In the Middle of this Mess

Today is Epiphany, when we recall the journey of the Magi to see the Christ Child in Bethlehem…We imagine them arriving with great pomp and circumstance, kneeling with reverence before a simple manger that cradled an unexpected kind of king…Yet in reality the picture was far more complicated than this. From the beginning, the Magi’s search for the Christ Child was fraught with complicated politics, sinister manipulations, and dangerous possibilities.

Speaking Hope in a Time of Chaos and Grief

I have no words adequate to the task of speaking hope into the sea of chaos and grief that has been the reality for so many this year. I have learned over many years that when I am at a loss for words, the Spirit may be inviting me to stop, be still, listen, and wonder.

Love in a Long December

In the liturgical season of Advent, this fourth Sunday is about love. Amidst our blue Christmas, chocked full of grief and loss, we hold fast to what love has wrought us. Love has given us not only the people we miss but also those quarantined alongside us.

Joy: An Advent Devotional

Verse four of the Psalm is a reminder for us to continue to make a “joyful noise” and for all the earth to sing praises of joy.

Board of Directors Announces Sale of Pilgrim Point Camp

The camp was sold to two different buyers in one joint transaction. Douglas County, where the camp is located, will develop a section into a public park that will incorporate the beach and Point area. A developer with long-standing family ties to Lake Ida purchased the remaining acres for residential lakeside lots.

A Different Advent, and Yet…

Advent is upon us again, that season marked by heavy anticipation and the kind of hopefulness that has us holding our breath, watching for the newness of God to be born among us again … But this year seems so different.

Reflections from Damascus Project Participants

The Damascus Project's fall courses—Leadership Skills, Faith Foundations, and Being a Faith Change Agent—drew people from a range of professions, church settings, and even locations around the country. Here are a few of their stories.

Two Things We Know With Utter Clarity

On this day after our state and national elections, I write to all of you profoundly aware of how exhausted and anxious we are as a country and as a community of UCC churches in Minnesota … There is a lot we don’t know right now, much we can’t predict, but today I offer two things we do know with utter clarity.

What is Happening with our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters?

Check out the recording of he Minnesota Conference UCC Immigration Team's October 26 conversation with Hanne Sandison from The Advocates for Human Rights and Julio Zelaya from the ACLU.

Keep the Faith

Hebrews 11 reminds us that "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Conference Minister Rev. Shari Prestemon shares a video message of faith in turbulent times. Read and listen to her words.