Let’s Talk: About Administration

I want to share a few things I’ve been thinking about throughout this past week about the work of Administration. What do I mean by Administration? I’m talking about our Bylaws, our HR and Insurance policies, our Financial statements, our Safe Conduct Policies—and anything else that we put in place as a matter of course to make sure God’s work can happen. While it may seem odd for this newsletter format, I decided to lay it out in bullet points just because the points may or may not be related to one another. I’ll let you decide. Administration is the…
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Let’s Talk: About Gratitude

I visited one of our local churches last Sunday, only the second time since before Pandemic and the first time that I shared the morning message. Before I launched into my sermon, I took a minute to bring greetings on behalf of our siblings in the churches of the Northern California Nevada Conference and offer a word of gratitude for their partnership in the work we do together in the wider church. Many of you have heard me say something similar in the past as I have joined you in worship. This time, after 18 months of not being able…
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Let’s Talk: About Revolutionary Love

In the wake of the collapse of Afghanistan, we have learned that many of the 50,000 Afghan refugees relocating to the US are headed to or already in the Bay Area and Sacramento. The reason for this is, in part, due to the fact that these areas of our Conference have some of the largest Afghan communities in the US. On Monday, I was part of an ecumenical conversation hosted by Pacific School of Religion and included my ecumenical counterparts in other denominations as well as leaders from Church World Service and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. We learned about…
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Let’s Talk: About the Tough Questions We Have to Ask Ourselves

Last week Ms. Ruby Nell Sales offered our Conference an amazing keynote address for our 2021 Annual Gathering theme, “The Elephant in the Room: Listen. Reflect. Learn”. Her words touched many of us in just the way we needed in this time of high anxiety, stress and pain as we deal with racism (and all the other “isms” people are confronted with every day), wildfires, and continued pandemic, to name just a few. A question that she asks that has provided some deep conversations in the “Let’s Talk About Race” group is, “Where does it hurt?” I was thinking of…
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Let’s Talk: About Wildfires

As I write this, I can see smoke out my window and I am reminded of the places in our Conference where the smoke is much worse and where it is accompanied by very dangerous fire. I think about those places where our siblings in other churches and their neighbors and friends are evacuating from their beloved homes. I think of how they must be feeling—the fear, the exhaustion. Fire season gets longer and more dangerous every year. There is nothing we can do to stop it. We cannot even predict where the next fire will erupt. What has brought…
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Let’s Talk: About Black Homeownership Reparations Fund

by Rev. Barry Cammer I was listening to an NPR story yesterday afternoon and the reporter used the term “racial reckoning moment”.  Yes, after the murder of George Floyd we had quite an interesting period in our country, coming to terms with the deeply embedded racism that existed and still exists in our country.  Many of us took the issue seriously. We did a lot of introspection, learned about the need to proactively become anti-racists, and collectively devoted a lot of time and energy to the issue of ongoing racial inequity.  We faced head-on the lingering legacy of slavery in…
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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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