Welcome to the Central Pacific Conference

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.


Radical Welcome, Transformative Faith: Whole-Hearted Church, June 3


Saturday, June 3, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

First Congregational UCC, Portland
1126 SW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon

The Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ invites you an interactive, participatory workshop led by Resolutions Northwest in fulfillment of our Resolution to be an Anti-Racist Conference. We will explore issues of institutional justice: how we hold and share power, nurture presence for marginalized voices and leadership, and embody radical welcome within our churches, conference and the wider world.

Come and explore:

  • What does it mean for people to feel really welcome, not just greeted or tolerated?
  • Whose stories do not yet shape the history, culture, worship and identity of your church?
  • How is God calling your church to live the gospel from the “inside out” by embracing the margins?
  • What does life look like outside the mainline-church-industrial-complex?

Open to all members of the Central Pacific Conference, United Church of Christ. Congregations are encouraged to attend in groups of 2-3. Potluck beginning at noon: bring a lunch to share. Participate online via Zoom if you are more than an hour’s drive from Portland.

Register now or RSVP by calling 503-946-1042 or emailing edurant@uccportland.org.

Click HERE to Register

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Questions? Contact Rev. Elizabeth Durant (Liz) at edurant@uccportland.org or call 503-946-1042.



rev-molly-carlson-photoThe Search Committee of the CPC Board is pleased to announce our new Designated Term Conference Minister, Rev. Molly Carlson. Molly brings great energy and passion to her ministerial work. We are excited about her vision to build connections across the conference and to help us discern how to be conference together in these next few years.

Molly brings over 15 years of ministerial experience including leading two new church starts, pastoring in both interim and settled settings, and work at the regional and national level of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) supporting new emerging congregations and congregations discerning the end of their ministry. Molly is ordained in the Disciples and has full ministerial partnership standing in the UCC. Her most recent leadership is as senior minister of United Church of Christ (Congregational) in Yankton, SD.

Molly is married to Rev. Michael Carlson, a minister and musician. They have two sons, Simon (16) and Adam (13). Molly is an avid knitter and enjoys camping with her family, spending time at the beach, and reading good books.

Molly will begin her Designated Term in mid-August but she will be able to go to Synod on our behalf and lead our delegates, as well as meet with the council of conference ministers.

Rev. Hollis Bredeweg will continue to serve as Consulting Conference Minister until Molly arrives.

The Board thanks our search committee (Jean Avison, Corliss Marsh, Chi Morgan, and Sara Rosenau) for their hard work and discernment.

Welcome Rev. Carlson!!


Save the Date: Portland Pride – June 17 & 18


All churches of the Central Pacific Conference are invited to march in the Parade on Sunday, June 18th. We also invite you to help staff our booth at the Festival on the 17th and 18th.

Sign up today for our booth

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/BfRLDTW

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. Be sure to save & confirm your sign up spot.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Our presence at the festival will be more important than ever this year as we demonstrate that love conquers hate!

We have registered to have 2 vehicles in the parade for folks unable to walk the route. Would you like to drive your vehicle in the parade? Do you have great ideas for costumes or decorations for our marchers? If so, please contact Karen Kulm at lk.kulm@gmail.com.

Start making your Pride plans now!

UCC General Synod, June 30 – July 4, Baltimore MD


Every two years, General Synod brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship with friends (new and old). In June 2017, thousands from across the country (and abroad) will gather for General Synod 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. Together, we will discern resolutions of witness, church structure, and function. We will stand up for issues that demand a faithful witness. And we will join together in worship each day to lift up the Stillspeaking God. At General Synod 2017, we will “Make Glad!” as we celebrate, debate, worship and witness.

Delegates from around the CPC are sent to represent our conference at each General Synod. To learn more about this year’s General Synod, click HERE or on the image above.

Purpose, Mission & Vision of the United Church of Christ



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.

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Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ
0245 SW Bancroft, Suite E
Portland, OR 97239