Announcement: Soup and Sandwich Seminar: Interfaith Advocacy in Minnesota: The Story of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition.


Interfaith Advocacy in Minnesota: The Story of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition.

Kate Knutson, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Gustavus Adolphus College

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 11:30am " 1:00pm, Melva Lind Interpretive Center

A priest, a rabbi, a pastor, and an imam meet to discuss politics.This might sound like the set up of a politically incorrect joke, but it is exactly what happens on a regular basis in the state of Minnesota, and though it might be hard to envision, it is no joke.Minnesota's Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) is an interfaith advocacy group active in a wide range of state policy debates including welfare reform, gambling, healthcare, gay rights, and economic justice.Governed by representatives from the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota, the JRLC represents an unlikely coalition in the policy process.This presentation discusses the formation of the JRLC and the impact the group has on interfaith political advocacy in Minnesota.


*Meal served at 11:30am.Talk begins at 12:00pm and is over by 1:00pm.

Cost is $8 for Arboretum Members, $9 for non-members.

Credit card: Go to or call the Ticketing Office at 933-7590 to register.

Check: Mail to Shirley Mellema, Linnaeus Arboretum, 800 West College Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082

Questions? Please contact or call 933-6181. ?

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