Volume 18, No. 37 | October 19, 2022

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Equipping a courageous Church alive with Christ’s transforming love

"Handing Down the Faith" Topic of FourTHursday

October 27, Noon – 1:30 pm

United Theological Seminary


"Handing Down the Faith: Building from Parents’ Views of Congregations" is the topic of our FourTHursday discussion on October 27 at noon.

Professor Amy Adamczyk, Ph.D., who recently coauthored Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation, will be our guest presenter. Her book draws on more than 200 interviews with parents across the United States of varied faith traditions, as well multiple surveys, to better understand how parents think about religious faith transmission.

Dr. Adamczyk is professor of sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Programs of Doctoral Study in Sociology and Criminal Justice at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Trained as a sociologist of religion, her research focuses on how different contexts (e.g. nations, counties, friendship groups) and personal religious beliefs shape people’s deviant, criminal, and health-related attitudes and behaviors.

Dr. Adamczyk was raised on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin and is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for Public Opinion about Homosexuality: Examining Attitudes Across the Globe. Her coauthored book, Handing Down the FaithHow Parents Pass their Religion on to the Next Generation, was a finalist for Christianity Today’s 2022 Book of the Year Award, Marriage & Family Category. She is currently writing a book that examines the factors shaping cross-national views about abortion.

Registration Extended to Friday, October 21, for the MN Conference UCC Clergy Retreat

From the Ground of Our Being: How Then Shall We Lead?

November 1-3, 2022 (Tue 5 pm – Thu 11:30 am)

Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo, MN

$200 private room | $170 shared double room | $100 commuter



All actively serving clergy from around the Minnesota Conference UCC are invited to come together with colleagues for a few days of renewal, rest, and reconnection!

Conference News & Events

Applications Sought for Damascus Project Director

Do you have a passion for life-long learning for church leadership? Do you believe we need new models of equipping pastoral leaders? Are you self-motivated, collaborative, relational, and highly organized?


The Minnesota and Wisconsin Conferences of the UCC are seeking a new Director for the Damascus Project, a collaborative initiative started seven years ago to expand leadership development in both Conferences and create additional pathways for equipping pastoral leaders.


See the full job description and application process HEREApplication deadline is November 16!

UCC-Related Items Available from Mizpah UCC

Mizpah UCC, which recently concluded its ministry, has numerous items available, including a cross, banners, paraments, and more.

Download a flyer that has full details and photos.

Join Us for a Fall Wilderness Meditation

November 6 – 8

Luther Crest

8231 County Road 11 NW, Alexandria, MN 56308

Cost: $200/person for double room; $250/person for single room | Ages 19+


Using gentle hikes, meditation, and discussion, participants are encouraged to leave their worries at home and find their soul rhythm in natural spaces and deep conversations. Come to find reconnection for your body, mind, and soul.

Boundary Basics with Kevin and Kelly

Mark your calendars for November 29 (in person in the Twin Cities) when Associate Conference Ministers Kevin Brown and Kelly Gallagher will offer a Power and Boundary Training. Come and review the basics while learning new understandings of boundaries in this post-pandemic, media-driven world.

This Power and Boundary Training will meet the standing requirements for authorized ministers in the Minnesota Conference and will run the required five (5) hours in addition to lunch and breaks. Stay tuned for details and registration information.

Free Items Available from United Faith Community

  • 17 New Century Hymnals
  • 14 Sing! Prayer and Praise songbooks
  • 2 different silver Communion wine serving sets (200+ cups each) w/top cover

For more info or to coordinate delivery, call 763-350-5874 or email ufcucc@gmail.com.

Invitation to UCC Students at UTS and Clergy

Are you a UCC student at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities? Are you a clergyperson in the Conference who wants to show your support and care for UCC students at UTS? Then we’ve got an invitation for you!


Join us for a tea and taco bar on Wednesday, October 26, 4:30-6:00 pm at UTS. This event is co-hosted by the UCC Student Group at United Theological Seminary and the Minnesota Conference of the UCC. Gather with current students and faculty, conference staff, and Twin Cities area clergy for fellowship and fun! Your RSVP is needed by Monday, October 24, 2022. REGISTER

Calling All Congregations in the Alexandria Area to the Conference's Covenant Day!

Saturday, November 12, 9:30 am – 3 pm

First Congregational UCC in Alexandria, 221 7th Avenue W


Gather a team from your congregation and join us for practical resources and workshops, inspiring worship, covenantal connections with your UCC neighbors, and the awesomeness of being together again! We encourage all clergy, local church moderators, and lay members to attend. Registration is required; $10/person

Partner News & Events

Catching God’s Breath in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter

October 24, 2022

7:30–9:00 pm

In person and via livestream

Join us for "Catching God's Breath in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter," United's Gustafson Lectureship in New Testament Studies, delivered by Rev. Dr. Angela N. Parker, assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology. Rev. Dr. Parker will speak on the subject of her recently published book, "If God Still Breathes, Why Can't I? Black Lives Matter and Biblical Authority." REGISTER

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