The 2017 Annual Gathering of the Northern California Nevada Conference United Church of Christ took place on June 15 to 18 at Sonoma State University. The theme was “Come Home to Peace; Go Forth to Disrupt.” Keynote speakers were Kristin Stoneking and Kazu Haga.
2018 Annual Gathering will be June 14 to 17 at Sonoma State University. Save the date!
PROPOSALS THAT WERE VOTED
We are a people of covenant.
The Annual Gathering is the assembly of members of the Conference, which consists of all Local Churches and Authorized Ministers, coming together to be about the mutual work of the church. As the highest legislative body of the Conference, the Annual Gathering adopts resolutions for consideration by our members in their discernment and ministry.
Annual Gathering serves as the legal annual meeting required of incorporated nonprofit organizations in the State of California.
As a covenantal polity, the Annual Gathering speaks “to, not for” its members. Unlike hierarchical or centralized church structures, its decisions are not binding on Local Churches but are intended to be considered with highest regard by them.
Decisions of a constitutional nature that affect the entire United Church of Christ, as adopted by a General Synod, are referred back to Conferences for ratification. And measures being submitted for consideration by General Synod are adopted by Conferences. This mutuality reflects how ministry in the United Church of Christ is best understood as a series of overlapping circles rather than a vertical ladder.
Presiding over the Annual Gathering, as is the case in many Local Churches, is an elected individual called a Moderator. Along with the Vice Moderator, the Moderator is an officer of the Conference and runs the meeting with a measured, respectful tone that seeks to build consensus rather than victory.
The annual budget and slate of leaders of the various Committees is approved by the Annual Gathering. Soon, you will be able to find past resolutions adopted since our founding in 1962 on these pages. But for now, we’ll see you at Sonoma State University!