Volume 17, No. 20 | May 26, 2021

COMMAntary
Equipping a courageous Church alive with Christ’s transforming love
Annual Meeting Offers Abundant Workshops, Speakers and Worship
Held Virtually
June 7–13, 2021

From worship with Rev. Dr. Karen George Thompson, Associate General Minister of the UCC and Co-Executive of Global Ministries, Wider Church Ministries and Operations, to ten workshops, the Annual Meeting offers myriad opportunities to learn and grow.

Workshops will focus on helping your church be generous, sustainability, justice work, immigration, spiritual practice, and more. The presenters are all talented and engaging presenters in their areas of expertise. 

By signing up as either a delegate or guest of the Annual Meeting, you will receive the Zoom code to attend any or all of the workshops that you want to attend June 7–10.

  • View the list of workshops, presenters and the details HERE
  • Register for the Annual Meeting HERE
  • Read the reports of the Conference and voting items HERE (see right sidebar).
It's Long Past Time for the World to Change

On the first anniversary of George Floyd's death, Conference Minister Rev. Shari Prestemon calls on every individual and congregation in the Minnesota Conference and beyond to commit in the year ahead to do at least one thing to grow awareness of racism and how it shows up where you are and to deepen your commitment to dismantling racism wherever and however you see it. Listen to her words.
Conference News & Events
Dwelling in the Word with the Damascus Project

We are living in an uncertain and transitional time. In some ways, life is returning to some version of normal, and in other ways we are very much impacted by the ongoing pandemic. Now is the perfect time to come together in community to listen for Jesus’ wisdom through the parables. In June and July, join with like-minded folks as together we dwell in the word.
 
Dwelling in the Word is a spiritual practice in which we open our hearts and minds to the Spirit’s call as it comes to us through the scriptures. It is also an opportunity to take a pause in your week and practice listening for and noticing God’s presence in our world and in our lives. Come once or come every time. No preparation needed. And when we say 30 minutes, we mean it!
 
Thursdays, 12–12:30 pm CT, June 10, 17, 24 and July 8, 15, 22 (no meeting July 1)
 
To receive a weekly email reminder and the meeting link, RSVP with one of these links:
  • Already a Damascus Project Network member? Click HERE.
  • Not yet a Damascus Project Network member? Click HERE.
A Conversation with George Floyd Mural Artist Cadex Herrera

We invite you to listen to this thoughtful conversation between Star Tribune reporter Rohan Preston and Cadex Herrara, the artist who created the George Floyd mural at 38th & Chicago, now known around the world.
Stewardship & OCWM Topics of Two Annual Meeting Workshops

So much is changing with the way individuals feel about giving to their church, which is why all stewardship committee members and church finance people are invited to attend “Courageous Generosity: The Church Stewardship Paradigm 2.0” on Tuesday evening, June 8, for a frank discussion of stewardship efforts post-pandemic.

Then, on Wednesday evening, June 9, newcomers and longtime UCCer’s will find the “Our Conference Wants Money” is NOT What OCWM Stands For!” Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) is the primary funding tool for the ministries of the Minnesota Conference and our denomination nationally, and is the financial covenant churches, conferences, and the denomination have with each other to share Jesus’ extravagant welcome. Read more about these and all the other Annual Meeting workshops HERE.
Resources


  • The Conference website offers a wealth of resources related to Covid, racial justice, and more.

  • Send story ideas, insights and more to communications@uccmn.org. COMMAntary is published on Wednesdays; submissions are due the Monday prior to publication at noon.

  • The United Church of Christ National Setting is offering financial assistance to local churches whose ministries have been challenged by the pandemic. See the process.

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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.