Sanctuary Church Movement

The following was taken from the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ COMMAntary e-newsletter, dated 2/24/17 Yes, MOVEMENT is indeed what is happening in our Conference when it comes to providing “Sanctuary” for immigrant families facing deportation. The Sanctuary Movement traces its roots to the 1980s, when many congregations were led to provide housing and other assistanceContinue reading “Sanctuary Church Movement”

White Privilege: Let’s Talk

An Invitation to Transformational Dialogue (5 weeks) Thursday evenings, beginning February 2nd @ 7pm Led by: Revs. T. Michael Rock and Corii Varner Do you understand racial justice? know what White Privilege is all about? want to engage in a dialogue that isn’t about guilt? want to work for racial equity? We will provide a safeContinue reading “White Privilege: Let’s Talk”

A Pastoral Letter From MN UCC Conference Minister

“We claim faith in a God who became incarnate and lived among us, who shared intimately in our suffering and  grief.  We believe in a God who brings resurrecting power to the most desperate places.  Let us witness to that faith now.  Let us bring that same manner of profound presence and transforming love toContinue reading “A Pastoral Letter From MN UCC Conference Minister”

Orlando Tragedy : “This is a moment for our kind of faith — loving, passionate, and unifying.”

In response to last week’s horrific Orlando tragedy, Reverend Shari Prestemon, MN UCC Conference Minister, sent out the following to everyone who attended the annual conference: June 14, 2016 Dear Minnesota Conference UCC, Just days ago, 300 of us convened for the 54th Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Conference. On Saturday, Reverend Traci Blackmon calledContinue reading “Orlando Tragedy : “This is a moment for our kind of faith — loving, passionate, and unifying.””

On Fire! In Love!

On Fire! In Love! was the theme of an ecumenical Pentecost worship Robbinsdale United Church of Christ hosted. In worship with us were two ecumenical partners, Nu Generation Gathering and Jesus is the Way Ministries International of the Twin Cities.  The worship featured song, dance, prayer, celebration, and communion. It was made possible in part throughContinue reading “On Fire! In Love!”

Robbinsdale United Church of Christ is a Sanctuary Congregation

As a community of faith, Robbinsdale United Church of Christ is committed to opening our doors to an immigrant family in need of sanctuary. We are open to this call at any time, day or night. We will do what the U.S. Congress has refused to do: protect immigrants from an immigration system that isContinue reading “Robbinsdale United Church of Christ is a Sanctuary Congregation”

Lent: The Season of YES

Sometimes our faith can get stuck.  Especially when we dwell on the “Thou Shalt Nots” and the “Don’ts.”  Some people experience this in Lent, when they come up with something they are going to “Go Without” or “Give Up,” like chocolate or sweets. This Lent we are asking what you want to say YES to? Continue reading “Lent: The Season of YES”

Tell the Obama Administration: Stop the Raids on Central American Refugees | Groundswell

As people of faith and moral conscience, we are outraged by the Obama administration’s violation of human rights by using raids as a scare tactic against the immigrant community and deporting thousands of Central American refugees who entered the United States seeking asylum. We urge President Obama and his administration to respond to this crisisContinue reading “Tell the Obama Administration: Stop the Raids on Central American Refugees | Groundswell”

Rev T Michael Rock Denounces January Immigration Raids as ‘Criminal’

In a January 5 United Church of Christ press release, Rev T Michael Rock, pastor of Robbinsdale United Church of Christ, denounced recent ICE raids as “criminal.” In response to ICE round up of hundreds of undocumented immigrants for deportation, Rock condemned the raids and called on local congregations to offer sanctuary. “What ICE isContinue reading “Rev T Michael Rock Denounces January Immigration Raids as ‘Criminal’”

Presbyterian church in Arizona offers sanctuary to undocumented migrant

Perhaps you heard about “sanctuary” in Rev T Michael Rock’s sermon today, and you were curious about what it means. As Robbinsdale United Church of Christ discerns its calling, we are not without agency. We can learn as much as possible about sanctuary and pray without ceasing about God’s call for us. This article from Reuters tells aboutContinue reading “Presbyterian church in Arizona offers sanctuary to undocumented migrant”