Welcome to the Conference!
We are the United Church of Christ in northern California and western, northern Nevada. We are 119 local churches (19,400 members) and about 393 ministers, from Eureka to Tulare, from Monterey to Reno, and everywhere in between. Some of our churches were founded during the early years of the California gold rush. All of us started with a desire to be people of worship, education, fellowship and ministry to our communities. Our mission is to unite ourselves as a covenant community and support and nurture each other as together we seek to make God’s gracious love known and real in our lives and in the world.
Each local church of the Conference has the responsibility to organize and manage its own affairs, as well as responsibility for each other’s well-being and the well-being of the whole of the United Church of Christ. We are diverse in our sizes, geographical locations, the faith/religious backgrounds of our members, theologies, and the kinds of communities in which we are located. Korean, Japanese, Samoan, English, Tagalog, Spanish, Cantonese, and American Sign Language are regularly spoken/used in worship in our congregations. Among us are congregations who affirm an ethnic identity: African American, Chinese-American, Filipina/o-American, Japanese-American, Samoan, Volga German. Others are intentionally and effectively multi-racial/multi-cultural in their constituency and their approach to worship and ministry. Almost two-thirds of us have committed ourselves to being open to and affirming of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered persons, as well as open to and affirming of people of color and persons with physical and mental health challenges.
We are partners in mission with 37 other regional conferences of the United Church of Christ, the General Synod and national setting of the church, ecumenical and interfaith organizations in this country and around the world. We take seriously our ongoing need for spiritual renewal. We, as does the United Church of Christ as a whole, have a history of social justice concerns and involvements. We seek to extend the extravagant welcome of “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.” We believe that God is still speaking, so we keep ourselves oriented to change and transformation and discerning of the future to which God is leading us.