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With Rev. Cecilia Kingman
Saturday, January 11, 2014
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, OR
Learn how to support your congregation’s financial goals with stewardship programs that are mission-centered, heart-based, and spiritually deepening. This highly interactive workshop is designed for leaders who want a theologically based ministry of money for their congregation and includes ‘How To’s’ for your fundraising campaigns.
The Rev. Cecilia Kingman has been a stewardship educator and consultant for nearly fifteen years, and has led workshops for congregations and districts all over the country. In 2009 she was a Dean for the Stewardship track of UU University, and is a past recipient of the UUA’s Stewardship Sermon Award. Rev. Kingman has worked in congregations in Washington, Oregon and California, ranging in size from 50 to 1400 members, and has served as a District Growth Consultant for the PNWD.
Send your entire congregational team of five or fewer for a total of:
$150 for teams from Fair Share Congregations
$185 for teams from Non-Fair Share Congregations
Fee includes registration and lunch for your entire team of five or fewer.
Sending six or more? Just add $10 for each additional registrant.
Click here to see if yours is a Fair Share Honor Congregation.
Link to Download Flyer.
Board President Or One Designee: Click to REGISTER YOUR CONGREGATIONAL TEAM ONLINE BY January 1, 2014 (SPACE MAY BE LIMITED) Yes, New Year’s Day is the deadline. : )
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The UUA Outreach Group at First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon recently honored retiring member Dr. Arnie Pickar (left). “The Outreach Group owes a great vote of thanks to Arnie for his long-term support of the delegate’s role in our faith community,” notes Outreach Group Chair, Stan Jewett (right). “UUs throughout the denomination have benefited from his sustained focus on the importance of congregational participation in the governance of UUA and the central place of congregations in our social justice policy positions.” Jewett announced that a First Church scholarship fund for General Assembly delegates and District Assembly delegates now bears Pickar’s name. Dr. Pickar is physics professor emeritus from Portland State University, a Unitarian Universalist for 50 years, and author of the book, A Kopek in the Dust.
There’s a new resource on the PNWD website. Now when you go to our Congregations page and click on a state tab, you will find that we have added each congregation’s Chalice Lighter enrollment. We also include this number reflected as percentage of membership.
Why would you need this information? A couple of reasons. Congregations who are considering applying for a Chalice Lighter grant need to have at least 30% of their members as active Chalice Lighters in order to be eligible. Also, congregations who have been awarded Chalice Lighter grants in the past are expected to maintain or exceed an active enrollment of 30% for at least five years after the grant is received.
After perusing the newly posted Chalice Lighter enrollment figures for your congregation – and others – you may decide it’s time for a Chalice Lighter drive at your church. Please contact your Chalice Lighter ambassador about how to get started. If you do not know if your church has an ambassador, contact Dave Dierdorff. Dave coordinates the Chalice Lighter ambassadors in PNWD congregations and will be happy to help.
There is still time for your congregation to apply for a Chalice Lighter-funded Growth Technology Grant. Do you feel your congregation has been lagging behind in the technology area? Want to make some tech upgrades but short on funding? Take a look at the overview that includes grant eligibility requirements, equipment recommendations, links to product descriptions, and the link to online application. Applications are being accepted through December 30.
Grant applications for the Chalice Lighter Spring call are being accepted through February 10. Check the Chalice Lighter page for details, eligibility requirements, and the application.
Want to join our more than 1800 Chalice Lighters? It’s simple. Each individual Chalice Lighter pledges to give at least $15 per call to no more than three calls per church year. Enroll now and you will receive the appeal for the Winter call which will be distributed in early January.
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Unitarian Universalists around the PNWD mourn with the Raible family at the passing of Seattle’s own Rainbow Lady. Dee Dee Rainbow brought joy, creativity and lots of COLOR to the lives of many, as a teacher, artist, lover of music and all the arts, avid UU and memorable presence.
From the Seattle Times obituary: “Dee Dee Rainbow was her chosen name and she lived up to it everyday – never seen without her brightly hued attire and accoutrements, and the abundant glitter that always transferred to recipients of her frequent hugs. She brought her unique brand of joy and exuberance to everyone she met.”
Dee Dee graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in 1950 and married shortly after. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received her BFA in Education at the University of Nebraska. Returning to Seattle in 1961, where her husband was called to the ministry of University Unitarian Church, Dee Dee taught art at Meany Middle School for 29 years, and was well known not only for her multi-hued appearance but also as a talented ceramicist, wedding officiant and legendary jazz aficionado.
Dee Dee was preceded in death by her ex-husband the Rev. Dr. Peter Spilman Raible in 2004, and by daughter Robin in 2006. Dee Dee’s bright spirit lives on in her children Stephen, Robert, the Rev. Deborah Raible and their spouses, as well as in her eight grandchildren, extended family, and a very wide circle of loving friends.
November online learning opportunities begin next week. These mini-seminars, accessed over high-speed internet with a computer, provide low-cost access to information and education for congregations on a variety of topics for lay leaders, ministers, religious educators, and members. By eliminating the barriers of geography, Unitarian Universalists across the region as well as the country, can bring their knowledge and resources to you without environmental impacts and time of travel.
Here’s what’s happening.
Wednesday November 6, 2013
Good News in Youth Ministry: Beyond Empowerment with Jennica Davis
For Religious Educators, Youth Advisors, Parents and Youth
6:30 – 7:45 PM Pacific Time/ 7:30 – 8:45 PM Mountain Time
Youth advisors, religious educators, youth and parents are invited to an online seminar on new models in youth ministry. Discover sustainable youth ministry models that add depth and dimension to the Youth Empowerment model. Grounded in UU theology and youth/adult partnerships we’ll discuss Relational Ministry and Contemplative youth ministry.
Wednesday November 13, 2013
Committee On (Shared) Ministry with Rev. Nancy Bowen
For Congregational Leadership, CoM, Ministers
7:00 – 8:15 PM Pacific Time/ 8:00 – 9:15 PM Mountain Time
Explore the unique role of Committees on (Shared) Ministry (CoSM) in the elected leadership of the congregations. Is your committee focused on the many ministries of your congregation, mission fulfillment, learning, and assessment? What is the CoM uniquely able to bring to the larger leadership of the congregation?
Wednesday November 20, 2013
‘Touchstone’ Journal with Rev. Nancy Bowen
For Congregational Leadership, Ministers 7:00 – 8:15 PM Pacific Time/ 8:00 – 9:15 PM Mountain Time
Touchstones is a monthly theme based ministry journal exploring a single theme in depth each month: Beauty, Courage, Faith, Hope. This webinar will explore ideas for using this resource to strengthen worship and ministry.
Those who register by November 13 will receive a complimentary issue of Touchstones!
Click here for Registration Link.
Fees: Each webinar is $15. You are encouraged to participate with your congregational learning team by sharing one connection for a fee of $15. Webinars that have low enrollment 48 hours in advance of the webinar may be cancelled, so please register early.
Please don’t let the fee stop you from participating. Email Lori Ragona at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in need of a fee waiver for a webinar.
The PNWD Addictions Ministry Program and the UU Congregation of Salem are joining together to present a workshop on practical approaches to recovery from addictions and mental health issues, and ways in which our congregations can support those affected.
Plan to send a team to Salem, Oregon for the November 16 workshop, Practical Approaches to Recovery: Many Roads–One Journey. This will be an opportunity for your congregation to share experiences, as well as discover what is needed to create a thriving addictions/recovery ministry program in your own congregation.
In order to best meet these needs, the Addictions Ministry team is soliciting your input. Take a moment to provide your feedback through their brief Fall Survey. What topics would be helpful for you in this workshop? What challenges are you facing in establishing a successful program in your congregation?
The workshop will be held Saturday, November 16, 8:30-3:30, at the UU Congregation of Salem. Download the workshop flyer for registration details and the day’s agenda. The registration fee is by donation – pay what you can.
Plan to also attend the 10:30 church service the following morning at UUCS, which will focus on “Growing a UU Recovery Movement: Stretching Higher and Deeper.”
Tags: Addictions Ministry
As Rev. Richard Nugent, Director of the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances says in the previous news posting, “…you probably have questions about how the implementation of the ACA will affect you.” That may well be an understatement. Never fear, we can help congregations understand how (and why) to complete the paperwork.
Peter Henrickson, UUA Compensation Consultant for PNWD and for the Pacific Western Region, has provided easy instructions for congregations to complete the form notifying employees regarding their eligibility to enroll in the UUA Health Plan. As Peter points out in his article currently on the PNWD front page, not all employers are required to do this. However, all employers should do this. For church staff to evaluate their health plan options, they need to first know what coverage is offered by their employer. They then need to find an option that meets their needs and fits their budget.
Peter says, “For people without health insurance, or paying more than they should for inadequate coverage, it is a Big Deal. They need to find coverage they can afford before the start of the year. Information from the form will help in that effort.”
A new piece may soon replace the Affordable Care Act article on the front page, but you can always find Peter’s guidelines here in the PNWD front page archives.
A Message from the Office of Church Staff Finances regarding the UUA Health Plan and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
As congregational leaders and/or participants in the UUA’s Health Plan, you probably have questions about how the implementation of the ACA will affect you. The state-based Insurance Exchanges opened for business today, October 1. Our congregations, religious professionals, and other employees now have an opportunity to reassess available health insurance options. For some, purchasing insurance through their state exchange may make sense. For most of us, though, purchasing insurance through the UUA Health Plan will remain the best choice for a number of reasons.
Nearing the end of its 7th year, more than 1,600 individuals in 350 congregations rely on the UUA Health Plan for insurance coverage in times of wellness and when illness strikes. With premiums increasing on an average of just 3.5% a year, an extraordinarily rich package of benefits designed with UU values in mind, and superb customer service, our health plan has achieved its stated goals and much more. Grounded in UU values, the UUA Health Plan recognizes the importance of protecting access to birth control and abortion services, provides equal access for same-sex-couples, protects the rights of transgender people, provides a hearing aid benefit, and offers supplementary benefits for those who have children with learning disabilities. And what other insurance plan not only allows but encourages participants to directly call the health plan director, not an automated call center, when questions arise?
The central goal of the UUA Health Plan is to provide high quality insurance to those who work on behalf of Unitarian Universalism. During our annual open enrollment period in November, congregations and their staff will decide whether to trust the UUA Health Plan with their health insurance needs. We anticipate a strong vote of confidence when individuals compare our plan, its benefits, its rates, and total out-of-pocket costs with those available on state exchanges. For more information about the UUA Health Plan or the Affordable Care Act, visit the Health Plan website, www.uua.org/healthplan.
Reverend Richard Nugent
Director, UUA Office of Church Staff Finances