As we look ahead to spring, we think about reemerging after winter. We look to connect with our neighbors and places that we may have been away from for many months. This spring feels especially significant, as we have lived through another COVID winter.
At The Basilica one of our key strategic directions is reaching out to other organization in our city. The goal is stated in the Our Parish Our Future plan as; Strengthen our Presence and Partnerships in the Twin Cities: Invite community-wide participation in our vision and mission.
Just a few of the many examples of these partnerships include:
The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional, nonprofit, chamber orchestra offering free concerts and educational programs to people in the Twin Cities metro area. The Minnesota Sinfonia hold free, family friendly concerts at The Basilica regularly.
Prisoners or Patients? Task Force is a group of volunteers who come together to discuss issues around when the criminal justice and mental health systems connect. The group is made up of members of The Basilica’s Mental Health Ministry, its Voices of Justice Ministry, and the larger Twin Cities community. The committee has worked in partnership with NAMI-MN, Minnesota DHS, Hennepin County Corrections, Hennepin Healthcare, Minnesota State Legislators, Amicus, Minneapolis College, and other organizations.
The Basilica staff has worked with the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement (MAVA) for volunteer training and strategic planning. MAVA works to develop leadership of volunteers and best practices in organizational volunteerism.
Looking ahead, mark your calendar for Seven Fates: Racial Healing Stations on May 22 at 1:00pm at The Basilica. The powerful program includes community partners in our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) work from the Penumbra Theatre. This evocative and devotional prayer service invites us to meditate on the inequities caused by racism through sacred art, music, lived experience and prayer.
The Basilica of Saint Mary is committed to the future growth of our parish and to truly live out our vision:
Seek the well-being of the city to which I have sent you. Pray for it to the Lord. For in seeking its well-being, you shall find your own. - Jeremiah 29:7
To review the full Our Parish Our Future strategic plan visit mary.org/ourfuture.