At the recent Refugee Community Consortium, small groups of 5 talked about topics such as: Discuss a time when you felt welcomed into a community; visualize a community where you feel like you belong; and list three building blocks to creating that community. The Minnesota Council of Churches and the Sowelu Insitute partnered to bring together 70 Mankato community members, including leaders, students, and immigrants. Jessica O’Brien, director of the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services Mankato, told the Mankato Free Press that she was excited about the potential of these kinds of conversations. “It’s exciting to hear goals prioritized collectively,” she said. The community priorities that emerged from the meeting will encourage a shared sense of purpose for future work together.

Read more about this event in the Mankato Free Press.