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Upcoming Events:

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Join the Upper MidWest Region's Anti-Racism/Pro Reconciliation Team as we welcome a conversation with Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel, author of "Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don't Belong To."


Registration is required at the link above.


As we work to further the Kin-dom of God, here and now, many people of faith are getting tired because the institution of the Church has caused so much pain to so many. Join us and Lillian for a time to learn and renew ourselves as we work to be a Church we are proud of. 

Upper Midwest School of Ministry

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Upcoming Classes:


Church History for the Contemporary Church, Part 1

Instructor: Tim Diebel

Dates: Fall 2023; 1st class session on Sept. 18 (final session Nov. 27)

             Mondays 7 p.m.

Where: Online

Text: The Story of Christianity, vol. 1:  The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, by Justo L. Gonzalez, revised edition, 2010.

Course Description: 

William Faulkner famously observed that, “The past is never dead. It's not even past."  Indeed, the church continues to engage, manifest and struggle with the questions and challenges of every generation:  what does it mean and look like to follow Jesus?

In this first semester of “Church History for the Contemporary Church,” students will enter the church’s story with the early church and follow it up to the Reformation. Developed around weekly readings, facilitated online discussions in our Zoom classroom, partnered learning and independent inquiry, the course intends to equip students with knowledge, understanding and insight from the past in order to more seriously engage the church of today.

Upcoming Retreat:


Marking Special Moments with Meaningful Ritual

Facilitator: Owen Cayton

Dates: Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18

             Retreat will begin Friday evening at 7 p.m. and continue until Saturday afternoon.  Breakfast and lunch on Saturday will be provided.

Where: Christian Conference Center, Newton, Iowa

Cost: $50

Retreat Details: 

This retreat will focus on planning and leading special rituals in the life of the church and its members.  This will include a discussion of weddings, funerals, and other special rituals.

Lodging in one of the camp's climate controlled cabins is included in the registration fee along with Saturday's meals.  Please bring your own linens for the bunks in the cabins (sleeping bags or sheet sets for twin or full beds).  

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Fall Women's Retreat

September 22-24, 2023

Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds

Paynesville, MN


Keynote Speaker: Melissa Guthrie, Greensboro NC (Hometown Marshalltown, IA)

  • A reference of our theme for the weekend: Colors of Hope, Melissa Guthrie, Editor


Chaplain: Deb Murphy, First Christian: Minneapolis, MN



  • Room Rates

Sunrise - $210, 2-4 people

Sunrise - $260, Single


Invite a friend!! Scholarships available


Interested in helping? Have a gift to share? Contract your Retreat Coordinators:

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