March 2012

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There are only a few days left to take advantage of the “Early Bird” registration rates for the 2012 District Assembly in Anchorage, AK, May 18-20!

This is the first time in 50 years that PNWD will hold its District Assembly in Alaska. Don’t wait another 50 years for a chance to gather with UUs from all over the Pacific Northwest in our northern-most state – register before April 3 to take advantage of the lowest rates.

You can register and pay on-line. Go to the District Assembly main page to read all about this weekend of UU learning, governance and fellowship, then click the link for Registration Details. Don’t forget to complete your on-line payment before you close your browser — your registration isn’t complete without payment.

We’ll enjoy 20 hours of daylight at this time of year in Alaska. Bring your sunglasses!

 

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The Northwest UU Justice Network is a growing group of Pacific Northwest UUs working to create a just and sustainable world through local and regional connections. NWUUJN has immediate openings for contractors to serve as Issue Group Conveners to support regional UU involvement in the areas of immigration and economic justice. Conveners support the group’s forming and the emergence of its leadership by helping to identify and recruit potential participants, documenting issue-related involvements in the region, and documenting the group’s formation and initial cycle of work. More information is available at www.trunity.net/UUsConnect/, or contact D. D. Hilke, Executive Director, at NWuuJN.info@comcast.net.

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Congregational Safety is everyone’s business and for those of you who are DREs, RE teachers and advisors, board members, and congregation members, this webinar will help answer questions such as …What makes a healthy boundary? What are ‘grooming’ behaviors? And most important, how can we establish and maintain healthy boundaries in our congregations? Practical resources will be offered on how to have  a difficult conversation, the importance of congregational behavior covenants and ways to respond in the event a person with a history of sexual offenses wants to come to your congregation. Special mention will be made of children or youth who offend.

Facilitator Barbara Cornell has been a Safe Congregations Consultant for the PNWD since 2007. She earned her Master of Divinity from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Mininstry in 2008 and is a candidate for ministry. In her webinars Barbara aims to share practical support from her UU theological perspective.

The Congregational Safety: Healthy Boundaries and Appropriate Behavior webinar is on March 26 at 7 pm PST. Online registration is $15 per connection. You may view this alone or with a team. Also take a look at our other Spring Webinar Offerings. For questions, email the PNWD Training Coordinator Lori Ragona at training@pnwd.org.


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From the Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, UUA Director for Congregational Life, and Janine Larsen, UUA Pacific Northwest District Executive:

Tandi Rogers

We are delighted to announce that Tandi Rogers, currently serving the UUA in two half-time positions as (1) Growth Strategies Specialist and (2) Program Specialist in the Pacific Northwest District (PNWD), will be moving to full-time as the UUA Growth Strategies Specialist as of July 1, 2012.

This move underscores our commitment to growth of Unitarian Universalism by strengthening resources available through the UUA Growth Strategies Office, which was established last year as part of the Congregational Life staff team.

While Tandi will work primarily from her home in Tacoma, WA, she will have a regular presence at UUA offices in Boston, and will travel throughout the UUA to work with congregations, districts and regions. Tandi will continue to work closely with the Rev. Stefan Jonasson, Director of Growth Strategies and Large Congregation Development.

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What do you know about immigrants, their history in this country, their experiences? Too often, it is distilled into dry summaries of demographics and statistics, or myths propogated with fear. Here’s an opportunity to hear from the immigrants themselves. A chance to learn some little-known facts of history and consider how America’s social and political structures shape our understanding of immigration and immigrants. Paula Cole Jones and Kendall Renee Jones, leaders in Unitarian Universalist multicultural ministries, will lead participants to deeper understandings of the immigrant experience during this interactive workshop. Hosted by Edmonds UU Church, this workshop is open to the public; older youth are welcome. Plan to attend Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to noon in EUUC’s Chapman Hall.

To register, contact SocialJustice.rsvp@euuc.org. Optional suggested donation of $10 accepted at the door, $50/team max. Fliers maybe be downloaded at http://euuc.org/ . Directions at http://euuc.org/global_pages/directions.php.

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Curious about this year’s GA? Do you have questions about this year’s GA? Then Rev. Dr. Ken Brown is the one to ask. Ken will present a webinar on ‘Justice GA 2012 Update’ Thursday, March 29 at 7 pm Pacific Time. He will share the latest updates on what is happening around service and witness, as well as workshops and special guests at General Assembly.

Rev. Dr. Ken Brown, in his 13th year as District Executive in the Pacific Southwest District, has been a UU minister for 38 years and has been involved in social justice causes since the early 1960’s. Currently he works with a wide range of groups in Arizona such as Puente and serves on the Board of Somos America, a coalition of over two dozen groups in Arizona. Ken is on the GA planning teams for opening and closing celebrations, choosing programs, witness, and service events.

Online registration is $15 per connection. You may view this alone or with a team. Also take a look at our other Spring Webinar Offerings. For questions, email the PNWD Training Coordinator Lori Ragona at training@pnwd.org.

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The Church of the Larger Fellowship - Your Online Congregation of Unitarian Universalists.Church of the Larger Fellowship members living in the geographical area of the PNWD may caucus to elect two delegates to attend the 2012 PNWD District Assembly business meeting. Upon arrival on site for District Assembly, CLF members should use the meeting message board to set the time and place for their caucus. Once CLF delegates are determined, they must report to the PNWD Delegate Table for membership confirmation and to receive their voting credentials.

The Delegate Table will be open to issue voting credentials:
– Friday, May 18, 4:00-7:30 p.m.
– Saturday, May 19, 7:00-7:30 a.m.

Delegate check-in closes thirty minutes before Saturday morning’s 8:00 business meeting.

Business meeting materials are posted on the District Assembly Delegates/Business page.

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Planning to represent your congregation as a delegate to PNWD’s 50th annual meeting? Here’s a link to the materials for the business meeting.

Online Delegate Certification is open through Thursday, May 10, and must be submitted by a congregation’s minister or board officer. Do let your board president know if you will be attending the May 18-20 District Assembly in Anchorage and would like to serve as a delegate for your congregation.  The online certification form lists the number of Congregational Delegates each member congregation is permitted. Ministers and presidents were sent the certification link today.

If you will be attending District Assembly, be sure to register early! April 3 is the last day to get the reduced registration fee; April 16 is the deadline for the hotel discount; and April 26 is the last day to register. There will be on-site registration, but not for children or youth.

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Updated church staff salary recommendations and Geo Indices are now available on the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances website.

The UUA Salary Recommendations, effective for congregational years beginning July 1, 2012, received the approval of the UUA Compensation, Benefits, and Pension Committee earlier this month. They were developed through a process that included a comparable wage analysis using wage data obtained from three national sources – the most prominent of which is the Economic Research Institute (ERI). ERI uses census, federal wage surveys, and other wage data for their database. The UUA Salary Recommendations are heavily influenced by wages paid in the general economy – wages restrained by the ongoing recession.

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Policy Governance®, an integrated board leadership paradigm created by Dr. John Carver, is a groundbreaking model of governance designed to empower boards of directors to fulfill their obligation of accountability for the organizations they govern.

The Philosophy of Policy Governance® webinar, on March 22 at 7 pm PST, will consider its relevance and its challenges for congregations as it plays out in practice. Why is it appealing to UU boards and why is it so challenging to implement? Join us if you are a congregational leader  undertaking, considering, or simply wondering about this governance model. Presenter Rev. Margaret Keip is a semi-retired UU minister, trained in Policy Governance.  She  consults on request with UU boards interested in adopting it.

Online registration is $15 per connection. You may view this alone or with a team. Also take a look at our other Spring Webinar Offerings. For questions email the PNWD Training Coordinator Lori Ragona at training@pnwd.org.

 

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