April 2012

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Kate LandisShoreline UU Church (Seattle, WA) has called Kate Landis to settlement, by vote of the congregation on April 22.

Kate received her D.Min from Andover Newton Theological School and was recently welcomed into Preliminary Fellowship by the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee. For the past two years, she has served as Youth Advisor at First Unitarian Society in Newton, MA. She is in the process of completing a two-year internship at the UU Area Church at First Parish in Sherborn, MA.

Kate’s ministry with Shoreline begins August 1.

GaryHolthausThe Anchorage UU Fellowship called the Rev. Gary Holthaus to settled ministry by vote of the congregation on April 22.

Rev. Holthaus is an author and poet, nonprofit administrator and educator. He has been a proponent of sustainable agriculture, arts and the humanities, and served for nearly 20 years as executive director of The Alaska Humanities Forum. He has had a wide ranging career as a speaker, consultant and facilitator.

Rev. Holthaus is an ordained minister in the Methodist Church and served several churches as an undergraduate and seminarian. He was co-pastor of the Kenai Parish in Alaska (Kenai, Soldotna, Tustumena, Ninilchik, and North Kenai) and recalls being a consultant to the Anchorage fellowship in 1970s or 1980s; he has been an occasional speaker there in years since.

Rev. Holthaus notes, “These parishes involved all aspects of ministerial work: hospital visits, counseling, preparing for services, Sunday morning services, weddings, funerals, community activities, fundraising, administration, etc…  Since 1963 I have been on voluntary location (ordained but without a church appointment) in the Methodist Church.”

Though he has lived in Red Wing, MN, and elsewhere for several years, he has maintained close ties with Alaska and has children and grandchildren there. He will begin service to AUUF this fall.

Anchorage UU Fellowship will ordain Ruth Greenwood on July 15. Ruth, a member of AUUF, is completing her M.Div. at Meadville Lombard Theological School and has been granted Preliminary Fellowship by the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee.

The Rev. Heather Christensen, also a member of AUUF, was accepted into Fellowship by the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee after completing a lengthy process to transfer credentials. She is a former Presbyterian minister.



Are you considering submitting an application to Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry (STM)? From now until Friday, June 15th, the School of Theology and Ministry will pay your $55 fee when you apply.

Click here to Apply now. Or, contact Colette Casavant to speak with an advisor or to reserve a campus tour and Coffee Conversation on May 31 or June 5.

Several UU students choose Seattle U for seminary (M.Div) or other graduate degree or certificate programs in religion and spirituality, and many Seattle area UU ministers are graduates of STM.

The Rev. Marian Stewart (Northlake UU Church, Kirkland, WA) serves as UU Denominational Formation Coordinator and the Rev. Dr. Barbara Wells ten Hove (Cedars UU Church, Bainbridge Island, WA) serves as UU Liturgical Consultant.

Local UU clergy who graduated from STM include the Revs. Bruce Davis (Evergreen UU Fellowship, Marysville, WA), Bill Graves (Tahoma UU Congregation, Tacoma, WA), Carmen McDowell (Cascade UU Fellowship, Wenatchee, WA), Peg Morgan (Westside UU Church, Seattle, WA) and Karen Taliesin (Chaplain, Seattle Children’s).

Many other PNWD clergy and lay leaders have participated in Seattle University’s Pastoral Leadership Program, which can articulate to a Doctorate in Ministry through STM’s partnership with the San Francisco Theological Union.

For more information on preparing for UU ministry, see the many resources on “Becoming a UU Minister” at the UUA website:  http://www.uua.org/careers/ministers/becoming/index.shtml


LogoAre you unable to get to church on Sunday morning? The UUA’s Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) offers weekly online worship.  Church can come to you!

Join CLF and UUs from around the world on:

Sundays at 7:00 pm (Eastern Time); 5 pm Mountain, 4 pm Pacific, 3 pm Alaska.

Sunday Contemporary service at 9:00 PM (Eastern Time); 7 pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific, 5 pm Alaska.

Mondays at 1:30 pm (Eastern Time); 11:30 am Mountain, 10:30 Pacific, 9:30 Alaska.


We have had a workshop change for District Assembly. If you registered for the just-cancelled workshop, 2A “Feeding the Flame: Right Resources Right Now for Religious Education”, you might be interested in attending 2C “Carry the Flame: UU Faith for Life.” Workshop 1A “Nurturing the Fire of Commitment: Small Group Justice Ministries”, has been reworked as a two-part workshop (1A and 2A) and has a new title, “Nurturing the Fire of Commitment: Building Beloved Community.” If you registered for 1A, you are invited to delve deeper into this topic by also registering for 2A.

Full workshop descriptions are on the District Assembly Workshops page. This workshop update, along with details on how to request a change due to the affected workshops, will be sent to everyone who has registered for District Assembly. Look for an email soon.

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Faith Formation TrainingCongregation leaders are encouraged to attend one of the summer trainings on “Faith Formation 2020” in Portland, OR, or Federal Way, WA. These 3-day interactive seminars, presented by Vibrant Faith Ministries, come highly recommended by UUA District Staff throughout the Association.

Although presented from a distinctly Christian perspective, UU leaders can easily translate the experience to speak to the broader vision and practice of faith formation in our congregations. Clergy, Directors of Religious Education (children, youth, adult) and lay leaders interested in the meaning of faith formation will find much to stimulate thinking and growth in this educational program.

Goals of the training are to help us:

  • Understand the new context of faith formation and the diverse religious and spiritual needs of all generations
  • Understand the emerging vision of 21st century faith formation
  • Envision faith formation in the “Age of Networks” and learn how to create a Lifelong Faith Formation Network for the 21st century
  • Discover a variety of 21st century approaches and resources for faith formation in the congregation, at home, and online
  • Learn how to use the new digital media and web technologies in faith formation
  • Develop the skills for curating religious content and experiences for all ages and generations

For more information, see http://www.vibrantfaith.org/faith-formation-training.html.

If you are interested in attending this training, please contact Janine Larsen, District Executive, to see about discounted registration fees by joining a PNWD or UUA team attending in either Portland (July 10-12) or Federal Way (July 16-18).

An overview of “Faith Formation 2020” findings and recommendations will be presented at District Assembly in Anchorage, May 18-20, by the Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams, Director of Congregational Services, UUA Pacific Central District. Look for Workshop #2C.

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The Marriott Downtown Anchorage has extended the discounted rates for District Assembly attendees (all DA events will be held at the hotel). Reserve now!

Guests can make lodging reservations by phone or online. Contact the Marriott at 800-228-9290. When calling, refer to your Mini Hotel Code “PNWPNWA” and the name of the conference, “PNWD District Assembly.”

To book the Marriott online, follow these steps:

1. Under “Check Rates & Availability” (on the left-hand side of the page) enter the desired arrival and departure dates.

2. Click on the Special Rates & Awards Button1. Under “Check Rates & Availability” (on the left-hand side of the page) enter the desired arrival and departure dates.

3. Enter your online group code, PNWPNWA, in the box that says “Group Code”.

4. Select the button “FIND”

If you have problems making reservations, contact Jacqui Duarte-Smith, Reservations/ Revenue Manager, Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel: direct 907-792-2112; message 907-792-2108; or email at jacqui@columbiasussex.com.

Guestrooms at the discounted group rate of $165 single/double will be available until the cut-off date,April 16, 2012. EXTENDED TO APRIL 23.


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In December 1978, the PNWD Religious Education Committee announced the establishment of a district-wide lending library. They ordered Beacon curriculum kits and solicited PNWD congregations for donations of books and materials. The new Dorothy Spoerl Resource Library was coordinated by Jo Hamill, a volunteer in the Boise UU Fellowship. Through the years the library grew, eventually to the point of needing a part-time staff position to manage the inventory and shipping. Even a dozen years ago, former Program Consultant Cindy Leitner used a van customized with bookshelves to haul resources with her on congregational visits. But with the advent of online resources, like the UUA’s “Tapestry of Faith” all-ages program, timely materials were readily available and demand for the outdated DSRL resources dwindled. During the 2010/11 church year, only four congregations borrowed resources from the district library, and half of these items were lost while on loan. After over three decades, the district suspended the resource library in September 2011 and returned the few remaining tattered Beacon curriculum kits to the UUA for their archives. [For current lifelong learning resources, be sure to check out the UUA Religious Education website.]

In honor of the Pacific Northwest District’s upcoming golden anniversary and our May 18-20 District Assembly in Anchorage, Alaska, we are offering occasional historical Gold Nuggets like this one. To read the collected posts, click on the Gold Nugget tag below.

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On April 21st, Tent City 4 (TC4) will move to Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church, WA for 90 days. WUUC minister, the Rev. Lois Van Leer said, “Hospitality and compassion are at the core of our religious tradition. It is a privilege for us to once again host Tent City 4 and its occupants. Of course our wish would be that the causes of homelessness be eradicated and that there would be no need for tent cities. But until that time comes, we will continue to open our church home to those who are homeless.”

WUUC invites the local community to share their generosity with TC4, and help ensure that the residents are served hot meals every evening. If you are interested in gathering some folks to plan, prepare, and serve a meal for up to 100 appreciative residents, please sign up online. Another way to share your generosity with TC4 is to donate useful items.


PNWD has updated its front page with a message from District Executive Janine Larsen about the 2012 District Assembly, May 18-20, in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Assembly will mark the District’s 50th Anniversary, and will include learning, fellowship, PNWD’s annual business meeting, worship and many more activities. The Rev. Dr. Tom Chulak and UUA Moderator Gini Courter will be Keynote Speakers on the Assembly theme, “Carry the Flame!”

Registration is still open – see the District Website (pnwd.org) for links to on-line registration and payment. Make your hotel reservations by April 16 to take advantage of the PNWD discount at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown!


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