Events & Resources

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

addictions conference imageThe Addictions Ministry Project’s Recovery Conference, postponed from March 14, has been rescheduled for October 10. If you’d like to learn more about addiction and mental illness, or you want to enhance the ministry your congregation offers individuals and families who have experienced addiction or other mental illness, plan to attend “Languages of Love: Recovery from Addiction and Mental Illness.” This day-long conference will be held 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on October 10 at the Olympia UU Congregation. Highlights include a presentation on “Numbing the Pain: Trauma and Substance Abuse” from Summer Krause, who trained with Lisa Najavits. (Najavits is author of the Seeking Safety curriculum that addresses both addiction and trauma; “Nurturing Our Mental Health;” and “Addiction, Mental Illness, and Youth.”) The $20 fee includes lunch.

Registration is easy. Simply send your name, email address, phone number, and congregation name (if you attend a Unitarian Universalist congregation) to the Rev. Barbara Stevens. Your $20 payment may be made via the Donate Now/Pay Now button on the PNWD website. Scroll down to ‘Other Contributions’ for Addictions Ministry Project.

If you have questions or would like additional information, contact the Rev. Barbara Stevens.

 

 

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tvoncartDo you feel your congregation has been lagging behind in the technology area? Want to make some tech upgrades but short on funding? There is still plenty of time for your congregation to apply for a Growth Technology Grant. These Chalice Lighter-funded grants may be used to help congregations purchase equipment to improve church communication and outreach, and to support leadership training and ministry. Grant details, eligibility, an overview, and the application form are all available online. November 2 is the deadline to apply, and grants will be awarded in mid-January 2016.

The online application process is quick and painless. Congregations may now easily find their Honor Congregation status, as well as Chalice Lighter totals and percentages, on the PNWD website of congregations. Just click your state and scroll to your congregation: Alaska   Idaho   Oregon   Washington

 

 

 

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confidence-gap-YAtrainingYouth Advisor Training? Why would anyone need training to hang out with youth on Sunday? Don’t you just listen to them ‘check-in’ and bring snacks? That’s all we did when I was in youth group.

Sound familiar? I have heard this many times. There is way more to youth advising than hanging out and listening to youth although those are certainly aspects of a good advisor.

The youth advisor training that is being offered on October 3 at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Church is experiential and trust-based. It is philosophical and spiritual. It is for adult leaders who want to meet other adult leaders to share experiences and stories. It is for advisors who want to learn the basics about youth programming and for those who want to step up their game. It is for church leaders who advocate for youth within the religious education program and within the congregation. It is for adults who want to model mentoring youth so youth will learn how to mentor youth.

Our own Jennica Davis helped create youth advisor competencies that are being implemented continental wide. These include: understanding developmental stages and how to incorporate differences into a program; how to create a safer youth program and what is appropriate pastoral care for youth; establishing an inclusive youth ministry program and understanding identity, privilege, and oppression. This workshop also incorporates these standards.

Please download this flyer and advertise this workshop. Talk to your religious educator or minister and try to send a couple of adult volunteers who will be working with youth in your congregation this next year. Register here. Your youth, their parents, and the congregation will appreciate it.

In faith,

Dana Regan, CRE

PNWD Lead RE Consultant and former Youth DRE

info_blueFor many decades we mailed bulky “Congregational Packets” containing printed event flyers, registration forms, etc. to our PNWD church offices. Once each congregation connected via email, we began distributing the information electronically. With this posting, we will also begin sharing these notices in our News in order to reach even more people. Please pass along to others who may be interested.

Distributed to congregational offices, ministers and presidents August 10:

OWL Facilitator Trainings

September 2 is the deadline to register for two OWL facilitator trainings being offered September 17-19 in Corvallis, Oregon. By synchronizing the Junior/Senior OWL training for facilitators (grades 7-9 and 10-12) and the facilitator training for Young Adults (ages 18-35) and Adults, we hope congregations may find cost-savings in travel for their participants. Registration and full details are at the link above.

Youth Advisor Training

Details and registration will be posted on the PNWD Trainings page very soon, but please publicize the date to your youth advisors: Saturday, October 3 at Olympia UU Congregation, WA. This day-long training is designed for both new advisors looking for the basics and seasoned advisors looking for a refresher. Attendees will receive support from their peers, as well as learn new ideas to carry back to their congregations. This training presents core issues, philosophies and skills needed to advise and empower youth.

Addictions Ministry Project Conference

If you’d like to learn more about addiction and mental illness, or want to enhance the ministry your congregation offers to individuals and families who have experienced addiction or mental illness, plan to attend “Languages of Love: Recovery from Addiction and Mental Illness.” This day-long conference is sponsored by the PNWD Addictions Ministry Project and will be held on Saturday, October 10 at the Olympia UU Congregation, WA. See the flyer linked above for event details and email registration information.

Fall Youth Con

Mark October 23-25 on your calendar for the next PNWD Youth Con, held at Cispus Learning Center in Randle, WA. Details and registration will be posted soon at the above link.

Growth Technology Grants

These Chalice Lighter-funded grants may be used to help congregations purchase equipment to improve church communication and outreach, and to support leadership training and ministry. Grant details, eligibility, an overview, and the online application form are all accessed via the above link. November 2 is the deadline to apply, and grants will be awarded in mid-January 2016. Please note, to make the application process easier, congregations may now find their Honor Congregation status, as well as Chalice Lighter totals and percentages, on their listing in the PNWD website of congregations. [Click state and scroll to your congregation: Alaska   Idaho   Oregon   Washington]

2016 District Assembly

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 5 a one-day Pacific Northwest District Assembly will be held at University Unitarian Church in Seattle. Details will be posted as they become available.

PNWD Job Openings

Just a reminder that if you know someone looking for a job, or your congregation has an opening you’d like us to post, please check the Jobs link above. For additional job opportunities throughout the Pacific Western Region, check the PWR Jobs Page.

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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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