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When the WELCA executive board met (via ZOOM) in early May, there was collective agreement that we could, and should, continue to push forward with Courageous Conversations on ZOOM, and that, as COVID-19 was shining a light on racial disparities in our communities, we should take a closer look at ways to address racism. Little did we know, then, that within days, we would all witness the brutality and senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police right here in Minnesota, and that this would ignite an ever growing outcry across the country and beyond.

So in the midst of an ever changing landscape we are forging ahead with our commitment to provide a platform for understanding systemic racism and promoting anti-racist actions.


PART 1: “Why do Black Americans Have Poorer Health Outcomes?”

February 4, 7:00pm via Zoom

Dr. Rod Christensen

Rod Christensen,  MD, was a family physician in Northfield for over 25 years, and worked in administration for Allina Health for over 10 years, where his focus included clinic operations, clinical quality and service, affordability and access.  Now retired, he volunteers and is a board member for the Community Action Center and works with ISAIAH toward racial and economic justice in Minnesota.


Part Two: “HealthFinders Collaborative, The Boots on the Ground” 

March 4, 7:00pm via Zoom

Daisey Sanchez and Charlie Mandile

HealthFinders Collaborative

(Registration opens February 5th)

Courageous Conversations



St. John’s Women exists separately from St. John’s congregation and funds all its activities with donations. St. John’s Women sew hundreds of quilts, knit hundreds of blankets and children’s clothes, pack baby care kits and personal care kits which are sent all over the world, mainly through Lutheran World Relief. Donations are used to purchase materials for these items. St. John’s Women give monetary gifts to our monthly speakers, and donate funds to local charities, as well. Please consider giving to our organization.

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Or send your check, made out to WELCA, and mail to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West, Northfield, MN 55057.

We thank you, ahead of time, for your gifts.

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