Events & Resources

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

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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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.

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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As PNWD congregations launch their new church year, we want to remind you of registration deadlines for some upcoming training opportunities. Take a look at the links, there’s something for everyone — from greeters to youth advisors, parish nurses to canvassers, and worship planners to social media users.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 10
Jump Start Youth Advisor Training: designed for new advisors, but this is also a great refresher for seasoned advisors; September 20 in Portland, OR. Program questions, contact Dana Regan, PNWD Lead RE Consultant, REconsultant@pnwd.org.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 10
Discovery Day – Workshops and Peer Learning: a full day (September 27) of 75-minute workshops led by peers and professionals. Registration fee is only $15 for the entire day. Check out the variety of innovative offerings at the link and plan to attend the workshops that will have the most impact in your congregation. Can’t make it to Bellevue, WA to attend in person? See the link for selected workshops that are also available for remote participation. If you have questions, contact Lori Ragona, Pacific Western Region Training & Communications Specialist, lragona@uua.org.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES SEPTEMBER 24/OCTOBER 8
2014 Fall Youth Con: October 24-26 at Camp Cispus in Randle, WA. Details and registration are online at the link. Get your registration in by September 24 and save money. Final date to register is October 8.

NEW WEBINARS POSTED
Check out this fall’s line-up of Pacific Western Region Webinars. Don’t miss these virtual learning opportunities. The cost is only $15!

SAVE THE DATE
And don’t forget to make plans to attend the 2015 UUA General Assembly, June 24-28 in Portland, OR. Take advantage of the opportunity to attend GA in our own backyard!

 

 

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Leaders in UU congregations throughout the Pacific Northwest 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.

Check out the variety of innovative offerings below and plan to attend the workshops that will have the most impact in your congregation.
Click for the PDF Flyer to download, email and post to your congregation. Spread the word and invite a friend!
Questions: contact Lori Ragona, Pacific Western Region Training & Communications Specialist, lragona@uua.org.

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Military_MinistryIs your congregation ministering or considering outreach to active duty military personnel, veterans and their families? Do you, other staff, or lay leaders want to make a safe, welcoming space in your community for sharing members’ stories of involvement in war or military life? These are not just questions for UU congregations near military bases — reservists are a big part of today’s military, and they live everywhere.

The UUA Faith Development Office now offers the Military Ministry Toolkit for Congregations online (PDF, 54 pages) at no charge to congregations. The toolkit provides six one-hour workshops for adults in Unitarian Universalist faith communities that seek to become more intentionally open and inviting to military service people, veterans, and their families.

Included is a 23-minute video, Embracing the Unitarian Universalist behind the Uniform, which can help begin a conversation in your congregation about why and how to explore military ministry. Schedule an event to watch and discuss the video in order to inspire support for deepening and strengthening this aspect of the congregation’s ministry.

The workshops are intended to be used as a series with a committed adult group. Study, reflection, and discussion guide participants into questions such as:

  • How do we support families who have someone serving in the military?
  • How can we be welcoming to military personnel who are discovering Unitarian Universalism?
  • How can we invite stories of veterans and their families into congregational life?
  • How can we hold honest and faithful conversations about war and peace that make room for multiple perspectives, experiences, and truths?

The Rev. Lisa Presley, chair of the UUA’s Committee on Military Ministry Task Force points out, “The military is the largest young adult multicultural institution in our country, bar none. And many serving our military would love to find a home like ours—one that supports them in the work of being moral, brave, courageous and alive in the midst of situations that threaten to tear one’s moral center and fiber away from them. Who else needs us as much as these folks do?”

The Military Ministry Toolkit can help your congregation wrestle with all of these issues, and respond with moral compassion, generosity and sensitivity.

UUmilitary-blockThe Military Ministry Toolkit is a revision of the Bridgebuilders program which was created under the auspices of the Church of the Larger Fellowship. The revision was written by Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings and Gail Forsyth-Vail of UUA staff and Rev. Seanan Holland, a Unitarian Universalist military chaplain.

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