June 2011

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A very brief summary report from UUA General Assembly has been posted on the front page of pnwd.org, highlighting PNWD congregations and leaders honored at GA and noting voting outcomes on some issues of interest to congregations.

The front page message of the PNWD website refreshes from time to time, with a perspective on UU news or a pastoral column written by leaders from around the District, in addition to district staff and Board members. Past front page articles are often still timely — a link to the archive can be found at the bottom of the pnwd.org front page, or by following the menus to Resources>Print Resources>Archived Resources>Past Front Page Articles.

Carmen McDowell, who has been the Ministerial Intern at University Unitarian Church (Seattle, WA), will serve as Summer Minister at the church.

Cathy Rion, who was the Ministerial Intern at First Unitarian Church of Portland (OR), will serve as Summer Minister at the church. She will begin as Consulting Minister with the Mid-Columbia UU Fellowship (Hood River, OR) this fall.

Lise Adams Sherry has completed her Ministerial Internship at the UU Fellowship of Corvallis (OR), and will return to the UU Congregation of Salem (OR), where she has been on leave as Director of Religious Education.

UUPCC LogoFran and Roger Corn, East Shore Unitarian Church (Bellevue, WA), were among several recipients of the “Steward of Partnership” Award given by the UU Partner Church Council at its annual meeting during UUA General Assembly in Charlotte, NC. Roger and Fran have been dedicated to nurturing partner churches in the Khasi Hills and in Transylvania.

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Rev. Dr. Peter Luton and Rev. Joan Montagnes, East Shore Unitarian Church

East Shore Unitarian Church (Bellevue, WA) was honored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) as the 2011 Social Justice Congregation. The award, presented at a UUSC breakfast held during UUA General Assembly, recognizes exemplary institutional efforts to advance human rights work in collaboration with UUSC. The congregation’s many activities and generosity in supporting several UUSC efforts were noted as outstanding.

Linda McKim Bell, First Unitarian Church of Portland (OR), received the 2011 Social Action Leadership Award from UUSC for her  creative, inspiring, and effective leadership in working with UUSC to advance justice. Linda volunteers as regional coordinator for the UUSC in the Pacific Northwest.

UUSC selected Alice Roup, University Unitarian Church (Seattle, WA), as one of two recipients of the 2011 Mary-Ella Holst Youth Activist Award. Alice was cited for her achievements in advancing human rights through her activities with UUSC, such as educating her congregation about UUSC’s Freedom Summer: A Civil Rights Journey, in which she participated in 2010.  

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The following religious professionals currently or formerly affiliated with Pacific Northwest congregations were honored at the UUA General Assembly’s “Service of the Living Tradition” on June 23, 2011, in Charlotte, NC:

Ministers Receiving Final Fellowship:

  • Marian Stewart (Minister, Northlake UU Church – Kirkland WA)

Ministers Receiving Preliminary Fellowship:

  • Bill Graves (Consulting Minister, Tahoma UU Congregation – Tacoma WA)
  • Leisa Huyck (former Intern Minister, First Unitarian Church of Portland – OR)
  • Sian Wiltshire (former member, Woodinville UU Church – WA)

Credentialed Religious Educators:

  • Sara Cloe (Director of Religious Education, UU Community Church of Washington County – Hillsboro, OR)

Completing Full-Time Ministries:

  • Gretchen Woods (Minister Emerita – UU Fellowship of Corvallis – OR)

Ministers Deceased:

  • Robert Kaufmann (former Interim Minister, East Shore Unitarian Church – Bellevue, WA)

The Rev. Ken McLean, who served in 2007 as Consulting Minister, Juneau UU Fellowship, was one of four US ministers honored with a Vision Award for the founding and nurturing of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU). The organization is observing its 15th Anniversary.

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Northlake UU Church, Kirkland, WA is the lead congregation in planning a community Interfaith service for September 11 at 1:00 p.m. Along with the IMAN Center and Temple B’nai Torah, Northlake will co-host this event at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church and Northlake will form a joint choir. Many other churches and faith groups are also involved. If your congregation or religious leaders would like to participate, contact the Rev. Marian Stewart at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church. A planning meeting will be held in early July to finalize details of the event.

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UUs from PNWD who are attending General Assembly in Charlotte, NC, this week are invited to report from GA via the PNWD Facebook page. Ask your delegates and friends at GA to share their observations there!

We’ll post some of the official news from GA on this News feed, but you can get the full perspective through live web streams, the UU World blog and more. See this prior News post for details and quick links.

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Westside UU CongregationCongratulations to Westside UU Congregation (Seattle, WA), chosen as one of four Breakthrough Congregations to be highlighted at UUA General Assembly this year! Their short video will be shown during Friday morning’s Plenary session (June 24), and leaders will co-present a workshop on Friday afternoon to offer both inspiration and insight into how they have grown their congregation in both spirit and numbers by overcoming obstacles that had previously inhibited such growth.

Westside is the third PNWD congregation to be chosen as a Breakthrough Congregation since the recognition program began in 2005. They join Quimper UU Fellowship (Port Townsend, WA), honored that first year, and First Unitarian Church of Portland (OR), honored in 2007.

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Delegates and others from the UUA Pacific Northwest attending 2011 General Assembly in Charlotte, NC, are invited to attend District InGathering on Wednesday, June 22, 5:45 – 6:30 PM in Convention Center Ballroom B.
 
We will celebrate with our sisters and brothers in faith from the other Pacific Western districts — Mountain Desert, Pacific Central and Pacific Southwest — embracing our congregations from the Rocky Mountains to the Coast, reaching from north to south U.S. borders, Alaska and Hawaii.
 
Ingathering will be a low-key, high energy (yes, that’s possible!) oasis with song, inspiration, introduction and a bit of mix & mingle time. We’ll hear a brief reflection from our Pacific Southwest leaders about 2012 “Justice GA” in Phoenix and will learn a little bit about one another.
 
If you’re attending GA this year, start events out right with District In-Gathering!

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Whether or not you’re in Charlotte, NC, for UUA General Assembly June 22-26, you can prepare and follow along as your delegates participate on your congregation’s behalf!

Here are some quick links: 

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