No matter who you are, who you love,
or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here.
CPC Celebrates & Remembers at Pride 2016
People from congregations all across the Central Pacific Conference celebrated Pride 2016. Below is a gallery of photos from PDX Pride 2016, June 18-19, 2016. Many carried signs in remembrance and honor of the people killed in the senseless mass shooting at the LGBTQIA club, Pulse, in Orlando FL on June 12. View the full Pride 2016 gallery here.
Small Tables, Big Changes
2016 Central Pacific Conference Annual Meeting
September 23-25, 2016
Pendleton Convention Center, Pendleton OR
Do you crave those kinds of conversations that build upon themselves,
unfolding like onions to reveal ever-deepening meanings?
What would it mean to approach church with the same intention
as we do those conversations?
What if we talked about church with curiosity, openness, and love?
This September, we members of the Central Pacific Conference UCC will gather to do just that. We will circle together in small groups, hold space for each other and listen well. We will think deeply, share openly, and build relationships. And, we will trust that God will be ever-present, as we explore our church and our world with curiosity and hope.
Let us gather with open hearts, and lay it all out at the table.
Mark your calendar and join your friends and neighbors, September 23- 25, 2016.
Institution or Movement?
What do our Ministry Teams do?
What is all this “Network” talk?
The early Christians, the followers of Jesus, referred to themselves as “People of the Way.” Not church, but movement. A movement is community seeking truth and a righteous path. A movement is the fastest way to respond to injustice. Individuals, with a deep longing and passion, come together to change the world. A movement is diverse, messy, and powerful!
The time comes when all movements recognize the need for logistics. Who’s bringing the food? Who’s going to speak at the press conference? What focused message is going to drive our cause forward? Institution starts to take shape. And so movement becomes church, an institution to carry forward the message. But the focus of institution is stability. The focus of movement is truth and passion.
Continue reading this defining article by Conference Minister, the Rev. Dr. Walter John Boris, about how the Central Pacific Conference is a vibrant mix of Institution (our governing structure) and Movement (our passion-driven Ministry Networks). We are a leader-full covenant community!
The Central Pacific Conference is the community of United Church of Christ congregations in Oregon, southern Idaho and southern Washington. We are multiracial and multicultural, open and affirming, and accessible to all.
In this family of 45 congregations our shared commitment is to ministry and mission. The CPC provides spiritual and material resources and encouragement to all our nearly 7,600 members. We put purposes and programs into action by drawing on the experience and talents of all the conference’s members, both lay people and clergy.
The CPC assists and encourages local congregations and their members in working together to explore, communicate, support and pursue the ministry and mission of the church, and provides a channel for effective relationships with the UCC and with other faith communities.
The Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ is one of 39 regional conferences in the 1.5 million member United Church of Christ, a “united and uniting” Protestant denomination in the United States of America.