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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 »

New Beginnings Leads to a New Pastor and a New Name for New Journey United Church of Christ

The UCC Church in Hutchinson Minnesota has been on quite a journey.  After the retirement of longtime pastor, Brian Brosz, the church decided to take time to examine themselves and their church rather than immediately form a search committee for a new minister.  Under the guidance of Pastor Cindy Mueller, the congregation participated in the… Read more »

MN Conference Celebrates Wider Church Covenant Throughout the Weekend – OCWM at Work!

“The Holy Spirit envisions a future in which the United Church of Christ matters.” Those words from Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister & President (GMP) of the United Church of Christ, defined a weekend of events where Minnesota Conference clergy and lay leaders gathered to celebrate being part of the UCC and to reflect… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – January 2016

On a single weekend just before Christmas, I had the privilege of being with two of our congregations in the Minnesota Conference. The first was a very large congregation in the metro area. This church has multiple staff and has nearly completed major improvements to their sizable facility. The atmosphere during my visit to this… Read more »