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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.
Architect James Dayton, whose great-great grandfather helped build the church in 1897, is designing the new wing. A community celebration and groundbreaking was held Sunday, April 10. Construction begins April 15 with an unoccupied eight-story office building currently on the site taken down and underground parking added in advance of the wing’s construction. The project is slated to take approximately two years to complete.Read More
The Westminster Gallery exhibits and collects religious and secular art representing diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. We feature art from the Westminster collection, private collections, and from regional and nationally known artists who demonstrate the connection between art and how it informs our faith. The church has a long history of collecting and incorporating art into both worship and daily life. The Westminster Gallery opened in 2002.
At Westminster, we believe that art matters because it provides a communication tool between an artist or designer and the diverse audience that encounters the art. This encounter likely will generate thought, stimulate conversation, or evoke emotion.
A fascinating collection of paintings made with enamel and house paint on cardboard, by the outsider artist Rudolph Bostic, opens in the Westminster Gallery on April 10. Cardboard Chronicles presents a narrative of Old and New Testament stories in a playful and brightly colored style through the eyes of an untrained folk artist.
The next exhibition, All You Need is Love, will feature art made by Westminster members and friends, and opens June 12.
The Westminster Gallery features approximately six exhibitions each year. The exhibitions during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter are based on those themes, but vary substantially from year to year. A summer exhibition generally features art created by Westminster members and friends, and is curated around a particular theme. The other exhibitions focus on a single artist, a biblical theme, or may be inspired by current events. The work of other artists is frequently exhibited in the Great Hall, and the public spaces of the building are filled with original art from the collection.
Westminster member, Martha Spencer Rogers, began collecting crèches in LaPaz, Bolivia, in the mid-1960s. In 2004 and 2007 she gifted more than 180 crèches and custom display cases to the Westminster Collection. This magnificent collection has inspired children and adults alike by presenting the nativity story in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic representations of the holy family. Every visitor can find an infant Jesus that could be from their region of the world. The collection is on permanent view on Westminster’s second floor and the lower level.Read More