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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3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets Workshops
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets Workshops

Through the content provided in the film "3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets", which documents the events surrounding the tragic murder of Jordan Davis in 2012, The Table of MPLS is hosting 4 Tuesday nights (2/13-3/6) where people are invited to work together for a more practical and constructive dialogue on race in our communities. While these sessions will undoubtedly be challenging and at times even uncomfortable, we are convinced that the work that we will do on these nights--and in between these nights--will even more importantly be transformative and timely.

Because of this, we want to make these evenings as accessible for all as possible, which is why there is no cost for your participation. All you need to do is register at the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3-12-minutes-10-bullets-tickets-42429078516

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Anti-Racist On-Ramp: A Conversation for White People
Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Anti-Racist On-Ramp: A Conversation for White People

  • First Universalist Church of Minneapolis (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A word from First. Universalist Church of Minneapolis, the host for this event: 

(a.k.a. "Revolution Is Not a One-Time Event" Workshop)

Please join us for a conversation on how white people can thoughtfully engage in anti-racism work! 

In this moment, many white people are answering the call to racial justice action and showing up for their first march, contacting elected officials, and generally getting engaged for the first time. 

Well-meaning white people may be confused or not understand anger they may encounter as they enter contemporary anti-racism work. Does this sound like you? Do you have questions about why people get mad when someone says “All lives matter,” “I’m colorblind,” or “Nation of immigrants”? Does the statement, “If it’s not intersectional feminism, it’s white supremacy” leave you a little baffled and/or nervous? This group is designed for you! 

This will be an appropriate space for you to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to, but have been afraid, to ask. Organizers Katherine and Shari will share their stories and experiences, and participants will have opportunities to share theirs with partners or in small groups. You will also receive resources for further action, growth, and engagement. 

This workshop will be led by: Katherine Parent and Shari Seifert, anti-racist activists and organizers, both are involved in their congregations (Shari at Calvary Lutheran and Katherine at Redeemer Lutheran) with the local group Multi-faith Antiracism Change and Healing (MARCH) and #decolonizeLutheranism. Denise Konen, First Universalist Church member will be there to welcome you with coffee, tea and snacks and offer opportunities to engage at First Universalist Church.

Free; please register with Sandy DiNanni by emailing sandy@firstuniv.org or calling 612-825-1701.

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IF Gathering
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

IF Gathering

about this event: What IF we followed God with perseverance instead of insecurity? At IF:Gathering 2018, we will look at one of Paul’s letters to Timothy as he reminded him of the power and responsibility of sharing the gospel. We want to give God away in the very places He’s put us, so we’re going to gather for the purpose of remembering why following God and making disciples matters. We all get tired, we all wonder if what we’re doing matters, so IF:Gathering 2018 will be the reminder--it will be the celebration. The work we’re doing to share the gospel on the earth is worth it and God DOES move through the little things that nobody sees. Join us!

event description: This is an IF: Local gathering for the women of The Table church community. Come for some or all of the day--either way, we'd love to be with you!

host: Lauren Moberg (moberglauren@gmail.com)

registration status: Registration for this event is open and can happen here: https://register.ifgathering.com/event/iftable-mpls

 

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Film Showing: 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
Feb
3
7:00 PM19:00

Film Showing: 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets

In the month of February, we will be going through a sermon series that is based on the story of Jordan Davis, as told in this documentary "3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets."

On this night, at Knox Church, we will watch the film together. 

Given the content of the film, parental discretion is advised.

For a trailer to the film, please go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKbCoRA__UI

 

 

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Let's Talk About It
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Let's Talk About It

On Tuesday night, from 7:00-8:30pm, we want to hold space to debrief both the Cultural Competency Training and the Sacred Sites Tour, as well as discuss where we need to go next.

This is an important night and we would love to have your voice in it with us. 

 

 

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Sacred Sites Tour
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Sacred Sites Tour

Perhaps the first step in the work of justice and liberation is unlearning the lies we’ve been told. Next month, we have an opportunity to do just that. 

On December 9th, our community, The Table MPLS, is heading out on a Sacred Sites tour with Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota) to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling and experiencing the sites in silence/meditation/reflection. 

Together 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.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacred-sites-tour-tickets-41008138446

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Not in Our City 5K
Dec
9
9:00 AM09:00

Not in Our City 5K

This event is being put on by NOT IN OUR CITY.

Not a run with a cause, but a cause with a run. Register today for the NOT IN OUR CITY 5k!

When: December 9th, 2017 at 9am
Where: Target Field
Why: Human trafficking of women and children is the fastest growing crime in the world and it’s happening right in our backyard. How do we take action against this horrific social issue?

We are inviting you to take one step forward to support local organizations who are working around the clock to make an impact on human trafficking. We’re grateful for the brave leaders at Cornerstone, Breaking Free, Source, Men as Peacemakers and The Link. They continue to build upon the foundation with their expertise and grit to make a long term change here in the Twin Cities. 

Join us and show YOUR GRIT!

Here is the plan. THIS IS A FUNDRAISER! 

Not a run with a cause, but a cause with a run!
Register today! NOT IN OUR CITY 5K in the Target Field Concourse 1) on December 9, 2017. Registration is $40.00
Bring your friends and create a fundraising challenge. 
Bring your family kids under 8 are free.

2) Make your own IMPACT: Donate to the cause.
Experience something bigger. You’re joining thousands on taking action against Human Trafficking right here in our community.

3) Invite, invite, invite! Invite your friends and family – and their friends and family! This is how awareness becomes a movement. Remind your friends that 100% of proceeds go directly to vetted partner organizations. 

4) See you on December 9! Join us for the 5K celebration to run, rally, and take one step forward!

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/not-in-our-city-5k-tickets-38546629005?aff=efbeventtix

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Mississippi River Clean-Up
Nov
25
12:00 PM12:00

Mississippi River Clean-Up

Join your friends and family at The Table, as together we work to clean up the Mississippi River Bottoms before it (and all of the trash on it) gets buried in the snow of winter.

If you have any questions about this event, contact Jerome Bergquist at 720.301.2321

 

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Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America

This event is being hosted by Common Good Books:

In addition to exposing racially biased policing, the Justice Department's "Ferguson Report" exposed to the world a system of fines and fees levied for minor crimes in Ferguson, Missouri, that, when they proved too expensive for Ferguson's largely poor, African American population, resulted in jail sentences for thousands of people.

As former staffer to Robert F. Kennedy and current Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman explains in "Not a Crime to Be Poor", Ferguson is everywhere in America today. Through money bail systems, fees and fines, strictly enforced laws and regulations against behavior including trespassing and public urination that largely affect the homeless, and the substitution of prisons and jails for the mental hospitals that have traditionally served the impoverished, in one of the richest countries on Earth we have effectively made it a crime to be poor.

Edelman, who famously resigned from the administration of Bill Clinton over welfare "reform," connects the dots between these policies and others including school discipline in poor communities, child support policies affecting the poor, public housing ordinances, addiction treatment, and the specter of public benefits fraud to paint a picture of a mean-spirited, retributive system that seals whole communities into inescapable cycles of poverty. 

Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center. Edelman was a top advisor to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and served in President Bill Clinton's administration. He is the author of "So Rich, So Poor" (The New Press) and lives in Washington, D.C.

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Candlelight Vigil: #Justice4Jamar
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Candlelight Vigil: #Justice4Jamar

This event is being hosted by: Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar.

It's been two years since we lost Jamar Clark. We continue to fight for #JusticeThroughJamar! Gather with community at the site where he was killed. We will hold space, remember Jamar, and gather our strength for the coming struggle for the Minneapolis Police Accountability Council.

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Organizing in Hard Times
Nov
15
9:00 AM09:00

Organizing in Hard Times

This event is being hosted by Kaleo Center. Below is their invitation to you:

We're living in hard times. How do we sustain our organizing and activism for the long-term? Our strategies must shift to meet drastically shifting political and economic circumstances in our communities. Thankfully, we aren't alone and we have wisdom and elders to lean on. Join Lena Gardner to explore together the insight of legendary Detroit activist Grace Lee Boggs and writer, activist, and sci-fi/Octavia Butler scholar adrienne maree brown. Leave with new ideas and strategies to energize your activism.

We'll explore ideas from two books: The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs and Emergent Strategy from adrienne maree brown.

Lena K. Gardner is one of the co-founders and leaders of the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis chapter and is a part of the founding leaders of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalist Organizing Collective (BLUU). She worships and is a member at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her cat Merlin and loves the Boundary Waters. She graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2015 with her Master of Arts in Justice and Peace studies. Lena serves as the Executive Director of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism.

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