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).
This was distributed October 16 to PNWD congregational offices, ministers and presidents. Please share with others who may be interested.
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.
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.
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:
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 www.pnwd.org.
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, pwruua.org.
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.
The 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.
Tags: Addictions Ministry
Do you feel your congregation has been lagging behind in the technology area? Want to make some tech upgrades but short on funding? There is still plenty of time for your congregation to apply for a Growth Technology Grant. These Chalice Lighter-funded grants may be used to help congregations purchase equipment to improve church communication and outreach, and to support leadership training and ministry. Grant details, eligibility, an overview, and the application form are all available online. November 2 is the deadline to apply, and grants will be awarded in mid-January 2016.
The online application process is quick and painless. Congregations may now easily find their Honor Congregation status, as well as Chalice Lighter totals and percentages, on the PNWD website of congregations. Just click your state and scroll to your congregation: Alaska Idaho Oregon Washington
Youth Advisor Training? Why would anyone need training to hang out with youth on Sunday? Don’t you just listen to them ‘check-in’ and bring snacks? That’s all we did when I was in youth group.
Sound familiar? I have heard this many times. There is way more to youth advising than hanging out and listening to youth although those are certainly aspects of a good advisor.
The youth advisor training that is being offered on October 3 at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Church is experiential and trust-based. It is philosophical and spiritual. It is for adult leaders who want to meet other adult leaders to share experiences and stories. It is for advisors who want to learn the basics about youth programming and for those who want to step up their game. It is for church leaders who advocate for youth within the religious education program and within the congregation. It is for adults who want to model mentoring youth so youth will learn how to mentor youth.
Our own Jennica Davis helped create youth advisor competencies that are being implemented continental wide. These include: understanding developmental stages and how to incorporate differences into a program; how to create a safer youth program and what is appropriate pastoral care for youth; establishing an inclusive youth ministry program and understanding identity, privilege, and oppression. This workshop also incorporates these standards.
Please download this flyer and advertise this workshop. Talk to your religious educator or minister and try to send a couple of adult volunteers who will be working with youth in your congregation this next year. Register here. Your youth, their parents, and the congregation will appreciate it.
Dana Regan, CRE
PNWD Lead RE Consultant and former Youth DRE
For many decades we mailed bulky “Congregational Packets” containing printed event flyers, registration forms, etc. to our PNWD church offices. Once each congregation connected via email, we began distributing the information electronically. With this posting, we will also begin sharing these notices in our News in order to reach even more people. Please pass along to others who may be interested.
Distributed to congregational offices, ministers and presidents August 10:
September 2 is the deadline to register for two OWL facilitator trainings being offered September 17-19 in Corvallis, Oregon. By synchronizing the Junior/Senior OWL training for facilitators (grades 7-9 and 10-12) and the facilitator training for Young Adults (ages 18-35) and Adults, we hope congregations may find cost-savings in travel for their participants. Registration and full details are at the link above.
Details and registration will be posted on the PNWD Trainings page very soon, but please publicize the date to your youth advisors: Saturday, October 3 at Olympia UU Congregation, WA. This day-long training is designed for both new advisors looking for the basics and seasoned advisors looking for a refresher. Attendees will receive support from their peers, as well as learn new ideas to carry back to their congregations. This training presents core issues, philosophies and skills needed to advise and empower youth.
If you’d like to learn more about addiction and mental illness, or want to enhance the ministry your congregation offers to individuals and families who have experienced addiction or mental illness, plan to attend “Languages of Love: Recovery from Addiction and Mental Illness.” This day-long conference is sponsored by the PNWD Addictions Ministry Project and will be held on Saturday, October 10 at the Olympia UU Congregation, WA. See the flyer linked above for event details and email registration information.
Mark October 23-25 on your calendar for the next PNWD Youth Con, held at Cispus Learning Center in Randle, WA. Details and registration will be posted soon at the above link.
These Chalice Lighter-funded grants may be used to help congregations purchase equipment to improve church communication and outreach, and to support leadership training and ministry. Grant details, eligibility, an overview, and the online application form are all accessed via the above link. November 2 is the deadline to apply, and grants will be awarded in mid-January 2016. Please note, to make the application process easier, congregations may now find their Honor Congregation status, as well as Chalice Lighter totals and percentages, on their listing in the PNWD website of congregations. [Click state and scroll to your congregation: Alaska Idaho Oregon Washington]
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 5 a one-day Pacific Northwest District Assembly will be held at University Unitarian Church in Seattle. Details will be posted as they become available.
Just a reminder that if you know someone looking for a job, or your congregation has an opening you’d like us to post, please check the Jobs link above. For additional job opportunities throughout the Pacific Western Region, check the PWR Jobs Page.
Eric Bliss is the new Youth Ministry Specialist for the Pacific Western Region, including the Pacific Northwest District. He introduces himself in the current front page message on the PNWD website, and shares his threefold vision for youth ministry throughout the Region:
1) Cultivating a “Constellation of Connection”
Eric’s vision for vibrant youth ministry in a regional setting arises from Mark DeVries’ concept, a “Constellation of Connection.” This is devoted to fostering connections and building bridges for the youth to engage with Unitarian Universalists across the generations. Eric is convinced that if we are interested in creating a liberal religious revolution, then we must invest heavily in the avenues that strengthen the bonds between our youth, their mentors, congregations, and their faith.
2) Leadership Development
It is absolutely necessary to train and counsel energetic youth and adult leaders, says Eric. Any successful endeavor requires capable organizers who have interpersonal skills, knowledge of systems, and a commitment to the cause. Leadership training opportunities based in best practices, mentoring processes, and a commitment to partnership, are all extraordinary tools for cultivating the leaders of tomorrow. Stay tuned to the PWR and PNWD websites, Twitter, email, and Facebook for future webinars, retreats, cons, camps, and other immersion experiences designed to this end.
3) Faith Formation
Our youth leaders require a sturdy spiritual center from which to draw strength and inspiration for their work, explains Eric. There is a need for an understanding of mission, and a necessity for self-awareness—an attribute that instills resiliency for when events do not go as planned. Eric is committed to working with multi-generational (multigen) leaders to instill and nurture a robust UU core identity that evokes a spirit of wonder, an emphasis on the transforming power of love, and an enduring commitment to exploring religious ideas.
Congregations and religious leaders are encouraged to contact Eric any time to learn more about youth ministry resources and events available through the UUA and the region. Read Eric’s full letter of introduction at www.pnwd.org!
The Pacific Northwest District has opened registration for an OWL Facilitator training for Adult and Young Adult OWL programs in Corvallis, OR on September 17-19, 2015. Facilitators for this training are Milly Mullarky and John Sulzmann.
Sign up now to provide training to your volunteer teachers so you are ready to offer this in the fall or winter at your congregation. This is also a very useful curriculum for college age students. Follow this link to register.
Here is some specific information about the Young Adult and Adult OWL curriculum.
Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Young Adults, Ages 18-35
This program is specifically designed for young adults within the age range of 18-35. It reviews basic sexuality information, boosts self-knowledge, enhances sexual safety, and strengthens social skills. It is interactive, inclusive, and welcoming.
OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps young adults address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. OWL addresses topics typically excluded from sexuality education and health classes, including sexual expression, identity, orientation and life issues for young adults. Each of the fourteen workshops is two hours long and designed to be modular – that is, each can stand on its own for maximum program flexibility. OWL is a secular curriculum, appropriate for a variety of settings.
Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Adults
This program helps you explore sexuality through your values and experiences. Enhance communication skills as you increase your understanding of healthy relationships, sexual diversity, and sexuality throughout the life cycle. It’s the sexuality education opportunity you probably never had growing up.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) values:
- Sexual Health
- Justice and Inclusivity
OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps adults address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging program that addresses topics many adults have not had the opportunity to discuss in depth. The fourteen two hour workshops are modular and may be used in any combination or singly.
Dana Regan, CRE
PNWD Lead RE Consultant
Tags: OWL Training