Respectful Conversations on the Stained Glass Jesus

The current depiction of Christ in our sanctuary.

The current depiction of Christ in our sanctuary.

Respectful Conversations on the Stained Glass Jesus

  • Tuesday, June 17
  • 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Full meal provided
  • Childcare upon request
  • RSVP to Phyllis Andrews:  651-455-5077 or [email protected]

If you missed our April gathering, or would just like to attend again, we’ll be holding another facilitated conversation in June.

Respectful Conversations” is a thoughtful model for community conversation developed by the Minnesota Council of Churches, with the support of a Bush Foundation Grant. This model was initially developed to help facilitate healthy conversations leading up to the vote on the state marriage amendment. It is not the intention of this model to influence a particular outcome, but rather to create safe
spaces for people to talk with those with differing viewpoints in order to create empathy
and understanding while maintaining and even enhancing relationships. The model is
very valuable in situations where people potentially have strongly-held views that differ.
People who have participated in the process have reported better listening skills, more
interest in other people’s opinions, and better relationships as lasting results of the

The Stained Glass Jesus Taskforce has been given the charge of addressing our
Jesus window by looking at art as a medium for explicit and implicit values,
how the white racial frame functions in art, how class functions in art, whether
this stained glass window reflects the present values, theology, mission and
vision of Cherokee Park United Church. The taskforce has been given
the twin responsibility of facilitating discussion that builds community while
growing in our understanding and commitment to antiracism.

Lenten Letter Writing

Wednesday Nights letter_writing
March 12 through April 16
5:30 – 6:45 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall

Want to try a new spiritual discipline for Lent this year? 
A handwritten letter to elected officials is still one of the most powerful ways to act for justice.  During Lent, Cherokee Park’s Justice and Witness Ministry will host a simple meal, a brief time of worship and a chance for you to write letters about justice issues that are on your heart. 

Nourish your body with a simple meal. Nourish your heart with a simple act of love.

Not sure a simple letter can make any difference? It might just be the best way to make a difference. Click the image below listen to this TED talk from Omar Ahmad and learn more.


Feed My Starving Children

Day: Saturday, March 22FeedMyStarvingChildren_logo
Time: Meet at the church at 8:30 a.m. Return at 11:30 a.m.

The CPUC Youth Group will join others in assembling meal packets at Feed My Starving Children ( in Eagan. This non-profit Christian organization is committed to feeding God’s children, hungry in body and spirit.

FeedMyStarvingChildrenThe approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals that are specifically formulated for malnourished children, and then the meals are shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world. 

In February, Cherokee Park United Church youth served as ushers at the Steppingstone Theater, followed by an opportunity to see the play The Black Snowman and then back to the church for discussion and a pizza.

Celebrating the Life of Archbishop Oscar Romero

OscarRomeroOn Sunday, March 23 we will lift up and honor, as part of our Sunday worship, the life of El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated on March 24,1980, while saying Mass.

Romero was an outspoken advocate for justice in the midst of El Salvador’s bloody 12 year civil war. He was martyred because he dared to bear witness to the love and justice proclaimed by Jesus.

Our March 23rd service will be bilingual. Pastor Tim will administer communion with Pastor Porfirio Martinez, while the message will be delivered by Marta, a lay woman now living in Minnesota whose life was changed through meeting Monsignor Romero.

Following the service will be a Chicken and Rice Brunch hosted by CCE (Communidades Construyendo Esperanza – Commmunities Building Hope). The fundraiser provides resources for our continuing support of two communites in Ostuma, El Salvador, who are working to rebuild following the devastation of the long civil war.

Chasing Ice – February 16 @ 4:00 p.m.

Chasing Ice

This highly acclaimed, 70-minute documentary, will be shown in Fellowship Hall, by the Justice and Witness Ministry Team.

Chasing Ice, produced in 2012, follows theefforts of photographer, James Balog, and his Extreme Ice
Survey to publicize the effects of climate change. The film was directed by Jeff Orlowski and released in the United States on November 16, 2012. There will be discussion following and resources with climate change information and opportunities for taking action will be available.

Practicing Faith in the Home

Saturday, March 1, 2014
 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cherokee Park United Church
Child care will be available for all who register in advance and request it by contacting
Susan Strebig @ 651-457-1404.

This workshop is designed to equip families with simple faith practices for use in the home.  If you are a parent, grandparent, or simply someone who cares about the faith formation of children, this ½ day workshop is for you. 

People who study faith formation are constantly telling us that the most important place for helping children learn about and grow in faith is not the church – it’s the home.  And that is good news because talking about and practicing Christian faith in your home will strengthen your family.  During this workshop we will explore:

  • Spiritual styles and how they are embodied in children;
  • The role of adults, and the congregation as a community of practice, in affirming and nurturing the spiritual lives of children;
  • A variety of specific spiritual practices that can be used with children to help them notice and name God’s presence and activity in their lives and in the world around them and deepen their relationship with God.
  • Participants will take away both an enriched theoretical understanding of, as well as hands on resources to nurture, the spiritual lives of children.


Presenter:  Rev. Rhonda Pittman Gingrich is ordained in the Church of the Brethren and presently coordinates ministry with children and youth at Open Circle Church of the RhondaGingrichBrethren in Burnsville.  She also works as a freelance writer, consults with congregations, leads workshops, and serves as adjunct faculty for the Brethren Academy.  

Rhonda is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, focusing on children’s spirituality and more specifically, how spiritual practices can be used to affirm and nurture the innate spiritual capacities of children.

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.