The Glory of Minnesota? One Version of History in Public Art

MNGloryFriday, January 24, 2014
6 p.m. Meal and 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. presentation.

The Painting of the 1851 Treaty of Traverse de Sioux (at left) will be among the public works of art found in the Minnesota State Capitol that tell a particular story about Minnesota History.  Through a virtual tour of art at the Minnesota Sate Capitol, Jim Bear Jacobs will reveal a narrative of white male privilege.  The presentation invites participants to ask “how are Native Americans portrayed, and what does it say about our history and current relationships?”

Jim Bear Jacobs is the visionary founder of Healing Minnesota Stories and a member of the Mohican Nation.  He has degrees in Pastoral Studies and Christian Theology.  Healing Minnesota Stories grew out of the work of the Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) on religion and racism.

The Feel of Light – Paintings by Tom McGregor


Cherokee Park United Church presents The Feel of Light, a showing of paitings by Tom McGregor. 

Opening Reception: Saturday January 11, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a Gallery Talk led by the artist at 6:30. 

The Feel of Light will run from January 11 through March 2014. 

Please contact the church with questions.

“The Challenge of Jesus” at Adult Forum

“The Challenge of Jesus”, a video series by renowned historical Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan, is the present focus of the Adult Forum held each Sunday at 9:00 a.m.  Dr. Crossan delves into Jesus’ historical landscape to unearth the forces that shaped Jesus’ circumstances and message.  His findings are presented in a multimedia format that allows the viewer to understand the multifaceted connections between Greece, Rome and the Jews that shape our understanding of Jesus today.  Each 16 minute video segment will be followed by an opportunity for discussion.   Each segment stands on its own, so you will not be lost if you have missed sessions.  Please join us.

Christmas Pageant, Dinner & Caroling

Please join us for multiple Christmas events on Sunday, December 15th:

  • Annual Christmas Pageant

    Our children will be leading a retelling of the Nativity story during Sunday morning worship at 10:15 AM.

  • Annual Christmas dinner

    At 5 PM we will gather for a delicious potluck and turkey dinner. You can bring a dish to share or just come for food and jolly fellowship.

  • Caroling at Cerenity

    Following dinner, we will migrate down the street to Cerenity Care Center on Humboldt. Each year we share the spirit of the season with familiar carols with our brothers and sisters at this West Side nursing home.

Crop Walk on 10/13/13

crop walkWalk for an end to poverty on 10/13/13!

Join your neighbors in the Saint Paul CROP Walk to raise funds for the award-winning hunger relief efforts of Church World Service, with 25% of donations supporting local hunger relief programs in St. Paul.

Church World Service provides on-the-ground emergency relief, as well as long-term sustainable development.
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2013, 1 p.m.
Gathering Location: St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, 2323 Como Avenue W, St. Paul, MN 55108, 651-645-0371
Walk specifics: Walkers may walk 2.5 or 5 miles.  Pledges are not connected to the number of miles walked.

Contact one of CPUC’s youth to pledge or sign up to walk.

Women’s Retreat October 4 & 5

ARC LodgeWomen’s Retreat: 6:00 p.m. Friday 10/04 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday 10/05
ARC Retreat Center near Cambridge, MN

Remember the joy of re-connnecting with a long lost friend? Ever witnessed the glee in a small child who moves and claps to the sound of a marching band? What kind of wonderment pulses through your veins when you sit under the stars on a clear night? Connections. Mystical, rhytmic, innate. There are many words and ways to describe the Oneeness we share with All That Is. yet, we can feel fragmented, isolated, and overwhelmed with the many associations our daily lives demand. Come away on retreat to sift through distractions and distortions and reclaim the uioy and liveliness availble to you through community and communion with All That Is.

Music, conversation, meditation, games, worship, and meals will fill our time together, all with the intent of renewing your deep connection to Self, Others, and All Taht Is. The retreat will take place at the ARC Retreat Center, a wonderful old lodge in a beautifl wooded setting near Cambridge, MN. It is known for superb cooking! The rtreat will be facilitated by Ione Butler, CPUC Music Director who is also trained in a spiritual direction.

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Ta-Coumba Aiken Art Show 9/28 to 11/24

The Cherokee Park United Church fall art exhibit, featuring the collected works of Ta-coumba Aiken, will open on September 28th at 6:00 p.m. Ta-coumba will offer a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.

A St. Paul painter, Tacoumba is the force behind some of Minnesota’s most beloved and acclaimed public artworks, including the Jax/Gillette Children’s Hospital mural, the Minneapolis Central Library’s tile fireplace, and the north side’s Pilot City murals project. A thirteen-foot childhood fall skewed his color perception resulting in a variety of tone and contrasting colors in his work that have become hallmarks of his eye-catching style.

He describes his process of coloration and shape building as “spirit writing,” and his usage of repeating imagery as “rhythm patterns.” Aiken’s intimate creativity and community commitment make him a truly original and irreplaceable Minnesota cultural figure.

Artist website:

Who Is Jesus?

Jesus imageBeginning on September 15th we will begin an 8-week worship focus inviting reflection on this question. The series of sermons is part of the work of the Stained Glass Jesus Taskforce, which has been charged with inviting a deeper look at the white stained glass
Jesus in our sanctuary. The goal is both to build community while enabling us to grow in our understanding about the place of art and our congregational commitment to antiracism.

September 15 
The sermon series begins with an invitation for each of us to reflect on the window through the use of a simple poetry form called a cinquain. The congregation will be invited to use this short form to describe what they see. Sometimes our familiarity can keep us from seeing what is there. Imagine you are encountering this image for the first time, like Nathaniel encountering Jesus. Four or five members will be invited in advance to write and read their poetry. An open invitation will be given to the congregation to share what they have written.

September 22 
Pastor Tim Johnson will share his own journey with Jesus from a child
into adulthood and today. The journey includes an influential painting from his
childhood in his hometown church. It is a painting by Warner Sallman, the Swedish,
Minnesota-born artist who painted the popular head of Jesus image. The particular
painting from Pastor Tim’s home church is an image of Jesus hovering over the
disciples as he ascends into the heavens. Tim will reflect on the way this image
influenced his own understanding of Jesus and how that understanding has changed.

September 29, October 6, October 13, & October 20 
Each Sunday will be dedicated to a central image of Jesus and paired with one of the Gospels. A diversity of scholars and theologians will be drawn upon in presenting an overall portrait of Jesus.
The major themes for each Sunday are drawn from the work of Jesus scholar, Marcus
Borg, and can be found in his book “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time.” Copies
of the book will be made available. The themes include the following: Mark – healer &
liberator, Matthew – wisdom teacher, Luke – social prophet and movement founder,
John – mystic. Each Sunday will be paired with an image reflecting Jesus as a person
of color and which captures the theme of that Sunday.

October 27 
The theme is “Seeing Jesus Again and Again and Again.” An image of
Jesus reflecting the perspective of a community of color will be projected on the
sanctuary wall. We will return to cinquain poetry as a vehicle for engaging our own
personal reflections.

Fellowship Hour Conversation 
Books reflecting a diversity of images of Jesus will be placed on the fellowship hall table so that friends and members can engage them at their leisure during fellowship time.

Adult Forum 
Beginning on Sunday, September 15, at 9:00 a.m., “Zealot/The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” by Reza Aslan will be the focus of discussion. From the jacket, “Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth, Life and Mission. The result is thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast paced novel: a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, time and the birth of a religion.“ Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Who Is Jesus? – Sunday School and “Families Exploring Spirituality.”
Each second and third Sunday, children and youth will be invited to consider their own portrait of who Jesus is for them. On Sunday, November 3, the 9:00 a.m. “Families
Exploring Spirituality” will have the question “Who Jesus Is” as its focus. This session
will be led by members of the Stained Glass Jesus Taskforce and members of Faith
Life Ministry.

More To Come
The timetable remains open for continued reflection and discussion about the stained glass Jesus, art and our congregational commitment to antiracism. The Taskforce welcomes your input and ideas for continued discussion and reflection. When the time is ready, the taskforce will provide a summary to the Council with possible actions steps about the window and art in the life of Cherokee Park United Church, remaining open to wherever the Spirit leads. If you have any questions, please speak with members of the Council or Taskforce members: Phyllis Andrews, Okogyeamon Perkins, Jerome Graf, Chris Smith, Joy Sorensen Navarre, Tom Liddle- 2013/14 Pastoral Intern, and Pastor Tim.
(Image: Copyright 1999, artist Janet McKenzie )

Art Show – Christina Ruiz

Join us for the opening of Christina Ruiz’s Art show on Friday, August 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 


Christina is a local West Side artist. Her paintings have been included in past years in our Cherokee West Art Fest, as well as hanging in our permanent collection. We’re so excited to sponsor a full showing of her works. 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and Christina will lead a tour of her works at 6:30 p.m.  Light refreshments provided.