Click here to go directly to the PNWD Calendar, where you will find workshops, webinars and other events of interest! You can choose a calendar view or list view, and can select by type of event or date range (in list view).
Leaders in UU congregations throughout the Pacific Northwest share their passion and experience with those eager to discover how to live our faith more deeply, meaningfully and effectively. “Discovery Day” will be a chance for UUs to learn from one another through 75-minute workshops led by peers and professionals.
Click for the Full Schedule, Workshop Descriptions and Registration Link.
Is your congregation ministering or considering outreach to active duty military personnel, veterans and their families? Do you, other staff, or lay leaders want to make a safe, welcoming space in your community for sharing members’ stories of involvement in war or military life? These are not just questions for UU congregations near military bases — reservists are a big part of today’s military, and they live everywhere.
The UUA Faith Development Office now offers the Military Ministry Toolkit for Congregations online (PDF, 54 pages) at no charge to congregations. The toolkit provides six one-hour workshops for adults in Unitarian Universalist faith communities that seek to become more intentionally open and inviting to military service people, veterans, and their families.
Included is a 23-minute video, Embracing the Unitarian Universalist behind the Uniform, which can help begin a conversation in your congregation about why and how to explore military ministry. Schedule an event to watch and discuss the video in order to inspire support for deepening and strengthening this aspect of the congregation’s ministry.
The workshops are intended to be used as a series with a committed adult group. Study, reflection, and discussion guide participants into questions such as:
- How do we support families who have someone serving in the military?
- How can we be welcoming to military personnel who are discovering Unitarian Universalism?
- How can we invite stories of veterans and their families into congregational life?
- How can we hold honest and faithful conversations about war and peace that make room for multiple perspectives, experiences, and truths?
The Rev. Lisa Presley, chair of the UUA’s Committee on Military Ministry Task Force points out, “The military is the largest young adult multicultural institution in our country, bar none. And many serving our military would love to find a home like ours—one that supports them in the work of being moral, brave, courageous and alive in the midst of situations that threaten to tear one’s moral center and fiber away from them. Who else needs us as much as these folks do?”
The Military Ministry Toolkit can help your congregation wrestle with all of these issues, and respond with moral compassion, generosity and sensitivity.
The Military Ministry Toolkit is a revision of the Bridgebuilders program which was created under the auspices of the Church of the Larger Fellowship. The revision was written by Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings and Gail Forsyth-Vail of UUA staff and Rev. Seanan Holland, a Unitarian Universalist military chaplain.
She shares her reflections on her time off after 20 years of service to the PNWD — and emphasizes the necessity and value of intentional time for sacred “rest and relaxation” (recuperation? recreation? Yes!), as a pastoral message on the front page of the PNWD website.
“There are always forces trying to keep us from relaxing,” she notes. “The key is intentionality.”
Her advice when you are “Overwhelmed with new emails each time you glance at your computer or phone?” is “Change the settings. Retrieve the messages only when you intentionally go get them; don’t have your new mail automatically retrieved. TV chattering away in the background? Turn it off until that show you really, really want to watch is on. I hear people complain of being inundated by Facebook posts. Can’t refrain from constantly checking? Cancel your account. As hard as it is to believe, life still goes on. (Trust me on this.) Be intentional.”
Welcome back, Diane! Thanks for all you do for us.
As the chalice was extinguished at the 53rd Annual UUA General Assembly (GA) in Providence, RI, a fresh chapter opened to plan the next great gathering of UUs in Portland, OR in June of 2015. Volunteers brought the Chalice back to the Host Pacific Northwest District to begin a tour of each the 58 member congregations that make up the district.
The Chalice Tour will be planned and directed for the 2015 Volunteer Committee by Stan Jewett, who chairs First Unitarian Portland’s Outreach Group (Denominational Affairs Committee). It has been a UUA tradition since 2006 that the Chalice visit congregations throughout the year leading up to General Assembly.
The 21-pound chalice was sculpted by Mordecai Roth of Surprise, AZ. Contact Stan, email@example.com to get your congregation on the tour itinerary.
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Audio recordings of most UUA General Assembly programs, including years past, are now available. Good news for those who registered and attended the 2014 UUA General Assembly in Providence, RI: This year’s recordings are included in your registration. Registrants have access to over 100 hours of recorded MP3s at no additional cost.
Whether or not you are a GA 2014 registrant, you can purchase a flashdrive containing all recorded content. Price is $150 for non-registrants, and $75 for registrants. Or, you can opt for a bundled deal – flashdrives holding the content of the past five years of GA content! Cost for these is $199 for attendees, $269 for non-attendees.
To listen or download GA content, use the following steps to access content online.
- Click on this link: www.myseplus.com/uua/home
- Click the login button on the top right hand corner.
- Login using the login and password information provided to GA registrants via email. (Create a new account if you were not an attendee of GA 2014)
- Once you are logged in, click on the left hand menu – my library.
- There will be a list of all recordings as released by the speakers from the 2014 General Assembly. (Not all events are available, for a variety of reasons.)
- To listen online, please click on the word ‘view’ beside the presentation name.
- To download, click the box icon, and follow your computers instructions.
If you are interested in purchasing the recorded downloaded for you, they are available on a flashdrive and can be purchased by clicking ‘here’.
If you have any questions please contact the UUA or Strategic Events Plus.
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“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” Wisdom from Laurie Colwin, novelist, posted in honor of Diane Brinson, our Pacific Northwest District Administrator, who returns from sabbatical this weekend having completed a tour of the South, where she joined lifelong friends of the family in their kitchens, preparing and collecting favorite family recipes and the stories that go with them.
In addition to the gathering of family stories through shared cooking, Diane volunteered for a month full time for the “Aging In Care” program of her neighborhood association, helping elders with tasks they are no longer physically able to manage. Diane also spent time during her sabbatical travels with fellow district/regional administrator the Rev. Glenn Johnson, to investigate the Southern Region’s experience in moving to a regional administrative team instead of separate district administrators.
Welcome back Diane! We’ve missed you, and we’re so glad you got to have this particular refreshment of sabbatical after 20 years of service to the district and the UUA. Diane will resume regular office hours starting Monday, July 7.
Recently, the UUA staff members that create religious education curricula featured several books on their blog, Call and Response. All available from the UUA Bookstore, these books are intended to help parents interpret Unitarian Universalist values and answer the tough questions children ask outside of Sunday religious education classes.
The Parent Trilogy: Three Programs for UU Parents and Other Adults by Unitarian Universalist Association
This useful little book includes three timeless programs in one volume: Being a UU Parent, Parents as Resident Theologians, and Parents as Social Justice Educators.
The Gift of Faith: Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children by Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar
By sharing her own stories and experiences, Nieuwejaar shows that religious community can play an integral role in clarifying and deepening the faith of parents, who inevitably are children’s primary religious educators.
Tending the Flame: The Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting by Michelle Richards
In this first-of-its-kind guide to Unitarian Universalist parenting, mother and religious educator Michelle Richards encourages a practical and proactive approach to raising Unitarian Universalist children.
Chaos, Wonder, and the Spiritual Adventure of Parenting by Sarah Conover and Tracy Springberry
This collection of essays from bestselling authors Barbara Kingsolver, Scott Russell Sanders, and others reflects on how parenting challenges, enriches, and magnifies our spiritual selves.
Nurturing Children and Youth: A Developmental Guidebook by Tracey L. Hurd
An insightful tool for understanding youth at each stage of development. Includes key characteristics at each phase and suggestions for supporting the child in the context of UU values.
Several religious professionals from the Pacific Northwest were honored at the Service of the Living Tradition at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly (GA) on June 27, 2014, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Credentialed Religious Educator – Master Level:
Sara Lewis, Director of Religious Education, Olympia UU Congregation (WA) - right
Credentialed Music Leader:
Mavis G. Cauffman, Music Director and Administrator, UU Congregation of Whidbey Island (Freeland, WA)
Ministers receiving Final Fellowship:
Rev. Leslie Becknell Marx
Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof
Rev. Eric Kaminetzky
Rev. Emily Melcher
Rev. Sarah Movius Schurr
Ministers Completing Full-Time Service
Rev. Jim Anderson
Rev. Bruce Davis
Rev. Annie Holmes
Rev. Marcia Schekel
Rev. Dr. William H. Houff
Rev. Edgar C. Peara
Rev. Arthur D. Wilmot
See the full list of those honored and remembered in the complete Order of Service from the 2014 Service of the Living Tradition.