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March 21, 2019 |
United Methodist churches around the world will celebrate UMCOR Sunday (formerly "One Great Hour of Sharing") on March 31 by receiving a special offering. We invite your congregation to give generously so that the United Methodist Committee on ...

March 20, 2019 |
There are still some openings for the Bay District United Methodist Women’s spiritual retreat, “Continuing Our Legacy,” taking place this Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Downs Memorial UMC in Oakland.   Registration will be 8:15-8:45 a.m....

March 19, 2019 |
By Bruce Pettit  Lay Member to Annual Conference    It was called to find “a way forward.” It ended taking “a way backward.”    To find a way a forward, people in disagreement have to compromise and give up something. The progressives yielded – no ...

March 19, 2019 |
Approximately 12 volunteers are needed who are not voting members of ACS, and who live within commuting distance of Doubletree Hotel in Modesto, to serve as pages and marshals at Annual Conference Session, June 19-22, working during plenary sessions ...

March 18, 2019 |
The California-Nevada Annual Conference will offer Volunteers in Mission Team Leader Training on May 18, 2019 in Alamo, California. Designed for prospective team leaders and experienced team leaders alike, the session will include the 2019 update to...

March 18, 2019 |
The leadership team of the Western Jurisdiction, meeting last week in Portland, Oregon, unanimously adopted a statement to "reaffirm our commitment to a radically hospitable church in two converging ways": As United Methodists, we must resist ...

March 15, 2019 |
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño has added her name to a statement by San Francisco faith leaders, condemning the horrific attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that killed 49 people and seriously injured at least 20 others.   The statement is being ...

March 15, 2019 |
For Immediate Release March 14, 2019   United Methodist bishops respond to article in The New York Times In response to the New York Times article alleging that improper voting occurred at recent Special Session of General Conference, the Council of...

March 14, 2019 |
Young people of the California-Nevada Annual Conference gathered at Japanese United Methodist Church in Sacramento last weekend and signed a statement of support for members of the UMC community wounded by the recent actions of General Conference. ...

March 14, 2019 |
Even though GC2019 is still very much on our minds and in the news, it’s important to remember that another General Conference is scheduled for May of next year – and it’s at this June’s Annual Conference Session that the delegates who will represent...

March 14, 2019 |
At its March 5 meeting, the Commission on the Annual Conference Session revised the deadline for submitting reports, recommendations, resolutions, and petitions to the 2020 General Conference that must be considered by the 2019 Annual Conference ...

March 14, 2019 |
The Los Rios District of the California-Nevada Annual Conference is offering Basic Lay Servant Training on Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at Church on the Rock, Antioch United Methodist Church. The Book of Discipline requires each ...

March 14, 2019 |
The Communications Office for the California-Nevada Annual Conference has created a 3-minute highlights video from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño's Post-General Conference Episcopal Visit to Los Altos United Methodist Church on March 3. Pastors, you may ...

March 14, 2019 |
Watsonville NETworX is offering an orientation to the “give a hand up, not a handout” program in May, co-sponsored by the California-Nevada Annual Conference and the Capital City CIRCLES Initiative. Through a 12-16 week training program, NETworX ...

March 13, 2019 |
Mission Volunteers (Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church) has recently launched two far-flung PrimeTimers events for 2019: to Paducah, Kentucky and to the Czech Republic. Applications are open and scholarships are available, but the March ...

March 13, 2019 |
The hurt inflicted by General Conference 2019 was not lost on the larger faith community of Sonoma, California. On March 3, just days after the legislative body of The United Methodist Church voted to retain exclusionary language in the denomination’...

March 13, 2019 |
Creative Worship and Guest Readiness workshops to be offered The Office of Congregational Development of the California-Nevada Annual Conference is pleased to host Jason Moore from Midnight Oil Productions (and formerly from Ginghamsburg United ...

March 13, 2019 |
The California-Nevada Conference chapter of United Methodist Women invites you to take part in a Social Action Event, School to Prison Pipeline, on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at First UMC Sacramento.   Guest Speakers include Dr. Charles D. Tinsley, ...

March 13, 2019 |
A United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) construction team is being organized to participate in the construction of a new worship sanctuary by Temple Methodist Church in Nasinu, a suburb of Suva, Fiji. The target date is Sept. 1, 2019 but is...

March 08, 2019 |
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño made the first of 12 Post-General Conference Episcopal Visits on Sunday, March 3, visiting Los Altos United Methodist Church with some members of the California-Nevada delegation to General Conference and other key leaders. ...

March 08, 2019 |
March 11, 2019 (Monday!) is the new deadline to make hotel reservations in preparation for the Council of Bishops’-sponsored United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT) in the USA 2019, taking place April 1-4, 2019 in St. Louis, ...

March 08, 2019 |
The Board of Directors of the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) met immediately following the 2019 Special Called General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The [GCORR] meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri February 28-March 2, ...

March 08, 2019 |
Editor’s Note: Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Director of Connectional Ministries Jorge Domingues, and I attended the March 3 worship service at Epworth United Methodist Church, Berkeley. There, at the request of Epworth’s pastor, Rev. Kristin Stoneking,...

March 08, 2019 |
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March 08, 2019 |
A message from the General Board of Global Ministries about UMCOR Sunday: Lent [began] this Wednesday. UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is traditionally recognized on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which is March 31 this year. As part ...

March 08, 2019 |
With the actions of the 2019 General Conference before the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church, some UMs have become aware that they know very little about the body referred to as the denomination’s “High Court” or “Supreme Court.” What ...

March 08, 2019 |
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño has shared a letter of support from the bishops of the Western regions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to the bishops of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. Read Bishop Carcaño’s ...

March 08, 2019 |
The California-Nevada Conference’s Youth and Young Adults Gathering 2019, taking place at Sacramento Japanese UMC tomorrow (Saturday, March 9), “opens an opportunity for a Solidarity Action,” according to Conference Director of Young People’s ...

March 07, 2019 |
The Conference Commission on Religion and Race is accepting grant applications for leadership training programs, especially those targeting youth and young adults.   This year, grants will be awarded in two grant cycles. In the first, $2500 will be ...

March 07, 2019 |
By Mary Nakamura, Sacramento Japanese UMC TeamWorks Tools for Creating Vital Faith Communities contains four guidebooks that are designed to help churches create a healthy leadership team that prays, learns, and dreams together. On February 16, 44 ...

March 06, 2019 |
For Immediate Release March 6, 2019   WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality and the meaning, application, and effect of ...

March 05, 2019 |
Transcriptions of the work of the Special Called Session of General Conference, Feb. 23-26, 2019, along with the official record of the legislation approved, are found in the Daily Christian Advocate (DCA), the official journal of the General ...

March 01, 2019 |
Three California-Nevada United Methodist pastors, asked to respond to the actions of the 2019 General Conference, affirmed that their churches will continue to welcome the LGBTQ community. Watch the story from ABC 10 News:  

March 01, 2019 |
United Methodist Communications has released the official video from the 2019 General Conference. Watch video here.

March 01, 2019 |
For Immediate Release March 1, 2019   WASHINGTON, D. C. – In the aftermath of the Special Session of the General Conference, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, President of the Council of Bishops has issued a pastoral letter based on James 5:13-16.   “James ...

March 01, 2019 |
[UPDATED 3/15/19] A series of Post-General Conference Episcopal Visits has been scheduled throughout March and April, 2019, at 12 locations in the California-Nevada Annual Conference. On Monday, Feb. 25, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño emailed the ...

February 28, 2019 |
Bishops of the Western Jurisdiction, meeting immediately following the close of the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, agreed on the importance of having a common message at this crucial time in the life of the ...

February 27, 2019 |
The long-awaited special-called session of the General Conference 2019 has officially ended. If you were unable to participate or missed out on this historic gathering, you can now find updated and follow-up coverage of all proceedings on the General...

February 26, 2019 |
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 At the 2019 Special Called Session of the General Conference, Rev. Donna Pritchard, chair of the Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team made this statement on behalf of Western Jurisdiction Leadership: "We have long ...

February 26, 2019 |
After hours of delaying tactics by opponents, the United Methodist General Conference 2019 delegates passed The Traditional Plan 438 to 384. A last-ditch effort to bring the One Church Plan back was defeated in the morning and was followed by ...

February 26, 2019 |
As the special session of the 2019 General Conference comes to its conclusion, compassionate delegates take to the mic. View several speeches below. Where will the UMC be in 100 years?   Emily Allen, Lay Delegate Rev. Motoe Yamada-Foor, Clergy ...

February 26, 2019 |
JJ Warren: "No plan to separate us can unite us like God's love." During floor debate over the plans for a way forward, JJ Warren, Lay Delegate from the Upper New York Conference, offered this impassioned testimony for the full inclusion of LGBTQIA ...

February 24, 2019 |
By Cate Monaghan Interim Director of Communications, CA-NV Annual Conference of The UMC One thing can be said about United Methodists: We know how to worship! After a year of planning for a General Conference designed to move the denomination ...

February 23, 2019 |
On February 23, 2019, the MARCHA West chapter hosted the WJ Young Adults Latinx group for a dialogue on issues of human sexuality to prep the young adults for what they might hear and experience during the 2019 General Conference Special Session. ...

February 20, 2019 |
Sunday February 24, 2019 - Congregational Prayer for United Methodist Church   Gracious and loving God, who leads, teaches and guides, You who offer compassion, grace and mercy, be with us now.  We passionately seek Your presence during challenging ...

February 20, 2019 |
The Conference Commission on Religion & Race is accepting grant applications for leadership training programs, especially those targeting youth and young adults. Please fill out the application available here and email to Rev. Tikiko Lesuma at: pasto...

February 15, 2019 |
By Rev. Hyok In Kwon Pastor, Berkeley Korean UMC in Oakland  Executive Director, Peace Committee, the Korean Association of The UMC   The fateful dice have been cast for the second summit of the US and North Korea. According to Pres. Trump’s ...

February 14, 2019 |
General Conference 2019 Is in View  Like the Emerald City, St. Louis and General Conference 2019 now are visible on the horizon. In just one week and two days, we’ll arrive at our immediate destination – and the real journey will begin.    Here are...

February 14, 2019 |
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño traveled to the McAllen, Texas area in late January for a meeting of The United Methodist Immigration Task Force that included a visit to the border. Kathy Gilbert, a reporter for United Methodist News Service (UMNS) – along...

February 14, 2019 |
Two members of the California-Nevada Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries represented the conference at the recent 2019 National United Methodist Camp Retreat Ministries Gathering.   Sharon Godbolt and Rev. Lisa Jean Hoefner, Pastor/Director of ...

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