The Minnesota Council of Churches is more than 1 million people of faith united to build the common good.

With bold, innovative action the Minnesota Council of Churches represents over 1,000,000 members of congregations throughout the state.

Through our Respectful Conversations Project, congregations radiate peace into their communities by practicing an innovative way to have a positive discussion among people who disagree over emotional topics like gun use and control, same-sex marriage, and local conflicts. Participants leave with tools that have helped them not only build empathy for those with whom they disagree but strengthen the community and transform their own relationships by improving the quality of their conversations. This project is also blessed by an anonymous donor's matching gift of $25,000.

Because 10,000 people turn 65 every day from now through 2019, aging, caregiving and end-of-life concerns will begin to play much larger roles in society and our lives. The challenge is great but we face ti boldly. Through Graceful Journey congregations face the age wave head on. We provide informative presentations on advance care directives, questions to consider that the directives don't cover, and how to have a difficult conversation with a loved one about how to make the end of life a more Graceful Journey.

Refugees coming to Minnesota do not always experience a graceful journey, but when they connect with MCC they receive direct assistance, housing support, and job training. This year already Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services has welcomed over 380 refugees into new lives of freedom, hope and opportunity in Minnesota.

Nowhere is Refugee Services innovation more on display than in the Tapestry Project in Mankato. Through this award-winning program community members, city officials, refugees and immigrants discover more about each other, become friends and learn how to live together well in community.

As our society becomes more and more separated into silos and people increasingly only spend time with folks like themselves, programs like our Interfaith Relationships help stitch us all more tightly together. Whather through sponsoring an open house Iftar during Ramadan in a mosque, or by bringing people together in a Muslim-Christian dialogue the Council continues to weave relationships between and amongst people of many faiths.

This is the bold and innovative service that people and congregations are able to achieve with and through teh Minnesota Council of Churches.

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