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Legislative Advocacy Workshop

“Engaging the Political Power Brokers: A Push for Social Justice”

Join CCUCC and Faith Action Network (FAN) for a workshop to learn about the latest legislation and how you can engage and advocate for change with your representatives. Be the church. Be the change!

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Community Congregational United Church of Christ (525 NE Campus St, Pullman WA)

The workshop is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP to:

37th Roger Williams Symposium, Featuring Angela Sims: Oct 1 + 2, 2017

Attend the 37th Roger Williams Symposium, featuring Angela Sims, on “Freedom: A Stratified Fabrication.” Events take place Sunday – Monday, October 1-2, 2017.

More details here:

Pride Signage

PrideSign we will have at the march this weekend.

Here are the cards we will be distributing. PrideCards

*Note both of these files are PDF

Pride March

JOIN US AT PALOUSE PRIDE! Come participate with other Pullman UCC folk in the Pride March + Festival, this Saturday, 8/26, in Moscow. The march begins at 11:30 AM (come a little early and meet near the corner of Jefferson + 4th Streets). The festival, Noon – 4:00 PM, is at East City Park. Bring your families! It is especially significant when people of faith show up and stand up in solidarity with the LGBTQIA community!

Check out our beautiful signs that Jessie made!

2017 Registration Open!

REGISTER NOW FOR CHURCH RETREAT! Registration for the upcoming Church Retreat (9/15-9/17) at N-Sid-Sen is OPEN! Visit the N-Sid-Sen website and “click to register!” $60 scholarships are available to any individual (child/adult) who wishes to attend the retreat and for whom cost may be prohibitive. We will be sharing the camp this year with Shalom UCC of Richland, WA, and we have all kinds of fun up our sleeves. If you have any questions or concerns about the retreat or accessing scholarship funds, contact Jessie Twigg-Harris!

Martin Luther King’s Expansive Vision of Social Justice

Martin Luther King’s Expansive Vision of Social Justice:

An Interfaith Celebration

“The fact is that justice is indivisible; injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 PM

Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 525 NE Campus St. Pullman, WA 99163

Led by Pullman faith leaders and God’s Harmony Chorus from WSU

Reception to follow the Service

All are invited

Steve Van Kuiken’s Installation at CCUCC



Mike Denton gives Steve and the church the Ordained Minister’s Code and a certificate to commemorate Steve’s official installation at CCUCC.

December 11, 2016


Sermon given by Mike Denton


Thank you to the following who made this occasion meaningful and joyful:

Mike Denton, Conference Minister

Mike McCollough, CCUCC Moderator

the UCC Conference members in attendance

and Lynn McCollough, for putting together a wonderful reception



Jeanne Holstad presents Steve with the church’s Bible, inscribed with the names of all CCUCC ministers.



CCUCC Retreat September 16-18

Come spend a weekend playing together, enjoying the beauty of camp N-Sid-Sen on Lake Coeur d’Alene, and getting to know new friends. There is swimming, hiking, campfire, singing and eating together, and shared crafts organized by Sandy Evenson. You are welcome to bring instruments for campfire and sing-alongs, as well as snacks and beverages for the customary after-dinner gathering at Spirit Lodge. You can even try your hand at paddle boarding with Monique Slipher. Everyone is invited and welcome!

view from cabin roof, 10-2013

The view of Lake Coeur d’Alene from a cabin window at N-Sid-Sen.


Here’s how to register:

1)Go to and select Click to Register.

— If you already have an account, fill in your user name and password.

—If you don’t have an account, click on “Create a New Account” and follow the instructions. BE SURE TO LIST ALL THE FOLKS IN YOUR FAMILY GROUP.

2) Then select: Make a new reservation

3) Then select: Pullman Retreat and follow the instructions

Please note that you will be given the option to request a cabin or lodge room. Please also know that space is limited and if you are willing to share with others a note on the housing page would be great.

Weekend Lodging (2 nights / 5 meals)

Lodges Price

Adults/Teens* 92.49

Seniors (62+) 89.04

Youth 8-12*  82.15

Children 3-7* 70.49

Cabins Price

Adults/Teens*  83.95

Seniors (62+)  80.03

Youth 8-12* 73.41

Children 3-7* 63.87

*There is a $50 per child contribution available from the CE Board for children aged 17 and down. If you would like to use this, inform Anjuli in the church office, then deduct $50 per child from your camp fee.

There is a $25 deposit required for all reservations.

The weekend starts Friday night, however 1st meal is breakfast on Saturday and last meal is lunch on Sunday.  Questions call Mark Boyd, Managing Director N-Sid-Sen 208-689-3489 or, or contact the church office at

See you at Camp!

Directions to N-Sid-Sen

A Musical Tribute to Support Local Refugees

A concert fundraiser for the Spokane Refugee Resettlement Program of World Relief where every dollar will be matched 2 for 1 by a federal grant!

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 525 NE Campus Street, Pullman.

Accomplished local musicians perform works by refugee composers Rachmaninoff, Bartok, and Chopin, as well as music from “Schindler’s List.”

Performers include string ensemble, vocalists, pianists, clarinetist, and flutist.

Reception with ethnic food bites to follow.

Ticket cost: $25.00. At Community Congregational United Church of Christ, Neill’s Flowers and Gifts in Pullman or Bookpeople of Moscow, or at the door.  Also purchase tickets online with credit cards at Additional contributions to World Relief are welcome and tax deductible.

Contact Mary Carloye for additional information:

New Lead Minister Announced!

On June 5 the congregation unanimously voted to Call the Rev. Steve Van Kuiken as Lead Minister for Pullman Community Congregational United Church of Christ.  The vote followed Steve’s sermon titled “Becoming Ourselves” as well as a meet and greet reception on Saturday night at the church. Steve, his wife Jenn Hackman, and daughter Isa will be moving to the Palouse in late August or early September.

Steve shared this after the vote.  “I’m very grateful to be part of CCUCC, the progressive church on the Palouse! I look forward to many years of working with this loving, intelligent, and spiritual community.  As we ask questions and seek truth, justice and awareness of the Sacred Reality together.”

In addition to his work for LGBTQ equality, Steve has also been involved with worker rights, economic justice, immigration, and affordable housing, and has interests in mysticism, meditation and interspirituality.  He has taught bioethics, co-founded a religion-labor organization, and has worked as a social worker at a halfway house for federal inmates. He is the father of three children, ages 29 26 and 5.

Steve enjoys outdoor activities and is an avid rower. He enjoys a good India Pale Ale, along with good conversation. He and his family look forward to exploring the Palouse and discovering all it has to offer.
The search committee wishes to express their sincere thanks to the congregation for your support, trust, faith and prayers over these many months.  Over the past six months we have reviewed many, many candidate profiles, conducted numerous phone calls, and considered skills such as worship and preaching, congregational care, administration, progressive Christian values, social justice work, and outreach to the wider community.  As a committee we met Steve and his family, shared worship and fellowship, and discussed many aspects of ministry, theology, and our church.  We feel confident that Steve is an excellent fit for this congregation.  Please join us in welcoming Steve and his family to CCUCC in August.

In Peace,

The Settled Pastor Search Committee:

Mike McCollough

MaryAnn Boehmke

Herb Hill

Mary Carloye

Sue Schell

Beth Blanks Hindman

Stephanie Kane

Listen to Steve’s Sermon, “Becoming Ourselves.”