Annual Meeting

The 56th Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Conference will be on June 8-10, 2018 at College of St. Benedict

Details for this meeting will be posted as they become available.



55th Annual Meeting  |  June 9-11, 2017  |  College of St. Benedict    

The 55th Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Conference is in the books.  Many of you asked for copies of the State of the Conference Address from Shari Prestemon, our Conference Minister as well as copies of our other Keynote speakers. We do not have resources from Rev. DeShazier, but do have the keynote and workshop materials from Rev. Dr. Lizardy-Hajbi.  You can view them here:

State of the Conference 2017 by Conference Minister Rev. Shari Prestemon

Rev. Dr. Lizardy-Hajbi keynote slides

Rev. Dr. Lizardy-Hajbi keynote address

Rev. Dr. Lizardy-Hajbi workshop slides



The Conference’s Annual Meeting is rich with vital worship experiences, opportunities to meet new people and reconnect with old friends, chances to share your passion for social justice – all towards the re-invigoration of faith in our daily lives. Clergy and laity from across the state come together at this annual event.


At our Minnesota Conference Annual Meeting, we focused on what it means to be a truly vital church, understanding that vitality is not limited to only the number of people in worship on Sunday.  We explored this theme in a number of different ways: keynote addresses, table-top conversations, workshops, and worship.  This was a time to be inspired by one another with amazing work that is happening already and with new ideas that were shared across the state.

Our two keynoters are Rev. Julian DeShazier, senior pastor from University Church in Chicago, provided an energetic and inspiring address about how our church is growing and thriving into the future.  Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi from the UCC National Setting talked about indicators of church vitality, again highlighting that numbers are just one of many indicators.

Grace and Peace,

2017 Annual Meeting Planning Work Group


Forms for Annual Meeting 2017

Resolutions call and process combined

Workshop Submission Form 2017

Annual Meeting FAQ

Exhibit Form

Welcome Letter

Procedures and Rules Regarding Business Sessions

Congregational Resources

Sermon for June 11

Worship planning (including music, scripture, and prayers) for June 11

Event Documents (included in AM Packet)

Campus Map

Hearings & Workshop Descriptions

Offering Designations

Summary Agenda

Annual Meeting Offerings

Skill Bank Form 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Evaluation Form

Procedures and Rules Regarding Business Sessions

Summary of Progress on Previous Resolutions

Proposed Budget

Reports for Annual Meeting 2017 (not included in AM Packet)

2016 Annual Report of the Minnesota Conference

2016 Annual Meeting Minutes Unapproved

CM Shari Prestemon

ACM Kevin Brown

ACM Rick Wagner

ACM Steve Boorsma

Moderator Janet Bartz

Committee on Ministry

Development Committee

Disaster Ministries

Faith Formation Team

Immigration Team

Justice & Witness Team

Open and Affirming Team

Personnel Committee

Documents to be Voted On:

Israel-Palestine Resolution

2018 Compensation Guidelines – Unapproved version

2018 Narrative Budget -Unapproved version

Ballot for Elected Positions

ONA Pre-event

ONA Gathering Information

2017 Annual Meeting Keynote Speakers

kristinaRev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi serves as the Director of the Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) in the United Church of Christ’s national setting. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy from the University of Colorado. Prior to her current role, Kristina served in the ministry area of faith formation for the national setting and has worked in the local church, hospital chaplaincy, youth ministry, and higher education. In her current research role, she serves on the steering committee of the Faith Communities Today (FACT) Survey, a periodic national survey of U.S. congregations, for which Kristina analyzed the most recent results and reported on the state of young adult ministries within congregations. She has also contributed to research regarding congregational vitality and ministerial excellence and works with others in the national setting to assist congregations in developing metrics for vitality. Kristina and her spouse Ali live in Aurora, Colorado with Mr. Sneakers, their five-year-old guinea pig.  She will speak on Friday evening and lead a workshop Saturday afternoon\

rev-julian-deshazierRev. Julian DeShazier
is a Chicago native, and a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Chicago Divinity School. Pastor Julian serves University Church in Chicago, IL and is also an award-winning hip hop musician and songwriter, known to many as “J.Kwest.” In 2015, he won an EMMY Award for his role in the short film, Strange Fruit. He has also been featured on Fox, CBS, and NPR; on the late Dr. Maya Angelou’s Sirius XM radio program; and on the cover of the Chicago Reader. Julian is currently an adjunct professor both at the University of Chicago Divinity School and McCormick Theological Seminary, and a regular voice on Huffington Post and Sojourners publications.  He will be our Keynote Speaker on Saturday and lead small group sessions following his address.















Previous Annual Meetings

FROM 2016:

June 10-12, 2016
College of St Benedict in St Joseph, MN

The Conference’s Annual Meeting is rich with vital worship experiences, opportunities to meet new people and reconnect with old friends, chances to share your passion for social justice – all towards the re-invigoration of faith in our daily lives. Clergy and laity from across the state come together at this annual event.

Logo AM 2016

Keynote Speaker – Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon
“Repairers of the Breach” | Isaiah 58:9-12

Rev Dr Traci Blackmon Rev. Traci Blackmon’s life calling is to serve God and the church in ways that encourage us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in fellowship with all believers. Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Blackmon served in various ministry capacities for 9 year prior to becoming the first woman pastor installed in the 159 year history of Christ the King United Church of Christ in 2009. Rev. Blackmon became nationally recognized as a prominent voice for social change when Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, MI, just miles from her church. She immediately got involved in organizing with the Black Lives Matter movement, effectively assisting and collaborating with the people in the community working for justice.

Rev. Blackmon currently serves as Acting Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries for The United Church of Christ and was appointed to an advisory council for the US President in January 2016. Read more about Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon.

UPDATE:  Here is the video of Rev. Traci’s Keynote speech and here is the Q & A session that followed.

FullSizeRenderFriday Evening Story Teller – Jim Bear Jacobs

Jim Bear is the Parish Pastor at Church of All Nations and member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin. He is a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. We are happy to have Jim with us as our story-teller on Friday evening!

UPDATE:  Here is the video of Jim Bear Jacobs sharing his story

Saturday Evening Guest Musician – Marty Haugen 

Marty Haugen is a liturgical composer, workshop presenter, performing and recording artist, and author. A number of his published songs, including Shepherd Me O God, Gather Us In, and All Are Welcome are well-known to many religious denominations. Marty will be involved in the Saturday evening worship service and will lead us in a time of music at our Saturday evening social gathering.


Rev. Shari PrestemonSunday Preacher – Rev. Shari Prestemon

Conference Minister of the Minnesota Conference UCC, Reverend Shari Prestemon, will be our preacher during the Sunday morning worship. Her sermon – “Call to Courage” – will draw on our meeting’s focus scripture, Matthew 14:22-33. How is God calling the Church today to reach beyond our fears and dive in to the murky waters?

UPDATE: Here is the video to Sunday Morning Worship with Rev. Shari preaching.


Event Documents:

2015 Annual Report

Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Meeting

Campus Map

Summary Agenda

2017 Proposed Compensation Guidelines

2016 Minnesota Open and Affirming Gathering Pre-Annual Meeting Gathering

2015 Annual Meeting Minutes Unapproved

Workshop Descriptions and Room Assignments

Skill Bank Form 2016

Keynote Speaker Traci Blackmon Bio


2016 Annual Reports:

2016 Annual Reports


CM Shari Prestemon

ACM Rick Wagner

ACM Steve Boorsma

ACM Garth Schumacher

Moderator Cindy Mueller

Committee on Ministry

CUE Seminaries

Development Committee

Disaster Ministries

Faith Formation Team

Global Partnerships Team

Immigration Team

Open and Affirming Team

Personnel Committee

Pilgrim Point Camp Committee

Professional Development Committee


Resolution Documents:

BIG Resolution

BIG Supportive Document

Immigration Resolution FINAL


Annual Meeting Weekend Resources:

June 12 Worship

Annual Meeting Sermon Ideas