Recent News

Collaboration and vision leads camping forward

Keith Shew has been named the Interim Director of Camping for the Dakotas Conference. Shew is the Director of Camping for the Minnesota Conference. He will serve collaboratively as the leader of camping in both the Dakotas and Minnesota Conferences. The collaborative venture, endorsed by leadership and governance teams of the Dakotas and Minnesota Conference, supports the efforts of the camping ministries’ strategic changes and building a system to serve the next generation.
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Reverends Spurrell and Atkins make press as mother and daughter

FARGO, N.D. — As church leaders developed the job description for the pastor of discipleship position at Fargo's First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Marilyn Spurrell, senior pastor, knew she had a match. But how would church leadership respond?
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Rebecca's Random Thoughts: Taking steps in faith

How often do we pay more attention to our comfort zone than to the desperate need someone has to connect with another person even for just a brief time? I may be an extrovert but my default, in large gatherings, is to find people I know to sit with or visit with. When I find myself in a large group setting or even at the end of the potluck line, it’s as if I revert back to junior high—scanning the room for someone I know rather than SEEING the people God wants me to get to know.
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A Message from the Bishop

My heart is breaking. An unspeakable crime of hatred against one of our sister Methodist congregations—Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina—has shaken me and our nation. The African Methodist Episcopal Church was born in 1816 of racism in the Methodist Episcopal Church and now in 2015, nearly 200 years later, the Mother Emanuel AME congregation is the victim of racist hatred. I join the lament: How long, O Lord, how long?
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