A Letter to the Governor from the Conference

Conference Minister Shari Prestemon offers thanks and addresses deep concerns about church re-openings in this open letter to Governor Walz.

Rev. Shari Prestemon Shares New Guidance for Re-Opening

We are shifting into yet another season of this pandemic, when once again we as churches must make critical decisions about how we will move forward given evolving information and circumstances. As we await further guidelines from the Governor, Conference Minister Shari Prestemon shares guidance for UCC congregations.

Registration Open for Online June 13 Annual Meeting

Given the Covid-19 crisis, the Board of Directors has cancelled this year's in-person Annual Meeting. A short, virtual meeting for voting delegates only will instead be held on June 13 from 10 am to noon via Zoom to attend to essential business of the Conference.

Board of Directors Announces Pandemic Relief Loan Program for Churches

A pandemic relief loan fund will provide critical financing for congregations suffering a short-term financial crisis during this pandemic.

Application Process Opens for Pandemic Relief Grants

Applications are now being received for grant awards to Minnesota Conference congregations and authorized ministers. Grants will be awarded in three categories.

Pandemic Relief Grant Program Announced

The Minnesota Conference Board of Directors approved a plan to make three grant opportunities available to clergy and congregations to deal with challenges of COVID-19 and to strengthen churches and clergy beyond the pandemic.

Be Well. Be Safe. Be Patient.

I give thanks again and again for your faithfulness, perseverance, and creativity in this unimaginable time. You have met this moment with wisdom and an inspiring can-do attitude. I urge patience and ask us to persist in our physical distancing and widespread precautions.

Making It Work: Resiliency and Creativity on Display

Every day, we're seeing the amazing resiliency and creativity of our churches throughout the state. We asked how and what you're doing in these challenging and uncertain times and will be sharing your stories and ideas.

A Conversation with the Rev. Sheresa Simpson-Rice

The Rev. Sheresa Simpson-Rice joined the Minnesota Conference April 6 as the Interim Associate Conference Minister. She is providing care and nurture for our churches in the northern half of the state and managing search and calls.

Crashing

From Conference Minister Shari Prestemon: "Some days it feels like everything is crashing in all around us … We’re all experiencing our share of ‘crashes’ during this pandemic. We are each struggling with a hundred new challenges, nagging fears, annoying ambiguities, and unanswerable questions every single day."