News items By: Sandy Kellen

What Makes a Church?

– from Reverend Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister I kept thinking about that question recently while sitting in a nearly empty church building in Maple Grove. The building was the site of our former congregation, Pilgrim UCC, in that community. More than a year ago now, the faithful remnant of that congregation’s membership determined that it… Read more »

March 2015 Board of Directors Report

– from Chelle Lyons Hanson, Board Member At Large The Board of Directors of the Minnesota Conference met on Saturday, March 7 at Mizpah UCC in Hopkins, MN. Rev. Garth Shumacher, interim minister at Mizpah welcomed us warmly and shared some information about the congregation. He described the church as a welcoming congregation and we… Read more »

Back Bay Mission Trip 2016

– from Bob Peterson, OCWM Subcommittee After a great trip with 23 volunteers who traveled to Biloxi the last week in January to work at the Back Bay Mission, it is time to think ahead to 2016. This year the 23 volunteers represented 13 different UCC churches in Minnesota. It was a great opportunity to… Read more »

We Are All Children of God

– from Rev. Dick Fylling, Annual Meeting Planning Work Group I was thinking about our Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Conference late one night last week and its theme – Going Deeper: Trusting in Sacred Covenant . At that gathering, we will be examining the issue of racism and how it affects all of us… Read more »

Visiting Scholar from the UCC in the Philippines (UCCP) Speaking at Local UCC Congregations

On Sunday, January 11th, Rev. Leah Benemerito, of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), and Campbell Scholar at United Theological Seminary for the 2014-15 academic year, preached at Cherokee Park United Church, Saint Paul.  Her sermon was titled “A Dream of Real Partnership.”  On Sunday, February 8th, she preached again at First… Read more »

Join us in Commemorating the Selma March

Local Commemoration of Historic Selma March Fifty years ago, members from diverse faith communities answered Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to show up in Selma, Alabama, and support black civil rights protestors who were putting their lives on the line for the right to vote. Please join us for a local march commemorating the Selma… Read more »

Global Partnership Update

The Minnesota Conference has a long history of partnership with the Southeast Mindanao Jurisdiction (SEMJur) of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.  We have traveled to visit each other; exchanged liturgies, prayers, hopes and concerns; and worked to address justice issues common to our two regions, including mining and other environmental degradation, LGBT… Read more »

Focus on Youth Homelessness

One of the issues that the Minnesota Conference Justice and Witness Team is focusing on this year is youth homelessness. According to a 2012 Wilder Research Study, nearly half of 10,214 homeless Minnesotans were age 21 and younger; more than 1,000 were youth on their own. We are seeking to identify youth homelessness resources and… Read more »

Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM): Changing Lives

OCWM: Our Church’s Wider Mission. What exactly is that? OCWM is the shared funds of the United Church of Christ that makes all we do at Association, Conference, national, and global levels possible. And it starts with local congregations! Local congregations make important decisions about how much OCWM they will give to support the wider… Read more »

Celebrate Seminary Sunday

Celebrate Seminary Sunday on February 22nd (or any Sunday that works for your congregation)! Our UCC seminaries are filled with faithful, committed students seeking the skills and wisdom necessary to lead the church in the 21st century. Our congregations need these students. In our region, we are blessed to have three UCC seminaries – Chicago,… Read more »