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Pre-Conference Workshops

Several learning opportunities are available prior to the formal start of conference. These workshops are open to all, not just those attending conference. Follow the links provided to register for these programs.

Monday, June 17 

Early Response Basic Training and Recertification Course

This class is being rescheduled due to a conflict for the instructors.  Contact for additional information. 

MN Parish Nurses: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $20

The Minnesota Parish Nurses Association (MUMPNA) will meet at the Kelly Inn in advance of conference. If you would like to know more about Parish Nursing you are welcome to join us at no charge.

At 11 a.m. we will have a program lead by Brad Herman, UMC pastor of a new church plant at Recovering Love Church in Richfield Substance Use Disorder and its treatment-including Christian Spiritual practices as a part of recovery.

Please preregister with MUMPNA registrar Julia Nordling at

Tuesday, June 18

Accessing Peace with Justice Grants: 10 a.m.-noon, $10

We are called to do justice and love kindness, and to pray and imagine a better world. Your Peace with Justice Sunday celebrations help to fund the Peace with Justice grants which are available to churches in Minnesota.  Previous grants have been used to build empathy for oppressed people through a traveling art show, to make peace through Respectful Conversations in congregations and communities driven by polarizing conflict, and more! Learn about successful Peace with Justice grant applications, walk through the application process, and ask God what the call of justice is on your congregation.  Led by Jerad Morey on behalf of MN Church and Society commission. 

Register for this session while registering for conference.

Called to be Neighbors: 10 a.m.-noon, $10

Throughout scripture, children of God are called to love sojourners in our midst and to treat them “as if they were one of your citizens and loving them as we do ourselves” (Lev. 19:33-34). The purpose of this workshop is to heighten awareness of the plight of our Muslim immigrant neighbors and to shed light on how we, as United Methodists, can respond. With the recent bombings and shootings in mosques in various parts of the world, we are called to do better.  We are called to love one another.

ISLAM 101: Zan Christ, MA, is the coordinator for religious and spiritual life program at Hamline University's Wesley Center for Spirituality. Christ is a multi-faith public speaker on college campuses and community events. She has served as a Qur’an and Islamic studies teacher at Building Blocks of Islam.

EXPERIENCE AS A MUSLIM WOMAN IN MN:  Hudda Ibrahim, MA, is an author, educator, speaker, and teacher of diversity and social justice. She is an instructor at St. Cloud Technical and Community College and author of “From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home.” 

WRAPPING OF A HIJAB HEADSCARF: Hudda Ibrahim will teach the technique of wrapping a hijab. Interested participants should bring a scarf, shawl, or fabric that's at least 30” x 70”.

This seminar is sponsored by the following annual conference groups and made possible through a Peace with Justice grant:

  • Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW)
  • Commission on Religion and Race (CORR)
  • Church and Society
  • United Methodist Women (UMW)

Register for this session while registering for Annual Conference OR by clicking here.

Your Church Can Multiply: 10 a.m.-noon, $10

Drawing on tested field examples, this workshop will give practical ways churches can multiply their impact in their communities. Multiply your community engagement, your leadership, your ministries, and your vision! 

Register for this session while registering for conference.

Youth Ministry Leader Training: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $50

Dare to Reach Gen Z through this workshop designed for all youth ministry leaders (volunteers, full-time staff, part-time staff, interns, interim youth leaders, etc.). It will equip and empower attendees to better reach Generation Z.  

This workshop has a strong lineup of speakers, facilitators, and educators to deliver its three goals for the day: Understanding Gen Z, Speaking to Gen Z, and Reaching Gen Z. 

Along with excellent sessions, attendees will spend time in fellowship, worship, and community, getting to know other youth ministers across the conference. This will be a great day of sharing insights with content that is relevant to youth leaders who are just starting out and those who have been serving for many years.

Register for this session by clicking here.

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

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