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Amazing Guest Speaker Sunday, Sept. 27

posted Sep 17, 2015, 10:01 AM by Gary Walpole

Jim Bear Jacobs will be guest speaker Jim Bear Jacobsduring worship at 10 am on Sunday, September 27. Jim Bear Jacobs was born in 1977 in St. Paul, MN. He is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin. He has degrees in Pastoral Studies and Christian Theology and has served various churches as youth minister, adult Christian educator, and director of Men’s Ministries. He is a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. He is a convener of “Healing Minnesota Stories," a committee dedicated to creating events of dialogue and education particularly within faith communities. He presently lives in Coon Rapids with his wife Susan and three (soon to be four) young children.

Jim Bear will also present Indians in Public Art: Myths and Misconceptions at the 8:30 am On This Spirit Walk study Sunday morning. The Indians in Public Art Project takes people on a virtual tour of Minnesota public art and creates a dialog around how it portrays Native Americans and the stories it tells about early state history. We focus on art in the Minnesota State Capitol. As Brethold Brecht noted: "Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it." Our presentation poses questions about what "reality" is being hammered out by existing capitol art and what new art might be needed. You are welcome to attend.