I don’t know about you, but years from now when we are finally all vaccinated and the Covid-19 pandemic is a memory within our collective conscience, there are some aspects that I will gladly forget because of the pain they caused. And there are other aspects that I will give thanks to God for sustaining us through those painful moments.
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Columbine. Newtown. Virginia Tech. Aurora. Charleston. Las Vegas. Orlando. Pittsburgh. El Paso. San
Bernadino. These are the names of just some of the cities where mass gun violence has occurred in our nation. The
city of Buffalo here in our own state of Minnesota is another, where a shooter shot five people at a
clinic, killing one, just last month.
In just a few weeks, Maryjane Westra will head back to Honduras as a mission co-worker with the United Church of Christ’s Global Ministries. It’s a long way from Fergus Falls, where she currently lives, but it’s a country she knows well, having served there with her husband, Don, from 2013-2017.
This Ash Wednesday, some churches are hosting “bring-your-own-ashes” services on Zoom. Others will administer ashes with disposable swabs, applied by masked ministers to worshippers in a drive-thru ritual. Still others are creating containers of ashes for pick up and Lent kits for at-home practices.
Shortly after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a pastor in Alexandria, Minnesota, posted a Facebook video telling citizens to be ready to “arm up.” Other clergy united in response — to share a message of unity and peace.
The Minnesota Conference Board recently approved a $25,000 gift to support the Minnesota Council of Church’s (MCC) Truth Telling and Reparations Initiative. In addition, the Amos Task Force continues its work to address and repair historic and present-day racial injustice in Minnesota.
Ever since President Biden implored the nation to join him in seeking it in his inaugural address on January 20, it is the new “buzz word.” Ironically, “unity” and what it looks like has now itself become a point of disagreement, among politicians and in wider conversation.
Plans are well underway for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Conference, to be held virtually June 7-13, 2021.
Living Table United Church of Christ joins forces with Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church and Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community to build sustainability, community and increased focus on mission through a shared building.
The series will cover different environmental topics for individuals, families, and congregations. Together we will consider our sacred connections to the lands, waters, and air and how to respond to the global environmental crisis.
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