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Penn West Conference Annual Gathering & Meeting

Our Penn West Conference Annual Gathering & Meeting will be held on June 7-8, 2019, at California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California PA. Our theme is “A Just World for All,” and our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Traci Blackmon, our United Church of Christ Executive Minister for Justice and Local Church Ministries.

Our Planning Team is excited to announce that we will be having nearly all our events at California University of Pennsylvania under one roof this year. We will not be using the Convocation Center, but instead, all of our times together will be held in the Natali Student Center. The Natali Student Center is where we have our meals (the Gold Rush Culinary Center) and is just a very short walk from the dormitories. This will be a big help to anyone who might have hesitated to come to the Annual Gathering & Meeting due to mobility issues.

Also this year, our website (which includes our Annual Gathering & Meeting materials) will be accessible by mobile devices. Try it out now on your mobile device using last year’s materials: Just click here . Also, if you are an Authorized Minister who is planning to attend Boundary Awareness Orientation Training on June 6 and would like to stay over at California University that night, please look for this option when the registration packets for the Annual Gathering & Meeting are distributed.

Due to possible upcoming changes in our system, we will not be doing online registration this year. However, the registration form is available here. We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it June 7-8 at California University of Pennsylvania!

General Synod 32

The Thirty-Second General Synod of the United Church of Christ will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from June 21-25. The theme of the gathering is “Shine!” Our delegation is very much looking forward to participating. There will be several opportunities at our Annual Gathering & Meeting to visit with our delegates, and we hope you will feel free to connect with them about any questions you have about our upcoming General Synod. Please keep them and all who are involved in General Synod this year in your prayers.

Boundary Awareness Training 2019

The Associations of the Penn West Conference in 2017 passed the resolution. “On Pastoral Ethics Requirements for the Associations of the Penn West Conference of the United Church of Christ.” In 2019, we agreed to provide Boundary Awareness Orientation training in our Conference. All Authorized (ordained, licensed, and commissioned) Ministers and Members in Discernment are expected to attend this event, and the event is limited to them, as per the resolution. The training will be led by the Rev. Michelle Snyder, former Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute and present consultant with Holy Cow!/Crow’s Feet Consulting. The following trainings will be held on Thursday, June 6, California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California PA, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. A registration form for the event is included here. Please send this in to our office at the address on the form, along with payment, by May 30.

Global Missions Team

The Penn West Conference is excited to announce a mission trip to the Northwest Luzon Conference of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in the spring of 2020! We had originally planned to go in the spring of 2019, but we will need more time to plan a trip of this scope. We are looking for some faithful members who would be willing to help us plan the trip. Our planning team would meet at least monthly, using technology such as video conferencing to plan it, do fundraising, and make this trip a reality! You don’t have to go on the mission trip in order to join us in planning it. There is great satisfaction to be found in helping to make this trip a reality and joining in faith with our partners in the Philippines. A bulletin insert about the trip is available here. Also, a flier with helpful things to know for the trip may be found here.
Please contact the Penn West Conference Office at david@pennwest.org if you would be willing to help plan this trip, and please let us know by February 28, 2019, if you would like to be one of the people going on the trip.

Associate for Youth Ministry

The Penn West Conference is looking to hire a new Associate for Youth Ministry. The role of the Associate for Youth Ministry is to be an advocate for youth inclusion and participation in the life of the Penn West Conference. More details on the positon are available here. To apply for the position, please send a resume to David Ackerman at david@pennwest.org.


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.

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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!



Rev. David Ackerman
Conference Minister

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