News Category: Conference

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 »

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 »

July COMMAnts from the Conference Minister

[Note: this column excerpts portions of the sermon delivered by Conference Minister Shari Prestemon at Annual Meeting last month.  Find the full text of the sermon, reflecting on Matthew 14:22-33, here. “A Call to Courage” What would you do if you weren’t afraid?  That was the question I posed to Annual Meeting delegates in our… Read more »