Interfaith Relationships
Project for MINNESOTA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

Representing 1,000,000 Minnesota Christians, we build better relationships between people of different faiths for the common good.

Representing 1,000,000 Minnesota Christians, we build better relationships between people of different faiths for the common good.

As one of the state's largest organized bodies of Christians, Minnesota Council of Churches serves its members by helping connect them in positive ways to people of other faiths. We have perhaps the state's largest set of cross-sector relationships, including with many non-Christian faith communities.

During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, we partner with the Muslim American Society of Minnesota to help Christians meet their Muslim neighbors by organizing open-house Taking Heart Iftars or fast-breaking meals, in community mosques. This year around 1100 Minnesotans shared that experience.

In order to strengthen interfaith relationships, the Minnesota Council of Churches participates in the Twin Cities Interfaith Network (TCIN). This organization is composed of people providing leadership in organizations or groups that are doing work to further interfaith understanding such as dialogue or educational programming in the Twin Cities Metro area. Members meet monthly at the Minnesota Church Center to share news about upcoming events, discuss programming ideas, help each other solve problems, and to discuss topics of interest to those in the interfaith community.

From time to time events that impact our communities call for an interfaith response. MCC helped organize Minnesotans Standing Together (Minnesota's official observance of 9/11/11), stood together against flare-ups of Islamophobia in 2010, and responded to the Sikh temple shooting in 2012. We celebrated 25 years of Muslim-Christian dialogues in 2014 and in 2015 and 2016 have been asked into exurban and rural Minnesota communities to partner with local faith and civic organizations to stem anti-Muslim sentiment. In 2016 MCC also sponsored the “Blessed Ramadan” sign campaign; people could put these signs in the yards of their homes, churches, synagogues, etc. to show solidarity with Muslims during their holiest month.

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