Justice & Witness Ministry Team

Ministry Team Contact: Liz Durant and Susan Smith, Co-Chairs, Email

The Justice and Witness Ministry Team provides the focus and support for the Conference and local churches to actively participate in ministries of compassion, advocacy and reconciliation.

There are 3 ministry networks associated with the CPC Justice and Witness ministry:

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Network

Climate Action Network

Racial Justice Network

If you are interested in serving on the Justice & Witness Ministry Team please download a job description.

Visit the Justice & Witness Ministry Team blog: Rolling Justice

Purpose: Do Justice, Seek Peace, Build Community

Justice and Witness Ministry shall encourage the conference and local churches to engage in direct action as prophetic voices for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.

Our Vision

Help local churches and their congregants identify and examine all facets of justice, peace and environmental issues affecting their communities, and facilitate a discernment of God’s call to act in response to these issues.

Offer the local churches and their congregants the information, resources, training, models and frameworks for direct action.

Raise awareness throughout the conference of issues, events and calls for action.

Lift up and celebrate the justice and peace activities and programs being carried out by the local church and its individual members.

Assist local churches and their congregants to understand that engaging in direct action is a way to grow and live their faith.


 Justice and Witness Grants

The Justice and Witness Ministry Team can provide modest funding to local churches, groups or individuals in support of activities that advance the local church or Conference involvement in justice and witness issues.

Click here for a grant application form


 Justice and Witness Award

The CPC Board of Directors established a permanent Conference award for Outstanding Achievement on behalf of Justice and Witness. The award is granted by the Board upon recommendation by the Justice and Witness Ministry Team. The award has the following parameters:

  • Shall be granted by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Justice and Witness Ministries Team.
  • Shall be presented at the Annual assembly of the Conference, but not necessarily every year.
  • Shall recognize both clergy and laity who have significantly contributed to Justice and Witness ministries within the Central Pacific Conference and the United Church of Christ in general.
  • Shall be recorded on a permanent plaque located in the Central Pacific Conference offices and an individual award shall be presented to the recipient.

Click here to view and download the CPC Board Policy for leadership awards, the process and nomination form for the Justice and Witness award and the list of past recipients for this award.



 Justice & Witness Ministry Networks

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Network

ONA Conference Consultant:  Karen Kulm, email

The Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Network serves all the churches in the Conference, to assist them in welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons into the full life, leadership and ministry of the church. The Network publicizes resources and opportunities available at the local, regional, and national level. It informs member churches of opportunities for witness and advocacy in the community, including legislative hearings and Pride festivals.

Does your church want to become Open and Affirming (ONA)? Your first step is to obtain an ONA Starter Kit from the national UCC Open and Affirming Coalition here: http://openandaffirming.org/ona/how/guide/ 
Also, contact our conference ONA consultant.

Already ONA and want ideas for how to widen your welcome?
Check out the resources from the national UCC Open and Affirming Coalition here: http://openandaffirming.org/ona/next/

Subscribe to RIPPLES, the Coalition’s free newsletter here: http://openandaffirming.org/news/subscribe/


Climate Action Network

CPC Climate Action Network Contact: Caren Caldwell, email

For next steps that you and your congregation can take, go to: In a climate crisis world, what is the church for?

Mission of the CPC Climate Action Network: To create an effective communication network among members of CPC churches who will work together to address climate change from a faith perspective within our region.

Like the Justice and Peace Network of the United Church of Christ, the Climate Action Network will educate and engage its members in shaping public policy in keeping with God’s vision of a just and loving society that seeks to protect and mitigate the warming of our global climate.

Our work is grounded in the call to environmental justice and stewardship of creation, consonant with historic UCC witness, and formed by a biblical understanding of prophetic ministry on behalf of those who are being adversely affected by climate change.

To join the CPC Climate Action Network, click HERE.


Racial Justice Network

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Racial Justice Network Contact: Liz Durant, email

The Racial Justice Network provides resources, accountability and support to engage all settings of the conference – including and especially local churches – in racial justice ministry.

Our work answers a call from the Conference to engage in anti-racism education and accountability as outlined in the Resolution Declaring the Central Pacific Conference is Called to Be An Anti-Racist Conference.

  • Resources are provided via our Racial Justice Network website, monthly email newsletter, and a workshop at annual meeting each year.
  • Accountability is provided at monthly virtual check-ins on our Racial Justice Network Facebook group, quarterly in-person meetings, and a report at annual meeting.
  • Support is provided in the form of conference-wide and individual church training and workshops with our partners. One-on-one consultation is also available for clergy and church members.

For more information and to join the Network, visit the Racial Justice Network website.


Contact Us

Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ
0245 SW Bancroft, Suite E
Portland, OR 97239
503.228.3178
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