10 Days Free from Violence

September 21-30 2018

Twin Cities Nonviolent is coordinating 10 Days Free From Violence in September 2018. Join us September 21-30, 2018 to participate in nonviolent activities all around the Twin Cities.

There are many worthwhile events occurring throughout the Twin Cities, before September 21.  Be sure to check out the calendar of events each day.

As you attend events, please fill out this short survey (10 questions).  This will help us in planning for next year.

Please send pictures from events to post on this website.  twincitiesnonviolent@gmail.com or post directly to Instagram and Twitter using the following hashtags:  #WeCanWagePeace or #TCNV2018.   Thank you

Schedule of Events

All Events are free and open to all ages unless noted 

Ongoing September 1-30, 2018

Six Artists on Non-violence Art Exhibit – Dunn Brothers, 329 West 15th Street (back room), Mpls 55403 (across from Loring Park) free of charge

Ongoing September 13 – September 30, 2018

Batik Messages of peace, non-violence and love created by 7th Grade Students, Highland Catholic School, 2017 Bohland Ave, St Paul, MN 55116.  Batik messages are on display on a new trellis, along Kenneth Street on the east side of Highland Catholic School,  in the community garden.

Ongoing September 22-29, 2018

terrestrial solidarity: an introspective – Lorna Rockey, Photographer;   Copeland Arts & Training Center, 1256 Penn Avenue North, Mpls 55411   Ms. Rockey has avidly combined her photography with her humanitarian work for over four decades.  By encouraging viewers to contemplate how all living things connect on this planet, it reinforces the point of why peace is SO necessary.  “terrestrial solidarity: an introspective” has been on a global tour for several years and will be on loan to “10 Days Free From Violence.”  GALA opening reception Friday, September 21 6-8pm    Gallery hours:  Tues, Weds, Fri – 1pm-6pm;  Thurs – 1pm – 7pm; Sat – 10am – 2pm;  Closed Sundays & Mondays.  free of charge   http://bit.ly/1jxONVM 

Illuminating Peace-Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2315 Chicago Avenue South, Mpls 55404.  A simple message of peace will be projected at night-time on the Our Saviour’s roof. free of charge 7pm – 11pm

Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018 8:30am – 4:30pm  The STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day, Saint Paul, MN. – Sunrise Banks and Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.  The STAR-Lite Training is a single-day evidence-based training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality for those who wish to learn the basics of becoming trauma-informed, resilience-oriented, and restorative justice-focused within a shorter-time frame than the full STAR Training.  Pre-registration required at  https://slsept212018.eventbrite.com  Capacity: 60. Audience: Adults Free of charge;  optional CE’s and CLE’s for $35.00 per.   www.mnpeace.org 

Friday, September 21, 2018 9:30am  Prayer for the Nation – Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church, 1620 East 46th Street, Mpls.  A pause in your week for quiet. focus. perspective. A place to bring your longings, fears and concerns. A chance to lift up the needs of our country and find hope. Join us every Friday for this simple service of prayer and quiet reflection. https://www.lakenokomispc.org/

Friday, September 21, 2018 10:30am – 9:00 pm  Nurture Peace and Justice at Prophetic Imagination 2018, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue, Mpls.  55403  This two day conference promises to develop our faith-fueled voices to transform our communities, with keynote speakers Traci Blackmon of the UCC and Lynice Pinkard from Oakland, Calif., presenters (including Shannon Kearns and Plymouth Interim Minister Dan Wolpert) and musical inspiration.  Prophetic Imagination 2018 promises to stoke the fires of resistance to injustice and fear as we dream, together, of a better world.  Conference fees are on a sliding scale; details and registration: https://www.propheticimagination.org/

Friday, September 21, 2018 11:00am – 11:10am  Global Synchronized Meditations for World Peace,  “10 Minutes for Peace” Join millions of people around the globe for 10 minutes of synchronized Silence for World Peace.  It is being coordinated by Unifyre, a partner organization supporting collective action and social impact around the world.
Please check out the video at www.unifyre.com/#video, where you can also sign up.
Let’s make this the largest group meditation on the planet!    

Friday, September 21, 2018 3:00pm – 4:30pm  I Can See Peace: Even Though I’ve Had It Up to Here! Workshop – Julie Penshorn.  525 Fairview Avenue South, St Paul, MN  55116.  Penshorn, Director of the nonprofit, Growing Communities for Peace, along with Rebecca Janke, will show how seeing peace is a key tool we can use going forward into our complex future. Participants will learn how to practice seeking peace in their daily lives. By focusing our attention on seeing peace we are building the muscles for finding it again! Participants can share these skills with children, since seeking peace is one way to ease the trauma of adverse experiences in early childhood. Enjoy original and familiar music by Penshorn and special guest Ben Grosscup as well as refreshments. All of Penshorn’s books will be available. Audience: Adults, teens, anyone who wants to make the world a better place.  Free of  charge  https://www.smarttoolsforlife.com.

Friday, September 21, 2018 6:00pm – 8:00pm  GALA Opening:  terrestrial solidarity: an introspective – lorna rockey –  Photographer,  Copeland Arts & Training Center,  1256 Penn Avenue North, Mpls 55411.  (free parking in ramp, east side of building) Ms Rockey has avidly combined her photography with her humanitarian work for over four decades.  By encouraging viewers to contemplate how all living things connect on this planet, it reinforces the point of why peace is SO necessary. “terrestrial solidarity: an introspective” has been on tour, locally and globally, for several years and will be on loan to “10 Days Free From Violence.”  Free of charge  http://bit.ly/1jxONVM 

Friday, September 21, 2018 6:00pm – 8:30pm  Feast for Peace with US Servas -US Servas and Global Feast for Peace – 2345 Maple Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55431  Global Feast for Peace is the first opportunity in history for the world to share in a communion and a show of unity for a culture of peace. The Global Feast for Peace is part of the United Nations sponsored International Day of Peace. Celebrate by bringing and sharing your favorite ethnic dish in a community potluck. In addition to foods from different cultures, vegetarian and gluten free food options will be served.  There will be discussions with partakers and members of US Servas, a national peace organization, on how to promote peace through travel, hosting, and cultural exchanges. US Servas is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for personal connections among people of diverse cultures in the cause of world peace, goodwill, and mutual understanding. Come join us for delicious food and inspiring conversation. All are invited.  Accepting donations to support US Servas and its peace initiatives. info: calauria21@gmail.com   Capacity 50. RSVP:  http://evite.me/Pc1YyCuc6D

Friday, September 21, 2018 6:30pm –  8:00pm  Taize Peace Prayer Service – Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1884 Randolph Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105.  This is an opening prayer event as part of the “10 Days Free From Violence.”  All are welcome.  Free of charge  https://www.csjstpaul.org

 Friday, September 21, 2018  6:30pm – 9:00pm  Achieving Individual & Social Peace Together – Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4054 Van Buren Street NE, Columbia Heights, MN  55421.  Celebrate International Day of Peace with a Symposium including multicultural prayers, cultural performances, presentations from various faiths, philanthropic & wellness communities and end with a silent Meditation.   There will be a program for Children and Teens also.  Vegetarian dinner will be provided after the program, free of charge. Capacity = 200

Friday, September 21, 2018 7:00pm – 8:30pm  Bridges Reading Series-Cracked Walnut Reading hosted by Peter Stein,  Artista Bottega, 937 West 7th Street, St Paul,  55102  Free of charge

Friday, September 21, 2018 7:00pm –  9:00pm  Holly & Jimmy – A Peace Concert, Unity South Church, 7950 First Avenue South, Bloomington  55420.  A Peace Concert to Benefit World Citizen. An evening of uplifting, positive, celebratory, peace-affirming music!!!! Learn about World Citizen and its Five Peace Actions. Join us in supporting this wonderful non-profit that ‘Empowers Communities to Educate for a Just and Peaceful World!!  Holly and Jimmy have put together a night of music that will uplift your spirit and feed your soul. Suggested donation: $10 to benefit World Citizenwww.peacesites.org   www.hollyandjimmy.com

Friday, September 21, 2018 7:00pm – 10:00pm  Artists Voices for Nonviolence  , New Rules, 2015 Lowry Avenue North, Mpls. 55411.  Food available beginning at 7:00pm;  Spoken Word Poetry Slam & Artist Showcase from 8:00 – 10:00pm.  Join us for an evening of food, art, spoken word and storytelling.  Music By: Kashimana Ahua;  Spoken Word & Storytelling By: Abdul Hafeez Nakumbe, Cynthia Zapata, Kaja Vang, Ashley Steele.  Free of charge

Friday, September 21, 2018 7:30pm  Safety Off: A Theatrical Discussion on Gun Violence in America, Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls. 55408 – Protect Minnesota. Safety Off is a compilation of scenes and monologues, collected from the Protest Plays Project, meant to share various perspectives on gun violence in America, featuring works by: Everett Robert, Asher Wyndham, Crystal Jackson, Kenley Smith, Dwayne Yancy, Stephen Kaplan, Elaine Avila, Kyle Bostain, Cecilia Copeland, Yvette Heyliger, Zac Kline, and Neil Blackadder. There will be talkback discussions with the audience, artists, and members of nonprofit organizations already fighting for gun control. Through these discussions, we hope to not only have impactful conversations, but also wish to connect passionate audience members with groups in their neighborhood to help the cause. Protect Minnesota will provide information about gun violence prevention and also have a table there to register voters. Tickets on a sliding scale from $15-$25.  https://protectmn.org/

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:00am – 11:00am  The Gathering of Nations for Peace and Unity Circle Dedication Bde Maka Ska – Thomas Beach, 3700 Thomas Avenue South, Mpls 55416  – Ojibway Healer and Elder Linda Lucero will join Nancy Bordeaux, Indigenous Cultural Consultant to conduct a Circle of Healing from Violence using the 7 Grandfather’s Teachings: Wisdom, Bravery, Integrity, Love, Humble, Courage and Honor.  Following the Healing Ceremony – The AZTEC Dance group will perform, followed by “The Heart and Soul Drum Academy” from Minneapolis.  Free of charge   https://business.facebook.com/events/207513879947204/

Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:00am – 9:30 pm  Nurture Peace and Justice at Prophetic Imagination 2018, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue, Mpls.  55403  This exciting conference promises to develop our faith-fueled voices to transform our communities, with keynote speakers Traci Blackmon of the UCC and Lynice Pinkard from Oakland, Calif., presenters (including Shannon Kearns and Plymouth Interim Minister Dan Wolpert) and musical inspiration.  Prophetic Imagination 2018 promises to stoke the fires of resistance to injustice and fear as we dream, together, of a better world.  Conference fees are on a sliding scale; details and registration:  https://www.propheticimagination.org/ 

Saturday, September 22, 2018 12:00pm – 11:30pm  Get Busy LIVIN Music Festival, Elk River Extreme Motor Park, 21591 US-169, Elk River   55330, USA  1st Annual Get Busy LIVIN Music Festival to benefit Canvas Health & the LIVIN Foundation! We’ll be using the funds raised to create CAMP #LIVIN a family retreat for families who have been affected by suicide.  Tickets on sale now at LIVINFOUNDATION.ORG.  Food, Fun, Games, Positive Vibes, and great music all day long!! BBQ Competition hosted by Chowtown BBQ so if you want in let us know!!  Musical performances by Craig Morgan, Jason Paulson Band, Shane Martin, Erin Grand, Jake Nelson, Ben Johnson, Crossing Croix, The Plott Hounds

Saturday, September 22, 2018 1:00pm – 4:00pm  Turning Points Towards Peace and Justice Workshop,  Loft Peace and Justice Writer’s Group,  East Side Freedom Library,  1105 Greenbrier Street, St Paul, 55106. Our main goal is to use our writing and storytelling as a tool to promote a more peaceful world beginning in the places we live. In our book, we feature the inspiring stories of people who have discovered a major turning point in their lives over the last half-century that led them to a passion for writing and working for peace and social justice. Our presentation would include readings by authors of the turning points book, peace and justice music, a dynamic slide show and audience members telling their turning point stories. By sharing these stories we hope to inspire current and coming generations to discover their own turning points that will lead them to help make the Twin Cities a non-violent community.       Free of charge  http://eastsidefreedomlibrary.org/ 

Saturday, September 22, 2018  1:30pm-4:30pm Humanize My Hoodie Exhibit – George Latimer Central Library, 90 West 4th Street, St Paul, 55102  A national photography and video exhibit designed to foster critical conversations about threat perception and dismantle the stigma associated with race and certain types of clothing.

Saturday, September 22, 2018  2:00pm  World’s Biggest Eye Contact Experiment, Walker Sculpture Garden, 726 Vineland Place, Mpls 55403- The Oneness Company, llc.  Eye contact. It’s the greatest technology we have for fostering human connection and community. Imagine if your cellphone dropped calls every 3 seconds. Frustrating and ineffective, right? Eye contact is similar. Every time you look away: You break the connection, hanging up on the other person. Sure, you come back, only to hang up again 3 seconds later, well before you or the other person could tune in and feel your shared humanity. Well before you could experience anything beyond the labels of ‘you’ and ‘me’ and the notions of rightdoing and wrongdoing that hold our greater humanity hostage.
So, come and dare to move beyond the labels that divide us. Join us in co-creating the World’s Biggest Eye Contact Experiment right here in Minneapolis where we’ll share 1 minute of eye contact with each other. Last year’s global event brought together more than 100,000 people in more than 100 cities around the world.  Join us in affirming our shared humanity and pioneering a new era of human connection.  For more details, visit our invitation on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2335590309995498/ where you can not only sign up but also help spread word about the event and bring greater awareness to the powerful difference eye contact can make in fostering connection, community, and ultimately peace in the world.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 5:00pm  Green Card Voices – Video display, St Olaf Catholic Church, 215 South 8th Street, Mpls.  Launched in 2013, Green Card Voices’ mission is to share various stories of our nation’s 40 million immigrants and put a human face to the current immigration debate. Simply, we hope to introduce immigrants to their neighbors. Our focus is not only on capturing individual stories, but also on demonstrating the incredible breadth of the immigrant population. We want to show that immigrants work on our farms, serve our food, teach our children, create our technologies, and start our Fortune 500 companies. Utilizing web-based video storytelling, we’re traveling the country and listening to those with the courage to share their journey, documenting each story in an authentic and unbiased way. The chronicles of those whose stories we capture are both awe-inspiring and thought provoking, portraying the diversity of the immigrant experience in the United States. Immigrants have played a vital role at each turn in our nation’s history, and they continue to do so today. By sharing these stories, we can instill a sense of pride in our nation’s immigrant population and thank them for all of their contributions.  Hours for viewing the video display: During the entire month of September.  Saturdays 5pm; Sundays 9am, 11am, 1pm, 5pm. or other times by appointment (contact Church office at 612-332-7471)

Saturday, September 22, 2018 6:00pm – 8:00pm  Active Bystandership/Peer Intervention Workshop – International Ethics and Leadership Training Bureau LLC, Lake Harriet Spiritual Community Center, 4401 Upton Avenue South,  Mpls.  Active Bystandership/Peer Intervention is an attitude that allows us to intervene in conduct that is harmful to another. We are our brother’s and sister’s keepers. When we look at the harm of not intervening we can be motivated to be an active bystander when it is necessary. There is an old saying that our deepest regrets are not about what we have done, but what we failed to do. This interactive lecture is an introduction to the program designed by Mike Quinn that was a catalyst in changing the culture of the New Orleans Police Department. epic.nola.gov/epic/media/Assets/Aronie-Lopez,-Keeping-Each-Other Safe.pdf.   Capacity:250. Free of charge   http://ieltb.com

Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:30pm – 9:00pm  SAFETY OFF: A Theatrical Discussion on Gun Violence in America, Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls.  55408 – Protect Minnesota. Safety Off is a compilation of scenes and monologues, collected from the Protest Plays Project, meant to share various perspectives on gun violence in America, featuring works by: Everett Robert, Asher Wyndham, Crystal Jackson, Kenley Smith, Dwayne Yancy, Stephen Kaplan, Elaine Avila, Kyle Bostain, Cecilia Copeland, Yvette Heyliger, Zac Kline, and Neil Blackadder. There will be talkback discussions with the audience, artists, and members of nonprofit organizations already fighting for gun control. Through these discussions, we hope to not only have impactful conversations, but also wish to connect passionate audience members with groups in their neighborhood to help the cause. Protect Minnesota will provide information about gun violence prevention and also have a table there to register voters. Tickets on a sliding scale from $15-$25.  https://protectmn.org/

Saturday, September 22, 2018  7:30pm – 9:30pm  Songs of Solidarity Across Borders – Ben Grosscup, Sisters of St Joseph’s Carondelet Center Dining Room, (located on the corner of Randolph and Fairview Avenue next to St Catherine (St Kate’s) University, 1890 Randolph Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105.  Ben’s powerful voice and energetic guitar-style inspire action toward a freer society. His songs pull at your heart, provoke critical conversations, and make no apology for a biting critique of current events. Two sets, with an intermission, will address climate justice, anti-racism, war, worker & immigrant rights, feminism, and revolution. Ben grew up in Minneapolis where as a teenager he became involved in movements for peace, ecology, and social justice. He performs a wide range of politically inspired music—much of it original. Today he leads songs at picket lines, rallies, marches, conferences, and concerts to inspire and agitate for justice and peace. He has performed for nurses and teachers unions, climate justice organizations, anti-death penalty groups, indigenous rights groups, and many others. Based in Greenfield, MA, Ben serves as Executive Director of People’s Music Network (www.peoplesmusic.org),  a diverse community of singers, artists, activists and allies that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.  http://youtube.com/c/bengrosscup  Suggested Donation $10-20.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00pm  SAFETY OFF: A Theatrical Discussion on Gun Violence in America, Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls. 55408  – Protect Minnesota. Safety Off is a compilation of scenes and monologues, collected from the Protest Plays Project, meant to share various perspectives on gun violence in America, featuring works by: Everett Robert, Asher Wyndham, Crystal Jackson, Kenley Smith, Dwayne Yancy, Stephen Kaplan, Elaine Avila, Kyle Bostain, Cecilia Copeland, Yvette Heyliger, Zac Kline, and Neil Blackadder. There will be talkback discussions with the audience, artists, and members of nonprofit organizations already fighting for gun control. Through these discussions, we hope to not only have impactful conversations, but also wish to connect passionate audience members with groups in their neighborhood to help the cause. Protect Minnesota will provide information about gun violence prevention and also have a table there to register voters. Tickets on a sliding scale from $15-$25.  https://protectmn.org/

Sunday, September 23, 2018 3:00pm – 5:00pm  Six Artists on Non-violence Art Exhibit – Dunn Brothers, 329 West 15th Street (back room), Mpls 55403 (across from Loring Park)  Free of Charge

Sunday, September 23, 2018 9am,  11am,  1pm,  5:00pm  Green Card Voices – Video display, St Olaf Catholic Church, 215 South 8th Street, Mpls.  Launched in 2013, Green Card Voices’ mission is to share various stories of our nation’s 40 million immigrants and put a human face to the current immigration debate. Simply, we hope to introduce immigrants to their neighbors. Our focus is not only on capturing individual stories, but also on demonstrating the incredible breadth of the immigrant population. We want to show that immigrants work on our farms, serve our food, teach our children, create our technologies, and start our Fortune 500 companies. Utilizing web-based video storytelling, we’re traveling the country and listening to those with the courage to share their journey, documenting each story in an authentic and unbiased way. The chronicles of those whose stories we capture are both awe-inspiring and thought provoking, portraying the diversity of the immigrant experience in the United States. Immigrants have played a vital role at each turn in our nation’s history, and they continue to do so today. By sharing these stories, we can instill a sense of pride in our nation’s immigrant population and thank them for all of their contributions.  Hours for viewing the video display: During the entire month of September.  Saturdays 5pm; Sundays 9am, 11am, 1pm, 5pm. or other times by appointment (contact Church office at 612-332-7471)

Sunday, September 23, 2018 6:51-8pm (arrive at 6:30pm – prelude by guest artists)  Nordic Contemplative Evening Prayer: Part of the Maker Dwells in All That’s Made – Nonviolence liturgy,  Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1935 St Clair Avenue, St Paul, 55105   Evening Prayer liturgy has been the usual prayer of people since the days of the early Christian church. This liturgy, contemplative weaving of poetry, prayer, scripture, music Hardanger fiddle, piano and other), song (canters and participant) and silence attunes us to the holiness of time. We participate in daily rhythms, praising God for the sun’s rising and a new day, thanking God, for all the day has brought at day’s end. We gather to celebrate the sacred mysteries of our lives in the context of the mystery of God. Nordic Contemplative Evening Prayer at Pilgrim bends the liturgical components of Evening Prayer and the Nordic roots that run deep in the Twin Cities. Fourth Sunday of the month, September through April.  Free of Charge  Contact: Pilgrim Lutheran Church, (651) 699-6886 ; http://Pilgrimstpaul.org 

Sunday, September 23, 2018 7:00-9:00pm  The Compassionate Rebel Response Workshop:  Finding the Hidden Wisdom Within– Rebecca Janke, Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, 217 Mackubin Street, St Paul, 55102. Every now and then a dilemma stirs and rattles the soul. There is no sure way to act. Compassion seems inadequate to address the complexity and the anger that has risen is too intense to be a trusted ally. What are we to do? Rebecca Janke, M.Ed., peace educator, international columnist, and co-author of The Compassionate Rebel: Energized by Anger and Motivated by Love, a finalist for the prestigious Nautilus Award, will guide you in a unique storytelling process that reveals your embodied wisdom for navigating these perplexing spiritual struggles. This is individualized education at its best, so be prepared to be delighted and surprised by your personal creativity and that of others in the room as you learn how to combine the power of compassion and anger. All you need to bring is paper, pen, and a penchant for storytelling. As you expand your capacity to act, nonviolence and increasing the “good” becomes the norm. Life becomes better for us all. Humanity moves forward. A free will offering supports Rebecca’s Kids Peace Literacy Project which serves parents, educators and community leaders who influence children’s spiritual foundation during their formative years.  Free of Charge   Contact: Rebecca Janke at    childrenspeacecompany@gmail.com.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018 9:00am – 2:00pm  Healing of Memories (HOM), Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1935 St Clair Avenue, St Paul, 55105  Lunch will be provided; Free of Charge  capacity: 15. Contact:  Margaret Fell – 612-518-6808;   https://healingmemoriesna.org/minnesota/; http://Pilgrimstpaul.org

Monday, September 24, 2018 1:00pm  Challenging Islamophobia – Jaylani Hussein, Plymouth Congregational Church, Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Mpls.  55403  We may know Islamophobia is an issue, but do we know what to do about it? This workshop will be a collaborative space to collectively explore this question. The workshop will start with a presentation by Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) MN exploring the topic of Islamophobia: how it impacts our local community, increase awareness of the various ways that Islamophobia shows itself, and how people are currently countering it. Participants will then split into groups to create their own action plans, ending by sharing their ideas with the collective. Participants will leave this workshop with a clear path forward to challenge Islamophobia.

Monday, September 24, 2018  4:30pm-7:30pm Humanize My Hoodie Exhibit – George Latimer Central Library, 90 West 4th Street, St Paul, 55102  A national photography and video exhibit designed to foster critical conversations about threat perception and dismantle the stigma associated with race and certain types of clothing.Monday,

September 24, 2018 7:00pm – 8:30pm  Bridges Reading Series-Writers Read hosted by Janaya Martin, Coffee Shop Northeast, 2852 Johnson Street NE, Mpls   55418   Free of Charge

Monday, September 24, 2018 7:00pm Connectorcise Mindfulness Training For Amazing Connections – The Oneness Company,llc, Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Avenue south, Mpls  55410  Connectorcise classes are mindfulness workouts for your connection muscles: your eyes, ears, voice, and brain. Building these muscles empowers you to consistently go beyond ordinary conversations to create amazing connections–connections that energize, uplift, and foster peace in the world. In the class, you’ll experience face-to-face exercises that emphasize eye contact and that stretch your tolerance of in-the-moment “awkwardness.” Eye contact is the greatest tool we have for fostering human connection and community. Imagine if your cellphone dropped calls every 3 seconds. Frustrating and ineffective, right? Eye contact is similar. Every time you look away: You break the connection, effectively hanging up on the other person. Sure, you come back. And then you hang up again 3 seconds later, out of habit or discomfort with the rising energy that comes with connection. With practice, you learn to hold steady and eventually appreciate the rising energy in your body, like you did when you learned to drive a car in traffic. Remember how anxious you felt then? Regardless of how good or bad you think you are at connecting, intentional, mindful practice makes you better. Join us in celebrating and elevating connection, the cornerstone of peace, to its rightful place as a lifelong mindfulness practice that not only enriches your life, but also empowers you to offer more love and aliveness to your family, your friends, your neighbors, the people that make up your world. Join us in affirming our shared humanity and pioneering a new era of human connection.

Monday, September 24, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm  Applying Lessons Learned in Nonviolent Peacekeeping to Twin Cities Conflicts – Nonviolent Peaceforce and Plymouth Congregational Church Gun Violence Prevention.  Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA (Franklin and Nicollet Avenues – enter through LaSalle Avenue doors)   2-hour interactive workshop: 1st Hour – overview of the methods used in war zones where civilians are protected by nonviolent methods; 2nd Hour – discussions of how to apply these methods in the local context. Mel Duncan leads the group and is assisted by those who have been protection officers in the field.  Capacity 150.  Free of Charge  For more information, contact Kathleen 612-868-2003;   klaurila@nonviolentpeaceforce.orghttp://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org     https://www.plymouth.org/

Monday, September 24, 2018  7:00pm – 9:00pm  Stateless, Stuck and Syrian:  How an 8 Year Civil War Has Devastated a People – Lessons from a Refugee Camp, Syrian American Medical Society.  St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 60 Kent St., St Paul, MN  55102.  Minnesotans Malia Remackel and Mohamad Khouli will speak about their unforgettable experiences volunteering with the Syrian American Medical Society in refugee camps at the Syrian/Lebanon border. They will tell the stories of Syrian refugees who experienced the horrors of war and are now stuck in limbo at the border. They will also talk about what we can do to help. Panel.  Audience:  Adult, Teens only.  Syrian American Medical Society  Free of Charge  https://www.sams-usa.net/

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:30am  Nonviolence As the Instrument of the Brave! Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4054 Van Buren Street, NE, Columbia Heights, MN  55421 Often non-violence is treated as an escape from facing the difficult conflict, injustice or an oppression. Can non-violence lead us to a fair justice or a positive resolution or is it a sign of weakness? This talk will explore what saints and spiritual leaders teach us from their own lives and the highest spiritual principles they live by.  Workshop Capacity:  200.  Lunch will be provided.  Free of Charge  Register: anaik@sos.org or ashwini@sos.org

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm  INVISIBLE CHILDREN The Impact of Abuse on Children & The Impact of Abused Children on our Community – Kids At Risk Action (KARA Group), Speaker Mike Tikkanen.   Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, (in the Sanctuary) 217 N Mackubin St, St Paul, MN 55102.  Interrupting generational child abuse – saves children and the community. How childhood trauma (ACES) evolves into chronic illness, dangerous lifestyle & early death and shadows children into adulthood impacting schools, public safety, public health and quality of life in the community.  What we need to know & need to do to interrupt abuse, heal children and fix our community  Free of Charge  Invisiblechildren.org

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 6:30pm  KUMBAYA HIGHLAND – Friends of Highland Arts, Summit Brewery Taproom, 910 Montreal Circle, St Paul, MN 55102.  The Theatre of Public Policy (2T2P) Improv Group will lead an event around themes relevant to the community such as talking to each other about differences, keeping the peace, and living well together as the former Ford plant site is developed. Improv Theater  Open to everyone who likes to laugh! On tap: beer, root beer, comedy and community fun.  Outside: Food truck   https://www.facebook.com/TheTheaterofPublicPolicy 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:00pm – 8:30pm  Bridges Reading Series, Mayflower United Church of Christ, 106 East Diamond Lake Road, Mpls  55419.  David Mura discusses his new book, A Stranger’s Journey-Race Identity and Narrative Craft in Writing  Free of Charge

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:00 – 9:00pm  Minnesota Peacebuilding Film Series presented by Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, Birchwood Café Community Room, 3311 East 25th Street, Mpls 55406. Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School is a Native American perspective on Indian Boarding Schools. This DVD produced by Rich-Heape Films, Inc. uncovers the dark history of U.S. Government policy which took Indian children from their homes, forced them into boarding schools and enacted a policy of educating them in the ways of Western Society. This film gives a voice to the countless Indian children forced through a system designed to strip them of their Native American culture, heritage and traditions.  Free of Charge.  Seating limited to 30.  Pre-register at: http://mnpeacefilm.eventbrite.com      http://www.mnpeace.org/ 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00 pm  10 Days Free from Violence:  St. Paul Author Mark Ristau Reflects on the Possibility of Peace, Subtext Books, 6 W 5th Street, St. Paul, MN, 55102 Ten Days Free from Violence. Is it possible? Join peace advocate and author, Mark Ristau, who will read from his award-winning novel A Hero Dreams and lead a discussion that will explore the power of stories to bring people together and inspire us with the idea that peace is possible. In A Hero Dreams, Ristau explores, through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy, a world in which “honor” is the watchword, bullying is considered normal, and the age-old problem of violence is on the rise…yet hidden deep within this 10-year-old boy’s heart lies the possibility of peace…What lies in your heart?  Free of Charge  Check out Mark’s blog:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17250357.Mark_Ristau/blog    https://subtextbooks.com/  https://www.markristau.com/

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018  9am  Nonviolence: Christianity’s Greatest Failure and Its Best Hope – People of Faith Peacemakers. African Development Center, 1931 South 5th Street, Mpls  55454 (corner of Riverside and 20th Avenues). Military veteran Al Bostelmann will review military training and the religious support that legitimizes those activities, contrasting that with the Orthodoxy of Jesus’s nonviolent equal love of friends and enemies as practiced by Christianity during its first 300 years. Then we’ll cover how Constantine’s and Theodosius’s actions to make Christianity the official religion of the Empire resulted in the Church embracing “justified violence” – introducing a complete reversal, for the next 1,700 years, of Jesus’s way of dealing with evil – and looking at the consequences. Lastly we’ll make the case that a return to Jesus’s nonviolent love of friends and enemies still represents a force more powerful for bringing about peace. Followed by questions and discussion on the presentation and its implication for current and past events facing our nation and Church.  Free of Charge Capacity 40.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018  1:00pm – 3:00pm  Chapel Service Celebrating Nonviolence – Plymouth Congregational Church Strobel Drop-In Center, 1929 LaSalle, Mpls  55403  (enter at LaSalle door).  Strobel Drop-in is a safe, fun, and inspiring place, two times a week, for low income adults, struggling with mental illness. We have always had a chapel service connected to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. All parts: special music, readings, and talks, provided by drop-in members. This year we are adding a similar service, connected to International Day of Peace.  Free of Charge  https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthCongregationalChurch    https://www.plymouth.org/event/strobel-drop-in-center

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm  Meditation and Non-violence – Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1935 St Clair Avenue, St Paul,  55105  Discussion of what meditation is and how it can be practiced to foster peace within the individual and in the world.  The use of centering prayer along with music and guided meditation will be experienced and explored.   Audience: Families – Teens and adults only. Capacity 40.  Free of Charge  Contact: Peter Laudert  612-559-0409;  https://www.facebook.com/PilgrimStPaul   http://Pilgrimstpaul.org 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018  6:30pm – 9:00pm  Liberation Cabaret – Abolish War in Our Lifetime, National Writers Union Twin Cities, Boneshakers Books, 2002 23rd Avenue South, Mpls. 55404  Music, poetry, storytelling against war. Liberation Cabaret will provide thought-provoking entertainment to the progressive community in the Twin Cities. The series will expose the chains of race, gender and class through humor, story-telling, music and other performance art. “Progressives need to have fun,” said Robbie Orr, the Chair of the National Writers Union Twin Cities chapter. “While we work to break the chains of that hold us down we have to nourish our hopes and schemes. Emma Goldman was famous for saying, ‘If I can’t dance – I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”  Free of Charge  Capacity: 25  https://www.facebook.com/NationalWritersUnion/     http://www.nwu.org/chapters/twin-cities/

Wednesday, September 26, 2018  7:00pm  The Shame-Free Apology:  How to Reconnect When Someone’s Been Hurt – Pam Winthrop Lauer,  By The Rivers, 690 Cleveland Avenue South, St Paul 55116 The Shame-Free Apology – How to Reconnect When Someone’s Been Hurt. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a powerful model that can be life-changing in its approach to apologies and reconnecting with those with whom we’ve been in conflict. Our facilitator for this interactive and participatory workshop will be Pam Winthrop Lauer, spiritual director and teacher of NVC/Connecting Communication. Workshop cost: $20/person; capacity: 25.  Contact:  Pam Winthrop Lauer – 651-328-1166; wpdj@usfamily.net     https://www.linkedin.com/in/pam-winthrop-lauer

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018 10:00am – 12:00pm  The Science of Peacebuilding: HeartMath and the Global Coherence Initiative -Pathways to Peace workshop, Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, 217 Mackubin Street, St Paul, 55102.  Do you know that our bodies are hard-wired to create and that we create through the connection between our brain and our heart? Do you know that science verifies that over 1,400 biochemical changes are set in motion by emotional signals from the heart to the brain? And, each time the heart beats, a magnetic signal is sent out from the body that interacts with others around us? The HeartMath model is a research-based and best-practice model of reducing stress, promoting wellness, and increasing productivity. The HeartMath model is used by over 5 million people, with 5000 certified practitioners, around the globe. HeartMath are proven effective by emergency or crisis workers (Military, LE, EMT, hospitals, etc.), as well as other professions (teachers in classrooms, Universities, mental health workers, sports teams, etc.) and used in global trauma situations (in refugee camps, war torn areas, etc.) The HeartMath techniques produce “coherence”, which is the state when the heart, mind and emotions are in energetic alignment and cooperation. The Global Coherence Initiative (GCI) is an international effort that seeks to help activate the heart of humanity and promote peace, harmony and a shift in global consciousness. GCI conducts groundbreaking research on the interconnection between humanity and Earth’s magnetic fields, and energetic systems.
In our time together, we’ll explore and experience the HeartMath Model, including: • HeartMath connections to heart/brain coherence • HeartMath technology and techniques • HeartMath as a tool for Peacebuilding  Free of Charge
Tez@pathwaystopeace.org
   http://pathwaystopeace.org/

Thursday, September 27, 2018  10:00am-1:00pm Humanize My Hoodie Exhibit – George Latimer Central Library, 90 West 4th Street, St Paul, 55102  A national photography and video exhibit designed to foster critical conversations about threat perception and dismantle the stigma associated with race and certain types of clothing.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 6:00pm – 7:00pm  Paul K. Chappell Book Sale and Voter Registration – First Universalist Church – Peace Circle, 3400 DuPont Avenue South, Mpls.  55408  http://firstuniversalistchurch.org  

Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm  Waging Peace: Building the Blocks in the Foundation for Peace – Paul K. Chappell.  First Universalist Church – Peace Circle, 3400 DuPont Avenue South, Mpls.  55408     A forum introducing the growing movement of Peace Literacy, created by Paul K. Chappell, Peace Literacy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and author of the Road to Peace series. Capacity:  600  Free of Charge      https://paulkchappell.com/  http://firstuniversalistchurch.org   612-825-1701  facebook.com/FirstUniv

Thursday, September 27, 2018 6:30pm – 8:30pm  Discussions That Encounter: Nonviolent Communication, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Mpls 55403. Nonviolent communication (NVC) is a dialogue process that focuses on three aspects of communication; self-connection (having an awareness of your own inner experience), empathy (the ability to understand the feelings and needs of another person) and honest self-expressions (Communication in a way that is most likely to inspire compassion in others) “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence, but also the internal violence of the spirit. You not only refuse to shoot someone, but you refuse to hate them.” Dr Martin Luther King Jr.  Dave Casey will lead this interactive workshop on Nonviolent Communications (NVC).  Free of Charge; Capacity:  50.  Contact: Bill Keatts – 612-209-6120;   https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthCongregationalChurch     https://www.plymouth.org

Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm  The White Supremacist Roots of the Second Amendment – First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis; Northland Sustainable Solutions & Metro chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom,  First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mount Curve Avenue, Mpls.  55403  Lecturer: Dr Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, emerita professor and life-long human rights activist, author of An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States. Free of Charge  Co-sponsored by Protect MN.  Contact:  Rebecca Cramer – rebacramer@gmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/OurReligionIsToDoGood     http://firstunitarian.org

Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:00 – 10:00pm  Signifyin’ & Testifyin’ “And How Are The Children” Opening Ceremony & Storytelling Concerts,  Perpich Center for Arts Education, 6125 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley  55422   27th Annual Black Master Storytelling Festival Featuring: Mother Minter, Charlotte, NC; Oba William King, Chicago, IL, Mama Koku, Atlanta, GA, Toni Simmons, Dallas, TX, Beverly Cottman, Minneapolis, MN, LACA Bridges, Fort Worth, TX.  *This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  Free of Charge https://www.facebook.com/perpichcenter/

Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018 9:30am  Prayer for the Nation – Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church, 1620 East 46th Street, Mpls.  A pause in your week for quiet. focus. perspective. A place to bring your longings, fears and concerns. A chance to lift up the needs of our country and find hope. Join us every Friday for this simple service of prayer and quiet reflection. https://www.lakenokomispc.org/

Friday, September 28, 2018 12pm  The Roots of Rage:  The Sense Behind Senseless Violence – Coming Home Collaborative.  Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2315 Chicago Avenue South,  Mpls, 55404 Capt. Paul K. Chappell, an international champion of peace literacy will speak on “The Roots of Rage: The Sense behind Senseless Violence” from his perspective as a son of a veteran, a West Point graduate, and a scholar of violence. The luncheon is sponsored by the Coming Home Collaborative and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church as part of their Vets Ministry Roundtable series. The public is welcome, especially those interested in ministry with veterans and their families, but pre-registration is necessary.  Luncheon talk;  Adults only;  Capacity 40.   Free of Charge   Please register at:  amy@ListenToVets.org

Friday, September 28, 2018 6:00pm – 9:30pm  TOGETHER WE RISE: The Struggle for Collective Justice from the US to Palestine, The National Conference for Palestinian Human Rights, Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront, 11 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, 55101.  This is a three day conference beginning on Friday at 6pm and ending on Sunday at 5:30pm. The program includes sessions such as Resilience Across Movements, Updates from Palestine, Intersectional Feminism and Gender Justice, Palestine in US Politics, and Global Struggles for Collective Liberation. Speakers include:  journalistsMariam Barghouti and Marc Lamont Hill, human rights lawyers Noura Erakat andHassan Jabareen, and Indigenous rights activists Waziyatawin and Coya White Hat-Artichoker. Regular registration is $175 per person and includes entrance to all conference events plus breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday. Discounted registration for $125 for a limited time.  Scholarships available.  For more information about the conference: https://uscpr.org/conference2018/

Friday September 28, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 pm  10 Days Free from Violence: Twin Cities Authors Reflect on the Possibility of Peace, Eat My Words Bookstore, 214 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413  A multicultural panel of local authors will share their perspectives regarding the possibility of peace. The goal of the discussion will be to discover common ground and build a coalition committed to mutual understanding, compassion and a sustainable model for living in a community free from all forms of violence. The following authors will be in attendance:  Keno Evol, Kathy Haddad, Andy Johnson, Stanley Kusunoki, Jenny Landon, Julie Penshorn, and Mark Ristau. Come join us for what promises to be a lively and inspiring conversation! Free of Charge  For a biography of the panelists, go to: https://twincitiesnonviolent.org/calendar/.   http://www.eatmywordsbooks.com/

Friday Sept 28,  7:00pm to 9:00pm  There’s Always Something You Can Do:Peace Storytelling Concert,  Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church,  145 Engler Blvd, Chaska 55318 Professional Storyteller Carol McCormick will share multicultural tales and songs to nurture empathy,  kindness, and compassion for Middle School Students and their families. The concert is a fundraiser for Sanya’s Hope for Children, a non-profit helping children have food, clothes, books, education, shelter and safety whose founder/CEO is a middle school student in Prior Lake. https://www.sanyashopeforchildren.org/ Attendees are encouraged to bring musical instruments that are not being used to donate to Pathways of Hope which sends them to kids in a Ugandan refugee camp. Carol has been a professional storyteller promoting peacemaking for over thirty years. www.carolmccormick.net  Suggested Donation $10 or a used musical instrument.

Friday, September 28, 2018 7:00 – 9:30pm  Signifyin’ & Testifyin’ “And How Are The Children”  Liars Contest, Ames Elk Lodge, 1614 Plymouth Avenue North, Mpls.  55411   27th Annual Black Master Storytelling Festival Featuring: Mother Minter, Charlotte, NC; Oba William King, Chicago, IL, Mama Koku, Atlanta, GA, Toni Simmons, Dallas, TX, Beverly Cottman, Minneapolis, MN, LACA Bridges, Fort Worth, TX. *This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  Free of Charge

Friday, September 28, 2018 8:00pm – 10:00pm  David Wilcox in Concert: The View from the Edge – Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Avenue South, Mpls 55454,  Considered a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’, David’s songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others.  In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched.  He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.  David will be sharing his new album as a reflection of our times—and will join the Loft Peace & Justice Writer’s Group for a dialogue about turning points in committing to nonviolence.  Tickets:  $25 Advance/$28 Day of Show.  https://davidwilcox.com/https://www.facebook.com/thecedar https://www.thecedar.org/listing/2018/8/28/david-wilcox-with-special-guest

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018 8:30am – 3:30pm  A New Peace Paradigm:  Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma – First Universalist Church, 3400 DuPont Avenue South, Mpls  55408  Peace Literacy Workshop with Paul K. Chappell.  Click on link to register.  Paul Chappell all day workshop

Saturday, September 29, 2018 8:30am – 10:00pm  TOGETHER WE RISE: The Struggle for Collective Justice from the US to Palestine, The National Conference for Palestinian Human Rights, Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront, 11 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, 55101.  This is a three day conference beginning on Friday at 6pm and ending on Sunday at 5:30pm. The program includes sessions such as Resilience Across Movements, Updates from Palestine, Intersectional Feminism and Gender Justice, Palestine in US Politics, and Global Struggles for Collective Liberation. Speakers include:  journalists Mariam Barghouti and Marc Lamont Hill, human rights lawyers Noura Erakat andHassan Jabareen, and Indigenous rights activists Waziyatawin and Coya White Hat-Artichoker. Regular registration is $175 per person and includes entrance to all conference events plus breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday. Discounted registration for $125 for a limited time.  Scholarships available.  For more information about the conference: https://uscpr.org/conference2018/

Saturday, September 29, 2018  12:30pm – 4:30pm  Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Sampler Workshop, Friends for a Nonviolent World, 393 North Dunlap Street, 4th Floor Conference Room, St Paul, 55104  Join us for an Experiential workshop in nonviolence and conflict resolution. By Experiential, we mean that words can not adequately explain what happens in a workshop, that participants and facilitators learn and create by doing, not by lecture but the workshop has to be experienced to fully understand the empowering effect it has upon participants.  Come to learn about how to transform conflicts nonviolently.  Free of Charge   http://www.FNVW.org

Saturday, September 29, 2018 1:00pm – 2:30pm  What’s Happening between Ukraine and Russia: A Peacebuilding Perspective – Nonviolence International. Dayton Avenue Presbyterian, 217 Mackubin Street, St Paul, 55102  Andre Kamenshikov, director of Nonviolence International-Ukraine and regional coordinator for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), will discuss his first-hand experiences of peacebuilding in Ukraine. His role through civil society has gained him key access to understanding the conflict and how to proceed with the peacebuilding process. Join Andre in an explanation of some current events in Russia and Ukraine to discuss the conflicting perspectives of the conflict and how to contribute to peace in a country miles away.  Cost – $10.

Saturday, September 29, 2018  1:30pm-4:30pm Humanize My Hoodie Exhibit – George Latimer Central Library, 90 West 4th Street, St Paul, 55102  A national photography and video exhibit designed to foster critical conversations about threat perception and dismantle the stigma associated with race and certain types of clothing.Saturday,

September 29, 2018  3:00pm – 4:30pm  We Shall Overcome Nuclear Weapons: The Time is Now  – Dr Ann Frisch, Dayton Avenue Presbyterian, 217 Mackubin Street, St Paul, 55102  The threats between US and North Korea on top of the peace talk have heightened the awareness of nuclear war in our time.  Under the headlines, however, are the more imminent threat between Pakistan and Indian with politics of US, China, and Saudi Arabia entangled in any efforts for peace there.  With the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, there is hope, and hope and opportunity for everyone to do their small part in the abolition of nuclear weapons.  Free of Charge

Saturday, September 29, 2018 5:00pm  Green Card Voices – Video display, St Olaf Catholic Church, 215 South 8th Street, Mpls.  Launched in 2013, Green Card Voices’ mission is to share various stories of our nation’s 40 million immigrants and put a human face to the current immigration debate. Simply, we hope to introduce immigrants to their neighbors. Our focus is not only on capturing individual stories, but also on demonstrating the incredible breadth of the immigrant population. We want to show that immigrants work on our farms, serve our food, teach our children, create our technologies, and start our Fortune 500 companies. Utilizing web-based video storytelling, we’re traveling the country and listening to those with the courage to share their journey, documenting each story in an authentic and unbiased way. The chronicles of those whose stories we capture are both awe-inspiring and thought provoking, portraying the diversity of the immigrant experience in the United States. Immigrants have played a vital role at each turn in our nation’s history, and they continue to do so today. By sharing these stories, we can instill a sense of pride in our nation’s immigrant population and thank them for all of their contributions.  Hours for viewing the video display: During the entire month of September.  Saturdays 5pm; Sundays 9am, 11am, 1pm, 5pm. or other times by appointment (contact Church office at 612-332-7471)

Saturday, September 29, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00PM  “Let It Begin with Me” Premiere & Concert – Aane Fosse’s 4 Peace Band featuring Patricia Lacy, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Avenue, Mpls 55403.  World premiere of a new commissioned jazz piece ”Let It Begin with Me” performed by Aane Fosse’s 4 Peace Band featuring Patricia Lacy.  200 Parking spots available at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.  Additional 100 spots at St Mark Episcopal Church. Capacity:  2000;  $10-$20 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds; ALL ARE WELCOME.  Reception 9:00 – 10:00pm provided by Trader Joe’s and Peace Coffee.  http://instagram.com/Aane_Fosses_4_Peace_Band

Saturday, September 29, 2018 7:00pm – 10:00pm  Signifyin’ & Testifyin’ “And How Are The Children” Storytelling Concerts,  Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.  55401   27th Annual Black Master Storytelling Festival Featuring: Mother Minter, Charlotte, NC; Oba William King, Chicago, IL, Mama Koku, Atlanta, GA, Toni Simmons, Dallas, TX, Beverly Cottman, Minneapolis, MN, LACA Bridges, Fort Worth, TX.  *This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  Free of Charge

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018 8:30am – 5:30pm  TOGETHER WE RISE: The Struggle for Collective Justice from the US to Palestine, The National Conference for Palestinian Human Rights, Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront, 11 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, 55101.  This is a three day conference beginning on Friday at 6pm and ending on Sunday at 5:30pm. The program includes sessions such as Resilience Across Movements, Updates from Palestine, Intersectional Feminism and Gender Justice, Palestine in US Politics, and Global Struggles for Collective Liberation. Speakers include:  journalists Mariam Barghouti and Marc Lamont Hill, human rights lawyers Noura Erakat andHassan Jabareen, and Indigenous rights activists Waziyatawin and Coya White Hat-Artichoker. Regular registration is $175 per person and includes entrance to all conference events plus breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday. Discounted registration for $125 for a limited time.  Scholarships available.  For more information about the conference: https://uscpr.org/conference2018/

Sunday, September 30, 2018 9am,  11am,  1pm,  5:00pm  Green Card Voices – Video display, St Olaf Catholic Church, 215 South 8th Street, Mpls.  Launched in 2013, Green Card Voices’ mission is to share various stories of our nation’s 40 million immigrants and put a human face to the current immigration debate. Simply, we hope to introduce immigrants to their neighbors. Our focus is not only on capturing individual stories, but also on demonstrating the incredible breadth of the immigrant population. We want to show that immigrants work on our farms, serve our food, teach our children, create our technologies, and start our Fortune 500 companies. Utilizing web-based video storytelling, we’re traveling the country and listening to those with the courage to share their journey, documenting each story in an authentic and unbiased way. The chronicles of those whose stories we capture are both awe-inspiring and thought provoking, portraying the diversity of the immigrant experience in the United States. Immigrants have played a vital role at each turn in our nation’s history, and they continue to do so today. By sharing these stories, we can instill a sense of pride in our nation’s immigrant population and thank them for all of their contributions.  Hours for viewing the video display: During the entire month of September.  Saturdays 5pm; Sundays 9am, 11am, 1pm, 5pm. or other times by appointment (contact Church office at 612-332-7471)

Sunday, September 30, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm  A Presence in the Peace Garden – Grandmothers for Peace, Lake Harriet Peace Garden, Roseway Road, Mpls.  55408   Grandmothers will gather in the Lake Harriet Peace Garden. We will have banners to acknowledge who we are. We may sit silently, and/or sing peace songs. All are welcome  Free of Charge

Sunday, September 30, 2018  1:30pm-4:30pm Humanize My Hoodie Exhibit Closing Reception – George Latimer Central Library, 90 West 4th Street, St Paul, 55102  A national photography and video exhibit designed to foster critical conversations about threat perception and dismantle the stigma associated with race and certain types of clothing.  Andre Wright and Jason Sole present “The Evolution of Humanize My Hoodie (What’s Next for the Movement?)”…

Sunday, September 30, 2018 2:00pm – 3:30pm  “10 Days Free From Violence” Closing Ceremony –The Ripple Effect  St Catherine University, Jeanne D’arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St Paul, 55105  Music: A cappella songs by Patricia Lacy, folk songs by Alice and Jim, Community Sing with Barbara McAfee & friends.  Speakers: Fr Harry Bury, Arvind Naik, Susan Hagler, Mustafa Igdelioglu, Burt Berlowe, Rabbi Simon de la Pena.  Rock Ceremony-lorna rockey (global imagist).  Face and wrist peace painting by Raine.   Free of Charge

Sunday, September 30, 2018  2:00pm – 3:30pm  Bridges Reading Series – Literary Lights hosted by Donna Isaac, Blue Harbor Center for the Arts, 559 Humboldt Avenue, St Paul.  Free of Charge

Sunday, September 30, 2018 4:30pm – 6:30pm  Peace Jubilee Jazz Concert featuring the Judson Jazz Ensemble and the Capri Big Band, Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 4101 Harriet Avenue, Mpls 55409.  Capacity 400;  Free but donations cheerfully accepted.

Sunday, September 30, 2018 5:00pm – 8:00pm  34th Annual Silent Auction – W.A.M.M. (Women Against Military Madness),  St Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South, Mpls.  55419  WAMM’s Annual “Not-So-Silent” Auction will include a dinner buffet, adult beverages and music! Bid on an exciting variety of items such as local restaurant gift certificates, gourmet dinners, health and wellness services, vacation getaways, books and more.  Suggested entry donation: $10–30. Reserve a table for 4 to 8 people for $25 per person.  wamm@mtn.org

Sunday, September 30, 2018 6:00pm – 7:00pm  Paul K. Chappell Book Sales and Voter Registration – First Universalist Church,  3400 DuPont Avenue South, Mpls.  55408   http://firstuniversalistchurch.org

Sunday, September 30, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm  Peace Literacy: A New Foundation for Racial Justice – Paul K. Chappell,  First Universalist Church, 3400 DuPont Avenue South, Mpls.  55408   Growing up a racial outcast in Alabama, the son of a half black and half white father and a Korean mother, Paul has worked through the trauma of racism & mistrust to hold a new vision for Racial Justice.   Paul Chappell’s books will be available for purchase before and after the forum. Book signing and voter registration. Free of Charge  Capacity:  600; https://paulkchappell.com/             http://firstuniversalistchurch.org  612-825-1701 facebook.com/FirstUniv