Volume 17, No. 25 | June 30, 2021

COMMAntary
Equipping a courageous Church alive with Christ’s transforming love
Virtual General Synod Begins July 11;
Workshops Offered July 7–10
Learn more about the plans for workshops, worship and more during this special virtual General Synod.

Worship will stream live on the United Church of Christ YouTube and Facebook channels and on GeneralSynod.org on Sunday, July 11, Wednesday, July 14, and Sunday, July 18.

And if you are ready for a little friendly competition, check out the Congregational Challenge HERE!
Conference News & Events
Summer Worship Series Offers Respite for Worship Leaders

The Ministry Lab offers three services as a gift, hopeful that they enable clergy, faith formation, and worship leaders to take a much needed break once, twice, or thrice over the course of this summer. 

June: Stay Awake – Reflecting on the Garden of Gethsemane
Preacher: Rev. Tyler Sit, New City Church, South Minneapolis (UMC); Spoken Word artist Joe Davis & The Poetic Diaspora musical collective (ELCA); Composer and musician Bret Hesla (ELCA); United Seminarians Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Dr. LaTayna Purnell, and Marshall Sartain (with a PC(USA)-based liturgy). LEARN MORE
United Faith’s Little Free Library

United Faith Community in Buffalo is seeking donations for its Little Free Library. The church is located in downtown Buffalo, next door to a behavioral/occupational therapy facility that specializes in work with children. Demand is big for books, especially Bibles. If you or your congregation have children's books or Bibles you are willing to donate, please e-mail ufcucc@gmail.com. The church will make arrangements to pick up the books.
Annual Meeting Resources Available on Conference Website

Ten workshops, an inspiring keynote speech about living in this liminal moment, a soulful report on the "State of the Conference," and, finally, stirring worship with Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson … the 2021 Annual Meeting was a whirlwind of virtual activity!

We encourage you to watch and share the all-Conference worship service and to listen to Conference Minister Rev. Shari Prestemon's State of the Conference report (see below).

Watch & Read
Joys & Concerns
We celebrate the ordination of MaryBeth Harman on July 17 at 2:00 pm. MaryBeth will be serving as a hospice chaplain in the Twin Cities. The ordination service will be outside at New Spirit UCC in Savage, MN. Masks will be required. Congratulations to MaryBeth on this momentous occasion in her ministry.
Resources & Clergy Clusters


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The Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ (UCC) equips a courageous Church alive with Christ’s transforming love. Through advice, support, and resources, we strengthen the 126 congregations throughout the state to do the redemptive work of God in the world.