News items By: Zac Norenberg

2018 Winter High School Youth Event

Winter High School Youth Event  March 9-11, 2018 at Luther Crest Youth and adult leaders from around Minnesota are invited to spend a late autumn weekend at beautiful Luther Crest Camp  in Alexandria, MN. More details about the event are to come. Registration will open January 1, 2018.   Questions? Contact the Conference Minister for Children &… Read more »

Lay Leadership Development Initiative Launched in Minnesota Conference

What is one of the most important challenges for the Church looking forward?  Some say it is ensuring that competent, trained leadership remains accessible to congregations of every size and location amid dwindling resources. In the Minnesota Conference UCC today, 65 of our congregations have either ordained or licensed part-time pastors. That’s fully 50% of… Read more »

Fall Youth Events – “Creating Racial Justice in Our World”

Over the weekend (and this coming weekend) our Minnesota Conference youth are being led through difficult and timely discussions on racial justice by two skilled facilitators from the Connecticut Conference UCC, Emily McKenna and Isaac Monts. Our youth and leaders are being led through discussions of racial justice, Black Lives Matter, and micro-aggressions — along with… Read more »

2015 Annual Report – Immigration Team

-from Suzie George, Immigration Team, Chair This year we did some follow up work regarding the “Bed Quota Resolution” that was passed at the 2014 Annual meeting. Our Conference Moderator sent a letter to strategic political and religious leaders informing them of the resolution and what says and what we believe and what we want… Read more »

2015 Annual Report – Wade Zick, Associate Conference Minister of Faith Formation for Children and Youth

In the past year I have had the great fortune of working and leading an amazing team of colleagues that included Zac Norenberg, Gigi Nauer, Robin Raudabaugh, Jenny Buskey and Jessica Holmgren. Their commitment to ministry excellence is an amazing gift to the conference! I will miss their friendships and commitment to excellence that they… Read more »

2015 Annual Report – Vitality Team

-from Rev. Eliot Howard, Vitality Team, Chair The duties of the Vitality Team are to: * Offer resources, trainings and activities for individuals and congregations in the conference; * Refer individual and congregations to appropriate resources, trainings and activities for individuals and congregations in the conference; * Help congregations identify and build on their strengths;… Read more »

2015 Annual Report – Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister

As I reflect on what has been a very fast-paced and full year in my ministry with you as your Conference Minister, I would offer the following highlights. Visioning and Planning An enormous amount of time was dedicated this year to discerning  future possibilities at Pilgrim Point Camp and more broadly in the Conference.  Utilizing… Read more »