News Tagged: COMMAntary

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 »

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 »

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 »

Minnesota UCC Pastor Part of Isaiah MN Delegation Meeting with Xcel CEO

On  Tuesday February 9, First UCC Northfield Senior Minister Todd Lippert joined Lutheran pastors Steve Sylvester,  Peter Weston Miller, and Isaiah organizer Matt Gladue for a 45 minute meeting with Xcel CEO Chris Clark and 3 of his staff. It was a very productive conversation. The Isaiah delegation presented Clark with two concrete proposals related… Read more »