News Category: Conference

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 »

Rev. Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President to retire June 2015

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 »

Update from Global Missionary, Rev. Loren McGrail

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 »

A note from the Conference Minister

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 »

Feeding our bodies and our spirits

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 »