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September 7, 2012 by PNWD News Editor | No comments

UUA General Assembly  2014Janine Larsen, who has served UUA congregations in the Pacific Northwest since 2004, has announced her resignation from UUA Congregational Life Staff effective June 30, 2016.

In email messages sent to PNWD congregational leaders this week, Janine wrote, “My nearly 12 years with the UUA have been rewarding and challenging, in all the right ways. I have felt very called to this work, first as UUA District Executive for the Pacific Northwest, and more recently as a member of the Pacific Western Region Congregational Life Staff. It has been a privilege to serve our congregations and our faith.”

Beginning July 1, Janine will begin a new position as Director of Ministries at University Unitarian Church in Seattle.

The UUA is currently in the process of filling several full-time positions for Congregational Life Staff in the Pacific Western Region as a result of recent resignations or retirement. Lori Ragona, formerly Training & Communications Specialist, left at the end of December, 2015. Other resignations are effective June 30: Rev. Nancy Bowen, Regional Lead; Rev. Ken Brown, and Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams.

Pacific Northwest District – UUA

 2016 District Annual Meeting

Saturday, March 5

at University Unitarian Church, Seattle

The UUA Pacific Northwest District has opened on-line attendance at the March 5 Annual Meeting, at no charge.

Only activities in the main hall will be webcast. This will include the Opening Keynote by the Rev. Jon Luopa, the Business Meeting, the workshop on “Nurturing Healthy Congregations,” and closing discussions.

Check the Schedule of Events for timing. Please note that timing may be revised as event day unfolds, to respond to participant needs.

Some restrictions apply for on-line attendance:

  • Advance registration is not required for on-line attendance.
  • Business meeting participation may be restricted to Delegates.
  • Zoom Meeting # 579616425
  • If you are unfamiliar with Zoom Meetings, click here for details
  • Questions? Contact Janine Larsen – we cannot guarantee response during event
  • Participation may be disrupted by events beyond our control, including technical difficulties. We’ll do our best! Looking forward to having you with us on line.

See the Annual Meeting main page for more information.

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest UU Growth Foundation (PNUUGF) will take place immediately following the Annual Meeting of the PNWD on Saturday, March 5 at University Unitarian Church in Seattle. Two PNUUGF trustee positions will expire on that date.

Any member of a UU congregation in the PNWD or British Columbia may run for election to a three-year term. Election will be by the delegates present. (Delegates to the PNWD Annual Meeting also serve as delegates to the PNUUGF Annual Meeting.) If you are interested, please respond asap to President Stan Jewett. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. Incumbents Stan Jewett and Jim Mason will be on the ballot for re-election.

question marksWhere Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

Please join us Saturday, March 5 as we gather in Seattle for our District Annual Meeting. This one-day event will be held at University Unitarian Church in Seattle. The Rev. Jon Luopa, Senior Minister at University Church, will be the keynote speaker. The $55 registration fee covers the entire day’s activities, including lunch and afternoon workshops. 

Four years ago when we celebrated PNWD’s fiftieth anniversary, we marked that occasion with recollections from past and current district leaders. In 2012, as in 1962, the theme was one of optimism, enthusiasm, and confidence. Longtime District Executive, the late Rod Stewart, observed in 1987 that he experienced the district “as a living organism with a life of its own. In addition to effectively utilizing its resources, I believe this creature has done remarkably well in adapting to its environment.

What is the nature of our environment today? Since our Golden Anniversary, regional collaboration has begun in earnest across the four western districts. The initial one-year agreement signed last spring by the PNWD board and the three other western districts provides for UUA regional staff to deliver services to congregations throughout the Pacific Western Region (PWR) and for districts to pay a portion of the personnel costs of these newly named UUA Congregational Life staff members. Last fall the boards delegated supervision of their district administrators to the PWR Lead, and staff in the four district offices began working as a PWR administrative team.

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle on March 5. Come be a part of this important conversation about where our Pacific Northwest District is heading and how we can thrive in this changing environment.


PWR LogoThe Pacific Western Region (PWR) and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff are pleased to announce a “new” resource for UUs in the west – the consolidated, improved and UUA-nested PWR website! The UUA is working to fully enfold all the regional websites, and now you’ll find the PWR pages at

Boards of the four Districts in the Pacific Western Region have delegated all program planning and implementation as well as oversight of all administration to the UUA through your regional staff. To recognize efficiencies and centralize information, all web content related to programs will migrate from the PNWD and other district websites to the unified PWR site over the next several weeks. Event calendars from all four districts have already been consolidated on the PWR website. District websites will continue to offer governance-related content.

We encourage you to subscribe now to the PWR News, which will be replacing the PNWD and other district newsblogs and newsletters on a varied schedule over the next year or so. When a new item is posted, subscribers will receive an email alerting them to the story. It’s a great way to find out what’s going on near you and around the region, without having to wait for a scheduled newsletter. Find the subscription box at the PWR News page!


Tinfo_bluehis was distributed October 16 to PNWD congregational offices, ministers and presidents. Please share with others who may be interested.

Online Engagement

The Pacific Western Region (PWR) webinar schedule has been posted and registration is open. Check out the offerings, register and pay (only $20 per connection), then gather a team to participate. The first webinar (Youth Ministry 3.0: Being Present in an Age of Disconnect) is scheduled for October 27. The next two on the horizon are Generosity in All Things: Actions for Daily Congregational Life (November 2) and Stewarding Beloved Community Beyond Your Walls (November 16.) Register early, webinars that have low enrollment 48 hours in advance of the webinar’s start may be cancelled.

Free Tech Assistance

Don’t forget Technology Grant money is available! The deadline for your congregation to apply for this easy money is November 2. Read the PDF overview to learn more and apply online. If the application link embedded in the PDF does not work, apply here after reading the overview. Funds for Tech Grants are provided by the PNWD Chalice Lighters.

Chalice Lighter Grants

Speaking of Chalice Lighters, perhaps you noticed you did not receive a letter for the 2015 Fall Call. That’s because NOT ONE congregation submitted a grant proposal. If your congregation would like to submit a proposal to be considered for the Winter Call, please submit it by the first week of November. Proposals to be considered for the Spring Call must be submitted by early February. Details can be found on the PNWD Chalice Lighter Program page.

2016 District Assembly

Save the Date! The PNWD 2016 District Assembly will be a one-day event, held at University Unitarian Church in Seattle, on Saturday, March 5. As details become available, we will post them on the PNWD District Assembly page.


Did you catch the recent article in the PNWD News about the Pacific Northwest UU Growth Foundation? PNUUGF offers loans and grants to congregations in the Pacific Northwest District and British Columbia. Traditionally they make loans for building acquisitions, expansions, or upgrades; they also help fund development and education of ministers and interns. If you’d like to learn more, see the PNUUGF website or contact president Stan Jewett.

Congregational Data

Be sure to take an occasional peek at your congregation’s information on the PNWD website: Alaska  Idaho  Oregon  Washington. If information needs to be updated, please have your congregation’s office send an email with the details to PNWD Office.

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Pacific Northwest District Chalice Lighters
have once again made possible grants to support PNWD congregations in acquiring and implementing growth technology. The application process is very simple – and due by November 2, 2015. Grant amounts may vary depending upon the applications, but are expected to be in the range of $500 – $2,500 each.

In spring 2013, the PNWD Chalice Lighters generously created a fund to improve growth technology in PNWD member congregations. The grants provided were so successful, the spring 2015 Chalice Lighter call funded a second round of tech grants to reach additional member congregations.


Grants may be used to help purchase equipment to improve church communication and outreach, and to support leadership training and ministry. Grants will be awarded in mid-January 2016. Preference will be given to congregations that demonstrate growth potential with the help of technology, have limited financial or professional resources, are geographically isolated, and/or have not received a Chalice Lighter grant (including a first-round tech grant) since fall 2012.

To be considered, congregations must:

  • Be a UUA and PNWD member congregation
  • Be a full fair share Honor Congregation* for both UUA and PNWD for the most recently completed fiscal year (June 30, 2015)
  • Have at least 30% of members enrolled as active Chalice Lighters* or be willing to meet this level of involvement before the November 2, 2015 application deadline
  • Submit the simple online application by November 2, 2015

Read the PDF overview to learn more and apply online!  (If the application link embedded in this PDF does not work, apply here after reading the overview.)

The Technology Grant application will be open through November 2, 2015.

Find your Honor Congregation status and Chalice Lighter enrollment percentage on the PNWD website. Click on the appropriate state and scroll to your congregation’s listing:

Alaska     Idaho    Oregon    Washington


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The PNWD Front Page currently features an article introducing PNWD congregations to their recently assigned “primary contacts” on the UUA’s Pacific Western Region (PWR) Congregational Life Staff.

Staff contact assignments offer a one-on-one relationship to support congregational leaders or address quick questions. Congregational Ministers, Presidents/ Moderators and Directors of Religious Education received a message in late August from their assigned primary contacts, and each district directory of congregations now includes the assigned staff member’s name with congregational information. (Find your congregation and its Regional Staff Contact on PNWD’s on-line directory for AK, ID, OR and WA.)

The PWR Congregational Life Staff says, “We look forward to working with you as your local UUA staff contacts and advocates… All of us are confident that just as our regional motto proclaims, our Big Faith holds us all, with No Borders to limit us. Whether you need a phone conversation, a video call, a workshop, webinar or on-site consultation, we are committed to responding quickly and appropriately.”

Four of the seven “Generalists” on the Pacific Western Region staff are assigned to congregations in the Pacific Northwest District. They are:

Read the full article about primary contact staff assignments at

To find out more about staff assigned to PNWD congregations and other members of the Pacific Western Region Congregational Life Staff, visit the “About Us” page at the Pacific Western Region website,

What is your congregation’s next big plan to strengthen your organization or achieve growth? Maybe the Pacific Northwest UU Growth Foundation (PNUUGF) can help.

PNUUGF offers loans and grants to congregations in the Pacific Northwest District and British Columbia. Traditionally they make loans for building acquisitions, expansions, or upgrades that exceed what Chalice Lighter grants can fund. They also fund development and education of ministers and interns in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest UUMA chapter.

Some congregations are seeing a renewed optimism regarding the economy, resulting in increased pledges after years of staying flat. This increase often motivates congregations to make plans for their futures. If that’s true for your congregation, and if your plans require funding, think of the Growth Foundation.

You can get started by visiting the PNUUGF website. If you’d like more information or would like to discuss other ways PNUUGF may assist your congregation, contact president Stan Jewett or use the contact info on the Pacific Northwest UU Growth Foundation home page.



addictions conference imageThe Addictions Ministry Project’s Recovery Conference, postponed from March 14, has been rescheduled for October 10. If you’d like to learn more about addiction and mental illness, or you want to enhance the ministry your congregation offers individuals and families who have experienced addiction or other mental illness, plan to attend “Languages of Love: Recovery from Addiction and Mental Illness.” This day-long conference will be held 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on October 10 at the Olympia UU Congregation. Highlights include a presentation on “Numbing the Pain: Trauma and Substance Abuse” from Summer Krause, who trained with Lisa Najavits. (Najavits is author of the Seeking Safety curriculum that addresses both addiction and trauma; “Nurturing Our Mental Health;” and “Addiction, Mental Illness, and Youth.”) The $20 fee includes lunch.

Registration is easy. Simply send your name, email address, phone number, and congregation name (if you attend a Unitarian Universalist congregation) to the Rev. Barbara Stevens. Your $20 payment may be made via the Donate Now/Pay Now button on the PNWD website. Scroll down to ‘Other Contributions’ for Addictions Ministry Project.

If you have questions or would like additional information, contact the Rev. Barbara Stevens.




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