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  • April 1, 2021 | Faith, Community and Non-Profit Leader Covid-19 Check-In Meeting

    Our weekly check-in meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting compassionate community response to our most vulnerable neighbors in this time of crisis. Meetings are held online every Thursday from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Email LeDayne Polaski for Zoom access code. In addition, if you would like to receive notification when these minutes are posted, please subscribe to our newsletter. Click Here to Access Zoom Recording: Passcode:%eytN#9S In this Issue: MeckMIN Updates Nonprofit Updates General Information Covid Vaccine Resources Important Dates: April: 4/3, 10-11am: Pineville Neighbors Food Drive 4/6, 12 -1pm: East Side Charlotte 2040 Community Conversation Listening Session 4/7, 8:00am: MeckMIN Community Awards Breakfast 4/8, 11am: NO LEADER MEETING 4/8, 5:30pm-6:30pm: East Side Charlotte 2040 Community Conversation Listening Session 4/9: Camp CMS Registration Closes 4/9, 3-6pm: Hope Street Food Pantry Mobile Pantry Distribution 4/15, 9am -3pm: Poor People’s Campaign Vaccination Event at International House, 1817 Central Avenue 4/15, 12:30pm: Food for Thought Care of Creation 4/15-5/31: #Who’sIN Campaign 4/20, 8 am: Classroom Central’s Virtual Event, Color a Brighter Future. 4/22, 5pm: Info session on Interfaith Summer Youth Camp "In Our Own Backyard" via Zoom. 4/24,11am: Info session Interfaith Summer Youth Camp "In Our Own Backyard" via Zoom. 6/10 - 6/13: In Our Own Backyard Interfaith Youth Summer Camp Opening Reflection Offered by Deb Blackwood God in unexpected places God, you have filled our lives with abundant manifestations of your creative hand. You gift us with diverse bodies and experiences and stories and dreams that all work together to help us better understand you and all of creation. Forgive us, O God, when we reject you by rejecting the belovedness of our neighbors. Give us the courage to recognize you anew in people, places, and ideas unexpected. Amen. (source: https://enfleshed.com) 1. MeckMIN Updates 2021 MeckMIN Community Awards Breakfast The MeckMIN Community Leader Awards Breakfast will be livestreamed on Wednesday, April 7 at 8 am. This event is a highlight of the year so we hope you will buy a ticket and join us at our virtual table. We’ll be honoring three remarkable women. READ BIOS HERE! Your attendance will help us to honor these three remarkable women. This is also our biggest fundraiser of the year, and your paid ticket supports our work all year to foster understanding, compassion, and justice. That said, your attendance means more to us than your gift, and we do understand that many of us are struggling with our finances. Crisis & Compassion Docuseries Highlights Interfaith Responses to Covid-19 in Mecklenburg County The fourth video in this series premiered on March 30 at 7 pm. “That They All May Be One,” tells a story of vision and persistence. Despite the pandemic, the Chapel of Christ the King followed through with a plan that was a year in the making—to transform the church’s under-utilized property into an edible landscape, an orchard that would address food insecurity and provide an outdoor space where longtime residents and new arrivals can come together as neighbors in Optimist Park. All four videos are now available along with study guides on our website. Food For Thought: Care of Creation: Climate Change, Thursday, April 15, 12:30 PM Around the world people of faith realize that our earth and all people are sacred and at risk. Just how to respond is a conversation that often feels overwhelming and even discouraging. How can we strengthen our faith voice to respond to one of the most pressing issues of our time? Register to join us. In Our Own Backyard (IOOBY) Interfaith Youth Summer Camp Scheduled June 10-13, 2021 Open to rising 9th - 12th grades Cost: $250 / camper SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 28 Info sessions via Zoom on Thursday, April 22 & Saturday, April 24 via Zoom. The purpose of the camp is to bring youth together from different faiths, races and socioeconomic backgrounds to learn more about each other’s faith traditions and to serve area residents in need. Participants visit various social agencies, visit different houses of faith for worship services and develop their own interfaith worship service. Attendees are eligible to join the MeckMIN youth council. Please share and encourage youth to apply. Join the #Who’sIN Campaign We depend on annual membership gifts from houses of faith, grassroots groups, nonprofits, and other organizations as our largest source of income. From April 15 to May 31, MeckMIN will be hosting its #Who's IN campaign to encourage these groups to become supporters and contribute annual dues in support of the work of MeckMIN. We hope you'll make YOUR annual gift to support our work for understanding, compassion and justice. You can make your annual gift by check mailed to PO Box 11243, Charlotte, NC 28220 or by credit card online at meckmin.org. If you aren't sure if your membership is current, contact us as meckmin@meckmin.org. MeckMIN Takes Part in “Dwelling in a Time of Plagues” Interfaith Art Project The work of Mike Wirth, a Queens University professor and artist, will be included as part of a national initiative by the CANVAS Jewish Arts & Culture Funding Collaborative called "Dwelling in a Time of Plagues" Passover project. Wirth's piece, entitled Havtachah – the Promise, honors those in our community who are living in tent cities and who face dire economic hardship and housing insecurity. A Charlotte interfaith project, the traveling 16' x 8' mural will originally be installed at Camp North End during the Jewish holiday of Passover, March 28 to April 4. It will then move to four other sites around Charlotte for Easter and Ramadan as part of a "pitching our tent tour" that will inspire increased conversation around Charlotte housing. MeckMIN is very pleased to be a part of this project. Watch for more information about how you can participate when we partner with Park Road Baptist Church to host the mural April 25 to May 12. 2. Nonprofit Updates 2. NonProfit Updates & Volunteer Needs Vote Riders ,Pamela Pearson We’re working to get ID’s for many of the people who were at Tent City and are now in a County-funded hotel. With hotel extensions possible, we have good opportunity to engage with those folks who are usually overlooked and hard to access. This is a great opportunity to engage with these folks while the county helps them find more stable housing. We have had many requests from women who need their kids’ birth certificates and ss cards. We are figuring out how to make that work, even though kids don’t vote (ID’s for voting is our primary mandate). Cost is in the birth certificates. There is a great new program through a Charlotte pilot to get birth certificates via video conference and the DMV is making it possible to renew ids online so some progress is being made to make these processes easier. We can use more volunteers for both on-site and over-the-phone work. University Soup Kitchen The mass exit increased the demand for our services 10 fold. We have served food every day since the evacuation. The county, and several other nonprofits have stepped up to try and provide a humane transition for our homeless friends. It takes an entire community to solve this problem. We are helping folks at the county hotels when they request it (mobile help center) as well. We have begun working with a few other groups to feed and clothe the smaller tent camps around the city each night. Our Mobile Help Center, and Agape Love programs were flooded with folks in need. We have helped feed and clothe, provided shelter, employment opportunities, and other resources necessary to maintaining and or obtaining a household. Despite feeding the feed the smaller tent communities every night, while running the mobile help center during the day. We still serve in the Dillehay neighborhood, and various communities across the city. We serve after school programs and remote learning centers. We also provide essentials like bus passes, and rides to interviews etc. We have increased our capacity in every area of the poverty chain. Our youth outreach programs, our rehabilitation programs, and our outreach programs are all operating at a higher capacity then ever before. Click here to serve with us Click here to donate meals. Jewish Family Services ,Howard Olshansky Jewish Family Services was awarded a grant this year from United Way to serve the Pineville community in the area of mental health, family support and case management services. Through the grant we are able to provide therapy services if someone is not insured. We also have hired a Spanish speaking therapist who will start with JFS in May. A one-pager is attached with information. Hope Street Food Pantry Hope Street Food Pantry will be hosting its first mobile pantry on Friday, April 9. Second Harvest Food Bank Metrolina will be dropping off enough food to feed 300 families. There are several areas to volunteer. Volunteers should arrive by 1:00 pm, we will start distribution at 3:00 pm and end around 6:00 pm. Hope Street Food Pantry is located at 4100 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte, NC 28269. Block Love Block Love needs both financial and material support. This is one of the frontline organizations assisting Public Health with the care for our tent city/encampments individuals and families. Click HERE For more information HEAL Charlotte Greg Jackson and his team have been looking for support around additional care packages that they deliver to the 2 hotels that the county is using. Some of the items within these care packages consist of the following items: Feminine products, deodorant, soap, laundry detergent, towels, washcloths, linens, and PPE kits. If you have a desire to pack and deliver some care packages, please email the team HERE. They are also in need of funding to continue serving our homeless population. Visit HERE to make a financial contribution. Crisis Assistance Ministry New money has been released within the stimulus package to care for the financial needs of our vulnerable populations. CAM has a great website for resources and next steps for anyone in need. Please visit our website for all up-to-date information for our communities. Second Harvest Volunteers are needed to help pack their referral food boxes for immediate distribution into our community. Register Here MedAssist Volunteers are needed to help unpack and sort their daily medication deliveries. To learn more information . Register Here Loaves and Fishes Loaves & Fishes has updated their volunteer software and signup for volunteering for home deliveries and pack boxes in the warehouse should be easier. Sign-Up Here Also, since next week is Spring Break for CMS, please refer people who need food next week to us so no one goes hungry with school out. 704-523-4333. Classroom Central On April 20th at 8 am, Classroom Central will host a virtual event, Color a Brighter Future. This inspiring event will paint the picture of the struggles and triumphs our teachers and students face on a daily basis – and how your support has the power to change thousands of lives. There will be inspiring messages from our guest speakers who will illustrate how free school supplies improve educational outcomes for students and lift up hardworking educators. The investment you make at this event will allow us to reach more teachers and students in our community, re-engineer our programming to meet their changing needs, and continue to efficiently fulfill our mission on a larger scale. Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region Restore sells donated furniture, appliances etc. and profits go to home building program. Sales have been incredible strong over the pandemic and we are struggling to get inventory. We are looking for additional donations of furniture and more to restock the stores. Please consider spreading the word. Your donations will be picked up for free via truck. Click here to schedule a PICK-UP REQUEST. Pineville Neighbors Pineville Neighbors is having a drive thru food pantry this Saturday, April 3, 10-11am. This is for anyone - not just Pineville. Sign up on our website Justserve.org JustServe has volunteer opportunities on their website for all. Please consider sharing your own work through the Facebook page. FORCLT We still have spots open to feed frontline workers at the Medic Clinic. This is a great family-friendly opportunity as well. Register Here 3. General Information Camp CMS, Rosanna Saladin-Subero CMS will be hosting up to 50,000 students this summer for a six week enrichment summer experience called “Camp CMS”. The camp is scheduled for the three weeks before and three weeks after July 4th and is free of charge. Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided. The registration is open now and will close by Friday April 9th. There are flyers with information in 9 languages and the registration link available on a google drive. If you have neighbors who need the flyer in another language and you have the ability to translate the flyer, please share that translation with CMS so they can offer it to others. The camp day will consist of enrichment activities along with PE and other fun opportunities. As of 4/1, CMS students are the priority but depending on how many students register and other factors, registration may be opened up to public charter students or others. Please share the flyer widely. We hope to register a lot of students in a short period of time. Other CMS Updates Update on Instruction: See Community Partner meeting slide deck. Starting April, 12th, in-person instruction for students in grades 6-12 increases to four days a week. All students not enrolled in Full Remote Academy will attend school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Wednesday reserved for remote instruction. All students receiving in-person instruction will attend school 5 days a week effective May 10th and extending to the end of the school year in order to best accommodate state testing 30 for 30 Campaign On behalf of CMPD Deputy Chief Stella Patterson, many thanks to those who registered to participate in 30 for 30: Together in Prayer! Our hope is to have 30 different congregations participating so a prayer will be offered each day for 30 days. If you have not registered for 30 for 30, there is room for more! To learn more about 30 for 30 or to register, please contact fran.cook-mahood@cmpd.org or (704) 614-3726. ChildCare Resources For the first time in 20+ years, there is no waiting list for child care subsidy at Child Care Resources Inc. (CCRI). That’s right, NO WAITING LIST — not just for young children, but also for school-age children through age 12! Here’s what families need to do to find out whether they are eligible: Call 704-348-2181 to speak with a CCRI Child Care Search specialist to receive child care information, referrals, and more information about child care subsidy, and to be pre-screened for eligibility. To schedule an appointment, parents will need to have current documentation of employment and/or school enrollment and income (as identified below). To be determined eligible for child care subsidy, the child’s parent/responsible adult must: Be a resident of Mecklenburg County Be employed an average of 30+ hours per week AND have current check stubs to document employment and income; OR Be in school 20 hours per week AND have a school schedule that documents this; OR Be working and in school a combination of at least 30 hours per week AND have current check stubs to document employment, income, and school schedule; AND For families with children ages birth to 5, family income cannot exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. For families with school-age children through age 12, family income cannot exceed 133% of the Federal Poverty Level. Click here for income eligibility guidelines. CORRA LA VOZ:¡YA NO EXISTE UNA LISTA DE ESPERA PARA EL SUBSIDIO DE CUIDADO DE NIÑOS EN EL CCRI!¡Para español oprima aquí! CCRI needs your help to spread the word to families you know. Please share widely. Funeral Costs Paid for COVID-19-Related Deaths: In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide. To find out if you qualify, view the COVID-19 funeral assistance program policy. 4. Covid Vaccination Clinics Poor People’s Campaign Vaccine Clinic at International House On April 15 the Piedmont Circle of the Poor People's Campaign will be hosting a vaccination clinic at International House. We need folks to pre-register and we also need volunteers for the day, especially bilingual volunteers. ID will not be required for vaccine. We don’t yet know which vaccine will be provided but we will share that information once it is known. Thursday, April 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. International House (Midwood International & Cultural Center), 1817 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205 Call (980) 314-7600 for transportation request For general questions: (631) 943-2189 Register HERE or email poorpeoplescampaignSPC@mail.com Volunteer Registration FORCLT Additional Vaccination Clinics Here are some additional clinics through Public Health in the near future: Southeast Health Department (2nd dose 4/7) David B. Waymer Rec Center (4/7) Pleasant Hill Baptist Church (4/8) Latin Community Credit Union (2nd dose 4/8) Southeast Health Department (2nd dose 4/9) Smith Family Wellness (2nd dose 4/9) Davidson College Baker Sports (4/10) KEPRO We have a Community Health Worker program to help people impacted by the pandemic. We have many Community Health Workers who are ready to help anyone to learn more about the Vaccination and to get scheduled for a vaccination! 704-859-4059 NC-Covid-Support@kepro.com Federal Stimulus Payments As part of the COVID relief package that was approved in December, most Americans were eligible for Economic Impact Payments – or stimulus payments – in the amount of $600 for each person in their household. The IRS has made direct deposits or issued checks for these stimulus payments, but many North Carolinians – particularly those with low incomes who don't typically file federal income tax returns and those with children – may not have received these payments or may not have received the full amount they are due. The IRS has a tool for individuals to check the status of their stimulus payments. Individuals and families that did not receive their stimulus payments are eligible for a Recovery Rebate Credit, which they can claim by filing IRS Form 1040 and using line 30. The IRS has extended the filing deadline for individual income taxes through May 17. The Center strongly encourages nonprofits – particularly those serving North Carolinians with low incomes and those serving children – to help spread the word to ensure that those who did not receive their full Economic Impact Payments file a Form 1040 and use line 30 to request their stimulus payments.

  • Crisis & Compassion Docuseries Highlights Interfaith Responses to Covid-19 in Mecklenburg County

    Helping people recognize the value of religious pluralism for the Charlotte community is the aim of the Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Bridge Builders Project. The team, led by Kip Mobley, Assistant Professor of Religion and Coordinator for the Spiritual Life Center at Johnson C. Smith University is producing a series of short documentary videos that capture how diverse religious communities are responding to the pandemic, often through virtual efforts. More than 40 interviews have been conducted so far. The films highlight MeckMIN's efforts to mobilize our diverse faith communities to meet critical needs during the pandemic. View Episodes 1-4 with Study Guides by visiting the Crisis & Compassion Webpage Crisis & Compassion Episode 1: Making a Shidduch Episode 1 highlights the key role of MeckMIN in swiftly bringing diverse Charlotte-Mecklenburg faith communities and nonprofits together to meet needs and adapt to the new realities of the pandemic. Crisis and Compassion Episode 2: The Muslim in the Room: A Conversation with Hannah Hasan In this episode, the Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polaski, Executive Director of MeckMIN interviews poet and storyteller Hannah Hasan about how her Muslim faith informs her response to Covid-19. Crisis and Compassion Episode 3: Doing the Work Leaders from five different religious traditions articulate the values and motivations that inspire their work, and they share some of what they’ve learned along the way. Crisis and Compassion Episode 4: That They May All Be One Episode 4 tells a story of vision and persistence. Despite the pandemic, the Chapel of Christ the King followed through with a plan that was a year in the making—to transform the church’s under utilized property into an edible landscape, an orchard that would address food insecurity and provide an outdoor space where longtime residents and new arrivals can come together as neighbors. Kendal P. Mobley (aka Kip) serves as Assistant Professor of Religion and Coordinator for the Spiritual Life Center at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). He joined JCSU’s faculty in 2014. He is an ordained minister in the Baptist tradition, having served for more than 20 years as a church planter and pastor in Rhode Island and North Carolina. Recently, his research interests have focused on the intersections of race, religion, and civil religion in the US, and on interfaith cooperation for the common good. Kendal Mobley lives in Salisbury, North Carolina, with Rhonda Brady-Mobley, his wife of thirty-two years. They have two adult children and one granddaughter. The Crisis and Compassion Team Kendal P. Mobley, Assistant Professor of Religion and Coordinator for the Spiritual Life Center at Johnson C. Smith University LeDayne McLeese Polaski, Executive Director, MeckMIN Iyanla Parsanlal and Exodus Moon., JCSU Students

  • MeckMIN Takes Part in “Dwelling in a Time of Plagues” Interfaith Art Project

    As Jews observe Passover this month at the traditional seder meal, they recite the 10 Plagues that God is said to have imposed on the ancient Egyptians as punishment for not freeing their Israelite slaves. But this will be the second consecutive Passover marked by the modern-day plague of Covid-19, which has killed more than 2 million people worldwide and dramatically restricted all forms of social interaction. The work of Mike Wirth, a Queens University professor and artist, will be included as part of a national initiative by the CANVAS Jewish Arts & Culture Funding Collaborative called "Dwelling in a Time of Plagues" Passover project. The coast-to-coast exhibition mobilizes Jewish artists, authors, artistic and cultural networks, and museums as a creative response to the real-world plagues of our time. Wirth's piece, entitled "Havtachah – the Promise," honors those in our community who are living in tent cities and who face dire economic hardship and housing insecurity. A Charlotte interfaith project, the traveling 16' x 8' mural will originally be installed at Camp North End during the Jewish holiday of Passover, March 28 to April 4. It will then move to four other sites around Charlotte for Easter and Ramadan as part of a "pitching our tent tour" that will inspire increased conversation around Charlotte housing. MeckMIN is very pleased to be a part of this project – watch for more information about how you can participate when we partner with Park Road Baptist Church to host the mural April 25 to May 12. Traveling mural exhibit during Passover, Easter and Ramadan: Site #1 –Camp North End (across from entrance to the Hebrew Cemetery) - March 28 to April 4 Site #2 - Queens University/Myers Park Baptist Church – April 4 to April 11 Site #3 – Muslim Community Center of Charlotte – April 11 to April 18 Site #4 – Temple Beth El/Shalom Park – April 18 to April 25 Site #5 – MeckMIN/Park Road Baptist Church – April 25 – May 12 Read or listen to the WFAE story about the project | By Sarah Delia Charlotte Artist's 'The Promise' Keeps Awareness On Tent City And Homelessness A Commentary on “Dwelling in a Time of Plagues” Interfaith Art Project ,Written by Executive Director of MeckMIN, LeDayne McLeese Polaski I recently came across a post by Tom Carter, a writer for Speak Up Magazine. Carter wrote of a tumultuous 24 hour period – being turned away from an overflow shelter after being misinformed about the cutoff time, getting little sleep because of the cold, waking up with aching hands having lost his gloves, and then running into some friends he hadn’t seen for a while who treated him to lunch at an art exhibit. He closed: " Following was the best meal I had in quite a while which led to an almost magically good mood. I got to enjoy art, eat good food, and see old friends. I had been treated importantly for the day. I felt noticed. I want more of that. " In a documentary titled “Doing the Work” that MeckMIN created with JCSU this year, we focused on leaders from five religious traditions reflecting on the work their communities have done in response to the issues created or made worse by the pandemic. Poor No More founder Jermaine Nakia Lee shared in the piece, “We all have light. We all have dark . . . the light is activated when it really needs to be and that’s the only good thing about a collective crisis – the light gets to shine a little brighter.” Over the last year, I have been in a most amazing space to watch that light shine as the interfaith community has responded in consistent, committed, courageous ways, paying particular attention to the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors, including those who are living in tents. Why have they done it? They might speak about it in different ways – A Sikh might tell you -- No one is a stranger to me. A Unitarian might say -- We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence. A Jew might turn to the command -- Love your neighbor as yourself. A Bahá’i might offer -- Lay not on any soul a load you would not wish to be laid upon you. I believe that all would say what Mike Wirth says so brilliantly in this work – that we’re not talking about a city of tents – we’re talking about a city of people. We allow homelessness to continue when we cannot acknowledge that those without a place to live are fully human. We respond with the mindsets, the logistics, the policies and the plans to end it, when we see them – and count them as sisters and brothers. I want more of that.

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  • Contact Us | Charlotte,NC|MeckMIN

    Join the Campaign #Who's IN 3900-A Park Road | Charlotte, NC 28209 / Tel. meckmin@meckmin.org 704.565.5455 ​ Houses of Faith/Affiliate Annual Membership Campaign: SPRINGING INTO CONNECTION In this time of renewal, help us continue the work of promoting interfaith collaboration to foster UNDERSTANDING, COMPASSION and JUSTICE. Our work is funded by the generosity of individuals, grassroots groups, organizations, corporations, and Houses of Faith. In order to envision a community that lives by the highest values and core virtues of its rich faith traditions and respects the dignity of every person we need your engagement and participation in our various activities held throughout the year: Annual Interfaith Community-Wide Thanksgiving Service Annual Community Leader Awards Breakfast In Our Own Backyard Interfaith Summer Camp Food for Thought (3rd Wednesday of the month) Open Tables Consider investing in an annual MeckMIN membership, some of its benefits include: ​ Form meaningful relationships with people of other cultures and faiths through programs like Open Tables and In Our Own Back Yard Interfaith Youth Camp. Deepen the faith of your members as they expand their understandings of other faith traditions through programs such as Food for Thought, our Interfaith Women’s book club, and the Annual Interfaith Community-Wide Thanksgiving Service. Be a facilitator of positive change in our community through programs such as Adult and youth service projects, the annual Community Leader Awards Breakfast; and Faith, Community and Non-profit Leader Gatherings. Have the ability to promote your programs to our member organizations through our e-Newsletter, website, Facebook and Instagram. Get recognition of your membership on MeckMIN's website and in community-wide event programs. Receive recognition as a community collaborator associated with Mecklenburg County’s premier interfaith organization. ​ #ARE YOU IN? HOUSES OF FAITH INDIVIDUALS, GRASSROOTS, ORGANIZATIONS, CORPORATIONS Why give to MeckMIN?

  • Contact Us | Charlotte,NC|MeckMIN

    “Dwelling in a Time of Plagues” Interfaith Art Project Havtachah – the Promise by Mike Wirth 3900-A Park Road | Charlotte, NC 28209 / Tel. meckmin@meckmin.org 704.565.5455 , a Queens University professor, entitled "Havtachah – the Promise," honors those in our community who are living in tent cities and who face dire economic hardship and housing insecurity. This Charlotte interfaith project, a traveling 16' x 8' mural will originally be installed at Camp North End during the Jewish holiday of Passover, March 28 to April 4. It will then move to four other sites around Charlotte for Easter and Ramadan as part of a "pitching our tent tour" that will inspire increased conversation around Charlotte housing. Mike Wirth's piece MeckMIN is very pleased to be a part of this project – it partnered with Park Road Baptist Church to host the mural from April 25 to May 12. READ ABOUT THE MURAL PROJECT HERE ​ Prayer Service Sunday, May 2, 12-12:30 pm Calling and End to Homelessness Park Road Baptist Church ​ As part of the Interfaith Mural Project, MeckMIN and Park Road Baptist Church will hold a brief prayer service committing ourselves to continued work to end homelessness. We’ll gather to pray at Mike Wirth’s beautiful and stirring mural "Havtachah – the Promise," which will be on our campus April 25 to May 12. Donations will be received for Leah’s Hopes and Dreams to support their new transitional home for formerly homeless men as well as their on-going services to people remain homeless. ​ ​ LEAH'S HOPES and DREAMS

  • Interfaith Community Programs| Charlotte,NC | MeckMIN

    INTERFAITH COMMUNITY PROGRAMS MeckMIN offers several community programs that encourage interfaith collaboration. Learn more about how to join Mecklenburg's faith, nonprofit and community leaders in their efforts to build bridges. Explore our youth volunteer and community service projects, encourage your house of faith to host an Open Table event or enroll in a monthly Food for Thought presentation where we share relevant issues of common concern. Below is a full list of all the different ways you can participate. Thank you for helping us build bridges! During the COVID pandemic, all community programs will be held virtually until further notice. ANTI-RACISM TRAINING MeckMIN offers a variety of trainings which contribute to understanding of the work of anti-racism; trainings are led by Executive Director, Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polaski. LeDayne is a Christian pastor ordained in the Baptist tradition who has extensive training and experience in Conflict Transformation as well as Trauma Awareness and Resilience. The trainings can be adapted to a variety of settings, both faith-based and secular. MeckMIN has compiled a roster of local people and groups who are willing to work with houses of faith and community organizations to plunge into transformative conversations. Browse anti-racism resources here EMAIL US! ANNUAL COMMUNITY LEADER AWARDS BREAKFAST At this annual event held during the month of May, we honor local leaders with two awards: the Sydnor Thompson Jr. Community Leader Award and the Bridge-Builder Award Award. The breakfast is also our largest fundraiser of the year. LEARN MORE! Catch a glimpse of our 2020 Community Awards Breakfast! OPEN TABLES Dinner and dialogue sessions hosted by local congregations. Through fellowship and food, Open Tables aims to build substantive relationships among our diverse congregations based on our shared humanity, reaching beyond the divides of tribalism. MeckMIN will connect congregations willing to host with congregations of other faiths and/or racial/ethnic make-ups willing to attend. Please email for further information on upcoming Open Table events. LEARN MORE QUARTERLY INTERFAITH SERVICE PROJECTS Interfaith projects that build awareness of the needs of our communities and promote relationship building with those whom we serve. Please email to learn more about our upcoming interfaith service projects. LEARN MORE! FOOD FOR THOUGHT 3rd Thursday of every month 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Zoom Presentations ​ Join us for lunch, a presentation and discussion about issues that affect our community; a way to gather persons from different faith groups and ethnicities, to break bread together, and to share in relevant issues of common concern. LEARN MORE! ANNUAL COMMUNITY-WIDE INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE People of all faiths and backgrounds are welcomed as we come together in a spirit of understanding to celebrate diversity and pray for unity. Each year this interfaith service is held in a different house of worship, and faith leaders across the community are invited to participate. Attendance at this service has reached as many as 1,500. Canned goods are collected for Loaves & Fishes; financial donations are shared by Crisis Assistance Ministries and MeckMIN. BECOME A SPONSOR! LEARN MORE! INTERFAITH BOOK CLUB 4th Wednesday of every month 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Online View our calendar The MeckMIN Interfaith Book Club is a group of women of all faiths who gather to share books and friendship. New members are always welcome! The group shares leadership and discusses topics (books, articles, etc.) of a spiritual nature. This is a great opportunity to learn more about each other's faiths and to make lasting friendships. Contact Saeeda Mubaarak via email button below for more information. EMAIL US! IN OUR OWN BACKYARD Every year during the month of July, we hold our interfaith summer camp experience for high-school aged youth in Mecklenburg County. The purpose of the camp is to bring youth together from different faiths, races and socioeconomic backgrounds to learn more about each other’s faith traditions and to serve area residents in need. Participants visit various social agencies, travel by city bus, visit different houses of faith for worship services and develop their own interfaith service on the last evening of the program. Attendees are eligible to join the MeckMIN youth council. LEARN MORE! INTERFAITH YOUTH PROGRAMS Our Interfaith Youth Programs are geared toward middle and high school students who meet monthly to connect with youth from different houses of faith to foster interfaith relationships, develop leadership skills, and participate in community service projects. In addition, participants are encouraged to be involved in planning and/or participating in the annual Community-wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Program, Community Leader Awards Breakfast, and In Our Own Backyard summer camp. LEARN MORE! EAST CHARLOTTE LEADERS 2nd Wednesday of every month 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Online View our calendar We're in the beginning stages of bringing together faith, community and nonprofit leaders on the East Side of Charlotte to build relationships, implement community asset mapping, share information and resources and consider joint projects. This meeting takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Email MeckMIN Executive Director, LeDayne Polaski to receive Zoom access code via email. We look forward to seeing you! EMAIL US! FAITH COMMUNITY & NON-PROFIT CHECK-IN MEETING Our weekly check-in meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting compassionate community response to our most vulnerable neighbors in this time of crisis. Meetings are held every Thursday from 11:00am-12:00pm. Find our weekly meeting minutes and recorded Zoom calls posted here . Take a look at the important topics being covered and then become a part of team! Email MeckMIN Executive Director, LeDayne Polaski to receive Zoom access code via email. We look forward to seeing you! EMAIL US! WEDNESDAY MEDITATION GROUP Wednesdays 7:00pm | Online The Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte is dedicated to the practice of Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and Lovingkindness (Metta) practice. Persons of all faiths and beliefs who seek freedom of heart and mind are welcome. Insight Meditation is relevant in our current challenging times as a means for quieting the mind, trusting the heart and living with ease. Our Introductory Session for those new to meditation (or needing a refresher) begins at 7PM. The Zoom link for these sessions can be located on the website. ​ ​ LEARN MORE!

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