Walking…Together

Walking… Together by Rev. Kathryn Shreiber (This is an excerpt from an adaptation of Rev. Kathryn Schreiber’s weekly email message to her congregation, Berkeley Chinese Community Church, UCC. Published July 16, 2021)   I hope you and yours are staying strong and enjoying fun summertime activities. One of the summertime activities many UCC folks do every other year is attend General Synod. UCC members from across the USA gather to worship and build relationships, to learn together and make decisions. We do so by listening to the Still Speaking God… together. Usually, we really are physically together. This year, we’re…
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August Boundary Training

Online Boundary Training for Authorized Ministers and Members in Discernment will be held on August 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm (Please note that this is the correct time; there was an error in the newsletter that will be corrected. You must attend the entire training to receive the six hours required credit.) The training is limited and individuals must apply. The fee is $50.  
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Facebook Post from Dandi De Bella 

Dear beloved communities,  Many of you have met me in different times and contexts in my life. I'm blessed to have such beautiful open-hearted communities, friends, and connections in my life. One of my long-term communities and space is changing. There is a lot of pain in my Camp Caz community right now. The land in which our camp has been on since the 1940's has been sold.  The last year during the heat of the pandemic has caused many changes in everyone's life and losing Caz in this way feels huge. This was my first community and place that…
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Letter from Barry Cammer 

On Saturday, May 22nd, at a meeting of conference delegates, the decision was made to sell Camp Cazadero to Shelterwood.  As a member of the Under the Bell committee, I wish to share the following personal comments with everyone in the Conference.  Gratitude  On behalf of everyone who has had a good and perhaps transformative experience at Caz, I have deep gratitude.  To the Conference who purchased the camp some 80 years ago, and has been maintaining it, I say thank you.  The memories held by everyone who has experienced Caz are indelible and will be treasured for a lifetime. …
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Fall Support Session Series

Listening to the needs of our Authorized Ministers and Church Leaders, we offer the following support sessions: November 5, 3-4:30 p.m. (for Authorized Ministers): How to know when it's ready to re-open and how to support your congregation in making that decision. Resources to view ahead of time. If you are an Authorized Minister and would like to listen to this recording, please email Diane Weible (dweible@ncncucc.org) to receive the link and passcode. November 12, 3-4:30 p.m. (open to all): How are we doing worship seven months into pandemic? Listen to this recording. You may join any of the sessions by clicking HERE.
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Let’s Talk: About Sacred Stories

By Conference Minister Diane Weible Telling our stories and finding opportunities to talk is important, especially in our current reality. Dick Hom, a member of Chinese Congregational Church of San Francisco, sat down with Vincent Wu, also a member of the church and son of Rev. Paul Wu, Pastor of CCCSF in the 1960s. Vincent marched with Mr. John Lewis, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and countless others in 1965, from Selma to Montgomery, to bring attention to voter's rights for African Americans. This conversation highlights the sacredness and importance's of telling our stories and resonates deeply with the hope…
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Information for Budget and Camp Revision Task Force Proposals

A Letter from Conference Leaders Conference leaders have written a letter to the churches and authorized ministers of the United Church of Christ, appealing for your support in entering into a faithful discernment process for determining the Conference's ministry and the budget for 2021. For the past five years, despite a Conference-wide discernment to call two full-time Associate Conference Ministers, we have finished each year with a deficit and have relied on reserves to make up the difference. In 2017, Annual Gathering approved a $5/per member giving request to offset some of our deficit, especially around our line items involving…
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Let’s Talk: About Co-Creating a New Way of Being

Conference Minister Diane Weible I was in a webinar the other day and the presenter brought up the problem with the term “the new normal”. She said that what happens when we say “the new normal” is that people tend only to focus on the word “normal”. We all know that getting “back to normal” is not an option after eight weeks of sheltering in place and physical distancing. And the new normal still lends itself to a belief that we want to go back to the way things were, with maybe a few tweaks here or there. I may…
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Co-Creating a New Way of Being

Co-creating a new way of being is an invitation to use the experience of this pandemic to shape the way we live in covenant and community and the way we move into the future. Each week (maybe even twice a week), I am going to pose a question. Then, after a few days of my own contemplation about the question, I will post a short video here with a few of my thoughts. I invite you to add your own reflections to the comment section below. May 7: What has surprised you the most about the past eight weeks?  …
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