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September 7, 2012 by PNWD News Editor | No comments

new-staff-pwrThe Pacific Western Region news post says, “It is with great pleasure that we announce the new Pacific Western Regional staff members. 

Eric Bliss, Jan Christian, and Jonipher Kūponon Kwong, bring us years of experience as Unitarian Universalist religious professionals working in congregations and with programs and projects at the district, regional and national level.  We will benefit from their extensive relationship in PWR and their awareness of our Regional Collaboration commitment.  We are confident that our congregations, elected leaders and staff will appreciate their new perspectives, good questions and the opportunity to see our work through new eyes.

In July, all three staff will be in place getting acquainted with congregations and leaders across the region.   Happily, we will be able to introduce Eric, Jan and Jonipher along with the continuing PWR staff at General Assembly during our PWR Regional Ingathering on Wednesday, June 24 at 5:45.”

Read about the new staff bios on the Regional News web page.

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OWLwebsquareThe Pacific Northwest District is proud to offer a training for leaders of the sexuality education curriculum, Our Whole Lives (OWL) for 7-9/10-12 grade in Corvallis, Oregon September 17-19, 2015. Congregations should have two leaders for each class offered. Ideally they would be facilitated by a male/female co-facilitation team.

Sign up now so your leaders are trained for the 2015-2016 church year.  

Our Whole Lives is based on a philosophy of comprehensive sexuality education which helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, comprehensive sexuality education provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps leaders to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality as well.

The leaders or facilitators who implement the curriculum are important determinants of program success. Thus, it is very important for group leaders to be highly skilled in communication and facilitation, in managing the learning process so that activities are truly aimed at accomplishing objectives, and in using a variety of teaching techniques, such as role play. They must have the ability to create an atmosphere that engages young adolescents and to use language and communication styles that are relevant to the specific youth in the program. Finally, group leaders must have the patience, stamina, and creativity necessary to manage the vast differences in maturity, experience, ability to dialogue, and attention spans present in a group of young adolescents.

The training is an opportunity not only to learn about the program and how to lead it, but also to see how comfortable you are as an ‘Our Whole Lives’ leader. It offers the opportunity to see many of the activities modeled by trainers as they were intended to be conducted. It gives the facilitators a supportive environment in which to practice skills and get constructive feedback from trainers and other curriculum implementers. It allows facilitators to network with others in the same position and to share ideas about what will and won’t work with their groups. Finally, it provides an opportunity for facilitators to get in touch with their own feelings, opinions, and experiences regarding sexuality.

Dana Regan, CRE

PNWD Lead RE Consultant

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UUSC LogoOn April 25, communities in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh suffered a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. So far, reports reveal that more than 4,000 people have died and thousands more are injured or missing. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) have activated an emergency response.


As is the practice with international disaster relief, UUSC will take the lead in distributing funds from the UUSC and UUA special joint appeal for Nepal relief work. Support will be directed toward people who are left out of mainstream relief efforts.

Read the full response from UUSC President Bill Schulz and UUA President Peter Morales. Their message closes with, “We are keeping the people of Nepal and the affected region in our hearts and prayers. Please be generous with your support.”

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GA2015 NEW logoACT NOW! Early discount registration ends April 30th.  Go to http://www.uua.org/ga/registration/index.shtml

Program information is available at http://www.uua.org/ga/program.  There are nearly 200 program offerings this year.

Housing information is available at http://www.uua.org/ga/travel/index.shtml

Hotel housing through the GA office continues to sell quickly, but new hotel space is being added to keep pace with demand.  There are low cost dormitory-style rooms still available at Portland State. The dorms are a short Green MAX line ride from the Convention Center.  There are also several home hospitality options available. Log on to: http://www.firstunitarianportland.org/our-church/general-assembly-2015 

Davidoff Fund Scholarships applications are being accepted until April 30.  The scholarship covers the cost of GA registration for lay delegates from congregations who have not been represented by lay leaders at GA in the last three years. Information and application at

www.uua.org/ga/registration/financialaid/15005.shtml

General GA information is at www.uua.org/ga

Small Group Dinners will be offered by volunteers. Sign up at the information table and you will join a small number of GA attendees and be escorted to a reserved local restaurant for dinner, and be able to return to the convention center for evening activities. See details in the program book which will be online after May 1st.

Zero Waste Goal will be active at this GA. For more than 10 years the UUA has been making progress on greening the event. For example, last year in Providence, we achieved the highest success rate ever, an 86% diversion of waste materials from land fill.  This involves recycling decisions by attendees and also negotiating with restaurants and the convention center to avoid non-compostable eating ware. THINGS HAVE CHANGED. This year we need to avoid taking disposable coffee cups into the convention center at all. There will be tables outside the building that will have reusable coffee cups for your purchase and use. Local vendors will refill them. Save some money and bring your own!

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RLLS-2015-save-the-date-copyEarlier this month when registration opened, we posted news about the Russell Lockwood Leadership School (RLLS). For a more comprehensive look at this popular adult leadership program, be sure to read the current PNWD front page article.

The UUA’s Mountain Desert District was the home to RLLS for more than twenty years. Last year and this year, we have been fortunate to host it here in PNWD. Next year will begin the rotation through other Pacific Western Region districts. Although RLLS will always be open to PNWD, if you are interested in attending while it is located in the Pacific Northwest, be sure to register and submit your deposit by June 15. Fees, details and deadlines can be found on the RLLS page of the Pacific Western Region website.

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The PNWD Nominating Committee presents the following slate of candidates for election at the PNWD Annual Business Meeting in Portland, Oregon, on June 27, 2015. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the UUA General Assembly, June 24-28, 2015.

Howlett Mar2015

Susan Howlett

Mike Becker

Mike Becker

PNWD Board Nominee (three-year term)
Susan Howlett (Metro Seattle) – Nominated for first term.
Member of University Unitarian Church, Seattle, WA

PNWD Nominating Committee Nominee (five-year term)
Mike Becker
Member of Unitarian Universalist Church of Salem, OR

The Pacific Northwest District bylaws provide for additional nominations by petition:
Article VIII, Section 5. The Nominating Committee shall submit its report to the Secretary and to all persons entitled to notice under Article IV at least 90 days prior to the Annual Meeting. Additional nominations for a specific position may be made by a petition of 9 members from at least 2 member congregations from the appropriate area and submitted to the Secretary at least 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting. Nominees must meet the qualifications set out in section 4 of this Article, and subsection 1(a) of Article IX. The Secretary shall submit a final report of all nominations with the notice of the Annual Meeting.

Nominating petitions must be delivered by April 28, 2015 to:

Emmet Band, Board Secretary
PNWD-UUA
12700 SE 32nd Street, Suite E-101
Bellevue, WA 98005-4317

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Looking for or offering a ride to Portland for the June 24-28 General Assembly? Need a roommate? The UUA-GA email list is a non-official electronic bulletin board for members of the GA community. This is also the place to share GA-associated discussions and questions. GA2015 NEW logo

On a related note, you may be one of the disappointed folks who discovered that General Assembly lodging is mostly filled. The UUA announced yesterday that they are working with a number of Portland properties and will add rooms next week. Check the GA Housing link periodically for updates.

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RLLS-LogoYou are invited to invest in yourself and your congregation by engaging in an inspiring and intensive week this summer at the Russell Lockwood Leadership School (RLLS).

Before 2014, this exceptional resource was offered only to congregations of the UUA Mountain Desert District. It now belongs to the entire Pacific Western Region. Last year PNWD was the first district outside of MDD to host RLLS as it begins to move through our four western districts. 2015 RLLS will be held August 8-14 at Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way, Washington, about a half-hour south of Seattle.

The curriculum of RLLS evolves continuously to present congregational leaders — both lay leaders and religious professionals — with the resources and perspectives to help guide 21st century UU congregations. The exceptional faculty of clergy, congregational and UUA regional staff leaders craft a fully integrated curriculum that weaves leadership, history, theology, relationship and current technology into each presentation.

Leadership School participants must be endorsed by their congregations. To reserve your space you must register and submit your deposit by June 15. For full details and registration and payment information, see the RLLS site. You may also download a tri-fold brochure to share and post.

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GA2015 NEW logoRegistration for General Assembly (GA) opens next week! If you have not recently (or have never) attended a GA, take advantage of this year’s Portland location and join us June 24-28. Highlights about what to expect are posted on the PNWD front page. Be sure to follow the links provided in the article to find more information.

As always, our front-page articles are available in the PNWD Archives after they are removed to make way for future postings.

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TENTATIVELY RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 3

3/13/15 UPDATE: Due to insufficient enrollment, the PNWD Addictions Ministry Project Conference scheduled for March 14 has been cancelled. It has been tentatively rescheduled for October 3. Updates will be posted in the news and on the PNWD calendar.

Twelve-step programs have a shared language of love that helps sustain community even when troubled by one another’s behavior. In this workshop, Languages of Love: Healing and Recovery, we will explore how we can use languages of love – from twelve-step and other recovery models – to meet the challenges of addiction and mental illness in our congregations, while staying true to our UU values. Breakout groups will provide tools for using a language of love in challenging situations including Companionship Training, Having Difficult Conversations, and Ministry to Youth.

See the workshop link for the day’s schedule, email registration information, and payment instructions.

The workshop, presented by the PNWD Addictions Ministry Project, will be held at Olympia UU Congregation on Saturday, March 14, 9 AM-4 PM. [TENTATIVELY RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 3.]

Contact: Rev. Barbara Stevens, barbaras@aracnet.com

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