News Tagged: COMMAnts

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 »

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 »