No matter who you are, who you love,
how you identify yourself, or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome EVERYWHERE
in the Central Pacific Conference.
UCC 3 Great Loves Initiative
“What is Three Great Loves? It is a call to the love of children, to the love of neighbor, and to the love of creation… During the next biennium, we want to discover what an entire denomination committed to Three Great Loves can do to change the world.” (Rev. John Dorhauer, General Minister & President, UCC)
Beginning at Synod 2017 and ending at Synod 2019, through the lens of the 3 Great Loves, the United Church of Christ in its many settings of ministry will discern and lift up how we act upon these 3 Great Loves. As we do so, we will tell the story of how we are impacting and transforming the world, as covenantal partners united in common purpose and mission.
Between now and the summer of 2019, we will be gathering our own stories of love of neighbor, love of creation and love of children from across the Central Pacific Conference. From now through the season of Lent next year, we will be focusing on gathering our stories of Love of Neighbor and the impact of those ministries. So, please begin thinking about what stories your congregation has to share.
This fall (October 15, 2017 – December 31, 2017), congregations across the United Church of Christ are invited to participate in the Basic Needs Drive and collect items to support the basic needs of people living in need of shelter, food, and/or safety. This call to action is the first of the 3 Great Loves initiatives and invites congregations to show our Love of Neighbor in action.
CLICK HERE to view and download the Basic Needs Drive flyer for ideas and posting.
Beginning in November, you will receive a new monthly e-newsletter dedicated to Three Great Loves in the CPC. In this monthly e-news, we’ll define the process of how to share congregational stories and we’ll tell some of our own stories. For more information and to subscribe to this monthly e-news on the 3 Great Loves initiative in the CPC, contact Rev. Gayle Dee, CPC 3GL Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Watch Rev. John Dorhauer’s speech at Synod 2017 introducing the Three Great Loves initiative. CLICK HERE or on the image to the left to view on YouTube.
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.