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Minnesotans Standing Together: A Multi-faith Prayer Service for Respect

In response to a time of hateful speech, fear, and anxiety, when the forces of division abound, Minnesotans of many faith traditions — Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, and Muslims — united for a multifaith prayer service on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at Central Lutheran Church. They prayed for respect for the many ways citizens of the state profess their religious beliefs.

Prayer service participants included the Rev. Peg Chemberlin, Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Churches; Imam Makram El-Amin of Masjid An-Nur; Rabbi David Locketz, President of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association; Father Erich Rutten of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis; as well as participants from the Hindu, Baha’I, Buddhist, Native American, and Unitarian Universalist traditions. Former Governor Al Quie provided opening remarks. A reception followed with resources to create a respectful community.

This event was sponsored by a remarkable coalition of 27 organizations.


Organized by:

Minnesota Council of Churches
Downtown Interfaith Clergy Association
Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition
Islamic Resource Group
Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning
Jewish Community Relations Council: Minneapolis & the Dakotas
Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, University of St. Thomas
Saint Paul Areas Council of Churches (now Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul)
Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN)
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Al-Amal School
Best Buy Interfaith Employee Business Network
Central Lutheran Church
Church World Service: Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Civic Center
Islamic Center of Minnesota
Islamic League of Somali Scholars in America
Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC)
Masjid Al-Ikhlas
Masjid An-Nur
Minnesota Catholic Conference
Minnesota Rabbinical Association (now Rabbinic Advisors)
Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS)
Northwest Islamic Community Center
Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches
Hindu Society of Minnesota
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality


Interfaith Bridging Initiative
Mall Area Religious Council
Minneapolis Area Interfaith Initiative (MAII)
Spirit in the House (now Forgiveness 360)
World Peace Organization

Minnesotans Standing Together
Minnesotans Standing Together gathering
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