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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 »

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 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 »

Raising Our Voices in a Messy World – A Pastoral Letter from the Conference Minister

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” I John 4:18 It has been a devastating, mind-numbing week. Last Thursday, suicide bombings in Beirut left at least 43 dead and over 200 more wounded. The very next day, 129 souls perished in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. In… Read more »

Living the Sacred Trust: Boundary and Ethics Training

Gain a positive framework and tools to help you negotiate and navigate the increasingly permeable boundaries in parish life as well as our society as a whole so that you can acquire and maintain the trust needed to effectively lead in your ministry setting. This training satisfies the requirements of the Minnesota Conference Committee on… Read more »

State of the Conference 2015

State of the Conference 2015 – Rev. Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister Last week I spent an evening with a stack of your church newsletters on my lap, reading through each one and getting a glimpse into your church lives. In that pile of papers were bits of news from small town churches and large urban… Read more »

Pilgrim Point Updates

The 2015 season of Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats is well on its way. From Our Whole Lives trainings, Eco Justice trainings, a Middle School Conference Youth Event and Church on the Move, we had over 150 folks at camp in May. We start up again in July with congregational weekends, family camps, youth weeks… Read more »