This year, our Conference Open and Affirming (ONA) Celebration will be something new! The success of the “Vote NO on the Marriage Amendment”campaign last fall gives our 39 churches an additional reason to gather and celebrate being in community with together. We need to see and embrace each other; worship, sing, pray, study, eat and vision together; and for some this year to lodge and travel together.
The worship this year will be led by Rev. Dr. J. Bennet Guess, Executive, Minister for Local Church Ministries of the UCC. Guess has written more than 500 articles on all aspects of the church, earning him more than 60 awards. His writing demonstrates his broad knowledge of the UCC and local-church life and demonstrates his capacity to think critically as well as creatively. He is a member of numerous ecumenical organizations and is a member of the UCC’s 5 member national Collegium of Officers.
Music will be provided by the St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ sanctuary choir.
Two workshops are offered at 2:30 p.m.: “A New Way of Doing Church” presented by Shift UCC – a brand new ministry setting within the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ, led by Lawrence T. Richardson, and “Sing Out” led by Gigi Nauer, co-director at Pilgrim Point Camp and Music Director for Pilgrims’ UCC in Maple Grove.