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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.  

May 19, 2022 | Akiko Miyake-Stoner
Bystander Intervention Training @ Annual Conference Saturday, June 11; 12-1:45pm, SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, Room A7 Sponsored jointly by the Commission on Religion and Race, the Committee on Advocacy and Justice, and the Committee on ...

May 19, 2022 | Admin
Less than one month from now we will be gathered at the SAFE Convention Center in Sacramento moving through our Annual Conference 2022 agenda.  As you prepare, here are some updates.  Although the Legislative Section will be virtual and ACS 22 ...

May 19, 2022 | Jim Patterson
The Rev. Giovanni Arroyo poses a difficult question to white United Methodists who say they want an end to racism. Do you want racial justice enough to voluntarily relinquish some of your power? Even those who say “yes” to this tend to make such ...

May 19, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
This week's theme is Plan on Changes The scripture is John 14:23-27 This week: Rev. Marylee Sheffer of Santa Rose United Methodist Church greets the children showing a piece of artwork in her church to illustrate change; Rev. Rod Brayfindley of ...

May 19, 2022 | Heather Hahn
Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church stands a few blocks from the grocery store where a gunman opened fire May 14 — killing 10 people and injuring three. But for members of the largely Black congregation in Buffalo, what officials labeled a white...

May 19, 2022 | Mallory Naake
You are invited to attend the Interreligious Chaplain Panel sponsored by our conference Christian Unity and Interreligious Committee (CUIR) on Tuesday, May 31 from 6:00-7:15 pm via Zoom. The goal of this panel is twofold. First, to educate clergy and...

May 19, 2022 | Admin
The Changemaker Initiative at Los Altos United Methodist Church will use a $1.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help launch Change the Story, a young adult innovation hub designed to nurture the spiritual lives of young adults ages 23-29 ...

May 19, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
After serving as Lay Leader, Roy Pina became a Certified Lay Minister at the Round Valley United Methodist Church to pastor the community in Covelo, California including members of the Round Valley Indian Tribes (RVIT) whose tribal council center is ...

May 19, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
Editor's Note: The Western Jurisdiction conferences are coming together to support Tonga relief efforts with their offerings received at annual conference sessions. Many local churches are also holding fundraisers.  Click here to give to the ...

May 19, 2022 | Mallory Naake
You Are Warmly Invited to the 2022 Conference Committee on Reconciliation Hybrid Lunch!  A series of speakers will explore what the UMC will look like tomorrow. The lunch will take place from 12p - 1:30p on Saturday June 11th at First UMC ...

May 18, 2022 | Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops
On March 9, 2022, the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops and the Western Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy announced that complaints had been filed against Bishop Minerva Carcaño.  They also placed her on suspension for 60 days, to ...

May 18, 2022 | Bishop Sally Dyck
Dear Friends and Members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference,      Peace and grace to you in this Easter season!    A meme during this Easter season says: “How does Resurrection stay with us?…Breathe In, Breathe Out, KEEP RESURRECTING” (From ...

May 12, 2022 | Admin
One month from now we will be gathered at the SAFE Convention Center in Sacramento moving through our Annual Conference 2022 agenda.  As you prepare, here are some updates around the COVID protocols for ACS 2022 and information around how to schedule...

May 12, 2022 |
The Beulah Older Adult Committee of the California-Nevada UWF is now accepting applications for grants that support older adults with needs ranging from physical, mental, spiritual and emotional needs as well as everyday essentials such as ...

May 12, 2022 | Selby Ewing
The California-Nevada Conference is home to The Gum Moon Residence Hall, one of two missions institutions supported by  The United Women in Faith (UWF).  The Gum Moon Residence Hall and the Asian Women's Resource Centers (AWRC) provides safe housing...

May 12, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
This week's theme is Love One Another. The scripture is John 13: 31-35. This week: Pastor Bobby Jones of Florin United Methodist Church greets the children and shares a message about a quiet revolution! Mort wakes up early but has a difficult time, ...

May 12, 2022 | Heather Hahn
U.S. annual conferences have no authority under current church law to withdraw from The United Methodist Church, the denomination’s top court ruled. “There is no basis in Church law for any annual conference to adopt stopgap policies, pass ...

May 12, 2022 | Mallory Naake
You are invited to attend the Interreligious Chaplain Panel sponsored by our conference Christian Unity and Interreligious Committee (CUIR) on Tuesday, May 31 from 6:00-7:15 pm via Zoom. The goal of this panel is twofold. First, to educate clergy and...

May 12, 2022 | Admin
Heritage Sunday shall be observed on Aldersgate Day (May 24), or the Sunday preceding that date (this year it is May 22). The day provides an opportunity for reflection on heritage, celebration of where the Church has been, how it understands itself ...

May 12, 2022 | Admin
On Sunday May 22nd, First UMC of Turlock will host a Tongan themed worship and luncheon to raise awareness and funds around the post-disaster situation in Tonga. The funds will go to the Annual Conference 2022 main offering supporting ongoing relief ...

May 12, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
Hey, kids! Let's learn more about our past and study about Asian American history makers like inventors and scientists! Mort and Lamb-see-do partner up and fill us in! Click here to see the video which features the inventors of the USB drive, the ...

May 12, 2022 | Steve Elliott
Note: This is the last of three articles about how the Cal-Nev Conference is helping with wildfire recovery. Click here for the first article and here for the second article. For more information, contact Steve Elliott, Disaster Response Coordinator,...

May 05, 2022 | Admin
California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church offers transitional workshops. Two Different Types of workshops are offered; one for clergy and one for church leaders. When there is a change in pastoral leadership both the pastor ...

May 05, 2022 | Admin
Annual Conference 2022 is a little more than a month away! Here are a couple of reminders and tips to help you get ready for ACS 2022, June 10th - 13th at the SAFE Convention Center in Sacramento: All members must register themselves for Annual ...

May 05, 2022 | Admin
 The Conference Commission on Religion and Race is accepting grant applications for Leadership Training Programs, especially those targeting youth and young adults and for programs that seek to dismantle racism and/or bridge cultural differences. ...

May 05, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
This week's theme is Mother’s Day - The Good Shepherd The scripture is John 10:11-18. This week: Rev. Motoe Yamada Foor of Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church greets the children and shares the message about how a Good Shepherd protects and ...

May 05, 2022 | Jim Patterson
One of the most celebrated and influential United Methodists is lending his name to an institute at Vanderbilt University that will promote and study nonviolence. The Rev. James Lawson, who has been called the “architect of the civil rights movement,...

May 05, 2022 | Meghan Starick
My name is Meg (Meghan) Starick and I attend Sparks UMC. I’m a senior in high school. I wrote this poem in dedication to my mom who has been there for me through the thick and thin. She and most moms show compassionate love to their children. My mom ...

May 05, 2022 |
It is a complex time within The United Methodist Church and given our history, that says a lot. As we try and keep abreast of the latest updates from Judicial Council, The Council of Bishops, our own jurisdiction and conferences, perhaps it is a ...

May 05, 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? Considering this, our Conference Committee on Religion and Race brought a proposal to the communications ...

May 05, 2022 | Kristen Caldwell
For those who may feel called to become an episcopal leader – or those who may know someone who feels called to leadership – the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church’s Committee on Episcopacy is ready to engage with those discerning ...

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