News items By: Sandy Kellen

Anti-Hate Letter

The UCC Palestine Israel Network Steering Committee, (a committee of the national UCC) has issued a statement regarding its rebuke of hate and stereotyping directed towards our Jewish and Muslim sisters and brothers. That statement is available here.

Global Ministry Partners Don & Maryjane Westra Visit Minnesota

Don and Maryjane Westra have called Minnesota home since 1990.  They are members of Federated Church, United Church of Christ in Fergus Falls. Their faith and values led them to join Global Ministries in 2009. The Westras’ first assignment was in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. In 2013 they moved to Honduras. Don worked with… Read more »

Sanctuary Church Movement Growing in MN Conference

Yes, MOVEMENT is indeed what is happening in our Conference when it comes to providing “Sanctuary” for immigrant families facing deportation. The Sanctuary Movement traces its roots to the 1980’s, when many congregations were led to provide housing and other assistance to Central American refugees who were being denied asylum by the United States.  Today… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – February, 2017

FAITHFULNESS IN THESE DAYS How is God calling me right now? How can I be most faithful? I have had countless conversations over the last few months that have all contained some version of these heartfelt questions.  Even in ‘normal’ times, these questions are important ones of faithful discernment.  These days, though, there’s an urgency… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister ~ All That is Sacred

Last month, I gathered with 500 other faith leaders from 20 diverse faith traditions to stand alongside the Water Protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota.  At issue was the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which was routed to cut through sacred burial grounds of the Sioux tribe and underneath the Missouri River.  It was… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister ~ Post-Election Thoughts: The Sacred Work Before Us

This morning we awakened to the news that Donald Trump is our nation’s President-Elect.  The reaction of many has been a visceral one.  For some, this election result feels like a capitulation to an anger and fear and hatred in our country that is unfathomable and unacceptable.  And yet for others this election marks the… Read more »

A Statement of Witness

Our Conference Minister and Associate Conference Ministers of the MN Conference have gathered with other Conference staffs in the UCC’s West Central Region over the last three days, and have issued this joint statement regarding racism and white privilege in our times:   A Statement of Witness from the Staffs of the Conferences of the… Read more »