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The weather was fabulous and so were the people as we marched and celebrated rainbow diversity and divine love. Folks from First Congregational UCC Portland handed out re-usable water bottles to the happy crowd, emblazoned with the slogan “God Loves Gays.” Gracie, our elephant friend and “unity and diversity evangelist for the Central Pacific Conference, marched for the first time. Decked out in a rainbow wig and comma pride earrings (she pierced her ears!), Gracie delighted the crowd as she shared elephant kisses and received fond petting.
The new music director at Frogpond, Rhodd Caldwell (he’s the one in the sunglasses, holding the Meridian UCC sign), shared this on his FB page:
”We had about a dozen folks from Meridian United Church of Christ and about 70 people from the Central Pacific Conference, United Church of Christ. Thousands of participants, and thousands of watchers. Gorgeous weather, great energy, wonderful experience!” ~ Rhodd Caldwell
GRAB YOUR CALENDAR and reserve September 25-26-27 for the 2015 Central Pacific Conference Annual Meeting.
Is your congregation as VITAL as it could be? Could it benefit from some RENEWAL? Then you’ll want to be sure to come to this year’s Annual Meeting WITH your leadership team.
Our theme is Congregational Vitality and Renewal. The CPC Local Church Ministry Team is hosting a dynamic 48 hours on exactly that point. You’ll find equal parts inspiration and tools to make it happen in your congregation.
Our Keynote Speaker is the Rev. Cameron Trimble, Executive Director, CEO of the Center for Progressive Renewal. She most recently served as an advisor to the Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Team of Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and as Associate Conference Minister of Church Development in the Southeast Conference of the UCC. Nationally she was responsible for the development of strategy for birthing new churches. In her conference setting, she directly oversaw the birthing of churches in the Southeast Conference. Each setting has given her a unique perspective on cultivating leaders equipped to meet the needs of the future of mainline Protestantism.
She is an adjunct professor teaching church planting and renewal with the Pacific School of Religion and Chicago Theological Seminary. She has co-authored the book, Liberating Hope – Daring to Renew the Mainline Church.
In addition, there will be more than two dozen workshops, most on congregational vitality and renewal to equip your leadership team with the tools to make it happen in your congregation.
We’re returning to our very successful venue in Pendleton and will have hotel discounts and home stays available to make it economical to attend. Put it on your calendar and get your team committed today.
By Natalie Becker
On March 21st, over 70 individuals gathered at Camp Adams to dedicate and name the new pavilion in honor of Charlie Hill and to bid farewell to Charlie after more than 25 years of service to camp. During this beautiful breezy but sunny spring afternoon, we as a faith community gathered to remember and honor a very important piece of the history of Camp Adams.
Charlie’s family and friends joined the staff of the Central Pacific Conference, campers and camp volunteers to dedicate the pavilion in honor of Charlie and in memory of his father the Rev. Charles Hill. Our Conference Minister, Walter John Boris, led us in a litany of dedication and many others followed him at the microphone to share memories and stories.
“Out of wood and (steel and concrete), out of dream and sacrifice, the people build a home. Out of the work of their hands and hearts and minds, the people fashion a symbol and a reality.”
Eileen Karpeles wrote her poem to dedicate a meeting house – a place of worship. But her words are just as appropriate for this place, Camp Adams. A place of meeting – a place of worship. For more than 25 years, Charles Hill has been part of Camp Adams. It has been his ministry. Building. Repairing. Maintaining. Preparing. Making do with scarce resources. Offering a warm welcome, a hug, a smile, and a story.
There are lots of stories in 25 years of life and ministry. Charlie’s love and dedication to Camp Adams finds its roots in the ministry of his father, also carrying the name of Charles. Charlie grew up as a preacher’s kid in the tradition 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 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.