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Oliver Lecture Series: A Judge Looks at Poverty & Social Dysfunction



Sunday, April 26

3:00 p.m.

First Congregational UCC, Portland

1126 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR

The Honorable Thomas A. Balmer, Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court will be speaking at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Portland on Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 PM. This is part of Portland First’s Oliver Lecture series.

The subject of his lecture will be A Judge Looks at Poverty and Social Dysfunction – What Happens When we Fail to promote the “General Welfare.”

This is a rare opportunity for us to hear Justice Balmer spell out a judge’s-eye view of these issues. He holds a unique position of perspective in our state, one that allows him to see and hear every day the realities that plague our society. “Thomas Jefferson’s famous remark, ‘I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just’,” Balmer said recently, “was sparked by Jefferson’s understanding that the moral evil of slavery eventually would convulse our country. But a contemporary Jefferson would no doubt tremble when reflecting on some aspects of American society today, like income inequality and poverty, homelessness and addiction, broken families and untreated mental illness, for example.”

Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $25 for Admission together with a Reception with Justice Balmer and Rev. Michael Ellick, immediately following the lecture. Tickets will be on sale after church service on April 19 for cash or check. You can also purchase them online at http://bit.ly/OliverLectureTickets and use PayPal or pay by check.

A Conversation about Faith & Race – April 18


with the Rev. Rachel Hackenberg

Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hillsdale Community Church – UCC
, 6948 SW Capitol Hwy
 Portland OR 97219


We sing that God loves all people — “red and yellow, black and white”— but do we live as though God loves all people?

How does race shape our faith, and how does faith shape our understandings of race?

Join us for an honest conversation on
Saturday, April 18, 9am – 1pm at Hillsdale Community Church – UCC

rachel-hackenberg-photoLed by the Rev. Rachel Hackenberg from the United Church of Christ National Offices.

Continental breakfast and childcare provided.

Please RSVP by 4/15/15 to rsvp@hillsdaleucc.org or 503-246-5474.

$10 requested donation will be allocated to an organization working for racial justice, to be determined by conversation participants. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Made possible by your generous support of 
Our Church’s Wider Mission.

Click HERE to download the flyer for this event.

A.M.P (April Music Program) Intergenerational Retreat at Camp Adams


All those 14 years of age and older are invited to pack-up their instruments, bring their voices and join us for a weekend of music making at Camp Adams. What we hope will be the First Annual A.M.P Intergenerational Camp Adams Retreat will be held Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26.

Music is such a vital part of what we do together when we gather at camp AND so many amazing musicians have gathered here throughout the years that we wanted to set aside a special time for an intentional music gathering.

Supervision for youth 14-17 will be provided by the Educational Ministry Team, but the intention of the retreat is to let the program develop organically amongst attendees and culminate in a worship service on Sunday morning. Come make music, teach and learn with others! Come recharge your batteries by making music in our beautiful forest!

Register by clicking on the red registration button on the home page of the Camp Adams website (campadams.org). If you already have an account in our registration system, you can use it to register for A.M.P. Otherwise, follow the simple instructions to establish an account, which you can use for all future events at Camp Adams! Youth 14-18 will need to register under the Youth A.M.P. designation. All others please register under the Adult A.M.P. designation. Registration fees for the event are $76.50. Scholarships are available for those who express a need.

All those who register will receive more detailed information about the weekend. Plan on arriving between 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday the 24th and departing by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday the 26th. Any questions? Email Natalie Becker, Co-Director of Outdoor Ministries, at campadams.om@gmail.com.

This promises to be the beginning of a beautiful Camp Adams spring tradition!

Boundary/Ethics Workshop exclusively for Retired Clergy

Retired ministers in the Central Pacific Conference are warmly invited to join our first Boundary/Ethics Workshop exclusively for Retired Clergy!

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Where: Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, 11695 S.W. Park Way, Portland 97225

Leadership Team: Walter John Boris, Sally Godard, Frank Baldwin & Margaret May

Cost: $15 for lunch and materials



Registration: Contact Debbie Jacober (Conference Office)
503-228-3178 or centralpacific@cpcucc.org

Questions: Contact Frank Baldwin (Committee on Ministry)
925-788-6535 or frankwbaldwin@gmail.com

Participation in a re-occurring program of boundary/ethics awareness training is expected of authorized ministers holding standing in the United Church of Christ. In the Central Pacific Conference, all ministers – active and retired – have been asked to take part in a boundary/ethics awareness workshop once every four years. Our Committee on Ministry (formerly Covenants Ministry Team) strives to offer these workshops on a two-year cycle.

CPC ministers have called for separate, specialized boundary/ethics workshops that address the unique needs and issues of retired clergy. The Committee on Ministry has researched this concept and developed a boundary/ethics program that is more relevant and convenient for our retired clergy. Here are some highlights of the new program:

  • Clergy will be expected to take a retirement boundary/ethics workshop once within the first three years of retiring.
  • Ministers who retired before January 2015 and have taken a regular boundary/ethics workshop have fulfilled this requirement.
  • Participating in a single four-hour workshop fulfills one’s boundary/ethics requirement for as long as one is retired.
  • An unconditional waiver is available in verifiable cases of extreme hardship, extended illness, or inability to travel.

Retired clergy who have an active ministerial role as interims, supply preachers, Conference leaders or community activists should continue to participate in regular COM boundary/ethics workshops on the normal four-year cycle.

A detailed description of this new program: “Boundary/Ethics Workshops for Retired Clergy” may be found on the Committee on Ministry page on this website.

Camp Adams 2015 Fundraiser

Help us update some worn out, well-used items in preparation for the 2015 camp season. We are currently raising funds for the following items:

We are currently raising funds for the following:


New Dining Hall Chairs for Adkins Lodge


A New Camp Adams Entrance Sign


A New Tractor

Visit the Camp Adams website for details and to donate.

A great big THANK YOU from all of us at Camp Adams to all the Camp Adams Community!


Welcome! God is Still Speaking in the CPC

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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 47 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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