PCA Annual Meeting

October 7-9 at the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church


Important Notice – Reservation Deadline is Monday, Sept. 26th!

No Reservation Required for Public Events. See program below.

You are invited to attend the 102nd Pacific Coast Association Annual Meeting. The theme is “learning and understanding the traditions and culture of indigenous peoples” with special guest Gregg Castro from the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone.

This year’s program includes PCA’s annual business meeting, spiritual & cultural lectures, inspiring music, a meditation session, and other special activities.

Please download this form to register (PDF): 2022 PCA Annual Meeting Registration

Forms should be e-mailed or snail-mailed to the church office at office@sfswedenborgian.org or

Swedenborgian Church
3200 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94115


Program

*Public Event. No registration required; donation suggested. 

Friday

  • 12-4 pm – Arrival & Hotel Check-ins
  • 4-6 pm – Refreshments & Ice Breaker Activity
  • 6-7 pm – Welcome Dinner
  • *7-8:30 pm – Keynote Presentation by Gregg Castro, “Bonds Unbroken: What ‘Indigenous’ Means” (open to the public)
    • In this discussion and conversation, Gregg explains that indigenous means “of” a place – not “on” a place. Our ancient oral narratives describe not only the how and where of our origins in the world, but the why: and that is nearly always to embed within us the deepest understanding of our obligation, commitment and sacred responsibility to take care of  the land that not only ‘took care’ of us, but literally created us. We are taught that we are not owed this, it is a wholly generous gift from ‘Creator’ that we are to be continually grateful for. We show this gratitude by our continuing stewardship of our homelands. Gregg Castro [t’rowt’raahl Salinan/rumsienramaytush Ohlone], has worked to preserve his Salinan and Ohlone heritage for over three decades. Gregg is the Society for California Archaeology’s Native American Programs Committee Chairperson, a Facilitator for the annual California Indian Conference – a 30+ year annual gathering about California Indigenous culture – and Advisor to the California Indian History Curriculum Coalition, promoting accurate school curriculum. He is currently Culture Director of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone, advising within their San Francisco Peninsula homelands – including the SF American Indian Cultural District. Gregg is a writer-activist within the California indigenous.
  • 8:30-9 pm – Dessert and Mingling

Saturday

  • 8 am – Breakfast
  • *9-10 am – Guest Speaker Dr. Devin Zuber, “Northern Lights: Swedenborg and the Sami”
    • This interactive and informal talk explores Swedenborg’s relationship with the Sami (Sápmi), the indigenous peoples who (still) live in northern Scandinavia along the arctic circle. We will discuss Swedenborg’s few, scattered remarks on the Sami, and also how his own mystical experiences related to what was then known about Sami shamanic practices in the18th century. Devin is associate professor of American Studies, Religion, and Literature at the Graduate Theological Union’s Center for Swedenborgian Studies, and also Chair of the Department for Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion. Prior to coming to Berkeley in 2011, Devin taught at the University of Osnabrück and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, both in Germany, and at Queens College in New York City. He has been a fellow, scholar-in-residence, or visiting research professor at many prestigious institutions around the world.
  • 10:30-11:30 am – Corrina Gould, “On Indigenous Land” 
    • In this prerecorded presentation, Lisjan-Ohlone Tribal Spokesperson Corrina Gould speaks on sacred sites, restoration, rematriation, and re-storying the land of the San Francisco Bay region. 
  • 11:30-12:30 pm – Lunch
  • 1-3 pm – PCA Business Meeting
  • 3-5 pm – Regeneration Walk through the nearby National Park, The Presidio
    • For the first time in over 100 years, the Presidio’s Tennessee Hollow watershed is now connected to the San Francisco Bay. Explore this newly restored watershed in the Presidio of SF overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge on this refreshing moderate hike from the source to the tidal marsh at bay’s edge by the newly created Presidio Tunnel Tops Park, led by staff from Nature in the City.
  • 5-6 pm – Social Hour
  • 6-7 pm – Dinner
  • *7:30-8:30 pmMusic & Meditation: Readings from Dao De Ching with Rev. Junchol Lee, accompanied by musical meditation with Blue on Native American Flutes (open to the public).

Sunday

  • 9 am – Breakfast
  • *11-12 pm – Worship Service with Rev. Junchol Lee and Rev. Thom Muller (open to the public).
  • 12-1 pm – Congregational & PCA Lunch

Travel & Accommodation

Attendees are responsible for arranging their own housing and transportation. Some attendees will be eligible for full or partial travel and lodging reimbursements as outlined on the registration form. Limited homestays for individuals or couples can be arranged for those requiring financial assistance. We also have a block of rooms set aside at two nearby hotels for discounted rates (between $125-$380 per night). To reserve these rooms, booking must be made through the SFSC before September 7th. For hotel stays, we may be able to coordinate double occupancy/roommates. Please indicate housing requests on Page 1 of the registration form or contact the SFSC office to request accommodation assistance at 415-346-6466 or office@sfswedenborgian.org.