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
Currently in the early stages, this project will ultimately include a capital campaign in spring 2015. Preliminary information and plans are now available (although they are subject to change in months ahead as the project takes shape). Peruse the documents below to learn more about current project status:
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.
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.
Westminster members have been having fun, and the art that they have created for this summer’s exhibition proves it. The construct of Where in the World has inspired them to take us to their favorite places around the world and into their own imagination.
The Westminster Gallery is excited to present an exhibition of art created by middle school students through Banyan Community, one of Westminster’s community partnerships. Young people gather each year to paint a collection of individual pictures and a group banner around a common theme working with artist, Anne C. Brink.
The Westminster Collection includes diverse historic and contemporary art from numerous ethnic and cultural sources. The Martha Spencer Rogers Crèche Collection includes nearly 200 crèches from around the world and presents the Christ child as belonging to each community. There are several dozen additional crèches and a growing collection of Noah’s Arks also on permanent view. Minnesota’s premier sculptor, Paul T. Granlund, is well represented with "The Birth of Freedom" installed in front of the church and numerous models placed throughout the building. The collection includes paintings by He Qi, serigraphs by John August Swanson, linocut prints by Robert Hodgell, katazome prints by Sadao Watanabe, and much more.
The Westminster Gallery, which opened in September 2002, 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
Will Scientific Knowledge Completely Replace Religious Faith within 100 years?
Through a new organization called The Minneapolis Multi-Faith Network (MMN), we are working alongside other downtown Minneapolis religious communities on some of the most pressing social justice matters this city is facing. This multi-faith network builds friendships and opportunities to learn about others’ faith while participants pursue the common good together.
You are invited to participate in MMN’s free public presentations called “Voices of Faith” at the Breck School Cargill Theater in Golden Valley from 7:00-8:15 p.m on Monday, September 22. Clergy from diverse religious communities will respond to the question, “Will Scientific Knowledge Completely Replace Religious Faith within 100 years?”Read More