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2020 Vision Focuses on Nurturing Faith Forming Congregations

At our Annual Meeting in June, Conference Minister Rev. Shari Prestemon shared an exciting new strategic plan, “2020 Vision”, developed by staff and recently adopted by the Board of Directors.  This bold set of strategic objectives will be implemented by the year 2020.  We received a lot of wonderful feedback about these plans from Conference… Read more »

2020 Vision – Focuses on YASC

At our Annual Meeting in June, Conference Minister Rev. Shari Prestemon shared an exciting new strategic plan, “2020 Vision”, developed by staff and recently adopted by the Board of Directors.  This bold set of strategic objectives will be implemented by the year 2020.  We received a lot of wonderful feedback about these plans from Conference… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – July 2017

Loving the United Church of Christ Did you know that the United Church of Christ recently celebrated its 60th birthday?  On June 25, 1957, this amazing denomination was birthed when two denominations — the Evangelical & Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches —took a magnificent ecumenical leap of faith and merged into one.  Embracing… Read more »

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 »

The Earth is the Lord’s

Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Orthodox Christians unite around this core proclamation. We recognize that unity around this foundational awareness, that the earth is the Lord’s, is important, consequential, and faithful. The same recognition brings together Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Native Americans and so many more. It is time to join our voices and our… Read more »

What does it mean to live with privilege?

At a recent gathering of the Conference Ministry staffs of the West Central Region (Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Northern Plains, South Dakota, Missouri-Mid South, and Kansas-Oklahoma), these 7 Conferences agreed that each would submit an article on a topic related to racial justice over the next several months, for publication in each of our Conference newsletters. … Read more »

Minnesota Conference UCC Welcomes Lori Alford as Pilgrim Point Program Director

Lori Alford has been hired to serve as the Pilgrim Point Camp Director. In this new role, Lori will be the primary onsite program staff at Pilgrim Point Program Camp throughout the camping season, providing spiritual leadership, program direction, and support for congregation and conference sponsored camps and retreats. She will work closely with the… Read more »

Anti-Hate Letter

The UCC Palestine Israel Network Steering Committee, (a committee of the national UCC) has issued a statement regarding its rebuke of hate and stereotyping directed towards our Jewish and Muslim sisters and brothers. That statement is available here.