News items By: Sandy Kellen

Change Ahead for Associate Conference Minister Wade Zick

After 8 years of ministry in the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ, Associate Conference Minister Wade Zick is heading west to take on a new ministry and challenge. On Thursday, Wade submitted his resignation to the Conference effective June 30. He has accepted a position with the Pacific Northwest Conference (UCC) as Managing Director… Read more »

Chaplains: Being the Church… Together

On a sunny, spring day in the middle of April, UCC chaplains gathered for lunch at the MN Conference office. Fifteen chaplains, along with Shari Prestemon and Rick Wagner, met to consider if regular gatherings would be of value for Minnesota Conference UCC chaplains. “Those who serve in chaplaincy settings across Minnesota provide an essential… Read more »

A Day to Remember

– Rev. Dick Fylling, member of the Annual Meeting Planning Work Group, reflects on the recent anniversary of the end of the Civil War and its relation to our work together as we gather as a Conference at the upcoming Annual Meeting. A Day To Remember On New Year’s Day, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed… Read more »

This Time In Between

– from Reverend Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister This Time In Between It is Wednesday of Holy Week, not a day in this holiest of weeks that garners much attention. Some Christian traditions have regarded it as “Spy Wednesday”, since it is the day on which scripture suggests Judas Iscariot determined to betray Jesus for thirty… Read more »

Is Missions your Church’s Number One Priority?

OCWM Subcommittee Chair Bob Peterson (member, New Brighton UCC) shares his personal perspective on individual and congregational giving. He thinks giving to missions and Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) should be a congregation’s first priority. What is your congregation’s approach to giving?  ♦ Christians who use the “Share, Save, Spend” priority system to manage their… Read more »

Signs of Hope

Rev. Dick Fylling, member of the Annual Meeting Planning Work Group, reflects on signs of hope that point to the potential for a world free from racism. This coming June the MN Conference Annual Meeting will gather around the theme of “Going Deeper: Trusting in Sacred Conversation” which developed out of a resolution adopted at… Read more »

Still More Bridges Left to Cross

– from Rev. Dick Fylling, Annual Meeting Planning Work Group Two weekends ago, up to 80,000 people gathered at Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the crossing of the bridge there and those who had first tried to cross it on what became known as “Bloody Sunday”, March 7, 1965. While the crossing… Read more »

Learn the New UCC Profile System

Learn the New UCC Profile System Workshops with Rev. Malcolm Himschoot The Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ and UTS welcome all authorized ministers, Members in Discernment, and interested mentors and advisors to attend all or part of this two-day event: Day One: “Searching for Change and Changing the Search: New Tools and… Read more »

Global Ministries Mission Update – Honduras

– from Don and Maryjane Westra – Subirana Clinic, Subirana, Yoro, Honduras March 1, 2015 Greetings from Don and Maryjane Westra, Global Ministries Mission Personnel in Honduras. Our tenure with Global Ministries began in 2009 in Mt. Selinda Mission Station, Zimbabwe. In 2013 we moved to Honduras where we now serve with Global Ministries’ partner,… Read more »