Bringing international expertise to Minnesota congregations

"Blessed are the peacemakers."

Minnesota Council of Churches Respectful Conversations partners with national and international experts to better equip Christian and other faith leaders with the education, reflection, skills and capacity to be sources of peace in our state, our nation and our world.



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September 20, Noon - 1:30pm (online)

Orientation and Bridging Divides

What is peacemaking? What makes it urgent for us today? Princeton University's Bridging Divides Initiative analyzes violence in communities to determine those spaces where it is disproportionately present - or absent. Some future presenters may also be introduced in this session.

What is Discipleship in the Information Age?

December 12, 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Minnesota Church Center, Minneapolis

Certain core principles of faithful discipleship remain constant - such as telling the truth (1 John 2:24) - but the way disciples practice them in the 21st century may look different from how it looked in the 1st. Faith is a main driver of human behavior and so those who teach it bear additional power and responsibility. Join a clergy convening organized by Minnesota Council of Churches and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy to share what faithful discipleship in the information age means to you.

2023: January 26, 1:00pm - 3:00pm (online)

Resetting the Table (Part 1)

This highly interactive character-shaping workshop is the first half of a two-session workshop focused on following meaning questions. Expect to share about some of your own formative experiences.

2023: February 2, 1:00pm - 3:30pm (online)

Resetting the Table (Part 2) 

This highly interactive character-shaping workshop is the second half of a two-session series focused on demonstrating understanding. Expect to be in conversation with people with whom you may disagree about something important to you.