“How long, O God, how long?”

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.

Heading Back to Honduras

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.

Finding Creative Ways to Observe Ash Wednesday and Lent

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.

Clergy Seek to Build Unity in Alexandria

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.

A Call to Unity

Unity.  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.

Courageous Church! — Registration Open for 2021 Annual Meeting

Plans are well underway for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Conference, to be held virtually June 7-13, 2021.
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