE CHILDCARE PROVIDED ON THIS EVENING.

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Putting Our Privilege to Use
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Putting Our Privilege to Use

As we dive into the work of racial justice, we believe it’s important to take inventory of our own privilege, our own blind spots, our own areas in need of growth. The RJC directors will be moderating a conversation about what it looks like to be a community of privilege; how and where that privilege shows up, ways to become more aware of our privilege and making an effort to use our privilege for the good of our fellow brothers and sisters.

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Sacred Sites Tour
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Sacred Sites Tour

As part of Healing Minnesota Stories’ effort to create dialogue, understanding and healing between Native and non-Native peoples, they offer Sacred Sites Tours of the Twin Cities area. These tours aim to create greater awareness and understanding of the Dakota people, the original people of this area, who too often are invisible in their homeland. The tour includes information on Dakota history, culture and sacred sites, as well as the oppression and genocide they faced, and ultimately their exile. This tour is an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling and experiencing the sites in silence/meditation/reflection.

 

The Tour

Tours are led by Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota). Together as a group, we will visit sites located around confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or "meeting place of rivers," including:

 

Fort Snelling State Park

Dakota Internment Camp following The Dakota-U.S. War

Pilot Knob Hill, a traditional burial ground.

 

Logistics

 

Tours are appropriate for adults and older youth. Tour groups meet at a location in Mendota near the sites and auto caravan to the sites. Car pooling usually occurs so those not preferring or unable to drive can ride with others. Address, directions, and map will be sent prior to tour. Dress for the weather with sturdy footwear rather than sandals. If weather is severe we will reschedule. Watch email if it’s questionable. We will do our best to accommodate the physical abilities of all attendees. Wheelchairs welcome as the places we go are on or very near trails. The whole tour can be accessible; contact us with specific questions. People who may have difficulty standing for story telling may want to bring lawn chairs. Those walking should expect to be on some uneven surfaces and dirt/gravel paths. We allot four hours for tours though actual times may vary.

 

About Jim Bear Jacobs

 

Born in St. Paul, he is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin. He has degrees in Pastoral Studies and Christian Theology and has served various churches as youth minister, adult Christian educator, and director of Men’s Ministries. Presently he is parish associate at Church of All Nations Presbyterian Church. He is a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. He is founder/convener of “Healing Minnesota Stories,” an initiative of SPIN dedicated to creating events of dialogue, education and healing, particularly within faith communities.

 

About Bob Klanderud

 

Bob (Dakota/Lakota) is a cultural teacher at Nawayee Center School, an experiential learning school for Native American youth. He also volunteers with Healing Minnesota Stories as a leader and story teller. Bob has worked for healing within Native American communities through work with Native Father’s groups, and by providing spiritual services for Native American inmates through the Department of Corrections. Bob is committed to following traditional Native ways, including being a pipe carrier, participating in Sun Dance, and hosting traditional Native sweat ceremonies. He has a grown son and lives in Minneapolis.

 

Suggested Reading Prior to the Tour

Diane Wilson, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life

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Direct Action Training with Liz Loeb
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Direct Action Training with Liz Loeb

For the first Empowerment Training of the Racial Justice Coalition at The Table MPLS, we are so excited to be bringing in our friend, Liz Loeb, to teach us how to do the sacred work of solidarity in holy and healthy ways. Liz is a revered community organizer and civil rights attorney with over 15 years of experience in fundraising, organizational development, leadership development, civic engagement, public policy, and strategic campaigns. Throughout her story, Liz has kept and cultivated deep roots in LGBTQ communities, grassroots movements, and intersectional racial justice work.

In our time together, we'll be talking about how we pragmatically partake in movements that require direct action, as well as why it's important. While these conversations can tend to be abstract and disconnected from actual practices, this training will specifically be rooted in an upcoming direct action that we will be inviting people to partake in with the Minnesota Poor People's Campaign. 

REGISTER FOR TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/direct-action-training-with-liz-loeb-tickets-45896883815

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LAUNCH: Racial Justice Coalition
Apr
29
6:10 PM18:10

LAUNCH: Racial Justice Coalition

As a community, we at The Table are committed to taking seriously the work of racial justice as we seek to embody Good News in a city that is in desperate need of it. Following our gathering on April 29th, we would love to have you with us for a short time as we introduce our vision for this work, and what the road ahead looks like for us in it. 

 

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Cultural Competency Training
Feb
26
7:00 AM07:00

Cultural Competency Training

Since our Cultural Competency Training came to an end this fall, many of you who weren't able to participate in that one have asked if we were going to have another one at some point in the near future. While we will not be personally hosting this training, there is an incredible opportunity for you to partake in one that is being hosted by our very own, Julie Eide and the Barnabas Group that she runs.  

Beginning on February 26th at Tradition Capital Bank, from 7am to 9:30am, we want to invite you into a Cultural Competency Training with Siri Nestingen. This training will happen at this time and at this location on 2/26, 3/12, 4/9, 4/23, and 5/7. While the training is free, the only ask on participants is that you would commit to being at each one of the sessions. 

If you would like to partake in this Cultural Competency Training, please email Julie Eide and let her know. 

Julie can be reached at Jeide1@comcast.net

 

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