News items By: Sandy Kellen

Be the Church Together – 2014 Annual Report

We finally have the Minnesota Conference UCC’s 2014 Annual Report to share with you! It’s chock full of wonderful stories that tell how you are making a difference in the lives of our churches, clergy and lay people, families and communities throughout the Conference. Please take a moment to read over the Annual Report by… Read more »

Update on the Resolution Urging Divestment from Fossil Fuel Companies

The Minnesota Conference makes progress toward ensuring its investment mix excludes fossil fuel companies. In the fall of 2014, the Conference was among a small group of investors that committed to the launch of “Beyond Fossil Fuels”, the first United Church Fund (UCF) to exclude fossil fuel companies. The Conferences’ initial investment of $1.75 million… Read more »

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 »