Purpose Statement

Adopted 12-10-92

Jesus prayed for his disciples that they would be one. In light of our Lord's desire for unity among his people we join together as the North State Ecumenical Conference (NSEC).

The North State Ecumenical Conference is a gathering of judicatory representatives that serves as a forum for on-going discussion of faith and order matters for the purpose of developing and expressing unity in Christ in our witness to the world.

We bring diversity that benefits all participant members and we encourage bilateral and multilateral dialogue.

We attempt to nurture a diversity that enriches the faith and order of all participants without advocating uniformity.

We will seek opportunities to express our emerging unity.


The NSEC holds five regular meetings per year. NSEC meets at 10:00 a.m. on the second Thursday of the months of September, November, January, March, and May at the Presbyterian Church USA offices at 9985 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA.

Two representatives may represent each membership (judicatory) with the appointment or agreement of their respective church. At least one of the two representatives shall be clergy.

We meet to keep communication and local discussion open between our Christian churches, to learn more about one another, and to foster Christian unity. We have hosted ecumenical study days, special worship services and ecumenical activities. The Marie Kidder Lecture series held in Sacramento and the Judicatory Leaders Luncheon are current events brought about by NSEC.

NSEC is an ecumenical network for Northern California and is based in Sacramento. Each judicatory contributes up to $200 per year toward support for the activities of NSEC.