Annual Gathering

Materials for Special Conference Meeting, May 30, 2020:

View the livestream of our Special Conference Meeting on YouTube, 10am-noon, on May 30

In the covenantal polity of the United Church of Christ, sole vested authority in all of our settings is the annual meeting of that expression. One of the ways we describe our free association with one another is like wider circles, as opposed to authoritative hierarchy.

Within the Northern California Nevada Conference, we come together in a spectacular celebration of our shared ministry each year in the Annual Gathering. Together we speak prophetically as an assembled, united voice; we support and nurture one another in our varied ministries; and we discern the Holy Spirit’s movement in our midst.

The Annual Gathering speaks to, not for local churches and ministries. Its decisions are binding at the Conference setting only — each Authorized Minister and local church engages their covenantal responsibility by interpreting and implementing actions by the Annual Gathering with the highest respect in light of their own convictions and local ministry understandings.

But for many people, even more than the primary function of gathering for business and decision-making, Annual Gathering is a time of community-building, learning, worship, and celebration. No matter who you are or where you are in your journey with the United Church of Christ — you are most encouraged at Annual Gathering!

Local Church Representatives:
Each local church (full-member and in-care) is allowed voting delegates at the business sessions of the Annual Meeting based on church membership as reported in the current UCC Yearbook:

 Number of Members                Number of Delegates
 250 or less                                             3
251 to 350                                              4
351 to 450                                              5
more than 450                                      6

Delegates may be church members of any age, including youth.  At least one of the delegates must be a youth or young adult [age 13-30].

Any authorized minister (ordained, commissioned, or licensed) who has standing in the Northern California Nevada Conference is a voting member when present at Annual Meeting.

At its meeting on Saturday, June 13, Conference Council approved the updated standing rules for the October 24 Annual Gathering Business Meeting. Click HERE to view.