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Annual Gathering 2019 at Chapman University

June 7-8, 2019 $0 - 140
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Dates & Times

  • Jun 7, 2019
    9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Jun 8, 2019
    9:00am - 3:30pm

Attendee Types

  • Clergy: Weekend
  • Voting Delegate (Non-Clergy): Weekend
  • Attendee: Weekend
  • Friday Only (No Meals)
  • Friday Banquet
  • Saturday Only (No Meals)
  • Youth (Grades 6-12)
  • Child: Weekend Childcare
  • Child: Friday Childcare
  • Child: Saturday Childcare

About Annual Gathering 2019 at Chapman University

Welcome to Annual Gathering 2019 Registration!

It is hard to believe that it is that time of year again, when we gather as a beloved community to celebrate who we are, to be challenged in new and exciting ways and to dream together about our future as the Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. Plans are underway, crafting a weekend that will be the best yet. Our gathering theme this year is: “From the Fire: Prophesy, Envision, Dream”

As our gathering is the weekend of Pentecost, we thought it only right for us to wrap our minds and hearts around what Pentecost means for us in the SCNCUCC.

The Annual Gathering Planning Team is excited to announce that we have secured Peter Rollins as our guest keynote speaker. If you know of Peter, you will get an idea of how excited we are to have him. Those of you who have never heard of Peter, you should Google him. I specifically recommend his Youtube video “Peter Rollins, I Deny the Resurrection.”  Don’t let the title scare you away… I promise you will be moved in a profound way.

Music and Worship will be led by Rev. Randy VanDeventer and team, Rev. Megan Owens (Vice Moderator) and Rev. Kelly Ryan. There will be workshops and Open Spaces to learn and glean from each other. After our banquet on Friday evening, we will again join together for a wine and fellowship party on the balcony. So much fun and connection to be had!
DEADLINE for proposed resolutions is April 18th and must be received in the conference office before that day. DEADLINE for registration is May 24th!

Holding you close and lifting you high!

Rev. Greg Davis


All "Weekend" registrations include meals. You can add-on available meals to a Friday Only or Saturday Only registration.

We are excited to welcome Peter Rollins to keynote this year!

Peter Rollins

Peter Rollins, is a writer, philosopher, storyteller and public speaker who has gained an international reputation for overturning traditional notions of religion and forming “churches” that preach the Good News that we can’t be satisfied, that life is difficult, and that we don’t know the secret.

Challenging the idea that faith concerns questions relating to belief, Peter’s incendiary and irreligious reading of Christianity attacks the distinction between the sacred and the secular. It blurs the lines between theism and atheism and it sets aside questions regarding life after death to explore the possibility of life before death.

Peter gained his higher education from Queens University, Belfast where he earned degrees (with distinction) in Scholastic Philosophy (BA Hons), Political Theory and Social Criticism (MA) and Post-Structural thought (PhD). He's the author of numerous books, including Insurrection, The Idolatry of God, and The Divine Magician. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, currently lives in Los Angeles and will die somewhere as yet not known.

Breakouts & Workshops

Widening the Welcome with the Conference Inclusion Team (CIT)

 Come learn how you and your church can meet the call of the Twenty-fifth General Synod Resolution, “Called to Wholeness in Christ: Becoming a Church Accessible to All” and extend the extravagant welcome of inclusion to people with physical, mental and developmental disabilities into the full life of all church settings. Hear personal experiences and learn about the designation of Accessible to All (A2A).

Scripture Play with Rev. Erin Beardemphl and Rev. Megan Owens

Join Erin and Megan in freeing our creative spirit and giving ourselves permission to play with Scripture as a way of deepening our relationship to it. Uses visual and theatre arts. We will be playing with the Pentecost story in Acts 2, for those who want to come "prepared”!

2019-2020 Budget Hearing with Neal Washburn, Conference Treasurer

Do you have questions or concerns about the Conference Budget for the coming year. Come and spend some time with Neal Washburn, Treasurer of the Board of Directors. This is the time to get clarifications before the plenary vote.

Church and Ministry and the New Manual on Ministry. Libby Tigner, Associate Conference Minister

The completely revised UCC Manual on Ministry is now in our hands, and there are changes that will impact every single authorized minister in the UCC, every congregation that is supporting a Member in Discernment, all MIDs as well as the members of our Church and Ministry Committees.  We’ll provide a general overview of the new MOM, highlighting the significant changes, and have lots of time for your questions.

The Board Room with Board Chair, Lorraine Ceniceros and Vice Chair, Gary Chomiak

Have you ever wondered what the Conference Board of Director actually does? Have you thought that maybe this would be a good place for you to serve. Come and join Board of Director Chair, Lorraine Ceniceros and Vice Chair, Gary Chomiak to learn more about this vital leadership group.

Church Financial Systems That Work with Keith Clark-Hoyos

Learn how to secure your church’s resources, effectively communicate your financial story, and protect your volunteers

Pub Theology

People have been gathering in pubs and public spaces for ages, talking about life, philosophy, faith, and deep questions of meaning. It is good to bring the conversations about that which is most sacred and which grounds our lives, into the spaces where we live our lives. In this Pub Theology workshop, you will learn how you can start your own Pub Theology in your church or neighborhood--and we will learn by doing!
We will gather on the back patio of Provisions Deli and Bottle Shop, 143 N Glassell St (just a few blocks from Chapman). There is craft beer, specialty coffee, and great snacks--so you can get whatever snack or beverage works for you.

There will be a limit on space; the space can accommodate 30 people at the location. Led by Rev. Kelly Ryan and Rev. Randy VanDeventer. Make sure and check the "add-on" page to reserve your spot.

Spirituality in Community

Spirituality is not only for the individual. Many of our congregations are facing a changed reality and a lack of spirituality. Many of our congregations are challenged with visioning and goal setting. This workshop will introduce and explore imaging tools (The Vision Board, SoulCollage® and The Visual Faith Project) that can be used by individuals as well as small to larger groups helping them discovering spirituality in community. Come, and explore by playing with images and making collages, and discover a deeper understanding of what the church of the future might look like. Workshop leaders are Rev. Anne Cohen and Rev. Rudy van Graan.

Open Space on Saturday

Open Space is a way of creating a community-built agenda together of important vital topics that does not require months of planning and preparation. Open Space invites us to talk about what we really want or need to talk about. Open Space empowers those gathered to recognize the wisdom that is only found in the power of the people gathered. Saturday, immediately following our keynote speaker, Peter Rollins, Rev. Kelly Ryan will lead us all through this exciting and innovative process. Open Space will replace our second day of workshops. See below for more information!

What is Open Space Technology?

Have you ever longed for an agenda for a meeting or gathering to include sessions on what you think really needs to be talked about?
Have you ever found yourself in a workshop or session that sounded great on paper, but is not what you expected or needed…but now it’s awkward to leave?
Have you ever found yourself looking for a way to make an agenda so that your group could get right to the heart of things?
Enter Open Space.
Open Space is a way of creating a community-built agenda together of important and vital topics that doesn’t require months of planning or prep—it creates itself in the moment.

This may be different than other ways we meet. Open Space is not about coming with a Powerpoint presentation created in advance, or listening passively among rows of seats to an expert.
It is about active dialogue, self-organizing, and convening the conversation you want to have—no expertise required.
I’ve used this in other Annual Gathering settings and churches in the UCC over the last few years, and it is my belief that we can learn better together when we can all take responsibility for the learning we need, center the important questions we’re living with in our churches, and tap the wisdom of the many others doing similar work.
Open Space is one way to unleash that wisdom.

Rev. Kelly Ryan
The Table UCC of La Mesa


Childcare is available during the weekend. Please make sure and check out the options in the pages to follow

Chapman Dorm Housing

Make sure and make your selection on the pages to follow


Our schedule is a bit different this year. Any traditionally scheduled luncheons (ONA, PAAM, Samoan etc.) will take place on on Friday 6/7 during Lunch. The Lay Luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Peter Rollins and the Clergy Luncheon will be on Saturday, 6/8 during Lunch. If you are planning to have interest and community based luncheons, please let your people know of this change.