News items By: Sandy Kellen

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 »

Next Generation Leadership Initiative – Target 2030

Hopefully you have heard by now about the investment in young transformational leaders and the church of the future through the Next Generation Leadership Initiative. The Pension Boards is seeking to contribute to the greater good by encouraging, equipping and sustaining young clergy for service in local congregations of the United Church of Christ. Here’s… Read more »

Welcome to our Newest MN Conference Staff Member

Last week the office of the Minnesota Conference welcomed our newest staff member.  Alison Bents left her work with the MN Conference at the end of 2014. She is greatly missed. To serve as Administrative Assistant to the Conference Minister, the Conference has just hired Mark Hannan. Next time you call the office or drop… Read more »

FAQs Regarding the Search & Call in Minnesota

FAQs regarding Search & Call in Minnesota   How long does it take get a new settled Pastor? It depends. Based on recent searches, between 10 and 24 months. Longer if there are significant issues for an Interim Minister to address, or if a church really likes its Interim Minister. Churches that really like their… Read more »