Registration for CCC 2024
Saturday, February 10, 2024, 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on ZOOM.
Conference Communication Council 2024
That We May Be One: The Gift of Ecumenical Relationships
The PNMC Conference Communication Council gathering will be held Saturday, February 10, 8:30am—12:30pm (PST) on Zoom. In addition to our PNMC Board, staff, district pastors, team chairpersons and representatives from PNMC related organizations, we ask for representation from each of our member congregations and church plants (at minimum: a pastor and an additional congregation member, or two congregation members if no pastor is available). Please note that any and all who wish to take part are welcome to attend!
We will be focusing our time together on the theme of ecumenism, and the nurturing of relationships with Christians of other traditions and people of other faiths in our local communities and throughout the world. The Christian community, particularly in North America, is undergoing a period of great change and reformation, not unlike the period five hundred years ago that we speak of as The Reformation. However, one key difference is that at this historic juncture, when the global human community is connected as never before and is facing numerous challenges including widespread warfare, climate change and environmental degradation, we have a collective need to seek connection rather than separation, union rather than division.
When we reach out and build connection with other Christians and with people of other faiths with curiosity and openness, we inevitably learn something new, we find ourselves challenged, and we deepen our own Anabaptist Christian faith. Ecumenism is not an effort towards religious syncretism or spiritual homogeneity, nor is it a loss of the distinct gifts that shine through our varied traditions. It is an exchange of wisdom and gifts that allows us to pool our efforts and work together toward a more just, peaceful and compassionate world.
In our CCC gathering we will be hearing stories from three of our PNMC congregations and one of our PNMC chaplains about how their lives have been enriched through ecumenical relationships. Our centering scripture for the gathering will be a portion of Jesus’ pastoral prayer in John 17:
As you, Abba, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one as we are one. I in them and you in me, that they may be completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. JOHN 17:21-2
2024 PNMC Conference Communication Council Schedule:
- 8:30am–Welcome and Opening Worship
- 9:00am–Congregational Roll-Call and Sharing
- 10:00am—That We May Be One: The Gift of Ecumenical Relationship; sharing from three congregations and one chaplain. Breakout room discussions.
- 11:40–PNMC Updates and Reports
- 12:30–Closing Prayer and Adjourn
The annual Conference Communication Council takes place each February. It is a time to gather and hear from our conference churches. It’s a time connect, a time to worship together, a time to listen to the prayers and praises of our sister congregations, a time to learn about the various ministries throughout our vast geographical area. Will you join us?