News Tagged: COMMAnts

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – January 2018

“Faithful in Every Good Work” Blessings and peace to all of you in this new year of 2018! As one year turns to another, our minds often fill with the regrets that have slowly accumulated over the 12 months past.  This is true for us in our individual lives and in our congregational experiences.  Our… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – December 2017

The Extraordinary Moment of Advent                                                                                 -by Reverend Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister   “The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens.  Advent is the name of that moment. The Salvation Army Santa Claus clangs his bell.  The sidewalks are so crowded you can hardly… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister ~ October 2017

HOW LONG? “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?  Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.”  Habakkuk 1:2-3 Grace and peace to all of… Read more »

Pastoral Letter from the Conference Minister: The Work We’re Called To

My partners in faith, In the wake of events in Bloomington, Minnesota and Charlottesville, Virginia, we in the Minnesota Conference must have moral and theological clarity.  When we see a homemade bomb thrown through the window of an Islamic Center, when we watch a white supremacist, torch-wielding mob pummel others with clubs and shout “Jews… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – August 2017

A THEOLOGICAL PROBLEM “So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them…..” (Genesis 1:27)   The headlines were appalling: a truck trailer sitting in the blazing summer sun outside a San Antonio WalMart, filled with undocumented immigrants. Ten would die.  30 others were hospitalized.  Some guessed there had been… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – July 2017

Loving the United Church of Christ Did you know that the United Church of Christ recently celebrated its 60th birthday?  On June 25, 1957, this amazing denomination was birthed when two denominations — the Evangelical & Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches —took a magnificent ecumenical leap of faith and merged into one.  Embracing… Read more »