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EMerge August 9, 2019

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EMerge is a newsletter of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Through most of the year it is published weekly and distributed to congregations, teaching elders, ruling elders, church members, committees and friends of the presbytery. Please send submissions and address corrections to
August 9, 2019
Presbytery news  
Mission Trip Corner
This summer (and into fall, we hope), EMerge is highlighting summer mission trips sponsored by congregations of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Has your congregation sponsored a summer mission trip for youth or adults? Please email your brief written report, with pictures, to executive presbyter Jeff Japinga at
Trips highlighted in this issue of Emerge come from First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul and Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley.
Junior high and high school youth from the South St. Paul congregation served for a week in July with Urban Youth Mission at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Valley Community has a long tradition of sending their youth across the Midwest each summer.
The complete story, along with pictures can be found at "Mission Trip Corner."
The Rev. Sung Chul Park has been told
'Go back to Korea!'
The Rev. Sung Chul Park is an honorably retired member of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area who also continues to direct the Korean Adoptees Ministry Center. For the Rev. Park, the recent rhetoric on immigration was not a political or ideological talking point; it was deeply personal. When it comes to being told to "go back," he wrote, "I have heard this chant, too, personally."
His complete story is at "Go Back to Korea."
Presbyterians invited to take part
in NAMI Walk next month
Presbyterians are invited to join members of the Disability Concerns Ministry to walk or roll Saturday, Sept. 28, to support the work of the National Alliance NAMIon Mental Illness (NAMI). The group will gather at noon at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and, if a volunteer can be found to captain the walk in Rochester, a group there will gather at the Community and Technical College at the same time. The five kilometer walk or roll starts at 1 p.m.  Officially registered team members will receive a T-shirt. Presbyterians can organize their own team or support the presbytery's team at "Presbyterians Walk and Roll." Additional information is available from Wendy Fields at or Pat Milloy at 952948.2416 or
Anti-Racism Task Force plans to commemorate Dakota hanging
The Anti-Racism Task Force of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is supporting a trip to Mankato Dec. Dakota 3826 to honor the annual horse and rider pilgrimage from Crow Creek, South Dakota, to Mankato, Minnesota. Those taking part in the task force's Mankato trip will pay a silent tribute of apology and peacemaking in recognition of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. On Dec. 26, 1862, 38 Dakota leaders, prisoners of war from the U.S.-Dakota War, were hanged in Mankato. The complete story from the task force can be found at "The Dakota 38."
Jeff's Jottings
We believe ...
Jeff JapingaBy Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
And so here we are again, back on our knees after still more outbreaks of senseless gun violence. Ten days ago, it was at the garlic festival in Gilroy, California. Then last weekend, at the Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas, and then in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio - the unspeakable horrors unleashed by violent men armed and committed to kill masses of people. How long, we had to ask again, must we endure this unrelenting assault on innocents at the hands of individuals boiling over with rage?
The answers we got were both unequivocal, and they were thin. It's past time we get serious about guns, we said in print and in the streets. It's past time we get serious about white supremacy and white nationalism; about the hidden layers of U.S. society that gives safe harbor to our most violent tendencies. Yes, it is past time.
The complete Jottings are at "We Believe."
Around the presbytery   
Dakota sacred site tours
planned in August, September
MN Council of ChurchesHealing Minnesota Stories and the Minnesota Council of Churches have announced another slate of Sacred Site Tours in the Twin Cities area. The tours visit sites in the area that are sacred to the Dakota people. Participants learn about the history of the land in a way that facilitates healing. Tours are slated Aug. 18, and Sept. 29. The tour runs from from 1 to 5 p.m. Additional information and registration for one of the tours can be obtained by contacting the Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, director for racial justice with the Minnesota Council of Churches, at
First in South St. Paul is host
to 'We Are; 2065' exhibit
The current art exhibit First Presbyterian Church in South St. Paul asks the question, "What will life be like in America in 2065?" That year, the United States is projected to be 54 percent people of color. South Minneapolis Artist Joanna Hallstrom painted 16 oil portraits of Minnesota students who will be living this change and recorded their thoughts about life now and what things might be like in 2065, combining the two into a freestanding interactive exhibit. The exhibit is titled simply "We Are; 2065." Details, including a way to schedule a group tour, can be found on Facebook at "America in 2065."
Registration underway
for 'Art of Transitional Leadership'
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is planning a new event this fall -- "The Art of Transitional Leadership" -- that will provide ministry skills training for synodtoday and tomorrow's church pastors, staff, committees on ministry and congregational leaders. Set Monday through Friday, Sept. 16-20, at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minnesota, the event offers two tracks, one covering an introduction to transitional ministry that runs the full week, and another offering transformation training for church leaders that takes place Wednesday through Friday of the week. The full-week session provides 30 hours of training that meets the requirements for Week I Transitional Ministry Education. The second session provides training for ruling elders and other congregational leaders, focusing on their roles in congregations in times of ministry transitions. Details are available at "Art of Transitional Leadership." Registration information is available through the link in the flyer or by following a link to "Transitional Leadership Registration."
Addiction, Faith Conference planned
in September in Twin Cities
addiction faithNoting on its website the "growing concern over the devastation of all forms of addiction, including the ever-increasing opioid crisis," organizers of this fall's Addiction & Faith Conference say the conference will "raise awareness of the terrible addiction problem we face and how the church and people of faith can help to address it." The conference is planned Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota. The conference is presented by the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy in partnership with the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church. Conference details are at "Addiction and Faith."
Resources, conferences


'First Reading,' podcast resource
for preachers on the Old Testament
first reading"First Reading," a podcast to help preachers get a handle on the richness of the Old Testament readings in the Revised Common Lectionary, is available each week. Designed by Rachel Wrenn and Tim McNinch, Old Testament doctoral students at Emory University, the podcast provides literary and historical background, discusses Hebrew linguistic tidbits, and helps overcome preaching pitfalls in the text. It also offers potential preaching angles for sermons. Episodes air two weeks ahead of the lectionary date. Details are available at "First Reading."
'Stewardship Kaleidoscope' planned
at end of September in San Diego
Stewardship Kaleidoscope"Stewardship Kaleidoscope," the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s annual stewardship conference, will feature keynote leaders Melissa Spas from the Lake Institute and Eric Law, author of "Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries." Diane Moffett, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will preach. There are also more than 30 workshops. The event runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Details can be found at "Stewardship Kaleidoscope." Scholarships are still available.
BOP schedules retirement planning seminar at seminary in Dubuque
Board of PensionsBoard University of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will conduct a two-day retirement planning seminar Oct. 2-3 at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. The seminar is for members of the BOPs benefit plan who plan to retire within the next 15 years. Complete details can be found at "Retirement Planning Seminar."
2019 POAMN national conference planned in October in Louisville
older adult poamnThe 2019 national conference of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network is slated Oct. 15-18 at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Keynote speakers will be the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and the Rev. Dr. Jason Brian Santos, mission coordinator for Christian Formation and Small Church Support for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. A complete schedule and online registration are available at "POAMN National Conference."
Thistle Farms founder to speak at 1001, Vital Congregations gathering
Becca StevensBecca Stevens, one of the keynote speakers for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities and Vital Congregations national gathering coming up Oct. 14-16 in Kansas City, Missouri, remembers how she felt when she started a residential community for women who have survived trafficking, prostitution and addiction. Even though she was fulfilling a longing to open a sanctuary for survivors of trauma, like herself, she says she was "pretty messed up." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck can be found at "Surviving Trauma."
News of the wider church  


Hope and lament: Big Tent 2019

calls to pay attention

Presbyterians join Baltimore residents
in action against gun violence
A sea of blue made its way along the sidewalks of downtown Baltimore in the evening of Aug. 2. Approximately 200 Presbyterians attending Big Tent gun violence walkersjoined local advocates to speak out against gun violence. The group, dressed in blue Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) T-shirts, marched as part of the quarterly Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend, a grassroots effort to draw attention to the growing problem. Five local Presbyterian churches organized the walk, covering several areas where people have died in gun violence over the past few years. The complete story by Rick Jones of the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Action Against Gun Violence." Randy Hobson, manager of design and multimedia with the Office of the General Assembly, produced a brief highlight of the walk and the reflections from the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the General Assembly. It's at "In Baltimore."
Synod School speaker: Being civil
in a time of incivility
Dede JohnstonCivility is easy when we're in our comfort zone, but civility becomes more challenging as we move away from that easy place. But that's what we need to do - and there's a way to do it. That was part of the message Dr. Deirdre "Dede" Johnston brought to Synod School last week when she addressed civility in a time of incivility as the midsummer ministry's convocation speaker. The complete Presbyterian News Service story can be found at "Civility in a Time of Incivility."
Short attention spans: class covers
short books of the Bible (with humor)
The Rev. Tom Willadsen of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has become a fixture at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies' Synod School, and he's most often associated with Tom Willadsencaramel rolls. But he's also known for his classes, and the classes are known for humor. Author of "OMG! LOL! Faith and Laughter," Willadsen responded to a series of questions about the Synod School class he taught, "Bible Study for People with Short Attention Spans." The e-mail exchange included this comment from Willadsen: "I taught ["Laughter as Spiritual Discipline"] last year and it attracted people who wanted instruction in spiritual discipline, rather than laughter. People who've taken my classes before know that I'm profoundly shallow, so last year's class was a mismatch." The complete story can be found at "Short Attention Spans."
Churches that aid, house immigrantsgather for Big Tent workshop
The 40 or so people attending Big Tent's "Asylum & Immigration Networking & Best Practices" workshop Aug. 1 took three hours not only to hear from the experts but to share with one another what they're doing in their local settings to aid vulnerable people. "This is not the time for symbolic activities," one man told those in the group. "Passing a resolution or putting up a peace pole may make us feel good, but we can't be satisfied with something symbolic. Do something substantial." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Mike Ferguson can be found at "Immigration Best Practices."
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