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No matter who you are, who you love,

or where you are on life’s journey,

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 Small Tables, Big Changes 

2016 Central Pacific Conference Annual Meeting


 Click HERE to Register

Sunday, Sept. 18th is the last day to register at the early bird rate!

September 23-25, 2016

Pendleton Convention Center, Pendleton OR

View and download the full annual meeting schedule>>

If you’ve been to annual meeting before, you know that some of the most important conversations happen during the break time, on the late night walk to the hotel, or in the car ride back from the meeting.

This year, we’re bringing those conversations into the center circle. We’ve invited Tenneson Wolf, a skilled facilitator of conversational leadership, to join us in Pendleton. See a message from Tenneson below.

We’ll begin Friday, Sept 23rd with dinner at 5:00 p.m. Then we’ll begin to say hello to each other in our gathering circle from 6:00-9:00 p.m. that night. On Saturday, we’ll work on strengthening our conference community through small group conversations, business plenaries, and working groups. Our Ministry Teams, Networks, and any individual present will have an opportunity during the working group time to host their own conversation. On Sunday, we’ll have a closing circle offering our gratitudes for the weekend. We’ll end by worshiping together.

Remember, Sunday, Sept. 18th
is the last day to register at the early bird rate!

tenneson-woolf-imageAs a 20+ years practitioner of participative leadership, I’ve seen many people replenished and nourished in being together telling stories, asking questions, and then making sense of things together.

Many of us are learning that authentic, honest, inquisitive conversation changes who we are, what we do, and how we do it. It forms us. Sometimes it cracks us open. Sometimes it provides the very anticipated spark of inspiration we’ve been longing and waiting for.

We’ll be in many layers of conversation at this year’s annual meeting. I’m excited to be with you and help evolve the format of annual meeting to meet the desire of parishioners, clergy, and leadership to be in meaningful connection with each other.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in Pendleton.

With anticipation,

You can learn more about Tenneson and his approaches by perusing his website, www.tennesonwoolf.com.


CPC Women’s Retreat – Take a Breath: Embodying Our Faith


CPC Women’s Retreat

October 7-9, 2016

Camp Adams

This year’s Women’s Camp will focus on “Take a Breath: Embodying Our Faith.” Our time will include opportunities to help bring our faith out of our heads and into our bodies through engaging with scripture and our own stories. The Rev. Jennifer Garrison Brownell, designated pastor at First Congregational UCC in Vancouver WA, will be our retreat leader.

Join us at Camp Adams to worship, discuss, meditate, sing, and play together. It’s our chance to greet old and new friends, walk in the woods, and share our joys or sorrows as we build community among our Central Pacific Conference women.

Registration fee is $105 is due by October 1st. You may pre-register for $65 with the balance of $40 due upon arrival. Click on the link below to view and download the brochure and registration form.

Click here to view and download a PDF of the retreat brochure.


Northwest Regional Women’s Retreat XI


Let Your Spirit Bloom

November 4 – 6, 2016

Kah-Nee-Ta Resort

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 bderkacht71@gmail.comWe 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!

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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 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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Portland, OR 97239

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