News Category: Justice and Witness

An Opportunity for which the Church Was Born

The Executive Officers and Council of Conference Ministers of the UCC released this statement today in regards to U.S. plans to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. It reads in part: “This historic moment provides Christian communities with a powerful opportunity to bear witness to the sacredness of God’s creation and the urgent call to… Read more »

A Statement of Witness

Our Conference Minister and Associate Conference Ministers of the MN Conference have gathered with other Conference staffs in the UCC’s West Central Region over the last three days, and have issued this joint statement regarding racism and white privilege in our times:   A Statement of Witness from the Staffs of the Conferences of the… 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 »

What Now? A Pastoral Word from Conference Minister Reverend Shari Prestemon

The two Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting death of Jamar Clark in north Minneapolis on November 15, 2015 will not be charged.  That word came just this morning from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman following a four-month investigation.  The question I find myself praying about this afternoon, the anxious nagging at my heart,… Read more »

Minnesota Conference Traveling to Israel-Palestine in 2017

Have you always wanted to “walk where Jesus walked”?  Do the complexities of the situation in Israel-Palestine interest you?  Do you long to experience the region that is the cradle of three Abrahamic faiths…Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? The Minnesota Conference of the UCC is organizing a study tour to Israel-Palestine for January 9 – 20,… Read more »

Raising Our Voices in a Messy World – A Pastoral Letter from the Conference Minister

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” I John 4:18 It has been a devastating, mind-numbing week. Last Thursday, suicide bombings in Beirut left at least 43 dead and over 200 more wounded. The very next day, 129 souls perished in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. In… Read more »

The Middle East Initiative Presents a Webinar with Dr. Walter Brueggemann

UCC Global Ministries is excited to announce a special webinar opportunity with Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann who will be joining us December 9th at 12:00 CT to discuss his new book “Chosen?: Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”.  Visit the Global Ministries website for more information and to register for this event.