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

In my first month as CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches, Bloomington mosque Dar Al Farooq was bombed and white supremacists marched in Virginia. These events and the hatred fostered by national leaders toward immigrants and refugees have made our mission more urgent: “To manifest the Unity of the Body of Christ and build the common good in the world.” This is what we do.

Former CEO Rev. Peg Chemberlin began the year convening religious leaders to speak out against the “Muslim ban.” When I spoke at Dar Al Farooq the morning of the bombing, I said that an attack on a mosque is an attack on a synagogue is an attack on a church. In response to Charlottesville, the leaders of our historic African American member denominations convened a frank conversation on a unified racial justice strategy. This is who we are.

In the aftermath of the mosque bombing, MCC’s Respectful Conversations helped Bloomington residents of different faiths strengthen their community. While Islamophobia is on the rise, we celebrate Taking Heart, a partnership with the Muslim American Society that in 2017 brought together over 1,800 Muslims and Christians in 23 mosques statewide. This is what we do.

For over 30 years, Refugee Services has helped to create a more diverse and vibrant Minnesota. When there are more refugees in the world than ever before, the US government has callously reduced the number of refugees permitted to enter the country to a record low. This means more trauma for persecuted people who wait years in refugee camps, hoping to find a safe home. Yet MCC continues to welcome refugees into new lives of healing, hope, and opportunity in Minnesota. This is who we are.

Your generous financial support sustains our commitment to refugees. It strengthens our work for racial justice and interfaith harmony. Your gift will unify the faith community to build a more just future.

Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, CEO

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