News Tagged: COMMAntary

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 »

St. Anthony Park UCC, St. Paul

St. Anthony Park UCC is located in St. Paul, near the State Fair grounds and the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. The church was founded in 1886, so we’re 130 years old.  Our tagline is:  “Christian Tradition, Progressive Faith, All Are Welcome” Our church members represent all ages, every decade, from newborns to our… Read more »

Sanctuary Church Movement Growing in MN Conference

Yes, MOVEMENT is indeed what is happening in our Conference when it comes to providing “Sanctuary” for immigrant families facing deportation. The Sanctuary Movement traces its roots to the 1980’s, when many congregations were led to provide housing and other assistance to Central American refugees who were being denied asylum by the United States.  Today… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister ~ All That is Sacred

Last month, I gathered with 500 other faith leaders from 20 diverse faith traditions to stand alongside the Water Protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota.  At issue was the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which was routed to cut through sacred burial grounds of the Sioux tribe and underneath the Missouri River.  It was… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister ~ Post-Election Thoughts: The Sacred Work Before Us

This morning we awakened to the news that Donald Trump is our nation’s President-Elect.  The reaction of many has been a visceral one.  For some, this election result feels like a capitulation to an anger and fear and hatred in our country that is unfathomable and unacceptable.  And yet for others this election marks the… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – October 2016

What Legacy Will You Leave? Last week I had one of those unique opportunities afforded a Conference Minister from time to time.  Reverend Carolyn Fure-Slocum, one of our own authorized ministers and College Chaplain at Carleton College, asked me to speak at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the chapel at Carleton in Northfield. … 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 »