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Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

1/17/2021

Bishop David Bard urges us to listen to Black and Brown voices and to join the work articulated so well by Dr. King: “to transform the dangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”


Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

1/17/2021

Bishop David Bard urges us to listen to Black and Brown voices and to join the work articulated so well by Dr. King: “to transform the dangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”


The Joyful Journey: 'You say goodbye, and I say hello'

1/7/2021

Interim Bishop David Bard re-introduces himself to the Minnesota Conference and shares his commitments as we engage in ministry together over the next year.


Leave-taking

12/21/2020

In his parting words, Bishop Ough expresses his gratitude and urges us to go forth, make new disciples, and be the light.


Christmas message: The Scandal of the Incarnation

12/17/2020

We are called by God in this Christmas season to respond with openness to let God work through us to bring hope and healing to a broken, hurting, fearful world.


Education vs. diamond mining in Sierra Leone

12/3/2020

OC Ministries has helped build or renovate nine schools, giving thousands of children an opportunity to attend school rather than working in muddy fields.


3 ways to explore your rhythm of self-compassion

11/19/2020

How self-compassionate are you? Research suggests we must be compassionate to ourselves in order to extend compassion to others.


Church Budgeting: It’s time to take off the cruise control

10/14/2020

If your church budget stays mostly the same from year to year, or if the decision you spend the most time on is pastor and staff raises, it's time to turn off the church budget cruise control. Dakotas Conference Treasurer Jeff Pospisil explains three factors that will be especially important to consider as you prepare the 2021 church budget.


How Minnesota Methodists navigated the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

10/1/2020

A look at how Methodists in Minnesota navigated the pandemic from a century ago, and the similarities in how churches are being impacted today.


Blessing of the books (and those who use them)

9/24/2020

Rev. Ben Ingebretson offers six suggestions for supporting educators and students as we adjust to this most unusual school year.


A pandemic of kindness

9/23/2020

Can we infect the world with a different kind of virus that multiplies—one of love and compassion?


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