More than 1 million people of faith united to build the common good.

You innately desire the good of others. So do we. Care for others and love of neighbor is a constant thread in Minnesota Council of Churches’ tradition of innovation.

After last year’s Charleston church shooting, together we began a year-long series of prayer services. 48 different services were held in Minnesota. The Spirit is unleashed, with churches and denominations throughout our state organizing skills-building workshops and anti-racism trainings. Faith communities are strengthening our tradition of love of neighbor.

When Muslims were targeted, the tradition of care for neighbor was manifest. Together we initiated a campaign to promote peace by publicly stating our respect and acceptance of those who worship differently than we do. Thousands of lawn signs saying “To our Muslim Neighbors: Blessed Ramadan” went up in Minnesota. We repeatedly heard that loving Christians were receiving thank you notes from their Muslim neighbors. One read “My 3 children have tons of questions about why everyone hates us… It’s so wonderful to finally have an opportunity to point out that not everyone hates.”

A heart for the persecuted calls you to continue the tradition of resettling refugees in Minnesota in innovative ways. Refugees are by definition forced out of their homeland. Over three decades ago Minnesota congregations were moved by compassion to find ways to welcome refugees to our state through MCC. The nature of the conflicts uprooting people have varied, but the care you have shown remains constant. This year together we welcomed 461 people into new lives.

The Spirit is moving in Minnesota. You keep innovating through MCC as we find new ways to care for others. With your support we recently launched Life Learners, a tutor and mentor recruitment effort to work for racial justice and reduce the racial achievement gap in Minnesota schools.

Your financial support for these ministries will enable us to keep pushing past limits the world would place on what it means to care for others.

It really is your support – donations from individual contributors – that allows these ministries to thrive. Please contribute today.

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