News Tagged: COMMAntary

New Signs of Hope

  – from Rev. Dick Fylling, Annual Meeting Planning Work Group member A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece titled “A Recipe for Tragedy”, an article regarding the epidemic of youth suicides at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Oglala Lakota County in southwest South Dakota; so I was very pleased to read of… Read more »

Annual Meeting Weekend Worship Resources

Each year the Annual Meeting Planning Work Group creates resources that local churches can decide to use while their pastor and other congregational leaders may be away at Annual Meeting. These resources include a worship outline and sermon for the weekend of Annual Meeting. They are both available here: Sermon for Annual Meeting Weekend (2015)… Read more »

Sacred Calling, “Terrible Privilege”

– from Rev. Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister I was not at all expecting that particular phone call on that unseasonably warm Spring day. The caller was no one I knew, and had no connection with the United Church of Christ. But that conversation became a profound reminder to me that this ministry we share is… Read more »

Update on the Resolution Urging Divestment from Fossil Fuel Companies

The Minnesota Conference makes progress toward ensuring its investment mix excludes fossil fuel companies. In the fall of 2014, the Conference was among a small group of investors that committed to the launch of “Beyond Fossil Fuels”, the first United Church Fund (UCF) to exclude fossil fuel companies. The Conferences’ initial investment of $1.75 million… Read more »

Chaplains: Being the Church… Together

On a sunny, spring day in the middle of April, UCC chaplains gathered for lunch at the MN Conference office. Fifteen chaplains, along with Shari Prestemon and Rick Wagner, met to consider if regular gatherings would be of value for Minnesota Conference UCC chaplains. “Those who serve in chaplaincy settings across Minnesota provide an essential… Read more »

A Day to Remember

– Rev. Dick Fylling, member of the Annual Meeting Planning Work Group, reflects on the recent anniversary of the end of the Civil War and its relation to our work together as we gather as a Conference at the upcoming Annual Meeting. A Day To Remember On New Year’s Day, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed… Read more »

This Time In Between

– from Reverend Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister This Time In Between It is Wednesday of Holy Week, not a day in this holiest of weeks that garners much attention. Some Christian traditions have regarded it as “Spy Wednesday”, since it is the day on which scripture suggests Judas Iscariot determined to betray Jesus for thirty… Read more »

Is Missions your Church’s Number One Priority?

OCWM Subcommittee Chair Bob Peterson (member, New Brighton UCC) shares his personal perspective on individual and congregational giving. He thinks giving to missions and Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) should be a congregation’s first priority. What is your congregation’s approach to giving?  ♦ Christians who use the “Share, Save, Spend” priority system to manage their… Read more »