The 2018 Annual Gathering of the Northern California Nevada Conference United Church of Christ will be June 14 to 17 at Sonoma State University. The theme is “3 Great Loves.” Love of Neighbor, Love of Creation, Love of Children.
Three things will last forever: faith, hope, and love… and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
Our feature guest speakers and workshop presenters will each focus on one of the 3 Great Loves.
Love of Neighbor
Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy
President of the Pacific School of Religion
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Co-Fonder Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, Co-Founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change(IPOC)
Title Vll Coordinator American Indian Child Resource Center
Founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations creating access, equity and dignity for all in Oakland and the Bay Area.
2018 Annual Gathering Price List — Early Bird Deadline is April 17
T shirt prices: Child sizes $10, Adult sizes $15, Larger sizes $20
We recognize this gathering will take place on Indigenous Miwok lands.
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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.
See you at Sonoma State University!