Rose French writes about religious and spiritual matters for the Star Tribune. Before arriving in the Twin Cities this fall, she covered religion for the Associated Press in Tennessee, where she wrote about the Southern Baptists, United Methodists, Gideons and other religious groups and issues.
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Trinity Lutheran Congregation is the only active Christian congregation remaining in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.
That’s partly because the neighborhood nicknamed “Little Mogadishu” has a large number of Somali immigrants, who are Muslim.
The church’s pastor, Jane Buckley-Farlee, says Trinity is in the process of building relationships with the neighborhood mosques. And this Sunday, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Trinity is hosting an open house for Muslims and others from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“Trinity is hosting the open house as we continue to break down the barriers between us as Africans and Americans, blacks and whites, Christians and Muslims,” Buckley-Farlee said in an e-mail.