News items By: Sandy Kellen

Resolutions passed at National General Synod

Here is the link to the resolutions that were passed at General Synod at the end of June.  Note: these resolutions are not to be considered in their final form until the United Church of Christ Board of Directors approves the General Synod 30 minutes at its October, 2015 meeting.

Seeking Stories from YOU!

The Minnesota Conference Office is seeking your stories. How has the Conference impacted your church life? Have we helped with searching for and finding a new pastor? Have we been there to help your church through a transitional time? Or perhaps provided guidance and training to your clergy and lay leaders? Perhaps we’ve assisted in… Read more »

Global Ministry in East Timor: A Passion to Serve, An Invitation to Give

  August 2016 Greetings from East Timor MN Conference! Yikes…so much to tell it’s hard to know where to start….  We moved to Lospalos last week and Monica started working on Monday.  They had sixty patients at the clinic on a Monday morning, which is pretty typical.  We’ve also met with a number of local… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister | July 2015

“Therefore be it Resolved….”: What are Resolutions Good for Anyway? The wonder and whirlwind of the United Church of Christ 30th General Synod is over! More than 3,000 delegates, honored guests, and visitors descended on Cleveland June 26-30 to reunite as church family, to worship, and to discover all over again what it means to… Read more »

State of the Conference 2015

State of the Conference 2015 – Rev. Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister Last week I spent an evening with a stack of your church newsletters on my lap, reading through each one and getting a glimpse into your church lives. In that pile of papers were bits of news from small town churches and large urban… Read more »

Pilgrim Point Updates

The 2015 season of Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats is well on its way. From Our Whole Lives trainings, Eco Justice trainings, a Middle School Conference Youth Event and Church on the Move, we had over 150 folks at camp in May. We start up again in July with congregational weekends, family camps, youth weeks… Read more »

New Signs of Hope

  – from Rev. Dick Fylling, Annual Meeting Planning Work Group member A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece titled “A Recipe for Tragedy”, an article regarding the epidemic of youth suicides at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Oglala Lakota County in southwest South Dakota; so I was very pleased to read of… Read more »

Annual Meeting Weekend Worship Resources

Each year the Annual Meeting Planning Work Group creates resources that local churches can decide to use while their pastor and other congregational leaders may be away at Annual Meeting. These resources include a worship outline and sermon for the weekend of Annual Meeting. They are both available here: Sermon for Annual Meeting Weekend (2015)… Read more »

Sacred Calling, “Terrible Privilege”

– from Rev. Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister I was not at all expecting that particular phone call on that unseasonably warm Spring day. The caller was no one I knew, and had no connection with the United Church of Christ. But that conversation became a profound reminder to me that this ministry we share is… Read more »