Co-Lab Webinars are on a summer hiatus, but The Ministry Lab highly recommends participation in these excellent webinar series, sponsored by our judicatories and partners:

Tuesday, July 14 @ 2:00 PM CST meet Rev. Jia Starr Brown, the force behind Journey to Freedom: Intersectionality: an annual series comprised of sermons, discussion, art, and study. Learn about Jia’s inspiration and this year’s line-up of guest preachers, authors and local artists, as well as registration options. Congregational participation in this inspiring six weeks may be transformative for your whole community. Register for Tuesday’s introductory Co-Lab Webinar and receive the zoom link by contacting Rev. Emily Meyer at ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu. The Ministry Lab is honored to be a partner in bringing Journey to Freedom to a broader audience.

Journey to Freedom: Embracing God’s Cultural Mosaic of People

Series Theme: Intersectionality

JULY 18-AUGUST 26, 2020 

  • Designed by Rev. Jia Starr Brown, this annual six-week series is comprised of sermons, discussion, art, and study.
  • Listen each week as one of six guest preachers preaches from John 4:4-26 through their own cultural lens.
  • Experience the beauty of original art, music, and poetry created by six local artists throughout the Journey Series.
  • Join in additional learning experiences through online Bible and book studies, trainings and workshops.
  • Continuing Education credit is available for this series through United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
  • Participants are invited to join any and all of the events.
  • See a full schedule of events and opportunities here.
  • Registration is required.

Justice Talk to Justice Walk

Minnesota Conference UCC launches its three-part webinar series, “aimed at expanding our racial justice awareness”, Tuesday, June 30.

7:00-8:30 PM CST

  • June 30: Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of the United Church of Christ, leads Where Do We Go From Here? Lessons from Ferguson & Beyond, an interactive conversation between Conference Minister Shari Prestemon and Rev. Blackmon, with opportunities for participants to ask questions. Register here (registration is required)
  • Wednesday, July 15: Rev. Gary Green and Rev. Dr. Justin Tabia-Sanis, both United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities faculty, embark on a “dynamic conversation about how our sacred scriptures and our theologies can help shape our responses to George Floyd’s murder and a history of racial oppression” in Sacred Disruption: Standing with Jesus at the Corner of 38th and Chicago (Registration opens July 15)
  • August 6: guest speaker Samantha Fuentes, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018 and leader in the March for Our Lives movement hosts, Youth Lead Now: Equipping Young Leaders for Social Change.

Pamela Ayo Yetunde, J.D., Th.D., presents Think Like a Lawyer; Act Like a Chaplain: first presented in 2019 at the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) annual conference, this online, four-part series offers spiritual care professionals and students an opportunity to look at how weaponizing religious freedom may negatively impact our abilities to offer spiritual care in health care settings, as well as ways to resist discrimination through hate-proofing.

  • Part I (July 1) – A New Legal and “Inconvenient Situation”
  • Part II (July 8) – The U.S. Constitution
  • Part III (July 15) – U.S. Supreme Court Decisions 
  • Part IV (July 22) – Spiritual Caregivers and the Legal Process

ASDIC (Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles) and FREC (Facilitating Racial Equity Collective), with host Professor Joe R. Feagin (Texas A&M University) and Minnesota antiracist activists and scholars, offer four 90-minute conversations over the summer. Each will run viz Zoom with a short breakout session after each conversation. The final two installments of WE CAN’T BREATHE: Virtual Conversations on Systemic Racism are July 12 & 19 from 2:00-3:30 PM CST

Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN and the Center of Addiction & Faith are partnering with Faith Partners to provide a two-part Zoom meeting training for congregational leaders to develop a congregational addiction team ministry.

  • What: Faith Partners Leadership Training provides an overview of this effective model and the opportunity to gain tools and strategies to build congregational support for this lay team ministry.
  • Who: 2 to 4 congregational leaders including a pastor, staff, and laity. We suggest at least a pastor and lay person who can help initiate this ministry in their congregation.
  • When: Two consecutive Wednesdays, July 29th, 2020 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and August 5th, 2020 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Where: In the comfort of your own home or office – just register and get the Zoom Meeting Access Information.
  • Costs: The Leadership Training fee is $125/congregation and includes the training, toolkit ($50 value), set of three ministry guides, handouts and power point presentation. 

For more information and/or to register; please contact Drew Brooks at drewbrooks@faith-partners.org or at 512-417-2307.

Monday, August 17, 2020, Church Anew will gather a diverse set of thought leaders, including:

  • Dr. Diana Butler Bass
  • Dr. Joy Moore
  • Dr. Eric D. Barreto
  • Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort
  • Rozella Haydée White
  • Ulysses Burley III
  • Brian McLaren
  • Dr. Valerie Bridgeman
  • Emmy Kegler

to speak, in short form, to how the church can lead in a time like this. These keynote speakers will amplify the voices of local leaders from the Minneapolis area, who will share stories of how the church is leading in our own context, particularly in response to systemic racism in our communities. This digital conference is designed to challenge and provoke participants so that church leaders can reclaim the immediacy and necessity of our ministry in a time like this.

You can register for this FREE webinar and learn more here.

The MN Conference UMC offers Standing Against Racism, six-week video series featuring:

  • Rev. Dr. Shawn Moore (Living Spirit UMC, Minneapolis): talks about the skin he’s in, the heaviness that our community is experiencing, and how he’s called to show up, listen, be the hands and feet of Christ, and work for racial reconciliation.
  • Rev. Tyler Sit, (New City Church, Minneapolis): talks about how we follow Jesus best when we are anti-racist. He calls [us] to make anti-racism part of [our] faith practice and to attend to it weekly in order to build the [reign] of God.
  • Rev. Rich Zeck talks about hearing personal accounts of racism from the men of color in his congregation, his firm belief that God is with us, and feeling called to stand in his discomfort as he ministers to neighbors and helps rebuild.
  • Rev. Frenchye Magee shares how the murder of George Floyd was a seminal moment, what she has seen and learned, and how she’s called to help her congregation work for racial justice.