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.


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."

Conference Board Approves New Strategic Plan

What is God calling the Minnesota Conference to do over the next three years? That is the question the board of directors and staff leaders pondered in crafting the Conference’s new strategic plan, approved by the board in early March.

Important Information About Use of Copyrighted Works

Over the past few weeks, the Conference staff has been inspired by the faithful and creative responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Congregations have quickly developed alternative, virtual spaces for folks to connect, provide community care, and gather for community worship and prayer.

New Guidance to Churches During the Pandemic

On March 13, Conference Minister Shari Prestemon recommended that churches suspend in-person worship and other activities through the end of March. Nearly all congregations had done so as of March 22.

Staying Connected During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we all navigate these difficult days of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been more important to rely on each other in new ways and celebrate the connections among us in the Minnesota Conference UCC. Churches small and large, whether in greater Minnesota or the metro area, are all feeling the pain of this unimaginable situation.

2020 Spring CYE and Adult Retreats Postponed

In response to updated recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, Conference staff assessed all outdoor ministry and faith formation programs scheduled during the upcoming 8-week period.

Mizpah UCC and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Join Forces to Become Spirit of Peace

On March 1, a remarkable thing happened in the lives of congregations of Mizpah United Church of Christ and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. After months of discernment, conversation and planning, the two celebrated and commissioned their new name—Spirit of Peace, a UCC/ELCA congregation—the latest step in a process to form one congregation.

COVID-19: Info & Resources for Minnesota Conference UCC Members

These are unparalleled times for our nation and world. The COVID-19…

Coronavirus and the Church: Facts Over Fear

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has dominated our news…