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 Small Tables, Big Changes 

2016 Central Pacific Conference Annual Meeting


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September 23-25, 2016

Pendleton Convention Center, Pendleton OR

Our theme for Annual Meeting this year is “Small Tables, Big Changes.” This year, we’ll be trying a new participatory format that includes less time in business and more time talking with one another. Our facilitation team will engage the whole group with powerful questions and topics for us to consider in various sized groups.

tenneson-woolf-imageTo support us in our participatory format, we have invited Tenneson Woolf, a practitioner and consultant of engaging people in conversational leadership. He has extensive experience working with the UCC and other faith communities to reshape the format of annual meetings and ways of being together in parishes and congregations. You can learn more about Tenneson and his approaches by perusing his website, www.tennesonwoolf.com.

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. Click on the link below to read an article describing some aspects of this. Give it a read, please. And join us this year in Pendleton, where conversations at small tables will support us in the big changes needed in our times.

Article – Conversational Leadership: Thinking Together for a Change

For more information about:
Registering for Annual Meeting
New meeting format
Lodging in Pendleton
Requesting organizational display space
Local Church Ministry scholarships


The Central Pacific Conference has been blessed with passionate people, churches, ministry teams and networks. Our 2016 Annual Meeting will be a time to bring all our current and emerging passions to the table.

Read previous posts for the 2016 CPC Annual Meeting


CPC Women’s Retreat – Take a Breath!


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




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