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.Read More
Saturday, January 31 | 1:30–4:30 pm
Thursday, February 5 | 4:00 - 8:00 pm | Martin Luther King Park
Purchase a bowl handcrafted by a local artist and enjoy a delicious bowl of soup prepared by local restaurants at this benefit for Nicollet Square. Martin Luther King Park is at 4055 Nicollet Ave. S. in Minneapolis.
Saturday, February 7 | 10:30 am
Heidi Johnson McAllister, Director of Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, will speak about “A Place to Call Home: Faith Communities Creating Change.” Register and learn more here.
Sunday, February 15 | 2:30 pm | Central Lutheran Church
The choirs of Central Lutheran, Hennepin Methodist, St. Mark’s Episcopal, The Basilica of Saint Mary, St. Olaf Catholic, Plymouth Congregational, and Westminster will join together for a glorious quintet of anthems.
February 15, 4:30 pm | Great Hall
Don't miss this annual event with spoofs, coffee & dessert! $7 per person, $25 family maximum. All proceeds go to the youth mission trips.
Westminster celebrates with a free concert on Saturday, January 11. Download the news release.
Listen to a recent interview with Lind Seal on WCCO Radio, leader of the upcoming Marital First Responders Training at Westminster Oct 22, 29 & Nov 5.
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.
Popular culture has challenged us with the question: What Would Jesus Do? in an attempt to provide a framework for how people should behave. The winter 2015 exhibition in the Westminster Gallery considers Jesus’ actions through the eyes of a variety of artists. Jesus’ miracles illuminate the extra-human powers of God on earth through such exceptional events as turning water into wine and the healing of the blind man. Jesus tells parables that teach us how we should treat each other through the telling of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. His words and deeds reveal the way he lives his life in the everyday and through special occasions. Jesus created a context for us to enter into a relationship with him when he describes himself as the vine and us as the branches, and he also taught us to pray. Come and see the miracles, parables, words & deeds of Jesus depicted through art.
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.Read More
Did you know on any given night in Minnesota, 14,000 people are experiencing homelessness? Among those homeless, more than 46% are under the age of 21. Heidi Johnson McAllister has been actively tackling this critical issue for more than six years and is passionate about creating a better society—one where everyone has a place to call home.
Join us at the Faith Nixon Symposium to hear Heidi move us beyond the stereotypes of homeless women and children, as she shares stories and facts about what it’s like to experience homelessness. You are sure to walk away with a much better understanding of this issue. You’ll also have the chance to discuss with your peers how people of faith are called to make a difference.
Heidi’s passion for helping women and youth is evident by her long list of positions and activities. As the outgoing Director at Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, she spent more than six years leading this coalition of congregations working to end homelessness in Minneapolis. She soon will become the Corcoran Neighborhood Association Assistant Director where she will focus on defining neighborhood housing policies. Heidi held positions in youth ministry at Grace University Lutheran Church and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. These positions, coupled with her various volunteer activities, reflect her deep commitment to community organizing and development of ministry programs, and her strong leadership in advocating for change.
Faith Nixon joined Westminster in 1932 and served the church until her death in 1988. She is remembered for her loving and energetic spirit, her willingness to state her convictions, her strong leadership, and her passions for ministry by and for women. We are grateful for the endowment left by Nixon and her heirs that makes this Symposium possible. The Faith Nixon Symposium, with attention to spiritual renewal, leadership development and intergenerational fellowship, is one of Westminster’s many exceptional forums for enriching the communal life of our church.
The Faith Nixon Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 7, in the Meisel Room. The program begins at 10:30 am, followed by Q&A and a luncheon. Register at tables in the Heller Commons on Sundays, January 11, 18 or 25, by calling Dan Franklin at 612.332.3421 or online here. Luncheon tickets ($12) must be purchased in advance. Childcare will be provided for children up to age 12. Please indicate your needs at time of registration.Read More