NCJ delegates name commitment to anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion

The covenant, using United Methodist baptismal vows as a framework, calls on the jurisdiction to fight racism and create a culture that affirms LGBTQIA+ people.

NCJ delegates talk anti-racism and future, vote to reduce bishops by 1

Delegates spent the majority of their time on three big topics—dismantling racism, the future of episcopal leadership, and the future of the UMC.

Youth pack and donate nearly 300 Christmas shoeboxes

More than 30 Minnesota United Methodist youth packed shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts for children in need.

Bishop Bard to continue to serve MN in 2022

The College of Bishops decided to extend the current coverage of episcopal areas in the jurisdiction until at least November 2022.

Marathon Way Stations provide encouragement for next leg of race

Clergy gathered around the state to swap pandemic stories and provide encouragement to one another during this difficult season of ministry.
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Choosing joy

Cindy Gregorson

Joy is a recognition that there is goodness in the world, God is present with us in all the muck, and beauty still abounds.

The Joyful Journey: Gratitude and grace

Bishop David Bard

“I carry within me a deep sense of the unlimited, unfathomable, wild grace of God, as I know it in Jesus Christ, a grace for which I am always grateful.”

Front Line Workers in Congregational Settings

Susan Nienaber

District Superintendent Susan Nienaber shares advice for church office workers navigating difficult interactions and strategies for maintaining professionalism.

The Joyful Journey: Masks and Unmasking

Bishop David Bard

While masks are useful and sometimes necessary, they can also be harmful when they obscure our vision or hide us from ourselves. Unmasking is also necessary.

Taking cues from Ted Lasso

Cindy Gregorson

Trusting the power of love, believing in people, and calling them to believe in themselves: Wasn't that a prime way Jesus went about his ministry?

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Coon Rapids UMC children, youth provide ‘blessing bags’ to homeless

Children and youth at Coon Rapids UMC filled Ziploc bags with necessities to distribute to people in the community who lack consistent housing.

Crane Lake Chapel parishioners fix up home, reach new community member

After noticing a house in the community that was in need of repair, parishioners of the Crane Lake Chapel in northern Minnesota decided to help the owner fix up...

Ed Dallas rides his bike coast to coast for UMC Mobile Ministry

Ed Dallas, a seasoned cyclist, is riding his bicycle over 4,000 miles across the country this summer to raise awareness and funds for UMC Mobile Ministry. UMC ...

Elk River UMC serves as warming house, offering food, fellowship during statewide hockey event

As the community of Elk River welcomed 5,700 hockey players and fans for “Hockey Day Minnesota” in January, Elk River United Methodist Church transformed itself...

Excelsior UMC teen connects generations at church

Hannah Dudak, a junior at Chanhassen High School, implemented a program to connect different generations at her church, Excelsior United Methodist.
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