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September 7, 2012 by PNWD News Editor | No comments

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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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.

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

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LREDAThe Renaissance Program is a major component of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Religious Education (RE) Credentialing program. Each 15-hour module provides standardized basic training in a specific area useful to religious educators. Modules are open to all those interested in religious education leadership including divinity students, parish ministers, RE committee members and RE teachers.

Three such modules are being offered by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA).

Worship Renaissance Module (Newly Revised and Updated)

This recently revised UUA training has a focus on multigenerational worship, staff team collaboration, and storytelling.

It would be valuable for anyone involved leading, planning or assisting with worship design and implementation. (Religious educators, ministers, ministry students, lay leaders, worship committee members, music staff, etc.)

Worship is the central activity of congregational life.  Through worship we gather together to respond not only to the needs of the individual but also to the community.  It is a sacred time and when done well sends us forth to be and act on our best selves.  Worship opportunities abound—adult worship, religious education classes, children’s chapel, youth circles, rites of passage, and multigenerational services, to name a few.

The overall goals of this module are:

  • To explore worship formation
  • To appreciate the range of worship experiences
  • To gain resources and skills for the craft of worship
  • To understand and practice the power of stories in worship
  • To evaluate the aspects and impact of a worship service

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 nancy_bowen_192Carrie-KrauseReverend Carol McKinleyJoin us for a free webinar detailing the plan for shared services across the districts of the Pacific Western Region. Learn the facts of regional staff collaboration and dispel any rumors or misinformation you may have heard about the direction of the PNWD. This is a free event, but you do need to register. We encourage each registrant to gather a group – perhaps project your computer screen or connect your computer to a TV. (See the Webinar Group Viewing tip sheet.) Remember, register in advance so you can get a connection, but don’t pay. Please share this notice with others you believe may be interested.

Big Faith, No Borders: Realizing the Vision of the Pacific Western Region
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific Time
Where are staff and the Pacific Northwest District board in this process? What are the next steps to meet the vision for building stronger congregations and a more robust expression of Unitarian Universalism in the west? Join the Rev. Nancy Bowen, Pacific Western Regional lead; Carrie Krause, PNWD board president; and the Rev. Carol McKinley, PNWD past president and board member at large, to hear what is happening with staff and the board as we move toward formalizing regional collaboration in the west

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IJames Grinern our current front-page article, James Griner, Interim Youth Ministry Specialist, shares his passion for and philosophy in working with youth. James observes that young minds are ready to be molded. But by whom, for what purpose, and to what end? Youth need direction and guidance from those committed to the Unitarian Universalist Principles and practices. Read James’s article to learn more about vital youth programming in the Pacific Northwest District and our Pacific Western Region.

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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The UUA’s Welcoming Congregation Program was launched in 1990 to help congregations educate themselves about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues. These congregations promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for LGBTQ people and families within their congregation, the denominatioWelcoming Congregation Postern, and in society at large. Since the program’s inception, 78% of our PNWD member congregations have become Welcoming Congregations: from our first, The UU Church in Eugene, OR in January 1991, through the Unitarian Universalists of Grants Pass, OR just this week! Forty-five of our fifty-eight member congregations proudly display Welcoming Congregation posters in their congregations. One of our Emerging Congregations, Peninsula UU Fellowship in Port Orchard, WA, is also a Welcoming Congregation.

If your congregation has not yet taken the first step toward committing yourselves to this vital ongoing ministry, check out the Welcoming Congregation pages of the UUA website.

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How ironic that the Winter Chalice Lighter Call is for a congregation where the temperatures can dip to thirty-degrees below zero! Alaska’s Anchorage UU Fellowship needs our help keeping growth on track by replacing a faltering thirty-yearCL no text-old furnace with a high-efficiency, integrated system for heating and hot water. This system – the greenest configuration – will result in a 93% seasonal efficiency and ensure that newcomers, children and members are comfortable year round.

Each individual Chalice Lighter pledges to give at least $15 per call to no more than three calls each church year. If you are already a Chalice Lighter, please contribute now. If you are not already a Chalice Lighter, sign up now!

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Gifts of any amount will be accepted for Anchorage UU Fellowship through March 9.

 

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Oxygen Volume 11May we hold in our thoughts and prayers the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse in Moscow, Idaho, after the death of long-time member Terri Grzebielski. Grzebielski was one of three people killed in a shooting spree in Moscow on Saturday, January 10.

The congregation welcomes healing thoughts and prayers, but requests no other help at this time. Cards may be sent to the congregation at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, 420 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho 83843.

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Janine, 2014

Janine Larsen, formerly Pacific Northwest District Executive and now serving PNWD and the Pacific Western Region as Congregational Life Staff team member, will be on Sabbatical January 2 through April 5, 2015. She has served on UUA staff in the PNWD since 2004.

In her pastoral message currently posted on the PNWD Front Page, Janine shares what she will do on Sabbatical and provides information on who to contact for help with congregational matters in her absence.

Diane Brinson, District Administrator for PNWD, is the first contact to make – she is at pnwd @ uua.org or can be reached by phone at the District Office, 425-957-9116. If Diane can’t give you the answer to your question, she’ll arrange for a District Consultant or a Regional Staff member to contact you.

The Pacific Western Region UUA staff are beginning to identify areas of specialty and focused interest, and the Rev. Nancy Bowen, Regional Lead, will be able to direct staff resources your way. This will continue to unfold throughout the year, and Janine will fit into this pattern when she returns. Congregational Life Staff hope that all our congregations in the Pacific West will find dynamic staff partners both geographically and in purpose.

Janine looks forward to reconnecting with congregations when she returns in the spring. She urges congregations to plan now to

  • Send as many congregational leaders as you can (including future leaders) to UUA General Assembly (GA) in June. It’s not often that GA comes to our part of the UUA – this is definitely a “don’t miss”! In 1997, when Portland last hosted General Assembly, there were more than 1,100 UUs from the Pacific Northwest. Let’s break that record!
  • Send two or more of your leaders to Russell Lockwood Leadership School in August. This regional resource is in Seattle this year, and will probably not return to the Pacific Northwest before 2020. Janine is convinced this week-long residential program is transformational for UU leaders and congregations. Check out the 2015 faculty and staff — many of them from PNWD — and look for on-line registration to open in February!
Janine, 2004

Janine, 2004

Janine, shown at right when she began with the UUA Pacific Northwest in 2004, says

“Thank you for the blessing of serving you, as District Executive for the past ten years, and now as one of your regional Congregational Life Staff team members. Thank you for the gift of Sabbatical, rare and wonderful. Here’s to renewal. Catch you on the flip side!

 

chaplain-graphic-colorYouth Chaplains are individuals who work to affirm and emotionally support our UU youth by helping manage crises, ensure a healthy and safe environment, and bringing spiritual resources and support to the community. This training, facilitated by trained Chaplain Facilitators, will provide youth and adult advisors with invaluable life skills to serve these roles in our UU communities as well as the communities within which they live and work.

Who is the training for? High School Youth and Adults (25 years and older) who want to serve their community as Chaplains.  This training is limited to 30 participants. Enroll soon as space is limited and these trainings often fill to capacity quickly.

When will the training happen? Friday evening, February 6th through early Sunday, February 8th. This is a 15-hour training with no room for extra-curricular adventures or visiting off campus. Participants need to be fully present for Chrysalis certification.

What is the cost? $120 if received by the January 14 deadline. $140 if received between January 15 and the final deadline of January 21.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem 5090 Center St, NE Salem, OR 97317

Go to the website for registration details, required forms and to download a flyer to post in your congregation. Please help us spread the word by email, print, Twitter, Facebook, Pony Express, or whatever means and medium will get the message out about this insightful & worthwhile training!

Questions? Contact James Griner, Pacific Western Region Interim Youth Specialist, jgriner@uua.org.

 

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