News items By: Sandy Kellen

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 »

2016 Fall Leadership Retreat

We just finished our annual Leadership Retreat at Pilgrim Point Camp. Thirty Board members, staff, and chairs of various committees, teams, and work groups spent two days learning about good governance and imagining new ways of working together to advance the mission of the MNCUCC. And we had some fun in the process! Heather Kimmel… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister, September 2016

“Conversion Experiences” On Sunday, I returned home from a two-week partner visit with the SE Mindanao Jurisdictional Area (SEMJA) of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). The Minnesota Conference has enjoyed a global partnership with SEMJA since the 1980’s, and has strengthened that partnership through a number of visits both directions over… Read more »

Community UCC, Saint Paul Park

Community UCC was founded as a Presbyterian mission start in October 1888, making us 128 years old. Our congregation has long had a heart for the well-being of children in our community. It was founded first in order to provide children with Sunday school, and hosted kindergarten classes until they were main-streamed into public education… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – August 2016

Last week I had the privilege of joining 59 youth and 22 adults representing 9 congregations* in our Conference at the UCC’s National Youth Event (NYE) in Orlando, Florida.  It was awesome! Our 81-person delegation from the MN Conference joined 3000 other youth and adult advisors from across the nation, including about 300 from our… Read more »

Antiracism Team Update

The Antiracism Team has met twice since the Annual Meeting last month to discern best ways for us to work together on behalf of the Conference. We currently have five members: Gary Kwong (New Brighton UCC/Union UCC in Hackensack), Steve Pavich (Mendota Heights UCC), Khalid Moussa Foster (New Brighton UCC), Kim Graff (Community UCC in St. Paul Park), and myself (soon to be at Edina Morningside Community… Read more »