Annual Gathering Keynote Speaker Rev. Casey Tinnin

Pastor Casey has served as a UCC Minister for 9 years, 7 as pastor of Loomis UCC. He is an outspoken pastor and prophet in conservative Placer County. He is the cohost of Irenicast, a podcast for recovering evangelicals and ex-fundamentalists, and the host of The Queerly Faithful Podcast. 7 years ago he and his church founded The Landing Spot which is a peer support group for LGBTQ youth and their adult caregivers. Last year Pastor Casey and his church were attacked by local conservative mega churches and Project Veritas (a right wing fake news organization). In this moment where…
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Love Demands Permanent Ceasefire Now

What Do the Events in Gaza Require? Seek mercy, do justice, and understand root causes. Join us at Plymouth Jazz and Justice Church A Three-Part Series Led by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb Tuesday, March 5th | 7:00 pm (on zoom, email revjean@plymouthoakland.org for link) Sunday, March 17th | 11:00 am (Rabbi Lynn is preaching at Plymouth) Do you want to know more about the history and root causes of the conflict between Israel and Palestine? Please join us for this time of learning, prayer, ritual and reflection with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb. Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb is one of the first women to…
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Advent Blessings, Merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanza to you and your families.

Advent Blessings, Merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanza to you and your families. Praise the Lord! We made it.   Wow, where did the year go? It seems like January was just a few months ago. Collectively, as the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ (NCNCUCC), we have done some fantastic ministry together over the last twelve months. I am grateful for each of you and how you have shared your gifts, talents, time, and finances with the conference. Your conference staff, Associate Conference Minister- Rev. Dr. Celestine Fields, Conference Managing Administrator- MeLinda LaViene, Office Support- Joy Davis,…
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Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Hannukah!

The UCC Mental Health Network wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! While we hope that you all will stay safe, healthy, and joyous. We know that this year has generally been challenging for all of us, including those of us who live with mental health challenges, neurodiversity, and trauma. We have compiled a few tips and links to utilize as resources in navigating the holidays.     Tips for Coping and Staying Safe During the Holidays Managing Your Mental Health During the Holidays – NAMI Blog Surviving Painful Holiday Emotions – NAMI Blog Avoiding Holiday Stressors:…
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Contemplatives in Action

A new website resource is available growing out of the "Becoming a Church of Contemplatives in Action" Resolution that passed at the UCC General Synod 2021.  Lots of great resources for both congregations and Pastors!  https://www.contemplatives-in-action.org/ A group growing out of this Resolution meets monthly for rotating contemplative practices with different leaders each month.  The regular practices are the first Thursdays of the month at 2:30pm ET (11:30 AM PT). Our last monthly contemplative practice of 2023 is Thursday, December 7th at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Zoom link below.  Rev. Mark Suriano will lead a loving-kindness meditation, and Rev. Susie…
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Who’s Your Neighbor? Rev. Dr. Toni Dunbar

Bridging the Gap: Mental Health First Aid Training Among People of Faith Post-COVID, and in a world that moves at a relentless pace, mental health has become a critical concern affecting individuals from all walks of life. People of faith, in particular, continually find ourselves navigating in balance between mental health and spiritual well-being. Per the CDC, more than 1 in 5 US adults live with a mental illness; over 1 in 5 youth (ages 13-18) either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness; about 1 in 25 U.S. adults lives with…
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“Becoming A Black Wealth Builders Congregation” Program is Launching!

Has your congregation made a commitment to racial justice? Maybe you are not sure where to begin. How about repairing wealth inequity? The Black Wealth Builders Resolution passed at the 2023 NCNC Annual Gathering. The resolution is based on a project launched by Arlington Community Church, United Church of Christ, in 2021, which provides zero-interest loans to first-time Black homebuyers for down payment assistance. Why choose to become a Black Wealth Builders Congregation? According to those working around issues of wealth disparity, “... for most Americans, a home is their major source of wealth. A home appreciates over time and…
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Have You Heard? Giving Thanks

Your Thanksgiving table wouldn't be complete without all the fixings…however that may look in your context. We often rush around here and there, this store and the next, to ensure the holiday feast is perfect for family, friends, loved ones, and the community, which makes it easy to forget the "thanks" part of Thanksgiving. Northern California Nevada Conference UCC, thank you! Thank you for supporting me during my time as your Bridge Conference Minister. Thank you for your OCWM support, unique offerings of your time, talents, gifts, and resources. What a blessing you all have been to this Conference. On…
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Have You Heard? Hope in God’s Backyard

Last month I was on my way to a Non-Profit Housing Conference. I emerged out of the BART station at Powell Street in San Francisco and at the top of the stairs was a man sleeping/passed out/unconscious draped across an open suitcase as his pallet. Momentarily overwhelmed with powerlessness and hopelessness, I continued on to the conference a block away. I walked into a beautiful hotel and found myself in a crowd of almost a thousand people, all there because they care about homelessness and affordable housing. My first reaction was a feeling of despair because of the inequities and ironies…
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