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
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.
He Qi: New Works (Westminster Gallery)
March 9 – April 27, 2014
The Chinese Christian artist He Qi creates paintings that feature his own culture as well as reflect his exposure to Western twentieth-century art during his graduate studies in Europe. His designs are a delightful composition of dramatic and improbably posed cubist figures often set in imaginary landscapes. The stories of the Bible are boldly presented in bright, saturated colors. Following a writing break, He Qi has produced seven new paintings which are making their debut in the Westminster Gallery.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Presentation by He Qi in the Meisel Room 11:45am to 12:15pm
followed by a book signing in the Westminster Gallery
Passion Pilgrimage: Journey Along the Way of the Cross (Great Hall)
March 9 – April 27, 2014
Linda Witte Henke marks the signposts in Jesus’ journey from Passion Sunday to Easter through 18 textile pieces. She incorporates many techniques including piecing, appliqué, stitching, and embellishing with the addition of diverse media. These engaging pieces offer opportunities for us to contemplate our own spiritual and faith journey through Lent.
May 4 - June 25, 2014
An exhibition featuring Cameroonian art and artifacts from the Westminster Collection and photographs from the recent visit to our Global Partners at Kumba Town Presbyterian Church.
June 22 - Sept 7, 2014
Where in the World?
Art created by Westminster's members and friends around the concept of where in the world.
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
Blue Hymnals To Be Returned To Donors
By Tom Northenscold, Worship Council Chair
As you are most likely aware, Westminster has replaced the 1990s-era blue hymnals with the new Presbyterian hymnal. When the blue hymnals were introduced, over 1,000 hymnals were donated and inscribed through the generous gifts of Westminster members and friends.
The members of the Hymnal Task Force would like to return the inscribed blue hymnals to the donors. If you or a family member donated a hymnal in the 1990s and would like to have it returned to you, please stop by the Heller Commons after the 8:30 or 10:30am services during March. Volunteers will be available to help you locate your hymnal(s).
Each year the Church marks the season of Lent, the 40 days before Holy Week, echoing the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness prior to the beginning of his public ministry. This time for Jesus was introspective as he faced the fundamental temptation of human life to put ourselves at the center, displacing God as the Holy One, the Creator and Redeemer of life, who alone is worthy of our worship.
The theme for Lent, 2014, asks What Does the Way of the Cross Ask of Us? This question invites us to a time of introspection to consider Mindfulness, Humility, Mercy, Repentance, and Mortality. We face our humanity head on—but we do not need to be alone in the process.
Our Lenten journey draws us together in small Covenant Groups to study the preaching texts for each week, to grow in our sense of community, and to prepare ourselves for the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Covenant Groups gather each week on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, committing to making the journey together as we follow the Way of the Cross. That Cross is empty, for we follow the Living Christ into the world. Nevertheless, it is a sign that suffering is part of life, and that God’s suffering in Jesus embraces the depth of our human need.