Thanks to the St Paul Area Synod, ELCA for sharing Galilee Lutheran, Roseville’s Great Idea in a recent newsletter:

Here’s the post in its entirety (why reinvent a simple blurb??):

‘To bring together neighbors and the surrounding community, Galilee Lutheran, Roseville, is launching an Enjoyable Evening series of admission-free events that will feature musical performances, speakers or other activities of common interest. The first evening will be a piano concert by Paul Swenson, with subsequent events planned for the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM.

Lori Dokken will lead a Beatles sing-along on August 14.

A future speaker will be an attorney who practices immigration and asylum law.’

Learn more on Galilee’s website.

You might enjoy joining Galilee for an Enjoyable Evening, but this is a Great Idea in any community!

Celebrate diversity by intentionally inviting speakers, musicians, artists, etc., from diverse backgrounds and identities to share their stories and artistry.

  • Consider inviting a speaker from OutFront Minnesota to talk about making Minnesota a more safe state for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals

Celebrate your local history by bringing in elders who can share their own stories and that of the broader community and how it’s changed over the years.

Celebrate the countless gifts present in your congregation and the broader community: encourage artists, youth, anyone!

  • Consider inviting Joe Davis to work with youth in telling their stories

And BE SURE to invite the entire community as speakers, artists, musicians, etc. Make a truly community-oriented Enjoyable Evening!

Some previous Great Ideas might be further inspiration:

Bridging Division with Art

Story as a Path to Healing

Stories Make for Healthy Children