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May 21, 2020 | Admin
As new cases of coronavirus and deaths as a result of COVID-19 begin to decline in Nevada and California shelter in place restrictions are beginning to ease in phases. As we venture out with masks and hand sanitizer into our new normal, the ...

May 21, 2020 | Admin
After weeks of online worship Watsonville First UMC pastor, Robin Mathews-Johnson, felt something might be missing. And of course it was - most of us have been missing the in between time on Sunday morning where we catch up with one another: the ...

May 21, 2020 | Admin
"But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." — Hebrews 13:16, NKJV Hebrews 13:16 informs us that God is pleased when we do good and share with each other. Our Peace with Justice Sunday celebration is two...

May 21, 2020 |
Panel to explore leadership styles, SHEroes and heroes, racism and sexism, and leadership tips for both men and women   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Larry R. Hygh, Jr., Ed.D. – 626-755-6948 – Larry.Hygh@csusb.edu   SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Five ...

May 21, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“We have had small social groups going online since week two,” said Cindy Lawler, pastor at Lake Isabella and Kernville United Methodist Churches and participant in this week’s CNUMC’s Wednesday webinar. Lawler’s church has a lot of vulnerable groups...

May 14, 2020 | Admin
When Fel Cao, California-Nevada Director Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry, was training at Union Theological School in in the Philippines a mentor challenged him to preach a sermon in 5 minutes or less.  Over the years Fel ...

May 14, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“Peggy C is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting,” said a recent email to Helen Lund, member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in San Jose. The invite provided the online discussion link along with the title of the study book by Peter Kalmus,...

May 14, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“There is a revolution happening,” stated Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, president of the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) in Berkeley while hosting a recent webinar featuring three guest speakers including Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the ...

May 14, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“The Book of Discipline is your friend!” said Rev. Debra Brady, District Superintendent of the Central Valley District and one of two guest speakers featured during the May 13th CNUMC Webinar entitled, “Ordering the Life of The Church During a ...

May 12, 2020 | Selby Ewing
Editorial: Learning the wisdom of Divine love as we shelter in place I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or ...

May 08, 2020 | Admin
Bishop Minerva, as she is affectionately known not only within our conference but throughout the wider UMC, ecumenical and interfaith connection, does not have 'slow' weeks. On any given day Bishop can be found leading and developing advocacy ...

May 08, 2020 | Admin
LOS ANGELES, April 24, 2020 - The Pacific Islanders COVID-19 Response Team with the Pacific Islander Center of Primary Care Excellence (PI-CoPCE) today released the following statement in response to new data showing the alarming ...

May 08, 2020 | Admin
By Mark Harrison, Director of Peace with Justice, General Board of Church and Society Peace with Justice Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost. Join us on June 7, 2020, as we gather for our online worship service to celebrate this important ...

May 07, 2020 | Admin
San Fransisco, like many California cities, has a large population that is unhoused and is at high risk for exposure to coronavirus which causes COVID-19.  Area shelters are often crowded and unable to create social distancing protocols while ...

May 07, 2020 | Admin
Editor's note: The following article includes detailed comments from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño around the pandemic's impact upon migrants around the globe. Bishop Carcaño serves as the chair of the denomination's Immigration Task Force.  Click here ...

May 07, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
Alternating between topics on local church program or ministries and administrative issues, the California Nevada United Methodist Annual Conference has presented webinars each Wednesday at 4 p.m. followed by a Q & A session since April 1st, 2020. ...

May 07, 2020 | Admin
California-Nevada conference has started offering weekly video reflections considering lectionary passages for the coming Sunday.  Posted each Tuesday,  the video reflections will feature clergy and lay leaders from across the conference sharing ...

April 30, 2020 | Admin
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño will join California Industrial Area Foundation (IAF) leaders for a virtual statewide action on Tuesday May 5th at 5:45p.  There 8 Industrial Area Foundation (IAF) broad-based organizations and sponsoring committees in ...

April 30, 2020 | Fel Cao
The crisis of the pandemic we're all facing is calling us to be creative in staying connected and staying healthy. While we are very mindful of the people on the front lines that are serving us and risking their lives more so that we remain safe and ...

April 30, 2020 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Greetings Conference Family,   Grace and peace to you in the precious name of our Risen Lord, Christ Jesus!  I am holding you close in prayer.  Thank you for your gifts of emails of support, cards of love, and masks that your lovely and loving hands ...

April 30, 2020 | Mickey Choi
National Network of Korean-American United Methodist Women (NNKUMW) members in seven jurisdictions across the US have made protective masks. The masks are being donated to vulnerable neighbors, such as the homeless, nursing homes, and mission ...

April 28, 2020 | Admin
California-Nevada Conference Coronavirus COVID-19 Communications Timeline    Editor’s Note: After weeks of sheltering in place and being immersed in news of the pandemic from across the world it is easy to lose track of where we are – home – and how ...

April 28, 2020 | Admin
Editor's notes: On April 28, 2020, Nevada leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The United Methodist Church called on Governor Steve Sisolak to extend the 'Stay Home for Nevada" order until reliable testing was more widely ...

April 27, 2020 | Laura Steed
Students and Staff from the University of the Pacific, California's only United Methodist-related university, shared a special message on TikTok. Student Leaders from various religious and spiritual groups, including the Open Door Methodist Student ...

April 23, 2020 | Admin
For many of us sheltering in place may bring on a case of FOMO - fear of missing out. While we can't open your favorite restaurant, get you tickets to the big game or send you on that vacation that now seems like a distant dream we can help you stay...

April 23, 2020 | Admin
On Wednesday April 22nd Giovanni Arroryo, GCORR team leader for Program Ministries hosted a conversation on Facebook Live with Rev. Lydia Muñoz and Ryan Bowers about the hurdles and inequities communities and churches of color are experiencing when ...

April 23, 2020 | Kevin Murphy
Native American Sunday arrives this week, nearly four years since the Annual Conference’s Act of Repentance created new healing among members of our regional connection. Since then, Native American Sunday funds have been given to provide critical...

April 23, 2020 |
The Rev. Brad Bennett points to a patch on the snow-covered ground and says, “My spot’s right there.” The “spot” is Bennett’s plot in a tiny cemetery on family farmland near Jane Lew, West Virginia, where he plans one day to rest in peace next to his...

April 23, 2020 | Leslie Carmichael
The Waller Center, an urban retreat and community center based in San Francisco and managed by the Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries of the California-Nevada Conference, was suddenly empty as user groups cancelled their reservations for ...

April 23, 2020 |
On April 1st the California-Nevada conference began hosting weekly webinars every Wednesday at 4p PDT.  The webinars are designed to bring folks across the conference together to learn new skills that will both help us adapt to life in this time of ...

April 16, 2020 |
East Bay Formosan gives a great example of what can be done even though we are not gathering on Sunday in the sanctuary. What is your church doing in the community during this time of shelter in place?  Please send us your stories! By Peri Chen, ...

April 16, 2020 |
The following is an op-ed written by Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño along with fellow Bishops across California in conjunction with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and is excerpted from The Sun, a San Bernardino newspaper, a part of the ...

April 16, 2020 | Fel Cao
"and when Jacob saw them, he said, “This is God’s camp!” So, he called that place Mahanaim." (Genesis 32:2)   I asked myself, "What is our theology of comfort in the ministry of camping and retreat in this COVID-19 pandemic?" I brought up the word ...

April 16, 2020 |
By Dawn Blundell, Pastor, Epworth UMC Epworth UMC plays a very active role in serving folks in need in our Northern Nevada community. Through Epworth Community Food Pantry, Fallon Daily Bread, we are able to provide food, clothing, care, and ...

April 16, 2020 |
 The following is excerpted from a letter sent by The Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell, Executive Secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries, General Board of Global Ministries and Allyson Potts, Executive Director, Loans and Scholarships, ...

April 16, 2020 |
By Cory Paine, Pastor, Community Methodist Church and California-Nevada Relief Disaster Case Manager   This project was an outreach to the children at home during the Covid 19 situation. We organized an Easter Bunny drive by with the assistance of a ...

April 14, 2020 |
In this time of COVID-19 we continue to shelter in place. To help care for the health and well-being of our faith families in California and Nevada the California-Nevada Annual Conference Session for 2020 has been rescheduled from June and will meet ...

April 10, 2020 |
Westpath has provided a spanish translation of the CARES Act summary. Actualización sobre el COVID-19 Ley CARES —Resumen de Impacto Potencial para la UMC Visión general El viernes 27 de marzo de 2020, la Cámara de Representantes acompañó al ...

April 10, 2020 |
By Ron Dunn, Pastor, Newcastle UMC   How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? Easter in Exile How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? How can we sing our Easter “alleluias” all by ourselves? How can we make our way to the empty ...

April 09, 2020 |
By Sadie Stone, Pastor Bethany UMC On March 16, 2020 the Mayor of San Francisco, announced that we were to shelter in place and only essential personal should continue to go to work. The order went on to note that the homeless population was exempt ...

April 09, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley   “Cameras, sound bytes … we’ve had to gear up to do this,” said Rev. Dr. Lois Black, pastor at First United Methodist Church in Yuba City. Black is no stranger to adapting to new things and has often encouraged her congregation ...

April 09, 2020 |
By UM News communicators April 8, 2020 | UM News United Methodists in Africa and the Philippines are fighting COVID-19 by making personal protective gear, raising awareness in rural areas and busy cities and breaking down myths. And they are using ...

April 02, 2020 |
By Michael Yoshii In the midst of a season of holy days: Jewish Passover, Christian Holy Week, Muslim Ramadan, Buddhist Hanamatsuri, interfaith leaders will gather for an online vigil calling  for an end to for-profit prisons and detention centers ...

April 02, 2020 |
This Holy Week will be one we may all remember most especially given this time of finding new ways to connect and overcome social isolation. Our Bishop, Minerva G. Carcaño is finding new ways to gather our conference faith family in this time and we ...

April 02, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley   Asking members to touch a coffee table in their home to recall Jesus knocking over tables in the Temple or asking families to unlock a door in their home to reflect on how the Resurrection story ‘unlocks’ hope, are both examples ...

April 02, 2020 |
By  Jean Hawxhurst   Three of the main ecumenical organizations in the United States of America have come together this Easter to promote a unified witness to our shared faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Bishop Teresa Jefferson Snorton is ...

April 02, 2020 |
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   We write you today sending love and power in the name of Jesus Christ.    In the roles we play within our California Nevada Conference community, we have had the opportunity to witness your great strength and ...

April 02, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley “Even before the stay at home order, people who could and did attend weekly Lenten activities wanted a kit to use at home daily,” said Dedra Beauchamp, administrative assistant at Fair Oaks United Methodist Church. “The kits were ...

April 02, 2020 |
District Superintendent Shinya Goto and his wife Jennifer, like many of us, are working from home and homeschooling their children. Recently he reached out to pastors in El Camino Real District to see how pastors with kids were balancing work and ...

April 02, 2020 |
By Heather Hahn The Rev. Joseph Echols Lowery, a United Methodist pastor who loved to preach and was never afraid to speak truth to power, died at his home in Atlanta on March 27. He was 98.   Lowery walked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and ...

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