News items By: Sandy Kellen

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – August 2017

A THEOLOGICAL PROBLEM “So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them…..” (Genesis 1:27)   The headlines were appalling: a truck trailer sitting in the blazing summer sun outside a San Antonio WalMart, filled with undocumented immigrants. Ten would die.  30 others were hospitalized.  Some guessed there had been… Read more »

Leadership Development in the Minnesota Conference

What Does Leadership Development look like in the Minnesota Conference? At Annual Meeting, Conference Minister Shari Prestemon announced eight strategic objectives that will guide the work of the Minnesota Conference over the next 4 years. These strategic objectives represent new initiatives that we believe will enrich our ministry overall and strengthen the entire Body of… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – July 2017

Loving the United Church of Christ Did you know that the United Church of Christ recently celebrated its 60th birthday?  On June 25, 1957, this amazing denomination was birthed when two denominations — the Evangelical & Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches —took a magnificent ecumenical leap of faith and merged into one.  Embracing… Read more »

General Synod Daily Updates

Synod Blog – July 4, 2017 Submitted by Rev. Jacob Kanake Make Glad the City of God: Be Still Know I am God (Ps 46) This is the last update of the 31st United Church of Christ General Synod that met in Baltimore, Maryland from June 29 to July 4, 2017. The conference was attended by 2,751… Read more »

An Opportunity for which the Church Was Born

The Executive Officers and Council of Conference Ministers of the UCC released this statement today in regards to U.S. plans to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. It reads in part: “This historic moment provides Christian communities with a powerful opportunity to bear witness to the sacredness of God’s creation and the urgent call to… Read more »

The Earth is the Lord’s

Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Orthodox Christians unite around this core proclamation. We recognize that unity around this foundational awareness, that the earth is the Lord’s, is important, consequential, and faithful. The same recognition brings together Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Native Americans and so many more. It is time to join our voices and our… Read more »

What does it mean to live with privilege?

At a recent gathering of the Conference Ministry staffs of the West Central Region (Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Northern Plains, South Dakota, Missouri-Mid South, and Kansas-Oklahoma), these 7 Conferences agreed that each would submit an article on a topic related to racial justice over the next several months, for publication in each of our Conference newsletters. … Read more »