News items By: Sandy Kellen

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 »

Minnesota Conference Participates in Border Convergence Trip

-Submitted by Diane Haines, Chair of the Immigration Team The Minnesota Conference voted in June at our annual meeting to become an Immigrant Welcoming Conference and we called on our churches to become active “Immigrant Welcoming Congregations and Communities.”  We celebrate this!  Participating in the border trip is one way to begin to witness what… Read more »

Minnesota Conference UCC Welcomes Rev. Kevin Brown to Staff Team

  The Board of Directors has approved the unanimous recommendation of the search committee that Reverend Kevin Brown be our next Associate Conference Minister for Faith Formation with Children and Youth. Kevin has outstanding experience in leading faith formation in congregations.  He currently serves as the Director of Faith Formation with Mayflower Community Congregational United Church… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – October 2016

What Legacy Will You Leave? Last week I had one of those unique opportunities afforded a Conference Minister from time to time.  Reverend Carolyn Fure-Slocum, one of our own authorized ministers and College Chaplain at Carleton College, asked me to speak at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the chapel at Carleton in Northfield. … Read more »

Camp Director Gigi Nauer to Depart

After five seasons at Pilgrim Point Camp, Gigi Nauer is bidding a fond farewell to her duties there as Camp Director.  In her letter of resignation, Gigi stated, “I have been offered a faith formation position in a local church, and since mid-August have been contemplating the ways that I could combine both the church… Read more »