Because of our longstanding relationships with the Christian and Interfaith communities, the Minnesota Council of Churches is often called on to help with the coordination of public prayer services.
Prayer at the Fair
Each year, MCC presents an ecumenical worship service at the Minnesota State Fair. Celebrants represent the many denominations that make up MCC. Those in attendance come from many faith traditions. Prayer at the Fair is designed to celebrate God's creation. The casual service contains the familiar form of church including hymns, prayers and a sermon, but gets into the fun spirit of the fair. We even use our traditional 'bulletins on a stick.'
Minnesotans Standing Together
In response to a time when the forces of division abound, Minnesotans of many faith traditions - Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims - unite for a multi-faith prayer service. They pray for respect for the many ways that citizens of the state profess their religious beliefs.
2011 Minnesotans Standing Together: Remembering, Healing, Hope
2010 Minnesotans Standing Together: A Multi-faith Prayer Service for Respect
Special Occasions: 35W Bridge collapse
I-35W bridge collapsed in August of 2007, MCC coordinated several interfaith prayer services. MCC worked with the Downtown Minneapolis Clergy Association to provide a prayer service at Temple Israel. MCC helped the governor's office coordinate a prayer service at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark, which was attended by more than 500 people. In 2008, MCC partnered with the Basilica of St. Mary and the offices of Governor Tim Pawlenty and Mayor R.T. Rybak to organize an interfaith prayer service to mark the anniversary of the bridge collapse. View photos of the prayer service.