Announcements May 17, 2017


Upcoming Events and Meetings

  • All meetings and events listed are at Walker Church unless noted otherwise
  • See our website Calendar for happenings further into the future.
  • For more information please contact the Walker office

 Introductory Ifa/Orisa Class: Wed, May 17, 6:30 to 8:30pm in the conference roomAmoke Kubat, an Iyanifa and priestess of Yemoja, will give an overview of IFA/Orisa, the spiritual practice of Yoruba peoples of southwestern Nigeria and diasporic communities worldwide. For those with serious interest or intent to go deeper, classes will be held on 6:30 to 8:30 on Wednesdays May 24, May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26.  All are welcome. Free will offerings If you have questions, please contact Amoke

Women’s Potluck Brunch: Sat, May 20, 9:30 am at Kristine Smiths home  Bring a dish to share.


Sunday Celebration

Honoring Pastor Walter Lockhart’s 25 years of Ministry

May 21, 2017


Greetings by Don Browne & Mary Burns

Communal Singing led by Conrad deFiebre & Dianne O’Donnell

Celebration led by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Communal Reading:  Our mission is to nurture spirituality, build caring community & work courageously for peace with justice and mercy.


Lao Tzu followed by 5 minutes of silence

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Presentation by Garrett Seminary Guest

Special Offering for the Walter Lockhart Endowed Scholarship at Garrett

Walker Singers:  “Holy, holy, holy”

Scripture Reading:  by Nancy Larsen

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Walker Singers: “The 23rd Psalm (dedicated to my mother)” by Bobby McFerrin

Circle with Joys & Concerns

& sharing of bread & juice brought by Lou Tofte


Hospitality Time

Thanks for set-up by the Hospitality Committee and treats by Linda Berglin

Everyone is invited to the luncheon in the dining room!


Willow Cordes’ Taco Dinner and Music Fundraiser: Friday May 25, 6:30 to 9pm.  An all organic and mostly locally produced Taco dinner.  Please support Willow Cordes in raising money for a permaculture design course scholarship fund. Provided will be both veggie and meat options and loads of toppings!

Dinner and music plus a brief introduction to what is Permaculture Design! $10-$20 suggested donations.

InitiatesSun, May 28, 8:15 to 10:15 am in the conference room. FFI Lou Tofte or Howard Kranz.

Improvisation Group: Sunday, May 28, 12:15 to 1:15 pm. We will explore group reading and group dance, led by Janet Skidmore.  All are welcome with no previous experience necessary. The group will also meet on June 25, July 30, and August 27

Membership Dessert Gathering:  Wed, May 31, 7 pm in the Walker dining hall.

 Memorial service to honor David Henry Schultz: Friday, June 2, at 6:30 pm. There will be a service followed by a dessert reception. Questions? Contact Dianne O’Donnell

Membership Joining Sunday June 4:  A membership ceremony will be held during Celebration FFI Walter

Retirement Party in honor of Pastor Ruth Hograbe:  Sun, June 4, 2 to 4 pm at Annandale UMC, 250 Oak Av N in Annandale.

 East Lake LOL AA:  Wed, June 7, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This mixed, open AA group will meet every Wednesday at Walker starting on June 7.


Walker Announcements


Thanks to Walker Church…From renters: Julie Ingebretsen who organized the Sofia Jannok concert last Tuesday attended by over 60 people thanked Walker for “being such a great resource to the community for so many years and for welcoming all.”  The St Cloud Spanish Immersion High School sent a card thanking us for use of our sanctuary for a dance lesson from Paulino on their field trip to Mpls.  From groups who were sponsored by our Peace with Justice Committee and used Walker at no cost:  The Animal Rights Coalition for hosting the Daniel McGowan presentation last Friday that was attended by over 100 people.  And continuing thanks from MIRAC Minnesota Immigrant Rights Committee for letting them have free use of our building for events, meetings and trainings.


Other Events & Announcements


Come Meet Your Muslim Neighbors at Taking Heart Open Houses

Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. The fast is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint and generosity.

As Muslims prepare for the sacred month of Ramadan this May-June, the Minnesota Council of Churches and the Muslim American Society are again announcing a series of Taking Heart Open Houses. Mosques and Islamic Community Centers throughout the Metro area will be welcoming their non-Muslim neighbors for encounter and learning, capped off by a traditional Ramadan Iftar, or fast-breaking meal.

Taking Heart has been bringing Muslims and non-Muslims together for food and conversation for ten years.  Last year more than 800 guests attended an Iftar during Ramadan. We hope that people who have never been to a mosque – and those who have been with us – will join in an open house at a mosque in their neighborhood, or any other sites throughout the Metro area.

Please visit to register for one or more of the open houses. Bring friends and family!

In your neighborhood:  Please join the Umatul Islamic Center, 3015 Second Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55408, Thursday, June 1, 7:45 pm; Dar Al-Hijra, 504 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN  55454, Friday, June 9, 7:30 pm; Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, 2824 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407, Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 pm.

These events are free and open to the public.  For further information please contact: The Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert, Taking Heart Organizer

412-638-0680 (cell),


Transition is a global, citizen-led movement of people taking action to reduce their carbon footprint, prepare for a changing climate, relocalize their economy and build resilient, socially connected communities. There are several Transition groups in the Twin Cities and, interestingly 3 of these are associated with current and former Walker members: Transition Longfellow (Leslie MacKenzie), Corcoran Grows (Joe Hesla), Transition NE Minneapolis (Peter Doughty), Transition North Suburbs, Transition All St. Anthony Park, Transition MacGroveland/Merriam Park, Transition West Side/West St. Paul, and a new group forming in north Minneapolis. To learn more, see the Transition Twin Cities website ( or contact Leslie MacKenzie:

Transition community-based art project: Saturday, May 20, 6 to 9 pm at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave.  Climate Chaos/People Rising is the theme of this year‘s Northern Spark to be held Sat, June 10, 9 PM to 5:30 AM along the LRT green line.  Pick up a free t-shirt and customize it with a logo of actions you are already taking to wear at Northern Spark. Artists will help you with screen printing and you can also work with a book artist to create tiny books to distribute at the event. Family friendly event; kids welcome to help out.


Ongoing Walker & Walkerite Groups

Circle Gathering: Sundays 9 to 10 am.  The circle is currently discussing the teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn. FFI Mary Parker & Tony Wentersdorf

Coffee Gathering: Mondays 10 to noon at Lake Street Coffee, 3223 E Lake St.  FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart

Community Meal: Tuesdays 6 to 7 pm.  Free, everyone welcome!

Walker Singers Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7 to 8 pm through May 30 led by Jim McCreary

Initiates: Meets next on Sunday, May 28, 8:15 to 10:15 am in the conference room. (Note, it usually the 3rd Sunday of each month) FFI Lou Tofte or Howard Kranz

Men’s Potluck Brunch: 2nd Saturday of each month at someone’s home.

Women’s Potluck Brunch: 4th Saturday of each month at someone’s home. FFI Lulu Philips

Open Flow Forum:  1st Thursday of each month 7 to 9 pm.  A group of artists with disabilities  FFI Tara Innmon or Kip Shane

Health & Wellness Services by Walkerites

Alice Browne Music Lessons, Therapy & Sound Healing: Thursdays & Fridays by appointment.  Lessons in beginning piano, guitar, fiddle, all levels of voice and Sound Healing-a massage of sound vibrations.  Contact Alice 612-860-6644

Sarah Dagg Massage Therapist:  Two days each month between 9 am to 5 pm by appointment. Contact Sarah 218-831-9570


Other on-going groups meeting at Walker

Rosen Movement:  Wednesdays 9 am to 10 am for simple movement with music.  Open to all, come any week, cost:  $5 to $10.  FFI Phyllis Wiener

Yoga Flow Class:  Wednesdays 6 to 7 pm taught by Julia Starr.  Free, beginners welcome, bring a yoga mat. FFI

Aware Dance (formerly called Ecstatic Movement):  Wednesdays 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm. Free style movement with music.  Cost: $10-15.

Hoop Twin Cities:  Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free hoola hooping for all ages  FFI

The Story Worship Celebration:  1st, 3rd (and sometimes 5th) Sunday of each month at 4 pm. FFI

Private Queer Birth Project:  2nd Saturday of each month 10 to 11:30 am.  LGBTQ new parent group FFI Walker office

Private Transforming Families Group:  2nd Saturday of each 1 to 3 pm.  Support for families with transgender children FFI Walker office.

Autoharp Jams:  2nd Sunday of each month 3 to 5 pm.  FFI Tony Wentersdorf

Bluegrass Jam: Last Monday of each month 7 to 10 pm.  Free, come to jam or listen. FFI Roy Vanderwerf

Political Prisoner Letter Writing:  1st Thursday of each month 7 to 9 pmA small group meets to write letters to political prisoners.

Neurodiversity Group:  2nd Thursday of each month 7 to 9 pm led by Paul Johnson. Free emotional support for adults on the autism spectrum.