Welcome to the Central Pacific Conference!

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,

you are welcome here.

Want to know more about the CPC?


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Click HERE to REGISTER

Does your church have a vibrant online ministry presence?

Want to know how your congregation can (must?) use Social Media for ministry? This is the one-day workshop for you – clergy, staff and members interested in learning best practices for using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and more (or just one, for starters) to expand and enrich the ministry of your congregation to each other and those not yet a part of your faith community, too.

This workshop will be offered both onsite at Cedar Hills UCC and via live-streaming online. That way participation will be possible throughout the CPC.

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7 at Cedar Hills UCC
11695 Southwest Park Way, Portland, OR 97225

Click HERE to REGISTER and pay for either Onsite or Online attendance

$15.00 includes lunch for attendees at Cedar Hills UCC
$5.00 for each online connection

If you will be participating online, consider gathering others together from your congregation or organization and view together.
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In the morning, keynote speaker-trainer Bruce Reyes-Chow of the Center for Progressive Renewal will present a three-hour session on why your congregation should be using Social Media and how to get started if you haven’t, or expand its usefulness if you’re already started.

After lunch, simultaneous Breakout Sessions on Facebook, pastoral care and social media, and an “All Questions Considered…(about social media and websites, that is!)” session will be presented by CPC congregational leaders who are using these tools every day for their church’s ministry. This is where to get your questions answered about “why”, “which” and “how”. The afternoon will conclude with a panel discussion with Bruce Reyes-Chow, Gayle Dee, Jeremy Smith and Walter John Boris about future visions for ministry with social media and websites.

About Bruce Reyes-Chow

bruce-reyes-chow-photoBruce is a San Francisco-based writer, speaker, coach and pastor and technology enthusiast who speaks and teaches on faith, race, parenting and technology in a variety of contexts from seminaries to pre-schools. He is the author of The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church (Shook Foil Books, 2012).

Bruce has been a Presbyterian pastor for nearly 20 years, He founded Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco, a church of young, multicultural and progressive Presbyterians. In 2008, he was the youngest person ever elected as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the highest elected office of the 1.8 million member denomination.

Bruce is a Senior Consultant with the Center of Progressive Renewal. He is the author of two books, The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church (2012) and But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations About Race (2013)

For more information, contact Gayle Dee at cpccom@cpcucc.org.


Interfaith Climate Advocacy Day – March 3rd

Register now to participate in a day of climate advocacy, training and hope. Come to Salem for two events on March 3rd:

 

Interfaith-Climate-Advocacy-Day-graphicPolicy Briefing and Legislative Visits

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Salem First United Methodist Church

CPC Climate Action Network Gathering

4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Salem First Congregational United Church of Christ

 

Click HERE to view and download the flyer for program descriptions and registration information.


Clergy Retreat – Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Hot Springs

Please join with your colleagues and friends,

old and new, for a clergy retreat

April 14-16, 2015

In beautiful Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Hot Springs

(http://www.kahneeta.com)

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What to expect

Several sessions to enlighten and inspire us from writer and MESA maven, Rev. Rachel Hackenberg, who’s coming all the way from our national offices in Cleveland for the retreat. Lots of good food. Prayer and worship. Plenty of time to soak in the springs, walk in the desert or visit the spa. Time alone and time with one another. Definitely laughter. An opportunity to rest and rejuvenate right after Easter.

Who’s invited

You – if you are a member-in-discernment, approved for ordination pending call, retired, serving in specialized ministry, or currently serving in parish ministry. And your spouse too! If you have kids at home, check the registration form to find how we can best support you and your family in this time away.

Cost

Register early and $20 will get you the program and two evening meals, thanks to generous grants from our CPC Local Church Ministry and your OCWM. You also cover the cost of the room (about $117 per night whether you get a single or a double) and breakfast and lunch. There are a few scholarships available, too, so if cost is a hardship, check the registration form.

Register online HERE. To apply for a scholarship, click HERE.

Online registration for rooms at KahNeeTa Resort

Our group rate rooms at the Lodge, for either two queen size or two king size beds, is $95 / night (this rate can also be extended a couple days before and after if people want a little extra time up there.) Phone registrations are fine. Our group is identified as United Church of Christ Central Pacific Conference. Click HERE to make room reservations.

We are looking forward to this time together – we hope you can join us!

2015 Retreat Planning Team
Jennifer Brownell, Tim Graves, Chi Morgan, Melanie Oommen, Jennie Ott, Paula Sohl, David Zaworski


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!


boundary-ethics-workshop-retired-clergy-signWhen:
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 Winter 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:

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New Dining Hall Chairs for Adkins Lodge

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A New Camp Adams Entrance Sign

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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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