• A Deep Dive into Life in Palestine


    We are in Creative Time

    Read more here about parking and location of weekday programming during Open Doors Open Futures construction.

    Life in Palestine | Sunday, May 29 | 11 am | Meisel Room

    Doug Mitchell spent three weeks primarily in the Occupied West Bank of Palestine learning what life is like for Palestinians under occupation. This Sunday, he will speak about some of the things he learned that are never covered in the American media and show pictures from Palestine and Jerusalem.

    Westminster Town Hall Form: Kathleen Hall Jamieson | Thursday, June 23 | 7 pm

    Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
    The Annenberg Center runs FactCheck, which is committed to examining the accuracy of U. S. political campaign advertisements. Read more.

    This Week: View this week's schedule of events here.

    News for the Westminster Community

    "Historic Nicollet Mall church expanding"

    Read the Downtown/Southwest Journal's coverage of Open Doors Open Futures

    Westminster Session & Trustees Approve Plans for Open Doors Open Futures

    Read more here or download the news release.

    Channel 5 News Covers Open Doors Open Futures Groundbreaking Celebration

    Watch the story.

    MPR: "Westminster leaders approve church expansion"

    Listen to the story.

    Star Tribune Reports on Open Doors Open Futures

    Read Kristen Leigh Painter's detailed story here.

    "Chasing education and bringing it home"

    Nancy Smith-Mather reports for Presbyterian News Service (Jan 7, 2016) on how the South Sudan Education and Peacebuilding Project is transforming lives and communities. Read her moving article.

    "Bruce Dayton given simple, respectful farewell"

    Read the story in the Star Tribune.

    Tavis Smiley at the Town Hall Forum: "Poverty is the greatest threat to America"

    Listen to his talk on Minnesota Public Radio.

    The Rose Grand Opening

    After nearly four years of planning and construction, Westminster’s Affordable Housing Team is thrilled to announce the grand opening of The Rose. The amazing new housing at the corner of Franklin and Portland Avenues has been built by Aeon MN, with financial support from Westminster. Read the Aeon interview with Doug Mitchell.

    The Presbyterian Outlook talks with peace workers in South Sudan

    Read the story that includes comments from Shelvis Smith-Mather.

    Homeless kids learn that money talks

    The Star Tribune writes about programming at Nicollet Square, which Westminster financially supports. Read the story by Gail Rosenblum.

    Construction to begin in June on Nicollet Mall renovation

    Read the story in the Star Tribune about the $50 million investment in the Mall, set to begin June 2015.

    Westminster Media Contact

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  • Creative Time this Summer at Westminster

    Wednesday Night Worship in June

    Inspired by the opportunity of Creative Time, our regular midweek worship is on the way this summer. Rather than coming together at Westminster, we will offer summer neighborhood gatherings each Wednesday in June, in 7 locations around the metro area. This time of construction and change is inviting us to be church in new ways, to meet in new places, and to move outside our regular patterns and rhythms.

    Join Westminster friends in your neighborhood every Wednesday in June for prayer, reflection, music, and fellowship. Groups will meet at 7 pm in Edina, Plymouth, South Minneapolis, St. Paul, Kenwood/Lowry, and Downtown Minneapolis. A Centering Prayer group will meet in Shoreview. For a list of meeting times and locations, click here.

    The groups will be led by trained members of the congregation, who will help us reflect on Scripture and art and engage in conversations about our faith, all while we connect with others in our neighborhoods who also call Westminster home.

    Leaders and participants: Extra copies of the packets for Wednesday nights can be found in PDF format here.  If you need more copies printed, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Sunday Worship

    Beginning Sunday, May 29 until Labor Day, we move to one worship service at 10 am.

    Summer Sunday Brunches

    On Sundays, June 12 and July 31, plan to stay after the 10 am service to connect with one another, while enjoying a delicious meal prepared by Laura Lee and her staff. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.

    These are great mornings to invite a friend or neighbor who might like to know more about Westminster and experience the joy we find in celebrating our life together. The cost of the meal is $10/person, $25 family max. There is no need to RSVP, but contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

    All-Church Book Read | June 12, 19 & 26

    This June, Westminster will read The Children Act by Ian McEwan and gather for small group conversations about the book. Some groups will meet right after the 10:00 am service on Sundays, or you can form your own group by a lake or on someone's deck! Read more here.

    Summer Youth Mission Trips

    Middle School Mission Trip: June 27–July 1
    Our middle schoolers will travel to Duluth and Grand Marais, the northern reaches of the state, blending service with learning, while exploring the unique historic/environmental context of the area. The theme of our spiritual programming and service will be centered upon caring for God’s creation.
    High School Mission Trip: July 16–24
    Our high schoolers will travel to New Orleans to partner with Project Homecoming, a local service agency started by the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program. We will help rehab homes, meet and hear from homeowners who were there when Katrina hit, and explore New Orleans. This is a joint mission trip with House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul.

    Paint-a-Thon | August 6

    Westminster has been painting the homes of low-income seniors and disabled individuals, for more than 30 years. This year, Metro Area Paint-A-Thon program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches is providing free exterior painting on Saturday, August 6. Westminster volunteers will gather for a fun day of work and fellowship. No experience necessary! Sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Books Available Sundays in May

    Westminster Gets Creative with its Summer Reading,
    June 12, 19, 26

    Looking to read a good book and then discuss it with old friends and new? Join the Westminster All-Church Book Read this June. Together we'll read The Children Act by Ian McEwan and gather for small group conversations about the book. Some groups will meet right after the 10:00 am service on Sundays, or you can form your own group by a lake or on someone's deck!

    McEwan's beautifully written book turns on the life of a woman who is a judge in the High Court in London, specializing in family cases. She is called upon to make a difficult decision about medical treatment for a young man just three months shy of adulthood, who, with his family, wants to reject blood transfusions. As she wrestles with her decision, her own personal life also demands her attention in new ways (that's all we'll say—no spoiler alert!). The network of law, love, self-understanding, and risk make every decision important.

    We will provide discussion questions for all groups with copies at the reception desk by Sunday May 29. If you're interested in being part of a group on Sunday or on another day, RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 23. If you'd like to lead conversation in a group, please also let Jill know. On June 26, there will be a speaker and refreshments after worship to talk about the book.

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  • Parking Information During Construction

    Parking & programming
    during construction.

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  • Transforming Our Telling Presence

    Westminster is transforming its telling presence in the city and preparing for the future.


    Open Doors Open Futures is Westminster's multi-pronged campaign to increase support for local and global needs, to expand its historic building on Nicollet Mall with an inspiring new wing designed by James Dayton Design, and to develop significant new green space surrounding the church.

    With Open Doors Open Futures, Westminster will:
    Increase its mission support for local and global needs through $7 million of new investments in affordable and supportive housing in downtown Minneapolis; faith development, college accessibility, and leadership training for young adults; local partnerships that revitalize urban ministries and provide compassionate counseling; and, support for peace building and educational efforts in South Sudan, and global ministry partnerships in Cuba, Cameroon, and Palestine.

    Expand its historic building with an inspiring new wing that opens onto Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue. The new wing will improve access and add flexible spaces for worship, youth, and congregational and community gatherings. In addition, 25% of the building is reserved for an on-site, direct service community partner. The building will demonstrate environmental leadership with ecological, responsible design.

    Develop welcoming green space and two plazas surrounding the church and new wing. This critically needed green space and community plazas will provide inspiring places for connection and respite for city residents, workers and visitors at the nexus point at the southern end of Nicollet Mall. Importantly, this project complements Minneapolis’ ambitious Downtown 2025 Plan.

    Currently the unoccupied eight-story office building on the site is being taken down. Click here to view both a live action and time-lapse camera view. Or, click here to view a slideshow of the project to date. Following demolition an underground parking structure will be added in advance of the wing’s construction. The project is slated to take approximately two years to complete.

    Read the Star Tribune story about Open Doors Open Futures, listen to the MPR interview, or watch Channel 5's coverage of the groundbreaking celebration.

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