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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The PNWD Nominating Committee presents the following slate of candidates for election at the PNWD Annual Business Meeting in Portland, Oregon, on June 27, 2015. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the UUA General Assembly, June 24-28, 2015.

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Susan Howlett

Mike Becker

Mike Becker

PNWD Board Nominee (three-year term)
Susan Howlett (Metro Seattle) – Nominated for first term.
Member of University Unitarian Church, Seattle, WA

PNWD Nominating Committee Nominee (five-year term)
Mike Becker
Member of Unitarian Universalist Church of Salem, OR

The Pacific Northwest District bylaws provide for additional nominations by petition:
Article VIII, Section 5. The Nominating Committee shall submit its report to the Secretary and to all persons entitled to notice under Article IV at least 90 days prior to the Annual Meeting. Additional nominations for a specific position may be made by a petition of 9 members from at least 2 member congregations from the appropriate area and submitted to the Secretary at least 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting. Nominees must meet the qualifications set out in section 4 of this Article, and subsection 1(a) of Article IX. The Secretary shall submit a final report of all nominations with the notice of the Annual Meeting.

Nominating petitions must be delivered by April 28, 2015 to:

Emmet Band, Board Secretary
PNWD-UUA
12700 SE 32nd Street, Suite E-101
Bellevue, WA 98005-4317

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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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 nancy_bowen_192Carrie-KrauseReverend Carol McKinleyJoin us for a free webinar detailing the plan for shared services across the districts of the Pacific Western Region. Learn the facts of regional staff collaboration and dispel any rumors or misinformation you may have heard about the direction of the PNWD. This is a free event, but you do need to register. We encourage each registrant to gather a group – perhaps project your computer screen or connect your computer to a TV. (See the Webinar Group Viewing tip sheet.) Remember, register in advance so you can get a connection, but don’t pay. Please share this notice with others you believe may be interested.

Big Faith, No Borders: Realizing the Vision of the Pacific Western Region
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific Time
Where are staff and the Pacific Northwest District board in this process? What are the next steps to meet the vision for building stronger congregations and a more robust expression of Unitarian Universalism in the west? Join the Rev. Nancy Bowen, Pacific Western Regional lead; Carrie Krause, PNWD board president; and the Rev. Carol McKinley, PNWD past president and board member at large, to hear what is happening with staff and the board as we move toward formalizing regional collaboration in the west

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IJames Grinern our current front-page article, James Griner, Interim Youth Ministry Specialist, shares his passion for and philosophy in working with youth. James observes that young minds are ready to be molded. But by whom, for what purpose, and to what end? Youth need direction and guidance from those committed to the Unitarian Universalist Principles and practices. Read James’s article to learn more about vital youth programming in the Pacific Northwest District and our Pacific Western Region.

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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