Prospectus 2.0: June 2017

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PPUMC Email Newsletter | Issue 16, June 15, 2017.
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From Pastor Chris:
This summer, the Care, Communication, and Worship Teams have teamed up to bring you... drum roll please... Postcards from the Road! Over the course of the summer we hope that you will send postcards to the congregation (addressed to PPUMC/22 Orlin Av SE, Minneapolis, 55414). You can send them from across town, across the country, or across the planet. You can ask a friend to send one from East Timbuktu! They need not say anything more than, “Hello from here!” There will be a grand fuss made over the first one to arrive – and who knows what may unfold as the postcards POUR IN!!!
 
Here’s a fun one from a time gone by!

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June is the month we celebrate LGBTQ Pride. The progenitor to the Twin Cities Pride Parade was a 50-person protest march in 1972 on the Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis, held on the third anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Now the annual celebration features a Pride parade which draws crowds of nearly 400,000 people (source: Wikipedia). 

PPUMC has been a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network since 1990.
 
This year the festival in Loring Park is June 24-25. Click here for an easy online source of events.
 
You could spend a couple of hours at the UMC table sharing the classic rainbow peace signs – seriously, people come looking for them! – to sign up please click here.

MN Reconciling Ministries booth at the 2016 Pride Festival, with PPUMC's Judy and Janet WestLee (Photo by David Nyberg)
 
We celebrate the commissioning of the first transgender individual in the Northern Illinois Conference, while we realize our denomination remains deeply divided on issues of full inclusion of LGBTQ persons. 

Bishop Sally Dyck commissions the Rev. M Barclay on Sunday, June 4, 2017, St. Charles, IL (Photo courtesy of Rev. Britt Cox)
 
Bishop Ough, bishop of our conference and also president of the Council of Bishops, is pivotal in the ongoing conversation around LGBTQ issues in the UMC called the Commission on a Way Forward. You may also want to read his letter calling for President Trump to reconsider his recent decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, told the 2016 United Methodist General Conference that the bishops are not supporting any plan for a split of The United Methodist Church. Ough also acknowledged in his address on May 17 that the bishops are not fully united on how the church will choose to go forward in the face of differences over full inclusion of LGBTQ people. (Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS)

In the glorious days of summer our work continues. Compassion, peace and justice are our daily path. May the season and the Spirit bring strength to your soul. Enjoy!
Photo by Cassie Davies-Juhnke
Ten people of assorted ages, members and friends of the congregation, present a Reader's Theater on Pentecost Sunday, June 3 at PPUMC. Thank you to all those who told the ancient story of Ezekiel’s vision of resurrection in the Valley of the Dry Bones and the Holy Spirit's descent upon the apostles on Pentecost morning in such a vivid and meaningful way!
You are invited to a brand new play by Ted & Company TheaterWorks about the Doctrine of Discovery - the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous peoples. The show will take place on Thursday, June 29, 7 - 9 PM at Calvary Church, 2800 Blaisdell Ave in Minneapolis. Several PPUMC folk have indicated interest; if enough of us go, we’ll find time soon to debrief and discuss!

The play uses humor and professional storytelling to talk about issues of justice, land use and Indigenous experience. A show about love and loss of land, Discovery nudges us to question our stories with honesty and integrity. Tickets ($5 - $20 pay what you can) and more information are at this web link:

Discovery: A Comic Lament
Click to see a full list of events!
Love Grows Here!
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22 Orlin Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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