• Welcome to Westminster

    Westminster Presbyterian Church is a vibrant, open-minded congregation of 3,000 worshipping in the heart of Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall. 

    An engaged, urban partner sharing the good news with a world in need of God’s peace, love, and justice, Westminster has been a telling presence in the city since 1857.

    With stirring worship services, beautiful traditions, and a progressive church culture, Westminster is a home for people of all ages and backgrounds to deepen their faith and make a difference in the world. The church offers ministries in adult, children, and youth education; music and the arts; and social justice, with a highly engaged congregation welcoming and caring deeply for all people within and beyond its walls.

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  • Coming Together Sunday

    Coming Together Sunday All-Church Picnic
    Sunday September 13

    Immediately following the 10:30am worship service, we will spill out from Westminster's sanctuary, through the front doors and out on to Westminster's front steps, the Piazza, and Nicollet Mall for our annual All-Church Picnic.

    There will be good food, music, games, and activities for all! Fried and baked chicken will be served, along with chicken tenders, salads (dairy-free option), mac and cheese, corn biscuits (gluten-free), roasted corn, and ice cream sandwiches for dessert! (plenty of vegetarian options). Gerhard's brats will be available for an additional cost - or in place of the ticket for the main meal. 

    Tickets are available online, as well as in the Heller Commons on Sunday, August 30 and September 6. Tickets will also be available for purchase the day of the picnic.

    Cost for tickets is $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-12, free for children 3 and under, and a $30 immediate family maximum. Please present your printed confirmation email or show us on your smartphone the day of the picnic.

    We hope you'll join us for this wonderful event!

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  • September 13 | 9:15 am | Sanctuary

    Events

    Social Justice Forum with Vice President Walter Mondale

    Sunday, September 13 | 9:15 am | Sanctuary
    Vice President Walter Mondale will kick off the Social Justice Forum program on Coming Together Sunday. Vice President Mondale will look back on his many years working for justice as well as look ahead in reflecting on the unfinished agenda facing us as a nation. 

    Coming Together Sunday & All-Church Picnic

    Sunday September 13 | following 10:30 worship | Piazza on the Mall
    Immediately following the 10:30am worship service, we will spill out from Westminster's sanctuary, through the front doors and out on to Westminster's front steps, the Piazza, and Nicollet Mall for our annual All-Church Picnic. There will be good food, music, games, and activities for all! More information here.

    Saturday Seminar | James Van Drunen Memorial Lectures

    Two Testaments, One Bible: Entering a Conversation with the Many Voices of Scripture
    Saturday September 19 | 8:30 am - 2:00 pm | Meisel Room 
    More information here.

    Town Hall Forum Kicks off Fall Season

    Three notable speakers kick off the fall 2015 season. Free and open to all. Learn more here.

    • Pete Docter from Pixar Animation Studios | Monday, September 8, 7:00 pm
      Inside the Creative Community: The Power and Process of Animated Film
    • Tavis Smiley, public television and radio host | Thursday, October 1, 7:00 pm
      No One Left Out: Creating Communities of Justice
    • Dan Buettner, adventurer and bestselling author | Friday, October 2, noon
      Blue Zones City: Living Like the World’s Healthiest People
    Click here for this week's schedule of events. 

    News for the Westminster Community

    The Presbyterian Outlook talks with peace workers in South Sudan

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

    Star Tribune reports on WPC member Charlie DeVore's musical career

    Read the story on his 25-year gig with the Hall Brothers Jazz Band.

    KARE 11 report on marriage equality

    Doug Mitchell performed a same-sex wedding on Friday, June 26, the same day the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality. See story on KARE 11.

    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.

    Minneapolis continues growth spurt

    The city moves up a few notches, according to 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Read the full story.

    From Sarah Rasmussen in Nepal

    Read the commentary in the StarTribune by Sarah Rasmussen, Westminster member, 2014 Macalester graduate, and Fulbright researcher in global health in Nepal.

    Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein speaks at Westminster Town Hall Forum

    Read the articles in the Star Tribune and Minnpost.

    Finance and Commerce profiles The Rose affordable housing development

    Read the article and watch the time-lapse video of the construction

    Star Tribune: Westminster Member Melanie McCall and Husband Daniel Sampson Profiled for Medical Work with Children's Surgery International.

    Read the article in the Star Tribune.

    Minnpost: Concert Celebrating Renewed Friendship with Cuba

    Read the article in Minnpost.

    Westminster Media Contact

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (612) 242-3184

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  • Follow our adventures at #wpcmpls

    The Westminster Archive is both a collection and a place.

    The archive is a collection of legal and historical documents, correspondence, publications, photographs, and a wide variety of artifacts that record the history, corporate, and congregational life of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

    The Westminster Archive is also a place. Some early documents and artifacts are still stored in an attic room and a basement vault. The new archive and gallery office, library, workroom, and storage were built as part of the 150th Anniversary celebrations in 2008. Climate controlled rooms house both the archive and art collection following standard museum standards.

    An active group of Westminster members is engaged in the process of identifying and cataloging the archive collections, making this treasure trove accessible for future research.

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  • What's Next? Now through September 20

    Come for the Art, Stay for the Grace.

    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. 

    molaCurrent Exhibition
    What's Next?

    June 21-September 20

    This summer’s exhibition of art created by Westminster members and friends features the construct What’s Next? Can we see into the future? Are we able to predict what is going to happen? Maybe. Maybe not.

    Sometimes an apparent pattern suggests what might be next and that lead gives us confidence and comfort in whatever happens. Other times, our best, educated guess for the future is way off the mark and we encounter a huge surprise. These variables make looking ahead with anticipation both exciting and cautious propositions. 

    To arrange a tour of the exhibition, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Exhibition Schedule

    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.

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