Events & Resources

Events in the PNWD or member congregations, resources of interest to congregational leaders or individual UUs


Mark your calendars for this exciting Discovery Day! on September 27, 2014.

Leaders in UU congregations throughout the Pacific Northwest are invited to share their passion and experience with those eager to discover how to live our faith more deeply, meaningfully and effectively. “Discovery Day” will be a chance for UUs to learn from one another through 75-minute workshops led by peers and professionals. Cost and complexity will be kept to a minimum with the hopes of maximizing access for all who want to attend. All participants will be responsible for their own lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Advance registration will be required, with a modest registration fee. One complimentary registration is provided per workshop.

Interdependence – Innovation – Impact

Workshops should focus on how PNWD congregations can collaborate to create transformational experiences for members and the larger community in one or more of these areas:

  • Congregational Leadership
  • Spiritual Development
  • Faith in Action

Workshops that will engage senior youth as well as adults are particularly encouraged.

Workshop proposals are due May 12. For more information about workshop proposals and a submission form, link to Call for Workshops

Registration for Discovery Day! will open August 1, 2014.

For questions, email Lori Ragona, Training & Communications Specialist:




OWLwebsquareOur Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9 and 10-12 are two parts of the Our Whole Lives lifespan series. The overall goal of this program is to create a positive and comprehensive educational program that helps participants gain the knowledge, values, and skills to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives. The leaders or facilitators who implement the curriculum are important determinants of program success. Thus it is very important for group leaders to be highly skilled in communication and facilitation, in managing the learning process so that activities are truly aimed at accomplishing objectives, and in using a variety of teaching techniques, such as role play. This training is for those facilitators in each congregation who will lead this class. It is designed for use by a gender inclusive co-facilitation team. It works best if all members of the team take the training at the same time. For more information, contact Dana Regan, CRE at

OWL Facilitator Training: Jr/Sr Level
August 22- 24, 2014
Hosted by: Saltwater UU Church, Des Moines, WA

Registration for the OWL Facilitator Training opens Monday, June 2, 2014. 


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Ysaye BarnwellSeattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry will host Dr. Ysaye Barnwell as Guest Lecturer in its third annual “Faith & Values in the Public Square” lecture series. Dr. Barnwell, who has been featured at UUA and PNWD Assemblies, will present “What Good is a Song? Consider an African Worldview,” along with a short musical performance.
The lecture series brings outstanding and provocative speakers to the Pacific Northwest community. Dr. Barnwell is the second speaker in this year’s series.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Space is limited.When: Tuesday, April 8th, 7 pm
Where: Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University

A professor at Howard University College of Dentistry and a health program administrator at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and at Gallaudet University, Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell is perhaps best known for her 34 years with the African-American female a capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock.  She is also a commissioned composer, recording artist, actress and author.

Inspired by the songs and dancing at the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life in South Africa, Dr. Barnwell will share the elements of the African World View and how is has impacted the use and evolution of African American music, from Spirituals to the music of the Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. Barnwell has spent much of the past thirty years off stage, working as a master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance.  Her workshop “Building a Vocal Community: Singing in the African American Tradition” has been conducted  on three continents, making her work in the field a significant source of inspiration for both singers and non-singers, a model of pedagogy for educators, cultural activists and historians.  


Four axioms have proven significant in Barnwell’s life:

    • To whom much is given, much is required.
    • As one door closes, another door opens.
    • Everything matters.
    • Say Yes!

Visit her website for more information:

SSL_bannerIn October 2009, the PNWD office purchased a Standing on the Side of Love banner to share among our congregations. Since that time our banner has been marched in Gay Pride parades, a high school homecoming parade, a Cinco de Mayo parade, and even a rodeo parade! It has been hung to inaugurate a Welcoming Congregation program, publicize a Social Justice Fairness Fair, and to launch a Candidating Week. The banner has stood on the steps of state capitol buildings, been present for a Marriage Equality Town Forum, and raised on a busy street-corner during an Interfaith Alliance rally.

Our banner’s first stop was Juneau, Alaska and its final stop was Ellensburg, Washington. After 37 visits, through all four PNWD states, our banner was starting to look very tired. At District Assembly in Spokane, we held a raffle to see who could guess the total miles our banner has traveled during the past 53 months. The winner would take the banner home to spend its final days in retirement. Leslie Miller of Boise UU Fellowship guessed just 279 miles shy of the 13,385 total miles traveled! Congratulations, Leslie!


Registration deadline is TODAY (February 19) for Youth and Children attending District Assembly in Spokane, March 14-16.

In order to plan for appropriate staffing and resources, children and youth must be registered by February 19. No late or on-site registrations will be accepted.

This is a Full Community event. Senior Youth (high school aged) will join in the full District Assembly program throughout the weekend, and get to hang together overnight at the Spokane Church. Children and Junior Youth will enjoy KIDS’ CAMP with special programs and field trips designed to enrich the District Assembly experience for families with elementary school and middle school aged children.

Loving childcare will be provided for pre-school (ages 1-4) and younger children on Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning only for those who are registered in advance. During Sunday’s closing worship, which is open to the public, child care will be provided for all who attend. Parents will pick up children for lunch and dinner.

For more information on District Assembly programs for Children and Youth, including all forms required for the Sr. Youth program, click here.

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Hotel ExteriorThanks to strong reservations in the last week, the PNWD District Assembly room rate discount has been extended to February 25 by the Doubletree Spokane City Center!

Reserve your room nowbook through our personalized conference reservation page or call 800-222-8733. To take advantage of our special rate, be sure to ask for our group code: PUN.

The special conference rate of $95 per room can be used for stays that extend three days before through three days after District Assembly, which is March 14-16.

Other deadlines related to District Assembly:

  • February 19 – Deadline to register children and youth for District Assembly
  • February 26 – Deadline for lower rate adult registration
  • February 26 – Deadline for mail-in registrations for adults
  • March 4 – Deadline for certifying congregational & ministerial delegates to District Assembly
  • March 6 – Deadline for on-line registration (after this date, only on-site registration is allowed, on a space available basis)
  • February 28 – Deadline for “no fault” cancellations (after this date, cancellations will be granted for hardship only)


Tuesday, February 18 is the extended DEADLINE for the best hotel rates for Pacific Northwest District Assembly at the Doubletree by Hilton at Spokane City Center

Click here to book on-line now!

If you prefer, you may reserve your room by calling 800-222-8733. To take advantage of our special rate, be sure to ask for our group code: PUN.

The special conference rate of $95 per room can be used for stays that extend three days before through three days after District Assembly, which is March 14-16.

Reserve your room by February 18 to receive this special rate, while availability lasts!
For more information about District Assembly and to register, visit the District website.


The 52nd PNWD Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014, in conjunction with the March 14-16 Pacific Northwest District Assembly in Spokane, Washington.

PNWD bylaws require each member congregation to certify to PNWD the names of its delegates. If your congregation wishes to have delegate representation at the District Annual Meeting, a minister or board officer must submit the online Delegate Certification by MARCH 4. Earlier this week congregation ministerscheckmark and presidents were sent the link to the Delegate Certification Form. If you are the president or minister from your congregation and would like the online certification link resent, contact the district office.

Congregations may participate in the Annual Meeting with on-site delegates, off-site delegates, or a combination of the two. Both on-site and off-site delegates must be certified by MARCH 4. Off-site delegates do not have to be registered for the District Assembly; on-site delegates who attend only the business meeting do not have to register for District Assembly. Anyone is welcome to attend the Annual Meeting, but only certified delegates may vote.

Details about remote participation for off-site delegates will be available soon.

We hope to see your congregation represented in Spokane!


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During the month of January, the UUA’s Faith Development Office is launching a monthly series of free webinars for religious educators, other religious professionals, and lay leaders who plan, lead, or support programs with a faith development component… especially UU religious education (RE) for children, youth, adults, and/or multigenerational groups. 

These webinars will be presented by the UUA Faith Development Office – Director Jessica York and staff members Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings, Melanie J. Davis, Gail Forsyth-Vail, Pat Kahn, Susan Lawrence, and Alicia LeBlanc.

The entire staff will participate in the first webinar, “Why and How to Do Spiritual Preparation for Leading RE,”  on Monday, January 27 at 9 pm Eastern time (6 PM Pacific, 8 PM Mountain, 5 PM Alaska time) and again on Wednesday, January 29 at 4 pm Eastern time (1 PM Pacific, 3 PM Mountain, Noon Alaska time).

Many religious educators and others who lead programs with a faith development component recognize the benefit of taking even a few moments to spiritually prepare for a session, workshop, or meeting. Yet, we often feel we do not have time! The UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curricula support a regular practice of spiritual preparation with unique, reflective exercise for leaders/facilitators to do before every session or workshop. The January webinar will present theory, examples, and an experiential exercise to encourage and guide participants to make spiritual preparation a practice of their own. Staff of the UUA Faith Development Office (FDO) will also solicit suggestions for future webinar topics.

Please join in! To register for the January 27 or January 29 FDO webinar, please email Susan Lawrence, FDO Managing Editor, at for call-in/log-in information. Please specify the session you wish to attend.

ThandekaRegistrations began coming in for our 2014 Pacific Northwest District Assembly within an hour of opening last week! Instead of a short keynote address and multiple brief workshops this year, we have the advantage of being able to learn from and be inspired by the Rev. Dr. Thandeka throughout the weekend’s programming. She will engage and guide us with music and media, exercises and reflection, skits and small groups. This full-community gathering, themed “Love Beyond Belief,” promises to be a memorable experience for all participants.

Please plan to join us March 14-16 in Spokane, Washington. Register by February 26 for the EARLY fee. Rates increase for REGULAR registrants February 27-March 7. After advance registration closes on March 7, registration will be on site only at the WALK-IN rate. Register online right away for the most savings.

The event hotel, Doubletree by Hilton at Spokane City Center, is offering a substantial guest room discount, which also extends to the three days both before and after District Assembly. An opportunity to enjoy some extra time in Spokane! Be sure to book your room by February 12, when our special discounted conference rate ends.

Applications are now being accepted for District Assembly vendors. UU-related organizations can reach a focused audience of UUs with a table in the exhibit area. Check the Vendor Information for application, rates and full details.

Riverfront ParkIn late December, a registration brochure was sent to all PNWD households. If you would like a PDF copy of the brochure, it can be downloaded here. Details were current as of press time – which was before Christmas – so be sure to check the District Assembly website for updated information.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Spokane!




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