News Tagged: Social Justice

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 »

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 »

The Middle East Initiative Presents a Webinar with Dr. Walter Brueggemann

UCC Global Ministries is excited to announce a special webinar opportunity with Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann who will be joining us December 9th at 12:00 CT to discuss his new book “Chosen?: Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”.  Visit the Global Ministries website for more information and to register for this event.

UCC Global Ministries Responds to the Waves of Refugees

There are now more refugees and displaced persons than at any time in history, with the largest number coming from the Middle East. The most recent UN estimates are that over 4 million Syrians have crossed international borders as refugees since the war began there in 2011, and over 7.5 million are internally displaced. These… Read more »

2015 Annual Report – Immigration Team

-from Suzie George, Immigration Team, Chair This year we did some follow up work regarding the “Bed Quota Resolution” that was passed at the 2014 Annual meeting. Our Conference Moderator sent a letter to strategic political and religious leaders informing them of the resolution and what says and what we believe and what we want… Read more »

Join us in Commemorating the Selma March

Local Commemoration of Historic Selma March Fifty years ago, members from diverse faith communities answered Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to show up in Selma, Alabama, and support black civil rights protestors who were putting their lives on the line for the right to vote. Please join us for a local march commemorating the Selma… Read more »

Focus on Youth Homelessness

One of the issues that the Minnesota Conference Justice and Witness Team is focusing on this year is youth homelessness. According to a 2012 Wilder Research Study, nearly half of 10,214 homeless Minnesotans were age 21 and younger; more than 1,000 were youth on their own. We are seeking to identify youth homelessness resources and… Read more »