Minnesota Annual Conference

Local Church
At Eden Prairie (Minnesota) United Methodist Church “Adaptive VBS,” children participate in story time and do crafts. Photos courtesy of Eden Prairie United Methodist Church.

Adaptive VBS gives autistic children inclusive faith-building experience

When Rachel Casper was asked to not bring her autistic baby back to the church's nursery, it inspired her to create a specialized vacation Bible school for kids on the spectrum.
Local Church
Lake Harriet United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall in Minneapolis, Minn., is filled with donated pillows headed to homeless ministries. Photo courtesy of Lake Harriet United Methodist Church.

700 pillows go to homeless

A fort made up of 700 pillows got people reconnected at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, Minn. The effort ended with three Federal Express trucks full of pillows headed to homeless ministries. Christa Meland with the Minnesota Conference has the story.
Mission and Ministry
A woman reacts in a residential district damaged by shelling, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 18, 2022. United Methodists with close ties to Ukraine have reacted with special feeling to the invasion, but also have found creative ways to help with relief efforts. Photo by Vladyslav Musiienko, REUTERS © 2022.

Blessed be their Ukrainian ties

Since the Russian invasion began, United Methodists with close connections to Ukraine have been sweating out friends and family members, while also finding creative ways to help.
Racism
A person reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis after the guilty verdict handed down April 20 in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. While expressing the sense that the verdict was just, United Methodist leaders urged continuing work toward dismantling widespread racism and systemic injustice against people of color. Photo by Carlos Barria, Reuters.

United Methodists react to Chauvin verdict

Church leaders praised the justice of the verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, but cautioned that much work lies ahead to overcome systemic racism.

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