Sycamore Congregational Church UCC

Sycamore Church was founded by three Japanese students in 1904 and has continued to serve not only new Japanese immigrants but people of a wide range of ethnicities, abilities, and theological perspectives for 110 years. This year we will joyfully celebrate our 110th anniversary! We typically have 20-25 in the Japanese language service and 40-45 in the English language service, but up to 110 in our bilingual services (10 per year). While Sycamore is not officially an Open and Affirming or Just Peace church, we have been blessed to have a number of LGBT members, friends, and Ministers-In-Training; and we have served at vigils for peace and immigration rights. Sycamore has a fully integrated Japanese language preschool and a number of parents participate in the bilingual services.

This academic year Sycamore will be a particularly interesting Field Ed site, as we will be saying good-bye to our current Japanese language pastor in the Fall and helping the Japanese speaking congregation through a transition to a new pastor mid-2015. Rev. Omi is a member of the 52-person United Church Board, continuing a tradition of close ties to the National Setting of the United Church of Christ and, as a former Sycamore Minister-In-Training, is committed to fostering MIT development.

The MIT can expect to be an active participant in worship, including preaching every several weeks (if desired), assisting in Holy Communion, participating in church meetings, calling on members (typically in spring semester, if desired), and all community events, including our Annual Bazaar, which attracts 1500+ people, Rumage Sale, and other  events.

Car Required: Yes
Monthly Stipend: $500/month for 9 months

1111 Navellier Street
El Cerrito, CA 94530


Rev. Kevin Omi