Entries by Kathy Graves

Racism is a Hydra – The Monster is in Us

By: Rowzat Shipchandler, racial equity manager at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. This is the third in a series of posts by Rowzat exploring the metaphor of racism as a multi-headed monster or a hydra. A hydra is one of my most often-used racism metaphors. In previous Facing Race e-newsletter articles, Racism is a Hydra and One of […]


Interfaith discussion opens up a bigger world to teens

Fardosa Hassan, coordinator of the Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition in St. Paul, believes teens want to engage in open dialogue about religion, but don’t often have the time to do so. Sundays at the Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition are meant to stimulate honest conversation. Questions are strongly encouraged. That isn’t always the way it works […]

Do our childhood experiences really make a difference?

Adverse Childhood Experience Workshop By: Kathy Denman-Wilke, Director of Department of Indian Work Do our childhood experiences really make a difference? Over 20 health providers involved with Eliminating Health Disparities Programs within the American Indian community met at the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches on April 23 for a training addressing this question. Training […]


New York City Adventure: Beyond Housing

Who: Sara Liegl, Project Home Director What: 2014 Beyond Housing Conference, presented by the Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness (ICPH) When: January 15-17 Where: New York City Why… Two years ago I had the opportunity to attend this conference and came away with an incredible amount of new ideas. The ICPH Beyond Housing conference […]

Youth Health and Wellness

The Early Start Program has started at American Indian Magnet School in Saint Paul. We have done activities like basketball, soccer, and shucking Indian corn. Starting Oct. 7 we will kick off our after school program which will focus on health and wellness. During the program, students gain the opportunity to stay active by playing a […]

Teaching Our Society About Itself

Devotion from the Board Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14 By: Chris McHugh, Saint Paul Area Council of Churches Board Member Patricia mentioned that a good number of our members are on vacation and so one presumes they are with family while others are needed at work and so are not with family. This is the month […]

Getting Back to Nature

Youth Learn to Appreciate American Indian Culture on Camping Trip 4-6 grade students in the summer Youth Enrichment Program traveled to Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls, WI for a 3-day camping trip. The Youth Enrichment Program is one of the programs in the Department of Indian Work at the Saint Paul Area Council of […]

Why learning Mental Health First Aid is so very important…

I first took the Red Cross First Aid and CPR classes more than twenty years ago. Over the years, I’ve taken these same courses several times. While a requirement for the volunteer work I do with the Girl Scouts, I’ve always felt the classes made me a more useful citizen in general. In the case […]