Events & Resources

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

OWL-Adult-YAThe Pacific Northwest District has opened registration for an OWL Facilitator training for Adult and Young Adult OWL programs in Corvallis, OR on September 17-19, 2015. Facilitators for this training are Milly Mullarky and John Sulzmann.

Sign up now to provide training to your volunteer teachers so you are ready to offer this in the fall or winter at your congregation. This is also a very useful curriculum for college age students. Follow this link to register.

Here is some specific information about the Young Adult and Adult OWL curriculum.

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Young Adults, Ages 18-35

This program is specifically designed for young adults within the age range of 18-35. It reviews basic sexuality information, boosts self-knowledge, enhances sexual safety, and strengthens social skills. It is interactive, inclusive, and welcoming.

OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps young adults address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. OWL addresses topics typically excluded from sexuality education and health classes, including sexual expression, identity, orientation and life issues for young adults. Each of the fourteen workshops is two hours long and designed to be modular – that is, each can stand on its own for maximum program flexibility. OWL is a secular curriculum, appropriate for a variety of settings.

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Adults

This program helps you explore sexuality through your values and experiences. Enhance communication skills as you increase your understanding of healthy relationships, sexual diversity, and sexuality throughout the life cycle. It’s the sexuality education opportunity you probably never had growing up.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) values:

  • Self-Worth
  • Sexual Health
  • Responsibility
  • Justice and Inclusivity

OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps adults address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging program that addresses topics many adults have not had the opportunity to discuss in depth. The fourteen two hour workshops are modular and may be used in any combination or singly.

Dana Regan, CRE

PNWD Lead RE Consultant

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GA2015 NEW logoMore than 4,500 UUs from around the country traveled to Portland, OR, for the annual General Assembly (GA) of our Unitarian Universalist Association, June 24-28, 2015. Nearly a quarter of this number were from the Pacific Northwest District (PNWD)!

See the UU World coverage for more information on decisions and events at General Assembly. Many recorded events and general sessions are available on-line). You can also catch the Pacific Western Region Twitter feed – find a convenient link at the PNWD website – front page, scroll down the left-hand sidebar.

Special thanks to Ken Wheeler (First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR) and his crew of many, many volunteers who provided a warm welcome to Portland (pun intended – with temperatures in the 80s, 90s and even breaking 100, everyone was glad for the air conditioning in the Oregon Convention Center). Great job with the local organizing committee, Ken and all!

Who went on a tour offered by the Mid-Columbia UU Fellowship (Hood River, OR)? Bet those were well received and fabulous!

bannerWhile you are in Portland for the UUA General Assembly, don’t forget the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest District. Since so many PNWDers will be in the neighborhood, we realized this would be a great way to cut congregations’ travel costs and still conduct our annual business meeting in the absence of a District Assembly. We will convene at the DoubleTree by Hilton (1000 NE Multnomah Street) in the Multnomah/Holladay rooms on Saturday, June 27 promptly at 1:00. Delegates should arrive early to check in and receive their voting card. Delegate check-in will be open by 12:30.

You do not have to be a delegate to attend. Anyone is invited! GA registration is not required and a GA nametag is not needed for entrance to the PNWD meeting. If you are concerned that you won’t have time to eat before the 1:00 start, grab lunch and bring it with you.

There are many, many changes afoot in our district. So even if you aren’t a delegate from your congregation, you may still want to attend to learn about these. At the very least, do take a look at the business meeting materials posted on the Annual Meeting website. You’ll find links to the agenda, annual reports, and a resolution, as well as details about the shift from district staff to a unified staff structure with the three other Pacific Western Region (PWR) districts.

At the end of the PNWD Annual Meeting, the Pacific Northwest UU Growth Foundation (PNUUGF) will convene their annual meeting. Delegates to the PNWD meeting remain during this very brief session to also serve as PNUUGF delegates.

The meeting will be adjourned by 3:00.

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GA2015 NEW logoACT NOW! Early discount registration ends April 30th.  Go to http://www.uua.org/ga/registration/index.shtml

Program information is available at http://www.uua.org/ga/program.  There are nearly 200 program offerings this year.

Housing information is available at http://www.uua.org/ga/travel/index.shtml

Hotel housing through the GA office continues to sell quickly, but new hotel space is being added to keep pace with demand.  There are low cost dormitory-style rooms still available at Portland State. The dorms are a short Green MAX line ride from the Convention Center.  There are also several home hospitality options available. Log on to: http://www.firstunitarianportland.org/our-church/general-assembly-2015 

Davidoff Fund Scholarships applications are being accepted until April 30.  The scholarship covers the cost of GA registration for lay delegates from congregations who have not been represented by lay leaders at GA in the last three years. Information and application at

www.uua.org/ga/registration/financialaid/15005.shtml

General GA information is at www.uua.org/ga

Small Group Dinners will be offered by volunteers. Sign up at the information table and you will join a small number of GA attendees and be escorted to a reserved local restaurant for dinner, and be able to return to the convention center for evening activities. See details in the program book which will be online after May 1st.

Zero Waste Goal will be active at this GA. For more than 10 years the UUA has been making progress on greening the event. For example, last year in Providence, we achieved the highest success rate ever, an 86% diversion of waste materials from land fill.  This involves recycling decisions by attendees and also negotiating with restaurants and the convention center to avoid non-compostable eating ware. THINGS HAVE CHANGED. This year we need to avoid taking disposable coffee cups into the convention center at all. There will be tables outside the building that will have reusable coffee cups for your purchase and use. Local vendors will refill them. Save some money and bring your own!

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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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