175 guests representing dozens of local faith communities packed the Wayzata Country Club for a morning of inspiration. Guest speaker Marilyn Carlson Nelson brought down the house with her candid storytelling.
Marilyn said her “get-it-done” attitude was formed back in Sunday school. As a young girl, she wanted to make changes to the program. Her father, Curt Carlson, founder of internationally known Carlson Companies, Inc., marched her into the priest’s office so she could tell him directly what she would change. Not only did he listen, but Marilyn was empowered to be a leader in the program. And the rest is history.
Marilyn’s presence at the Spring Prayer Breakfast brought many new first-time attendees to the event – many who were former “Carlsonians,” the term warmly used to refer to those who were formerly employed by Carlson Companies. Marilyn told the crowd, “Praying is a good first step, but what are we going to do about it? Loving our neighbor isn’t picking which neighbor.”
She challenged the group to work hard and work together to make life better for all, not just some. She inspired breakfast guests to go across denominational and political boundaries to come together to pray for and take action in our community.
A huge shout out and thank you to everyone who spreads the message of “all are welcome here” beyond the Prayer Breakfast and beyond the Interfaith Outreach service area. We are, indeed, all in this together.