No matter who you are, who you love,
or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome EVERYWHERE
in the Central Pacific Conference.
Small Tables, Big Changes
Thank you for an inspiring, conversation-rich Annual Meeting!
At our Sunday gathering for worship during Annual Meeting, Rev. Jonathan Morgan began his reflections by greeting us with “Hello Church.” It struck me because I felt that during our time together we moved a little deeper into being church together. One member commented to me that instead of just talking about the conversations we need to have, we jumped in and had the conversations. Another member said their sense of ministry and hope for the church had been renewed.
At this year’s CPC Annual Meeting, we launched ourselves into a new way of meeting — and with this launch we have opportunity to evolve not just what happens at church, but how we are in it together.
If you attended Annual Meeting, WE WOULD LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK about your experience this weekend, your thoughts and your stories about how we are evolving. Please click on the link below for a brief survey.
I left annual meeting excited to return next year so we can further explore and experience how to be church together.
Rev. Sara Rosenau
Annual Meeting Planning Team Chair
Annual Meeting attendees, click below…
Northwest Regional Women’s Retreat XI
Let Your Spirit Bloom
November 4 – 6, 2016
Warm Springs, Oregon
It hardly seems possible that nearly three years have passed since we last gathered at Kah-Nee-Ta to celebrate women’s journeys along their spiritual paths. Women from Central Pacific Conference and Pacific Northwest Conference extend an invitation to all women to “Let Your Spirit Bloom.” This November retreat will be a chance for women to find inspiration, relaxation, fellowship, education, stimulation, and yes, good fun! Our keynote speaker is Jean Kirkpatrick. There is indeed something for everyone.
Please share this news with your congregation. TO REGISTER, download the registration form or go to the retreat website (www.nrwr.us) where registration forms can be downloaded and more information is available.
If you or members of your congregation have any questions about the retreat, please don’t hesitate to call me (503-631-3063) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you at Kah-Nee-Ta in November!
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.