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Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

History’s Legacies & Our Unfinished Work By Reverend Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister, Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from […]

The Ministry Lab Welcomes New Leader, Looks to the Future

The Ministry Lab—an ecumenical organization that serves United Methodist, United Church of Christ, and Presbyterian churches in Minnesota—has hired a new executive director to resource and engage congregations and leaders around innovative practices and fresh approaches to faith formation. Rev. Emily Meyer, an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), began the […]

COMMAnts From the Conference Minister – December 2019

The Waiting & Work of Advent First, a confession of sorts: patience is not my strongest virtue.  I can’t stand waiting in long lines or sitting in traffic that only inches forward.  I have little tolerance for processes that drag on with no apparent conclusion in sight, or with conversations that seem to never get […]

On the Journey With The Damascus Project

Dear members and friends of the Wisconsin and Minnesota Conferences, It has been over two years since our Conferences joined forces on a bold initiative to form spiritually-grounded leaders for a changing church. The Damascus Project was conceived as a hub of resources and learning opportunities for our faith communities. Inspired by the story of […]

Loneliness in Ministry – Jeremy’s Story

By: Mark Sundby, MDiv, PhD, LP from LeaderWise Counseling and Consulting for Lives of Service Jeremy, who has almost 40 years in congregational ministry, recently completed our online loneliness survey, which we’re inviting clergy to complete as part of our research into loneliness in ministry. After submitting it, he reached out almost immediately to me. […]

Faith and Learning and The Damascus Project

–Submitted by Abby Henderson, Director of Leadership Development In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, the dying patriarch charges his faithful protégé to “continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you have learned it” (2 Tim 3:14).  I really love that line: for me, it captures something of the essence of […]

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – October 2019

“Leading with Faith” Last week, I gathered with twenty-one other Conference Ministers in Washington, D.C. to advocate for immigration justice in the halls of Congress. Over the course of just a couple of days, we collectively visited the offices of over 40 Senators and Representatives. We concentrated on those serving on Appropriations Committees, knowing that […]

What an Amazing Outdoor Ministry Season We Had!

The 2018-2019 season of the MN Conference Outdoor Ministry has come to an end. And, what an amazing season we had! Our season began last October with the fall Conference Youth Event (CYE). Nearly 100 youth and adults gathered at Pilgrim Point for a joyful time with old and new friends. The weekend was facilitated […]