News items By: Sandy Kellen

The Damascus Project

A Leadership Development Collaboration of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Conferences Nurture Your Faith.  Develop Your Gifts.  Explore Your Call.  Be Transformed. On the Road to Damascus the Apostle Paul was transformed by a blinding light and a voice from God calling him to journey on another path.  This same God invites us all to a… Read more »

Back Bay Mission 2018 Trip Recap

The Back Bay Mission trip to Biloxi, Mississippi January 28 – February 10, 2018 was a great success.  A total of 36 volunteers from Minnesota Conference churches and friends traveled to Biloxi to work on a new house; they also tore off and put on new siding on another house.Some of the volunteers worked in… Read more »

Minnesota Conference UCC in Honduras!

From January 24-30, 2018, three members of the MN Conference UCC participated in an Emergency Interfaith Accompaniment Delegation in Honduras.  Thom Haines of Mayflower UCC, Minneapolis, Maryjane Westra from Fergus Falls, and Rev. Don Christensen of Macalester Plymouth United Church in St. Paul were part of a 52-person delegation composed of women and men from… Read more »

Does Your Church Attract Protesters?

A few weeks ago, worshipers at First Congregational UCC in Anoka and St. Paul’s UCC in Delano arrived to find protesters holding signs outside on Sunday morning.  The Pastor in Delano, Rev. Bridget Haefner, invited the protester to come into the church, but he declined telling her “women aren’t supposed to speak in church.”  Pastor… Read more »

2018 Pilgrim Point Survey

We need to hear from you! As part of our ongoing efforts to provide sustainable, vital, and relevant outdoor ministry opportunities, the Conference Board of Directors and Pilgrim Point Camp Committee invite you to participate in a survey. Pilgrim Point is an integral part of the Conference’s ministries. Each year hundreds of guests come to… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – February 2018

Courageous Conversations Everywhere I turn lately in the life of the United Church of Christ, faithful people are boldly entering into what might best be described as ‘courageous conversations’. Here in the Minnesota Conference, our Board of Directors held a retreat at the end of January to initiate an intentional, extended period of discernment and… Read more »

Rev. Dr. Anita Bradshaw Named Designated Term Associate Conference Minister

The Rev. Anita L. Bradshaw, Ph.D. will be assuming the role of Designated Term Associate Conference Minister on March 5, 2018. She has served as a parish pastor, an interim pastor and an interim denominational executive, as well as a consultant and professor. She is currently finishing as the Transitional Pastor at St. Luke Presbyterian… Read more »

News from the Beloved Land (Timor-Leste)

Submitted by Rev. Tom Liddle who, along with his wife Monica and children Hannah and Simon, is a missionary in East Timor Happy 2018! I saw a woman on the main street of Lospalos selling vegetables the other day.  She was crouched on the sidewalk beside a bucket of jackfruit, selling big pieces of the… Read more »

Immigrants Among Us

At our 2016 Annual Meeting, the Minnesota Conference UCC passed a resolution declaring ourselves as an “immigrant welcoming” Conference {link to resolution}.  The General Synod of the UCC followed suit in July of last year.  The Immigration Team of the Conference invites your learning, advocacy, and engagement as we continue to live into this shared… Read more »