News Category: Conference

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister

Today marks my 1-year anniversary of being the Conference Minister of the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ. What a challenging and blessed year it has been! I have learned so much from all of you as I have visited congregations, chatted with you at events, and worked alongside you in this vast ministry we… Read more »

“THESE GORGEOUS PEOPLE in Mapleton, Minnesota are GOOD NEWS.”

Why in the world would a progressive, passionately Christian “mommy blogger” with over 254,000 likes on Facebook, a New York Times bestselling book, and a TEDx talk to her name notice a group of “gorgeous people” from a small church in Mapleton, Minnesota? I have no idea, but it happened on September 4th, 2014 right… Read more »

Need a Kick-start on $tewardship?

The Center for Progressive Renewal (CPR) is providing an Intensive Online Stewardship Workshop for up to eight Minnesota Conference Churches.  Each church will able to send a team (up to 4 participants).  The workshop begins with a live online session at 9:00 a.m. (Central Time) Saturday, October 25, and ends with another live online session… Read more »

Let it Rain | First Congregational UCC, Brainerd

Brainerd celebrates the Mississippi River running through our city. When the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) announced a community grant program last spring to help reduce impacts of rain and snow melt runoff (which ends up in the river), members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Brainerd saw an… Read more »

General Synod 30: Unexpected Places

Call to General Synod 30 – Come to Cleveland Cleveland is once again becoming a very special place. Not only is it home to the UCC national offices, it is also the site of the upcoming Thirtieth General Synod of the United Church of Christ. Yes! The General Synod of the UCC will take place… Read more »

2014 Fall Leadership Retreat Recap

On September 5 & 6, 28 leaders of the MN Conference gathered together for the annual leadership retreat. Entitled, “Forward Together” the retreat focused on enabling the purpose and vision of the Conference into the future. Members of the Board of Directors, chairs or representatives of Conference committees and teams, and Conference staff and Sandy… Read more »

To churches who have international relationships with overseas churches:

World Communion Sunday is fast approaching and will take place the first Sunday of October.  Global Ministries, a common witness of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) receives many requests from US churches for materials and resources to share in worship throughout the year. But by far, the most… Read more »

Mayflower Global Justice Advocacy Team Goes to Guatemala

The Minnesota Conference takes its global partnerships seriously. Peace UCC in Duluth has a long relationship with the Philippines; Plymouth connects with Sierra Leone; the Conference, itself, recently welcomed long-time partners from the Southeast Mindanao Jurisdiction of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. Nine members of the Mayflower (Minneapolis) Global Justice Advocacy Team… Read more »