Events & Resources

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

RLLS-2015-save-the-date-copyEarlier this month when registration opened, we posted news about the Russell Lockwood Leadership School (RLLS). For a more comprehensive look at this popular adult leadership program, be sure to read the current PNWD front page article.

The UUA’s Mountain Desert District was the home to RLLS for more than twenty years. Last year and this year, we have been fortunate to host it here in PNWD. Next year will begin the rotation through other Pacific Western Region districts. Although RLLS will always be open to PNWD, if you are interested in attending while it is located in the Pacific Northwest, be sure to register and submit your deposit by June 15. Fees, details and deadlines can be found on the RLLS page of the Pacific Western Region website.

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Looking for or offering a ride to Portland for the June 24-28 General Assembly? Need a roommate? The UUA-GA email list is a non-official electronic bulletin board for members of the GA community. This is also the place to share GA-associated discussions and questions. GA2015 NEW logo

On a related note, you may be one of the disappointed folks who discovered that General Assembly lodging is mostly filled. The UUA announced yesterday that they are working with a number of Portland properties and will add rooms next week. Check the GA Housing link periodically for updates.

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RLLS-LogoYou are invited to invest in yourself and your congregation by engaging in an inspiring and intensive week this summer at the Russell Lockwood Leadership School (RLLS).

Before 2014, this exceptional resource was offered only to congregations of the UUA Mountain Desert District. It now belongs to the entire Pacific Western Region. Last year PNWD was the first district outside of MDD to host RLLS as it begins to move through our four western districts. 2015 RLLS will be held August 8-14 at Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way, Washington, about a half-hour south of Seattle.

The curriculum of RLLS evolves continuously to present congregational leaders — both lay leaders and religious professionals — with the resources and perspectives to help guide 21st century UU congregations. The exceptional faculty of clergy, congregational and UUA regional staff leaders craft a fully integrated curriculum that weaves leadership, history, theology, relationship and current technology into each presentation.

Leadership School participants must be endorsed by their congregations. To reserve your space you must register and submit your deposit by June 15. For full details and registration and payment information, see the RLLS site. You may also download a tri-fold brochure to share and post.

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GA2015 NEW logoRegistration for General Assembly (GA) opens next week! If you have not recently (or have never) attended a GA, take advantage of this year’s Portland location and join us June 24-28. Highlights about what to expect are posted on the PNWD front page. Be sure to follow the links provided in the article to find more information.

As always, our front-page articles are available in the PNWD Archives after they are removed to make way for future postings.

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TENTATIVELY RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 3

3/13/15 UPDATE: Due to insufficient enrollment, the PNWD Addictions Ministry Project Conference scheduled for March 14 has been cancelled. It has been tentatively rescheduled for October 3. Updates will be posted in the news and on the PNWD calendar.

Twelve-step programs have a shared language of love that helps sustain community even when troubled by one another’s behavior. In this workshop, Languages of Love: Healing and Recovery, we will explore how we can use languages of love – from twelve-step and other recovery models – to meet the challenges of addiction and mental illness in our congregations, while staying true to our UU values. Breakout groups will provide tools for using a language of love in challenging situations including Companionship Training, Having Difficult Conversations, and Ministry to Youth.

See the workshop link for the day’s schedule, email registration information, and payment instructions.

The workshop, presented by the PNWD Addictions Ministry Project, will be held at Olympia UU Congregation on Saturday, March 14, 9 AM-4 PM. [TENTATIVELY RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 3.]

Contact: Rev. Barbara Stevens, barbaras@aracnet.com

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LREDAThe Renaissance Program is a major component of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Religious Education (RE) Credentialing program. Each 15-hour module provides standardized basic training in a specific area useful to religious educators. Modules are open to all those interested in religious education leadership including divinity students, parish ministers, RE committee members and RE teachers.

Three such modules are being offered by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA).

Worship Renaissance Module (Newly Revised and Updated)

This recently revised UUA training has a focus on multigenerational worship, staff team collaboration, and storytelling.

It would be valuable for anyone involved leading, planning or assisting with worship design and implementation. (Religious educators, ministers, ministry students, lay leaders, worship committee members, music staff, etc.)

Worship is the central activity of congregational life.  Through worship we gather together to respond not only to the needs of the individual but also to the community.  It is a sacred time and when done well sends us forth to be and act on our best selves.  Worship opportunities abound—adult worship, religious education classes, children’s chapel, youth circles, rites of passage, and multigenerational services, to name a few.

The overall goals of this module are:

  • To explore worship formation
  • To appreciate the range of worship experiences
  • To gain resources and skills for the craft of worship
  • To understand and practice the power of stories in worship
  • To evaluate the aspects and impact of a worship service

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chaplain-graphic-colorYouth Chaplains are individuals who work to affirm and emotionally support our UU youth by helping manage crises, ensure a healthy and safe environment, and bringing spiritual resources and support to the community. This training, facilitated by trained Chaplain Facilitators, will provide youth and adult advisors with invaluable life skills to serve these roles in our UU communities as well as the communities within which they live and work.

Who is the training for? High School Youth and Adults (25 years and older) who want to serve their community as Chaplains.  This training is limited to 30 participants. Enroll soon as space is limited and these trainings often fill to capacity quickly.

When will the training happen? Friday evening, February 6th through early Sunday, February 8th. This is a 15-hour training with no room for extra-curricular adventures or visiting off campus. Participants need to be fully present for Chrysalis certification.

What is the cost? $120 if received by the January 14 deadline. $140 if received between January 15 and the final deadline of January 21.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem 5090 Center St, NE Salem, OR 97317

Go to the website for registration details, required forms and to download a flyer to post in your congregation. Please help us spread the word by email, print, Twitter, Facebook, Pony Express, or whatever means and medium will get the message out about this insightful & worthwhile training!

Questions? Contact James Griner, Pacific Western Region Interim Youth Specialist, jgriner@uua.org.

 

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Ferguson-SliderUnitarian Universalists stand on the side of Justice in Ferguson, Missouri, as the Grand Jury deliberates on the indictment of the police officer who fatally shot young Michael Brown.

Events are being planned around the country on the day of and the day after the Grand Jury announcement. You can check the Ferguson National Response Network here for an event near you.

You can also join the Church of the Larger Fellowship on-line vigil on the day of the announcement. See Standing on the Side of Love with Ferguson for resources and actions.

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The GA Music and Worship Arts Team is extending the invitation for vocalists, instrumentalists, and liturgical dancers/choreographers interested in contributing to the worship experience of the UUA General Assembly, June 24-28, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. If you are interested and would like details about the application process, please call Susan Peck at 541-207-2889 or email musicdirector@uuccwc.org. Deadline for application is Monday, December 15, 2014.

Music selections for worship services, hymn-sings and plenary songbreaks are being considered now. They will be centered on the GA theme, “Building a New Way.”

All musicians participating in GA are required to be registered for GA. Travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of the musicians. Need-based scholarships may be available from the UUA GA Planning Committee to help cover some costs of GA attendance. The distribution of these scholarships is managed separately from musical staffing decisions, but musicians will be selected and notified in time for applicants to include their role in worship leadership on their uua ga choirscholarship applications, which are due in March 2015. Applicants are also encouraged to seek financial assistance as needed from their local congregations and other sources—see http://uua.org/ga for more information.

 

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The new church year launches with an opportunity to help a growing, dynamic congregation install an elevator to make their three-story building fully accessible. Since 2009, Seattle’s Westside UU Congregation has grown from 150 members and 80 children, to 233 members and Westside125 children. Adding an elevator to their three-story building is key to opening all resources of the church to everyone. It will also eliminate a steep and dangerous walk from the handicapped parking spaces to the sanctuary. A Chalice Lighter grant will be just the lift they need for their lift!

If you are already a Chalice Lighter, donate

Each individual Chalice Lighter pledges to give at least $15 per call to no more than three calls each church year. If you are not already a Chalice Lighter, sign up now!

Gifts of any amount will be accepted for Westside UU Congregation through November 24.

The two remaining Chalice Lighter calls for 2014/15 are currently being determined. Has your congregation considered proposing a project for Chalice Lighter funding? You have the opportunity to receive encouragement and financial support from your fellow UUs. Grants are typically in the range of $12,000 – $16,000. Click here to see how to apply for a grant!

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