Interfaith Bridging Initiative

To Interfaith:  To enter into respectful dialogue regarding beliefs, values, and practices

with adherents of religious world views other than one's own.


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In Memory of Ira Gordon

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of our editor, mentor and friend, Ira Gordon.

Ira lost a battle with cancer on August 10th, 2013. To all he knew, he was a sojourner for truth. An inquisitive mind kept him in constant pursuit of understanding more about the struggles of the human experience.

In the context of this newsletter, he actively challenged each writer. No poorly stated idea, under-thought sentence, or clichéd phrase escaped his attention. The newsletter and each writer individually benefited as a result.

We don’t know at this point how we will continue forward, but in Ira’s honor and memory, we will wrestle with finding a way.

In the meantime, we keep this body of work up for all to see and appreciate.


Interfaith Info for the Twin Cities Metro Area


New Activities

Film wins Interfaith Cooperation Award!

A short documentary featuring the  *Minnesotans Standing Together*  multi-faith prayer service for respect (September 2010), organized by a collaboration of Twin Cities area interfaith organizations, recently won the --Interfaith Cooperation Award-- from the InterFaith Film Festival 2011. Watch the 8 minute, prize-winning video at: Differences were respected. Minnesotans of different traditions can stand together in mutual respect and concern for the common good while acknowledging differences.

Ongoing Activities

Midday Dialogues ...

Sacred Texts and Interfaith Relationships:
How Words & Texts Divide and/or Connect Us

A series of two hour interfaith dialogue sessions hosted by the St. Paul Interfaith Network. Free and open to the public.

The second Thursday of most months; 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The St. Paul Area of Churches -- 1671 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Convener: Rev. John Marboe, pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Paul

Beverages/cookies supplied. Brown bag lunches welcome.

Donations invited.

FFI or to receive monthly e-mail notices, contact Tom Duke: or (651) 263-7031.


Interfaith Conversation Cafe

The "conversation café" dialogues focus on interfaith matters and questions of faith. A topic is chosen by those who attend each evening, based on questions of faith that we bring to our world.

Interfaith Conversation Café is available In St. Paul at the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, 1671 Summit Ave., 55105, on the 3rd Monday of each month.

Conversation begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is a free will offering to cover coffee, tea and refreshments. You are welcome to come once or every time. Please bring your own mug! And bring a friend!
Click this link to Saint Paul Interfaith Network for more details and directions.

Islamic Christian Dialogue

Third Sundays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM,  

Hosted by Islamic Center of Minnesota and the Minnesota Council of Churches, at the Islamic Center of Minnesota, 1401 Gardena Ave. NE, Fridley

Call Gail at (612) 230-3210 - No admission fee


Interfaith Calendar

Interfaith Children’s Advocacy Network

Jay Phillips Center
St. Thomas U.

Mall Area Religious Council

MN Council of Churches

The Meditation Center

Muslim American Society of MN

P.O.W.R Parliament of World Religions


Religious Holidays of the World

Saint Paul Council of Churches

SPIN - Saint Paul Interfaith Network

Unity World


It is to be hoped that, as you find IBI to be a useful tool in efforts to broaden your horizons and to make new connections, you will consider making a donation to our cause. With your help, we can and will continue to address interfaith needs not only in the coming months but in the coming years as well.

Put feet under your commitment to interfaith work, donate now! 

 Thank You.

Interfaith Bridging Initiative
c/o Mall Area Religious Council
305 East 77th Street
Richfield, MN 55423
Rev. John M. Chell - 952-831-0447
Rev. Charles Curry - 952-891-1001

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