Fall Neighbor News

“I Don’t Mean To Offend You But…”

Panel Discussion/Q&A and Community Meal, Saturday, November 17th, 3pm, Atonement Lutheran Church, St. Cloud  

The Central MN community has changed. Long-time residents in our area can feel fearful and angry about their new neighbors that may look and act different from them. There are many people that have questions about the Muslim religion – this panel discussion and Q&A session seeks to answer those questions.

We believe the best place to find out about your Muslim neighbors is from your Muslim neighbors themselves! Join four of your Muslim neighbors (Zurya Anjum, Aref Hassan, Abdurahman Ibrahim, and Ayan Omar) to learn about their life and faith and to have them answer your questions.

This is a free, public event – all are welcome. Atonement Lutheran Church will also be providing a meal (catered by New York Gyro) after the event for up to 200 people – make sure to sign up so that your spot is secured for the event and the meal!

REGISTER NOW! This is a free, public event – all are welcome!

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Our Vision for Central MN

#unitecloud seeks to foster an empathetic community that chooses to stand up for one another regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, or socio-economic background. We believe that our commitment to this vision will lead to a sense of greater safety and hope and a decrease in fear and suspicion of those who are different from us.

Learn more about #unitecloud on our website!

Central MN News

”The Second Coming of the KKK” Author coming to SCSU on November 5th

1920’s KKK is akin to today’s Islamophobia industry

Host Author, Dr. Linda Gordon, and Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) - Minnesota invite you to an evening discussion.

Author of "The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition", Dr. Gordon will speak to the KKK and the 1920's. Mr. Hussein will share similarities of the two movements (KKK and the Islamophobia Industry of today) with a Question and Answer session to follow.

Register for your free tickets today

#unitecloud Director invited to SOCAP 2018

Thanks to a scholarship from The Bush Foundation our Director, Natalie, will attend SOCAP 2018 in San Francisco, CA from October 22-26. SOCAP is the world’s leading conference activating the capital markets to drive positive social and environmental impact. The conference brings together impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business leaders and other innovators from across the world to catalyze collaboration for change.

Learn more about the conference

Actionable Step: Sign up to help us feed Central MN families!

Feeding Families Partnership

Volunteer Meeting: Monday, October 28th, 6:30pm, Celebration Lutheran Church, Sartell

A new partnership has been formed between Feeding Area Children Together (FACT), #unitecloud, and Celebration Lutheran Church to collect and distribute grocery items to fill the pantries of local families in need. Together, we can make a huge difference!

The Need: 1 in every 5 children in Central Minnesota are not sure where their next meal will come from. Hunger is a huge problem facing many families in St Cloud, MN. During Winter Break, families facing food insecurities often suffer the most. The cold makes it hard to get to food pantries and soup kitchens, the schools that offer breakfast and lunch and snacks are closed. Leading up to Winter Break many of our teachers report a large increase in anxiety among their students facing food insecurity, homelessness, and other family transitions.

YOU CAN HELP! We need volunteers to help us organize, collect, sort, and distribute food donations to local families in December. If you are willing to help us, please sign up to attend this important Team Meeting! We need individuals of all ages willing to help with this massive project! PLEASE NOTE: This is not a gathering to collect donations -- just to collect and organize volunteer teams! You do not need to make a donation to be a team member in this important community project!

Sign up here to attend the volunteer meeting

Why Does Your Vote Matter?

Your vote matters to the poor, striving to make it.
Your vote matters to the immigrant, striving to belong.
Your vote matters to the refugee, striving to feel welcome.
Your vote matters to the mother at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Your vote matters to the child of that mother.
Your vote matters to the wife of the refugee who still lives in Africa and would like to join her husband.
Your vote matters to the Dreamers, many of whom desire an honorable path to citizenship and a bright future.


Don’t Let Yourself be Robbed of a “Mama-Bear” Experience

So when I hear politicians or prominent media personalities using words like “infestation”, “fake” or “not ours” to describe people, especially children, my blood begins to boil. Why? Because this type of language is meant to emotionally separate you from vulnerable people in desperate need of Mama Bears.

What We're Reading

My Diasporic Diary

By Anisa Hagi-Mohamed

The creator of this journal, Anisa Hagi-Mohamed, is a 1.5 generation Somali immigrant residing in Central MN! She created this journal for fellow diaspora, wherever they are in the world, and whatever their origins may be. The inspiration behind this journal is Anisa's countless life experiences of feeling lost in translation, of lacking a sense of belonging and facing unique diasporic challenges but also her burning desire to document her journey.

It’s not often we are asked about our perspectives on having complex identities or our sense of belonging; our traditions, family, food, and cultures – especially not in one sitting, and never in one reflective journal. It is Anisa's hope that you will find love, healing, and self-discovery within the pages of your journal.

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