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June 30, 2022 | Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton
Dear Friends and Colleagues, The great diversity which makes up the people called United Methodist often leads to different perspectives and viewpoints. The preamble of our Social Principles acknowledges that clear reality when it states, “The ...

June 30, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
In California-Nevada we are fond of claiming that we are the most diverse conference in the US UMC.  Yet, how well do we know our neighbors?   Who is my neighbor? is a new series of videos and articles presented by our Conference Commission on Race ...

June 27, 2022 | Hallie Fryd
To celebrate Pride, award-winning musician, trans activist and current MDiv student Ryan Cassata and PSR alumnx Loey Powell (MDiv ‘77), one of the first out lesbians ordained in a mainline denomination, shared their experiences as LGBTQ+ pioneers, ...

June 25, 2022 | Bishop Sally Dyck
 On June 24, 2022 the Supreme Court of the United States overruled Roe v. Wade which established a constitutional right based on the 14th amendment to legalize abortion in 1973.    I was 20 years old at the time and I distinctly remember what my ...

June 23, 2022 | Admin
Over 700 of our California-Nevada faith family attended the 174th Annual Conference which took place June 10th - 13th at the SAFE Convention Center in Sacramento, CA.   Interim Bishop Sally Dyck and retired Bishop Warner Brown presided over the joy ...

June 23, 2022 | Africa University Communications Team
On June 11, the academic achievements of 712 graduates from 18 African countries were recognized as they garnered degrees and top honors at Africa University's 28th graduation ceremony. The event, held at the main campus in Mutare, focused on the ...

June 23, 2022 | Admin
The Church of the Resurrection in Great Plains conference will be hosting Leadership Institute 2022 September 28-30 in Leawood, Kansas. The annual Institute resources pastors, lay leaders, church staff and volunteers with practical tips and tools ...

June 23, 2022 | Admin
United Methodist churches in the south Sacramento region are among 12 interfaith congregations that partner with the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership (SSIP) Food Closet.  Sacramento Japanese UMC, Centennial UMC, Florin UMC, Wesley UMC and Hope...

June 23, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
This week's theme is Staying Focused. The scripture for this week is Luke 9: 57-62. This week Margie Shunk of St. Mark's United Methodist Church greets the children and shares about how important it is to stay focused on Jesus's love and calling. ...

June 16, 2022 | Admin
Aldersgate UMC in Chico, CA will host the 2022 Great Northern District men's retreat from August 19-22, which will take place at the United Methodist Shasta Camp. This year's theme is B.L.E.S.S.: Love your neighbor as yourself.  B.L.E.S.S. stands ...

June 16, 2022 |
Tri-Valley Haven (TVH) in Livermore, California serves hundreds of low income and homeless clients each month at their Food Pantry.  TVH recently were offered a donated property next to their downtown Thrift Store, but it needed some work. Asbury ...

June 16, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
This week's theme is Courage to Speak. The scripture for this week is Luke 8: 26-39. This week Rev. Rod Brayfindley of Sacramento First United Methodist Church greets and prays over the children plus shares about talking about important issues; ...

June 16, 2022 | Edgardo A. Colón-Emeric
 In October 2021, the Office of Wesleyan Engagement at Duke Divinity School launched Nurturing Entrepreneurial Mindsets, a free 4-week course exploring Methodism’s rich history of innovation to help imagine fresh ways individuals and churches can ...

June 16, 2022 | Admin
The long-anticipated wait is coming to an end as a new era of Scouting ministry in The United Methodist Church makes its way forward. A highly skilled team of chancellors, insurance risk advisors, and UMC leaders have forged a path through a ...

June 16, 2022 | Mallory Naake
On Tuesday, May 31, the conference committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (CUIR) held a fruitful and helpful discussion with three interreligious chaplains serving in diverse settings. A recording of the webinar can be found ...

June 16, 2022 | Admin
 The California-Nevada Israel Palestine Task Force will host a live online presentation and update from Wadi Foquin on June 23rd at 10 a.m. PT The presentation will feature young adult leaders Adam Manasra, Noor Hamamra, Sajida Hashem and Ragda ...

June 16, 2022 | Admin
As a part of our contribution to the Western Jurisdiction campaign "Where Love Lives", the California-Nevada conference examined our commitment to diversity in the month of June in 2021. Included in our resource offerings was a pre-recorded worship ...

June 16, 2022 | Admin
Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is hosting a special Pride Month event on June 22nd @ 5pm PST. A Legacy of Inclusion, a Vision for the Future, is a live Zoom conversation between PSR president Rev. David Vásquez-Levy, alumni Rev. Loey Powell, one of...

June 16, 2022 | Admin
The Western Jurisdiction Course of Study and Licensing School summer session registration deadline has been extended to June 22, 2022. The hybrid course will take place from July 12th through August 4th. Classes consist of four zoom sessions and one...

June 14, 2022 | Thomas Widlund
Woodland United Methodist Church and Father Paddy's Irish Pub Present - Music for Ukraine.   Friday July 8. 2022 at 7:30 pm. All the way from Ireland, the Young Dubliners will bring their amazing and wonderful Celtic Rock to Father Paddy's Irish Pub...

June 13, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
“Good Morning, church!” opened Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. leading the 2022 Annual Conference session in lieu of interim bishop Sally Dyck on Monday, June 13, 2022. Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, president of Claremont School of Theology led the ...

June 13, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
“You can show them a little love,” stated Bishop Sally Dyck encouraging the audience to clap after going silent when she finished one section of the ordination service on Sunday. Those to be commissioned and ordained answered questions before being ...

June 12, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
Saturday began with a Bible Study led by Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan. No items were removed from the Consent Calendar. The day included fixing of appointments for Bay District, Central Valley District and El Camino Real District.   The Report of ...

June 10, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
Friday plenary began with a message from Rev. Dale Weatherspoon of Easterhill UMC in Richmond, CA. After Prayers of the People and Holy Communion, interim Bishop Sally Dyck introduced Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr. who will be presiding the conclusion of...

June 09, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
The theme this week is Ordination Sunday. This week members of the UMC Cal-Nevada Children's MInistry Task Force share about ordination including: Rev. Jae-Kuk Jo pastor of Willow Glen United Methodist Church; JB Brayfindley from First UMC ...

June 09, 2022 | Heather Hahn
The United Methodist Church’s top court released three decisions June 6, including one saying a provision of church law should be amended to comply with the denomination’s constitution.  That provision in the Book of Discipline — the denomination’s ...

June 09, 2022 | Admin
On the afternoon of Wednesday June 8th St. Paul's UMC in San Jose began to burn.  While the person believed to start the fire is in custody, no known cause for the crime has been revealed.  St. Paul's UMC pastor Helen Kung reports that the fire was ...

June 09, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
California-Nevada interim Bishop Sally Dyck opened the 174th California Nevada Annual United Methodist Church Conference on May 20, 2022 for the virtual Legislative Session. (2022 ACS resources) “Friends, here we are together," Bishop Sally stated. "...

June 09, 2022 | Admin
United Methodists relate to this special Sunday by seeking peaceful solutions, creating and supporting peace-related ministries in their conference and learning about peaceful, just efforts around the world. Our Social Principles call us to love our ...

June 09, 2022 | Heather Hahn
A much-trumpeted plan for amicable separation unveiled in early 2020 no longer offers a path forward for The United Methodist Church, say more than a quarter of the agreement’s negotiators. Five of the 16-member mediation team released a statement ...

June 09, 2022 | Admin
Editor's Note: Among the most meaningful moments of each Annual Conference is the honoring of those who are retiring from a career of active ministry. They may be retiring from their career, but few ever retire from service in mission. I'd like to ...

June 09, 2022 | Kristen Caldwell
Through song, dance, tool drives, informational videos and more, ministry settings across the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church are doing their part to provide support and relief to the small island nation of Tonga in the aftermath ...

June 07, 2022 | Admin
Well, we made it!  The 174th California-Nevada Annual Conference begins tomorrow, Friday, June 10th at 9 a.m. PDT and will conclude on Monday, June 13th at noon. As you finish packing the car or double checking your flight, here are some last minute ...

June 06, 2022 | Admin
PRESS RELEASE June 6, 2022 Sacramento, CA: The Conference Board of Trustees adopted a church disaffiliation agreement template during its meeting of May 25th. The agreement will be used for any church in our annual conference disaffiliating from the ...

June 03, 2022 | Admin
Six months have passed since an underwater volcano erupted throwing the Tongan islands and residents into chaos and disaster. Since that time the conferences of the Western Jurisdiction have aligned to raise funds and send shipping containers filled...

June 02, 2022 | Admin
After months of preparation, Annual Conference 2022 is right around the corner!  Next week, people across California and Nevada will be traveling to gather at the SAFE Convention Center in Sacramento. Here are some last minute updates and tips to ...

June 02, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
Dear friends and families! This is our third Pentecost we have celebrated online together! God’s mighty wind is blowing in our hearts, minds and spirits as we are now going out into the world…! Blessings on your adventures! We are still here for you ...

June 02, 2022 | Heather Hahn
The United Methodist Church’s top court has set Jan. 1, 2023, as the date when U.S. bishops facing mandatory retirement must step down and their newly elected successors take office. That means new bishops will be able to begin their assignments in ...

June 02, 2022 | Admin
The faith family at Community United Methodist Church has been putting their creativity to work for mission in their community.  Community UMC pastor Lisa Warner-Cary began Craft and Spirit classes on-line during the pandemic. When it became safe to...

June 02, 2022 | Meghan Starick
Editor's note: Meg has graduated!!  Meg (Meghan) Starick attends Sparks UMC. This is the third poem she has shared with the conference. The first was Sparks UMC graduating senior Meghan Starick shares poem on gun violence and the most recent was ...

June 02, 2022 | Admin
Editor's note: Over the Memorial Day weekend Faith leaders, community advocates, and immigrants impacted by the criminal-legal system hosted vigils and rallies demanding the just closure of detention centers and the release of those currently ...

June 02, 2022 | Dr. Marcia McFee
Friends, we need each other in this work. Well, we need each other... period. But we especially need each other as we continue our work of leading in this moment and offering the hope of a sustaining faith community in the midst of so much turmoil. ...

May 26, 2022 | Admin
In 3 weeks time conference staff, vendors and volunteers will be busy building the stage, setting lights, focusing cameras, preparing the altar, installing displays and sorting badges at the SAFE Convention Center in Sacramento!  As we count down the...

May 26, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
This week's theme is How to Make Connectedness Work. The scripture is John 17:20-26. This week Rev. Jae-Kuk Jo pastor of Willow Glen United Methodist Church greets the children and shares about "connectedness"; Mort practices saying "connect" and ...

May 26, 2022 | Rev. Angel Rivero, M.Div.
The Sal-Mon circuit in El Camino Real district recently celebrated the confirmation of nine youth from four of the ten circuit congregations: Marina UMC, Monterey UMC, Pacific Grove UMC and East Salinas UMC.  The confirmation process was guided by ...

May 26, 2022 | Mallory Naake
You are invited to attend the Interreligious Chaplain Panel sponsored by our conference committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (CUIR) on Tuesday, May 31 from 6:00-7:15 pm via Zoom.   Chaplains and Spiritual Care professionals ...

May 26, 2022 | Admin
Our Christian principles charge us to be a community of prayer and action. We are to live in the tension of piety and work. Worldwide, we continue to experience racial, ethnic, and tribal injustices that dehumanize God’s people. We are called to work...

May 26, 2022 | Heather Hahn
As U.S. annual conferences start gathering this week, recent decisions by The United Methodist Church’s top court are influencing their agendas. The Judicial Council has ruled that for now, individual churches — if they meet certain conditions — can ...

May 25, 2022 | Bishop Sally Dyck
This morning Diana Butler Bass posted on her blog, The Cottage, this "Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting” in light of the horrendous school shooting in Uvalde, TX. The litany was begun in November 2018 following a massacre in Thousand Oaks, ...

May 20, 2022 | Admin
The ACS 2022 virtual Legislative Session was held on May 20, 2022 at 6PM.  If you missed it live, watch the recorded livestream here.  

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