News items By: Sandy Kellen

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 »

MN Conference UCC Chaplain Network Meeting

MN UCC Conference Chaplain Network Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:30-1:00 MN Church Center 122 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis   “Medical Aid in Dying—The Facts” Rev. Kevin Bradley, MDiv Chaplain, Heartland Hospice Founding member of Interfaith Clergy for End-of-Life Options (ICELO), Compassion & Choices Minnesota Compassion & Choices is the largest national organization educating the public… Read more »

St. Anthony Park UCC, St. Paul

St. Anthony Park UCC is located in St. Paul, near the State Fair grounds and the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. The church was founded in 1886, so we’re 130 years old.  Our tagline is:  “Christian Tradition, Progressive Faith, All Are Welcome” Our church members represent all ages, every decade, from newborns to our… Read more »

Minnesota Conference UCC Welcomes Lori Alford as Pilgrim Point Program Director

Lori Alford has been hired to serve as the Pilgrim Point Camp Director. In this new role, Lori will be the primary onsite program staff at Pilgrim Point Program Camp throughout the camping season, providing spiritual leadership, program direction, and support for congregation and conference sponsored camps and retreats. She will work closely with the… Read more »

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 »