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Courage to Lead: A Retreat Series for Faith Leaders

Opening Retreat: April 27–30, 2020 Monthly peer calls in between Closing Retreat: October 5–8, 2020 Applications due March 31, 2020. To apply or learn more, please visit http://crfaithformation.org. Due to generous funding from the Ashley Endowment, authorized ministers and other staff or volunteer leaders serving congregations within the Minnesota Conference UCC will receive a 50% […]

MN Alive: UCC Congregations Join Forces for Statewide Progressive Christian Revivals

As more than 200 people flowed through the doors of Plymouth Creek Center on February 29, many were asking each other exactly what is a “progressive Christian revival”? Throughout the next three hours, they got a good idea, with soulful and uplifting music and inspirational testimonials about faith at the intersection of despair, hope and […]

Lent: Confronting Temptation in Our Churches

Rev. Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister As Lent begins, we find ourselves moving in the Gospels from the flowing waters of the River Jordan at Jesus’ baptism to the barrenness of the desert, where Jesus fasted for forty days and nights. It was there, in that thin place, that Jesus was met with the first deep […]

The Power of Relationships

First UCC Northfield helps build a web of support for LGBTQ youth In 2016, members of the Northfield Promise, a community movement to help young people thrive, discovered that area youth who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) reported significantly lower “positive identity and outlook” scores compared to other youth in the Minnesota Student […]

The Damascus Project Launches New Site & Two New Spring Courses

Are you curious about how to create real and lasting change in a community of faith? Is your church seeking to develop a faithful and loving response to those living with mental illness? Are you longing for the words to talk about your faith? If you answered “yes”—or even “maybe”—to any of those questions, The […]

Welcoming the Liddles Home from East Timor

Make Your Invitation by March 2 Did you know that the Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ is present in nearly 90 countries worldwide? In our work with faith-based global partners and through the service of mission co-workers like Rev. Tom and Dr. Monica Liddle the UCC has an amazing global reach! The […]

Solving Problems – For Good

Union Congregational UCC in St. Louis Park proposes creative solution to reduce expenses while addressing the community’s lack of affordable housing “How about we do something good while we’re grappling with the budget?” That was the question the Rev. Barbara Martin posed to the congregation at Union Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Louis […]

COMMAnts from Conference Minister – February 2020

Be Encouraged Rev. Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister Everywhere I go these days I hear the ring of despair. Clergy speak of their loneliness and isolation amid the hard work of ministry. Local church leaders worry about their congregation’s future. Disagreements become major conflicts. People are physically and spiritually exhausted by the challenges we face as […]

Casting a New Vision for Outdoor Ministry

“Outdoor ministry… provides a unique and essential context for faith development, spiritual exploration, and personal growth. Outdoor ministry programs provide varied opportunities for people of all ages to encounter the sacred by connecting with both the natural world and a community of people. By creating spaces that interrupt the routines of daily life and invite […]