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About 80 Unitarian Universalists from the Pacific Northwest District plan to attend UUA General Assembly (GA) in Louisville, KY, next week. But you don’t need to travel to take part – many more UUs will enjoy the many activities of “Virtual GA” on-line or on a mobile device.
GA starts on Wednesday, June 19, and concludes Sunday night, June 23. Most events will take place in the Louisville Convention Center, though nearby hotels will host some smaller meetings. Members of the UU Ministers Association (UUMA), Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) and the Association of UU Administrators (AUUA) will have professional days prior to GA.
GA is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, a time of fellowship, learning and leadership training, public witness, fun, reflection and conducting the business of the UUA. Member Congregations are eligible to send voting delegates if they certified membership as of February 1, 2013. Off-site delegates may also participate in discussions and elections. This year, delegates will elect a new Moderator, who presides at General Assemblies and chairs the UUA Board of Trustees. Two candidates are running, Tamara Payne-Alex and Jim Key. Gini Courter, who has served a total of 10 years as moderator in both appointed and elected terms, will complete her service at this GA and will be honored by those assembled.
This GA also marks the ending of terms for several UUA Trustees, as the reduction in the number of Trustees — from 26 to 13 — takes effect. This was a bylaw change that required a long period of study and two votes at previous Assemblies. All members will now serve in At-Large positons, ending a long-time practice of congregations in each of the UUA’s 19 Districts electing one Trustee. PNWD’s Trustee, the Rev. Elizabeth Greene (right), will complete her service at this GA, after two elected terms of four years each.
To get to GA from the airport, find shuttle information here.
Before opening ceremonies on Wednesday night, PNWD-ers in Louisville will want to be sure to attend Regional In-Gathering from 5:45 to 6:45 PM, in Convention Center “Cascade C.” We’ll join our neighbors from three neighboring districts for a rousing welcome to Louisville – be sure to pick up your bright turquoise Pacific Western Region ribbon for your name tag! Reflection Groups will also be formed at Regional In-Gathering, and will meet daily throughout GA.
Thursday evening’s Public Witness event will focus on Environmental Justice. GA attendees will be joined by special guest Wendell Berry, author, poet and spiritual environmental justice activist. The Ware Lecture will be delivered on Friday, June 21, by Eboo Patel, author, activist and visionary founder of Interfaith Youth Core. Saturday’s well loved Service of the Living Tradition honors fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders, remember those who have died, recognize those who have completed active service, and welcome those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year. PNWD’s own Tandi Rogers, along with several others from the District, will be celebrated among those who have received Preliminary Fellowship as UU Ministers.
For more information on General Assembly business, programs, exhibitors, and how you can keep your peeps updated on your activities and discoveries — or how you can follow posts and tweets, or watch many of the proceedings from the comfort of your own home — see the General Assembly main page. One of the best sources of GA info, whether or not you are in Louisville, is the UU World Blog. You’ll find regular reports, plus links for more.
This church year, our smaller congregations have been receiving Touchstones journal as a valuable aid to their worship planning. Touchstones is published monthly as a joint ministry project of the Pacific Western Region of the UUA and First Universalist Church of Denver, and is supported by a grant from the Mountain Desert District. The journal follows First Universalist’s theme-based ministry, exploring each theme in depth.
Touchstones subscriptions are now available to all congregations. Leaders from several of our small congregations describe Touchstones as “wonderful,” “fabulous,” and “invaluable.”
As a subscriber, each month you will receive electronically:
- the eight-page Touchstones journal as a PDF, to share with your congregation’s leadership, worship committee, RE team, or even your entire congregation.
- an extensive Worship Resource Packet as Word documents, offering diverse materials meant to hep you plan two worship services
- a Discussion Guide on the monthly theme, for use by small groups.
Individuals can also subscribe to the Contemplations e-letter, which is sent on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
The annual subscription rate is $240 (September through August) and is available directly through Mountain Desert District. To subscribe your congregation for 2013/14, send a check payable to MDD-Touchstones to: Mountain Desert District, 2242 South Albion Street, Denver, CO 80222. Include the name and address of your congregation, and the name of the person and the email address to whom the journal and accompanying materials are to be sent.
A printable flyer with more information is available on the Pacific Western Region website – click here.
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The UUA had scheduled a June 6 virtual forum with candidates for Moderator, but it was canceled due to technical difficulties (unexpected downtime of the provider platform). As a result, the forum has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. PST).
You are invited watch it live online at http://forum2013.uua.org. The candidates for moderator, Tamara Payne-Alex and Jim Key, will each present an opening statement. They will then respond to questions presented by the Rev. Ken Sawyer, minister emeritus of the First Parish in Wayland, MA and chair of the UUA’s Election Campaign Practices Committee.
The UUA apologizes to those who tried unsuccessfully to watch the forum on June 6. The Candidates look forward to having an interesting and enlightening discussion during the rescheduled forum next Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern (3:30 p.m. Mountain, 4:30 p.m. Pacific, and 5:30 p.m. Alaska/Hawaii).
We regret to inform you that our technology provider, Google Hangouts On Air, experienced unexpected downtime during the forum for Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) moderator candidates held yesterday evening. As a result, the forum has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. PST).
We apologize to those who tried unsuccessfully to watch the forum last night. We look forward to having an interesting and enlightening discussion during the rescheduled forum next Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. PST).
Last week we said a sad goodbye to PNWD Registrar Janis Anable. During her nearly five years with us, Janis helped usher in online event registrations and payments, and also worked with a consultant to create a database that is the envy of other organizations. We will miss her immensely and wish her all the best.
Recently Janis managed registration for the 700 attendees to our Pacific Western Regional (PWR) Assembly, which gave our fellow PWR districts an opportunity to see the PNWD registration program in action. As a result of this, and as part of our ongoing regional collaboration, we are restructuring the Events Registrar position to serve both the Pacific Northwest District (PNWD) and the Mountain Desert District (MDD). This position is now open, and we are actively seeking applicants.
It is not necessary that the Events Registrar work directly from a district office, so applications are being accepted from both PNWD and MDD residents. The position will continue to be part-time.
The position is also posted on the PNWD Job Openings page. When you have a job opening in your congregation that you would like us to post on the District’s job page, send the information to the district office. Include your congregation name, the position title, brief description, and contact person with phone number and email address. We encourage you to post the full position description on your website. Send us the URL to the detailed job description on your website, and we will link to it in the News posting.
Positions that serve more than one district in the Pacific Western Region may also be posted to the Pacific Western Region jobs page. Simply submit the information, as described above, to the district office with the request that it be announced on the PWR jobs page.
Are you a Unitarian Universalist (UU) of Color? Are you Latino/a, Hispanic, Chicano/a? Multiracial/Multiethnic? American Indian, First Nations, Alaska Native, Aboriginal? Middle Eastern, Arab? Black, African American, African Diaspora? Caribbean Diaspora? Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, South Asian, Southeast Asian? Transracially adopted? All of the above?
The UUA is sponsoring a way for UUs who identify as People of Color all across the country to meet. In May 2013, UUs of Color began gathering online and by phone for conversation, support, and community. This meeting space is to support communities of color within the Unitarian Universalist faith. Participation is limited to people of color (including the diversities listed above). Adults, young adults, elders, and youth are all welcome. Please spread this good news.
More information can be found online at http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/286649.shtml or by contacting the meeting convener, Jessica York, email@example.com. Please also post this flyer in your congregations.
Last month, the UU Church in Eugene held a long-awaited building dedication for a space they acquired in 2011. The Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, three times as large as their old church, is centrally located and seems to be the ideal place to live the church’s mission statement: “Empowered by love, we transform ourselves and serve our world.” You can read an earlier posting on the PNWD News with details about their move, and also read an article in the Eugene Register-Guard published the day of the dedication service.
If you’re attending General Assembly (GA) in Louisville, KY, this month (June 19-23), you can now view or download the GA Program Book and plan your GA.
And if you are a delegate (on-site or off-site), be informed! You can now view the GA Final Agenda and familiarize yourself with the business items up for vote, and discuss these items with your congregation.
You can also participate in on-line discussion before, during and after GA. The hashtag for GA discussion on Twitter is #uuaga. Follow @uuaGA for official updates and announcements. General Assembly can also be found on Facebook.
You’re invited to join the General Assembly choir, which will sing for Sunday Morning Worship and the Closing Ceremony on Sunday evening. You must be registered for General Assembly, and you must arrive early to register for choir and pick up your music.There is a modest fee for the music, which can be paid by cash or check.
The choir is capped at 180 singers with balanced sections and the spaces are filled quickly. Choir registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Singers are required to sing in both performances, and attendance at all rehearsals is expected. Be sure to pack proper attire: All black, shoulder to toe.
For more information, including registration and rehearsal times, see the GA Choir information page.
The UUA Retirement Plan is undergoing dramatic changes, which are proposed to go into effect January 1, 2014. Eligibility rules are proposed to allow more church employees to be covered by eliminating the first year waiting period, as well as the one-half time minimum employment standard. Employees will be able to use hours accumulated from all eligible employers — that is, use employment records from different churches for example. Finally, employer (church) minimum contribution requirements would be reduced under the suggested changes. The UUA has sent letters to all congregations and an Executive Summary of the proposed changes is available on the UUA website. Church leaders and all those affected by the proposed changes have an opportunity to comment prior to June 12. Our PNWD Compensation Consultant, Peter Henrickson, can help you track down answers to your questions. Contact Peter at: firstname.lastname@example.org.