From July 7 – 10, 2016, we held the 22nd PAAM Convocation, hosted for the first time by the Pacific Northwest Region, in Federal Way, Washing. Attendees from all six regions of PAAM attend as we worshipped together, sang together, fellowship, and broke bread with each other. We also had over 30 youth and young adults present.
The theme of “Together in Ministry” was carried out throughout the entire convocation and highlighted by our keynote speakers, Rev. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister & President of the United Church of Christ and Rev. Emau Siu Petaia, former General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa.
We tried something new with our workshops this year. Instead of having a number of workshop and having to choose from among interesting topics, we had 3 workshop where everyone could attend. It was wonderful to have the time to listen, learn and asked questions on
Creating The Beloved Community: Connecting our story to immigration & mass incarceration.
Zipper Ministry: Groundbreaking Partnerships.
Our 2016 PAAM Honoree was Rev. Deborah Lee for many years of service to the PAAM and the API-LGBTQ community. In 2013, the UCC General Synod received the Justice & Witness Ministries Justice Leadership Award.
New national officers were voted on for the 2016 – 2018 term. They are introduced on a separate article on this site.
You can also view some pictures taken at the convocation by clicking here on convocation photos