Volume 19, No. 20 | May 17, 2023

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Equipping a courageous Church alive with Christ’s transforming love

Are You Prepared for a Powerful Annual Meeting?

Have you checked out all the information available about the Annual Meeting? Our website is full of details, including the agenda, our many workshops, annual reports from teams and staff members, important things we will be voting on (resolutions, compensation guidelines, and the budget), registration links, and anything else you may want to know.

You can also learn more about our theme, "Protecting God's Gift of Creation," and about Rev. Michael Malcom, our keynote speaker. Keep checking because information is updated frequently.


Conference News & Events

Help Celebrate 2023 Twin Cities Pride!

June 23-25, 2023


Twin Cities metro congregations are invited to come together to celebrate and form a UCC presence at the 2023 Twin Cities Pride Festival. Leaders from nine Twin Cities area congregations and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities have been meeting to organize a UCC presence at this year’s festival and march.

Participating in the Twin Cities Pride March, Sunday, June 25

If your congregation would like to be part of the Pride March on Sunday morning, June 25, please register to reserve your place using this form. Please complete this registration by Tuesday, May 23. We are limited to 60 marchers.

Staffing the Pride Festival Booth, June 23-25

We will need folks to work 2-hour shifts throughout the weekend, including help with set-up on Friday afternoon and tear-down on Sunday evening. Please use this form to sign-up for a shift or two and talk to some friends from your congregation about signing-up as a group.

Questions? Contact Rev. Kevin Brown, Associate Conference Minister.

Anti-Racism/Diversity Training & Power & Boundary Training Both Offered June 8 Prior to Annual Meeting

Anti-Racism/Diversity Training

Thursday, June 8, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (check-in begins at 9:00 with coffee) 

$65 (lunch included with a light afternoon snack) 

Training leader: Rev. Jia Starr Brown


Power & Boundary Training

Thursday, June 8, 10:00 am – 4 pm (check-in begins at 9:30 am with coffee)

$65 (lunch included with a light afternoon snack)

Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Anita Bradshaw


Apply for The Leadership Center for Social Justice at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Congregational pastors and ministers are encouraged to apply for the second year of the program by July 1, 2023. The program, led by a team of experts, helps pastors develop and/or deepen sustainable, community-based, social justice ministries responsive to what God is doing in our world, congregations, and communities.

The cohort will meet twice monthly (Friday mornings) in a hybrid format from September 2023 through May 2024. Those who complete the program earn a Certificate in Leadership for Social Justice and may be eligible to earn up to eight credits toward a Doctor of Ministry degree. 

Those who wish to apply to join the program must supply a congregational letter of support and complete an application at www.unitedseminary.edu/lcsj by July 1, 2023. To learn more, contact the Center’s administrative assistant, Stella Pearce.

The Strengthen the Church (STC) Offering is May 28

The Strengthen the Church (STC) Offering reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the Church. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations, and are split 50/50 between Minnesota and the denomination.

The 2023 STC materials are available for DOWNLOAD HERE, and include resources, a Reflection by Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, three bulletin inserts, and a music video of new churches and ministries funded by Strengthen the Church.

For more information contact Bob Olsen, Development Officer, at 612-871-0359 or email Bob at development@uccmn.org. Thank you for your generosity!

Get to Know The Ministry Lab

Join The Ministry Lab on their first-ever reCONNECTion Summer Tour, ensuring all members understand how the lab can support them and all areas of ministry! This is increasingly valuable as our world is in flux. Our culture, our communities, and our congregations need support.

This gathering is for our current members, that means all UCC, UMC, or PCUSA congregations in Minnesota, and any students, staff, faculty or alumni of UTS. This informational gathering is free to attend and includes lunch. REGISTER

Send Us Your Significant Anniversary Info!

We are gathering information for the Conference's Celebration Booklet. If you have a significant church anniversary, or ordination anniversary this year, please send your information to See Chang at comadmin@ucc.org.

For churches, please send a photo along with a brief history of the church. For clergy, please send a photo along with the Clergy Anniversary Questionnaire form.

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