The Minnesota Conference Board of Directors met on Saturday, August 9th at the former site of Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove. We started with a tour of the Pilgrims UCC building and property to see how it is being used (by a Montessori school) since the congregation suspended operations in early 2014…. Read more »
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Subject: Memo from UCC Board Chair, Bernard R. Wilson August 13, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Today I received official notification from our General Minister and President, Geoffrey Black, of his intent to retire early, specifically with the conclusion of the 30th General Synod in June 2015. Geoffrey has graciously agreed to serve… Read more »
from Rev. Loren McGrail, Minnesota Conference UCC Authorized Minister and Global Missions Israel-Palestine Missionary In memory of four boys killed playing football on the beach in Gaza: Mohammed Bakr, 9 years old. Ahed Bakr, 10 years old. Zakaria Bakr, 10 years old. Mohammed Bakr, 11 years old. (art by Amir Schiby). In this time of… Read more »
Dear Minnesota Conference family, One thing that has become abundantly clear to me in my time as your Conference Minister thus far is that all of us are longing for relationships across the Conference that are deep and genuine. You want to know your Conference staff, and we want to know you. We long to… Read more »
In 2011, St. Mark’s United Church of Christ in Bloomington created a community garden. It all started with the vision of a couple of members of the church. St. Mark’s is surrounded by quite a bit of land and that land had sat dormant for many years. With a grant given by the city and… Read more »
It was 2012 when Rev. Tim Johnson (Cherokee Park United Church, St. Paul) was approached by the editor of Seasons of the Spirit, a provider of lectionary resources for worship, faith formation and service. Rev. Johnson was asked if Cherokee Park would be interested in facilitating a writing team for an upcoming quarter of Seasons….
The Committee on Ministry held its annual retreat at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minnesota on July 17 and 18. The theme for the retreat was “Strangers No More, Making Connections and Being in Covenant.” The featured speaker at this year’s retreat was Rev. Kathryn Clark, from the UCC headquarters in Cleveland. Rev…. Read more »
The Border-Children-Refugee Crisis: Can You Help? With funding from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), the Minnesota Community Support Initiative (CSI) works to provide a variety of legal and social services to immigrants in detention and removal (deportation) proceedings. Its Minnesota partners in this effort include Conversations With Friends –… Read more »
Demand that Congress REJECT rollbacks to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act Proposals to “deport children more quickly” would return unaccompanied children to exploitation, trafficking and unsafe situations. As the U.S. government responds to the humanitarian crisis faced by unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, both President Obama and some… Read more »
Proud to be UCC! We were featured on the Huffington Post recently as a religious organization doing good in the world!