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Our team is hard at work planning for our Annual Gathering & Meeting at California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California PA from June 8-9. Save the dates. We hope to see you there!

Penn West Conference Annual Gathering & Meeting

The 2018 Annual Gathering & Meeting of the Penn West Conference will be held June 8-9 at California University of Pennsylvania. Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. De Neice Welch, Pastor of Bidwell Street United Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. Our theme will be “Putting on Our Love Shoes,” and we will focus on the Three Great Loves of neighbor, children and creation. We will also have such featured guests as the Rev. Thad Allen from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Rev. Csaba Krasnai of the Calvin Synod, and the Lemington Gospel Chorale under the direction of the Rev. Deryck Tines. It will be an event that you won’t want to miss! For downloadable registration materials, please click here. For a link to our registration page, please click here

2018 Regional Youth Event

The 2018 Eastern Regional Youth Event will be held on July 19th-22nd, 2018 at California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California PA. Registration is now open! To register, please click here.

The event is open to youth in grades 7-12 (includes those who just completed 6th and are entering 7th as well as those who graduated high school in 2018). Here are the costs:

Early Bird through February 28, 2018
$350 per person for double occupancy room
$410 per person for single occupancy room


Regular registration through May 31, 2018 is $375 per person for double occupancy room, $435 for single occupancy room.

Late registration through June 30, 2018 is $400 per person for double occupancy room, $460 per person for single occupancy room.

All participants, chaperones, and group leaders must register. All regional youth events are registering through our Cleveland offices, so it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you select the "eastern region" when registering. Please direct questions to Valarie Poole
Please visit the Eastern Regional Youth Event Website for detailed information regarding workshops, mission and musical guests! https://www.eryeucc.org/

Thanks to all our churches who have helped and/or are helping to provide scholarships to our youth. Your help is very much appreciated!

Anti-Racism Training Events

In 2017, all six of the Associations of the Penn West Conference passed the resolution, “On Pastoral Ethics Requirements for the Associations of the Penn West Conference of the United Church of Christ.” In 2018, we agreed to provide Anti-Racism training in our Conference. All authorized (ordained, licensed, and commissioned) ministers and Members in Discernment are expected to attend this event, as per the resolution, and lay people are invited to attend, as well. The training will be led by the Rev. Janet Hellner-Burris and Carol Calloway. Ms. Calloway is a member of the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg (Disciples of Christ), and Rev. Hellner-Burris is the church’s pastor. Both have been trained through Crossroads anti-racism training. For the convenience of our pastors and churches, three separate events have been planned in different locations on different days. Please register for one of these events:

Thursday, April 26, Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, 260 Main St., Greenville PA, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Saturday, May 12, Living Waters Camp & Conference Center, 300 Camp Living Water Rd., Schellsburg PA, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Thursday, June 7, California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California PA, 10 AM to 4 PM

Light refreshments/breakfast items will be provided when you arrive. You will also receive lunch. The cost of the event is $50.00 per person. This covers the fees and expenses for the presenters and venues (which are providing spaces and meals). Please click here for a registration form.

Please click here for a registration form


UCC Constitution Ratification

On July 2-3, 2017, the 31st General Synod adopted a series of amendments to the Constitution & By-Laws of the UCC. All Conferences are now required to ratify the changes to the Constitution. Our Penn West Conference will be voting on these at our Annual Gathering & Meeting on June 9. The vote is to the amendments to the Constitution only, not to the Bylaws. Please view these materials in advance online at http://www.ucc.org/ucc_constitution_and_bylaws. Hard copies of the Constitution (with the changes identified) will be included in the Annual Gathering & Meeting booklet.

Also, for more details about the amendments that were passed at General Synod 31, please click here and here

SHEEP Fund

Our Global Missions Team is continuing to share the good news about our SHEEP fund to help with educational opportunities for both children and ministry students with our partners in the Northwest Luzon Conference of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. “SHEEP” stands for “Sustaining Hope for Educational Expenses in the Philippines.” To donate, please make a donation to the Penn West Conference and put “SHEEP Fund” in the memo. Or, visit click on the donate button on this page and choose the option for the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.

Penn West Academy for Ministry

The Penn West Academy’s goal is to assist people in deepening their faith and learning skills that will help them lead in congregations and in the world at large. We do this by prayer, study and fellowship. To learn more about the Academy, please click on this flier, or click on Ministries >> Penn West Academy for more information.

Survey on Compensation Guidelines

We are trying to hear from more people about their thoughts on our Penn West Conference Compensation Guidelines (available under the Resources tab on our website). Please fill out the following survey by downloading, saving, and returning it to office@pennwest.org. Please click here for the survey.

All Association Spring Meeting Survey

Our Association Presidents are discerning what topics would be of most interest to our churches for an All Association Spring Meeting in 2019. Please take a couple minutes to respond to fill out the following survey by downloading, saving, and return it to office@pennwest.org. Please click here for the survey.


"God is Still Speaking"

Welcome to the PWC Website!

Welcome to the Penn West Conference website! On this site, you will find insights, resources, materials, and links that highlight the ministries of the United Church of Christ in the Penn West Conference. We're glad that you are visiting us!

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Blessings!

Rev. David Ackerman
Conference Minister

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