News Tagged: justice and witness

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 »

An Opportunity for which the Church Was Born

The Executive Officers and Council of Conference Ministers of the UCC released this statement today in regards to U.S. plans to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. It reads in part: “This historic moment provides Christian communities with a powerful opportunity to bear witness to the sacredness of God’s creation and the urgent call to… 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 »

A Statement of Witness

Our Conference Minister and Associate Conference Ministers of the MN Conference have gathered with other Conference staffs in the UCC’s West Central Region over the last three days, and have issued this joint statement regarding racism and white privilege in our times:   A Statement of Witness from the Staffs of the Conferences of the… Read more »

What Now? A Pastoral Word from Conference Minister Reverend Shari Prestemon

The two Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting death of Jamar Clark in north Minneapolis on November 15, 2015 will not be charged.  That word came just this morning from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman following a four-month investigation.  The question I find myself praying about this afternoon, the anxious nagging at my heart,… Read more »

Minnesota Conference Traveling to Israel-Palestine in 2017

Have you always wanted to “walk where Jesus walked”?  Do the complexities of the situation in Israel-Palestine interest you?  Do you long to experience the region that is the cradle of three Abrahamic faiths…Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? The Minnesota Conference of the UCC is organizing a study tour to Israel-Palestine for January 9 – 20,… 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 »