jerad's blog

Thankful Ecumenism

The body of Christ in Minnesota is stronger today than it was in May.


The mission of the Minnesota Council of Churches is to manifest the unity of the body of Christ and to build the common good in the world. Our mission is necessary because it can sometimes be hard to believe that there is any unity in the body of Christ at all – especially after we have seen how different Christians respond so differently to public health guidance around the COVID pandemic.


CROSSPOST: Court fails to grasp that protecting Indigenous people's freedom of religion means protecting their sacred lands

[Crossposted from Healing Minnesota Stories blog]

Indigenous spiritual practices are fundamentally tied to their sacred lands. That has profound implications for protecting their freedom of religion: The right to practice their religion without interference.

On Amir Locke: No More Words...

No more words …

A young Black man, Amir Locke, was killed by Minneapolis police on Wednesday morning, February 2, 2022. Reminiscent of Breonna Taylor, Minneapolis police used a no-knock warrant to silently enter the private residence where he was asleep and they shot and killed Amir. They were looking for someone else.

Xpost: Restorative Actions and the power of a single conversation

(Cross-posted from Healing Minnesota Stories blog)

Part II in a series on Restorative Actions

It all started with a conversation during a two-and-a-half hour car ride in the winter of 2016. Rev. Anthony Jermaine Ross-Allam and Jim Koon were driving to a men’s retreat for members of Oak Grove Presbyterian, a predominantly white church in Bloomington, and talking about things they cared about.