Healing Minnesota Stories is now a program of the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC), expanding its reach and opportunities for transformation.
Begun in 2011, Healing Minnesota Stories is an effort to create dialogue, understanding and healing between Native peoples and Minnesota’s faith communities and their individual members. The initiative grew out of a Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) conference on racism in the church. SPIN has supported Healing Minnesota Stores over the past seven years.
Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Healing Minnesota Stories founder, will now serve as the Director of Racial Justice at MCC, continuing to lead Healing Minnesota Stories and other initiatives. “I’m excited for this opportunity with MCC as we begin to dream how we might continue and expand the work of Healing Minnesota Stories on a larger scale,” Jacobs said in a media release issued today
Minnesota Council of Churches CEO Rev. Dr. Curtiss Paul DeYoung welcomed Healing Minnesota Stories and Rev. Jacobs to the Council’s programming.” Racial justice is a priority for the Council,” DeYoung said, adding that Healing Minnesota Stories would “help the church and all Minnesotans to confront our state’s history and our historic complicity in the harm done to Native Americans.”
Rev. Tom Duke, SPIN’s Founder, says, “We are happy to see Healing Minnesota Stories transition to the Minnesota Council of Churches. It will give the program more visibility and statewide reach, as well as direct relationship with MCC member denominations. MCC also has a good track record of interfaith relationships which can benefit the program.”
One of Healing Minnesota Stories signature offerings is Sacred Sites Tours, which give participants the opportunity to experience these Dakota sacred sites in person and hear stories about them. Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota) lead the tours. Three tours have been scheduled this fall. Participants all meet at Church of St. Peter in Mendota Heights, 1405 Sibley Memorial Highway, Saint Paul, MN 55120. The announced tours are:
- Saturday, September 1, 10:00am – 2:00pm
- Saturday, September 29, 10:00am – 2:00pm
- Saturday, October 20, 10:00am – 2:00pm
To register for a tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healing Minnesota Stories provides custom tours for larger groups. It also offers opportunities for speaking engagements with churches and community groups on Native American spirituality, local history, and barriers to free practice of Native religions, presentations about controversial images in State Capitol Art, and film presentations on the U.S.-Dakota War and the Doctrine of Discovery.
For more information about Healing Minnesota Stories, go to http://mnchurches.org/justice/HealingMinnesotaStories.html or to www.bit.ly/HealMNStories.
About Minnesota Council of Churches
Representing 25 member judicatories and about 1,000,000 Christians, the Minnesota Council of Churches’ mission is to manifest unity in the church and to build the common good in the world. The Minnesota Council of Churches programs include welcoming refugees, civic engagement and fostering ecumenical relationships. For more information, visit www.mnchurches.org