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Changing the Narrative: Philanthropy's Role in Countering Hate

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church 1200 South Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55403 United States (map)

Minnesota Council of Churches and Muslim American Society of Minnesota

Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM (CST)

Minneapolis, MN


Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations; Reverend Curtiss DeYoung Ed.D., CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches; and Imam Asad Zaman, Executive Director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, invite you to join this important event, “Changing the Narrative: Philanthropy’s role in Countering Hate in our Communities."

This convening will feature the following speakers who have witnessed firsthand the effects of hate in our communities:


Rabbi James Gibson - Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai; engaged in the aftermath of the killings at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.


Reverend Waltrina Middleton - National activist advocating for Black Lives and was engaged in the aftermath of the killings at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, where her first cousin, Rev. DePayne Middleton, was one of those killed. 


Imam Mohamed Omar - Executive Director of Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, MN, which was bombed by a white supremacist in 2017.


Reverend Stacey Smith - Presiding Elder of the St. Paul-Minneapolis District of the AME Church; Pastor of St. James AME Church in Saint Paul, MN.


Rabbi Adam Spilker - Rabbi at Mount Zion Temple.


Ms. Doran Schrantz - Executive Director of ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota.




9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Check-in, networking, and coffee.


Morning Session in The Sanctuary:

10:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.

An opportunity to hear from faith leaders about the harmful and inaccurate narratives that stoke hate and lead to violence in our communities.


Transition Break:

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

A short break in between sessions for those who registered and are staying for the Lunch and Strategy Session.


Lunch & Strategy Session in Westminster Hall:

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m

Roundtable discussions over lunch about the important role philanthropic and faith leaders play in this work.



The event hosts strive to make all their programs fully accessible to all. Westminster Presbyterian Church is equipped with ramps and elevators for those in need. 



A prayer/meditation room will be available.

Earlier Event: January 21
MLK Day Social Hour: Minneapolis
Later Event: January 24