We bring people together to learn about an organization and brainstorm new ideas.But it’s more than ideas. It’s about weaving together the fabric our city. It’s about connections. And as much as it is about the groups we serve, this event is about you.
This event is hosted by St Mike's Lutheran in Bloomington and facilitated by the Midtown Community at Mugshots Coffee Company in Bloomington. Learn more about why this event matters now more than ever.
Where do you go to feel connected, informed and truly alive? Work is work. So is school. Happy hour doesn’t last forever. Church is boring. Home is for sleeping or Netflix. How many of your friends did you meet at a coffee shop? That is why we started bringing people together for meaningful events we call a Friendraiser. This one is with Minnesota Freedom Fund.
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"It was so affirming to have the chance to set the idea out in front of folks known and otherwise. To give me an opportunity to verbalize what I’m passionate about. To hear encouraging words. To be challenged. I felt equipped to move forward." - Chad Amour
Recently, Dale Durie, Leader of The Seeds Community, and a forthcoming Friendraiser Partner, sent me the slides he uses when teaching college students about dialogue. It’s incredible stuff. From these slides, I want to share with you three things about dialogue we absolutely have to know.
In 1993, Mary Johnson’s only child, Laramium Byrd, was shot to death at a party in North Minneapolis. Oshea Israel, 16, was tried as an adult and sentenced to 25 years. Mary sought to meet Oshea while he was at the state prison in Stillwater. To make a long-story short, she forgave him – and they became close. In fact, they lived next to each other for a few years. Their story of reconciliation can be told that quickly. Here is the problem: The story is always told that quickly.
"Faith and doubt are like dance partners." This phrase got me fired from a church in 2012. Here is that story and background to an event I'm hosting next month.
Most people don’t consider themselves a captivating storyteller. That’s okay. In fact, it’s better if most people aren’t “the life of the party.” In this post we explore a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.
Fascil and Heron are emerging leaders in our local Ethiopian community. Read about their idea to offer culturally-relevant resources around mental health.
Sometimes we ask people to tell us how they would describe the Friendraiser to a friend. And because we value voices, we thought we'd share our favorites.
Starting something new requires making everything happen all at once. Leadership and staff and incorporation and processes and strategy and products and websites. But these don’t compare to the underlying, personal challenges. Can I do this? Am I capable of getting this thing off the ground? Learn how the Midtown Friendraiser may be the next step in your startup adventure.