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Pacific Western Region News Archive
Pacific Western Region News Archive
  • Calm in the Face of Confusion

    Chris George, a member of the Pacific Western Region's Healthy Congregations Team, offers some of the ways in which we can respond when conflict, uncertainty and anxiety arise in congregational life.
    By Chris George | 10/24/2018
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  • Leadership is More Important Than Anything Else

    What’s the most important factor in your congregation’s future success? More important than anything else, it is the quality of your leadership. Regional Lead Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto on the need for leadership in congregations and the new PWR Leadership Experience 2019.
    By James Kubal-Komoto | 9/13/2018
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  • Launching PWR’s Healthy Congregations Team

    The PWR Healthy Congregations Team's purpose is to provide training, consultation and assessment for congregations who wish to embrace healthy communications and proactively engage conflict.
    By Tandi Rogers | 9/13/2018
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  • Update from the PWR Multicultural Team

    The PWR Multicultural Team, composed of 2/3 people of color and 1/3 white accomplices, is going on hiatus while they explore news ways of bringing this work to life in youth groups, cons and congregations.
    By Eric Bliss | 9/13/2018
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  • Pacific Western Region announces Leadership Experience 2019

    The Pacific Western Region is launching a brand new leadership development pilot program, online and in-person, for 2019. Learn more.
    By James Kubal-Komoto | 8/9/2018
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  • Safety and Outreach

    In these times when so many in our society need communities of meaning, relationship, hope, and love, our Unitarian Universalist congregations have a clear mission of healing and transformation. And in these times of #MeToo and violence, more and more of us are aware of how...
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 7/13/2018
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  • Fires in the Pacific Western Region

    It’s early in the fire season and already two of our congregations in Colorado have received funds from the UUA Disaster Relief Fund to help members of their congregations and community partners in Durango and Carbondale.
    By Jan Christian | 7/13/2018
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  • Introducing LeaderLab

    LeaderLab is a set of resources representing a range of perspectives in leadership development and congregational life. Find articles, videos, webinars, tips, tools, tutorials, and links to other valuable online resources.
    By Jonipher Kūpono Kwong | 6/15/2018
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  • PWR Staff Create Resource for Supporting Emerging-Adults in Leadership

    ​Imagine if you will… in your home congregation... that emerging adults (ages 18-24) are fully integrated into the life of the church, and have strong connections with each other. They are involved in both intergenerational and age-cohort activities that satisfy spiritual and...
    By Eric Bliss, Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 5/17/2018
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  • People, Places and Things I Didn’t Know I Loved

    The title comes from a story from Rob Brezsny who writes the syndicated column "Freewill Astrology." Brezsny told of a man who used to lead him into new areas of town in search of lessons they didn’t know they needed. He called this going on a Whirlygig. Brezsny suggested this...
    By Jan Christian | 4/24/2018
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  • Generosity in All Things

    Albert Lovejoy was a member of my Internship Committee in Prescott, Arizona. The committee was talking about some of the personal preferences that people expressed when it came to worship services. He said, "Well, when I come to church, I always hope there are elements that don'...
    By Jan Christian | 3/15/2018
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  • Worship Change at Regional Assembly

    Dear Pacific Western Region Congregational Leaders, It is with disappointment that I must let you know that the Rev. Dr. William Barber, who was scheduled to preach at our Sunday morning service during our upcoming Regional Assembly, has contacted me to let know that he will be...
    By James Kubal-Komoto | 2/15/2018
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  • Living Our Mission and Thanking Our Partners

    The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder is to be a beacon of liberal religion, committed to: Nurturing the spiritual growth of our diverse and multigenerational religious community; Fostering ministry and hospitality between and among our members, friends and...
    By UU Church of Boulder, Boulder, CO | 2/15/2018
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  • Regional Assembly: Spreading the Word About RA

    Dear Pacific Western Region Congregational Leaders, Registration is now open for our Regional Assembly, which will be April 27–29, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Here’s what you can do to help make Regional Assembly a success: Register and make travel reservations...
    By James Kubal-Komoto | 1/5/2018
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  • News from the Districts - January 5

    Mountain Desert News Save the Date: All About Stewardship Join PWR's Rev. Sarah Schurr and Kay Crider from Stewardship for Us for a day that is All About Stewardship ! We will cover: Fostering a Culture of Generosity; Building and Sustaining a Good Stewardship Process; and...
    1/5/2018
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  • News from the Districts - December 7

    Mountain Desert News MDD Awards Open Dale Arnink Award The Dale Arnink Preaching Award goes annually to the preacher of a sermon that explores and promotes understanding and application of Humanist teachings in Unitarian Universalism. All Unitarian Universalist professional...
    12/7/2017
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  • Regional Assembly: Nurturing New Leaders

    Dear Pacific Western Region Congregational Leaders, Registration is scheduled to open for our Pacific Western Regional Assembly by January 4, 2018. I would like to ask a favor of you. Put an item on the agenda of your next board meeting. Have a discussion about either...
    12/7/2017
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  • Safe From Harm

    It's been more than nine years since an angry man walked into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church with a gun and started shooting. Since then, violent attacks on people gathered—for worship, for concerts, for shopping—have only increased in frequency and severity...
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 11/16/2017
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  • News from the Districts - November 16

    Pacific Central News Chalice Lighters: Help PCD UUs get to Regional Assembly The fall PCD Chalice Lighter call is designed to bring more PCD Unitarian Universalists to the Regional Assembly in Portland, Oregon, April 27-29, 2018. It is our goal to make Regional Assembly...
    11/16/2017
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  • News from the Districts - November 2

    The Mountain Desert District annual gathering keynote address, "On Becoming a Grown Up: Spiritual Maturity With and Without God ," was given by Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons. The full text of the keynote and notes from Rev. Dr. Gibbons workshop are available.
    11/2/2017
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  • Regional Assembly: Stories of Hope, Courage, Resistance, and Resilience

    Dear Pacific Western Region Congregational Leaders, I am happy to announce that “ Stories of Hope, Courage, Resistance, and Resilience ” will be the theme of our Regional Assembly, which will be held April 27-29, 2018, at the Double Tree Hotel in Portland, Oregon. I’m also happy...
    11/2/2017
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  • News from the Districts - October 19

    Mountain Desert News MDD Chalice Lighter Call The MDD 2017-18 Fall Chalice Lighter call supports two congregations seeking to enhance RE programming who will share this award. Contributions are being accepted through October 23. Two Rivers UU in Carbondale, CO is seeking to...
    10/19/2017
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  • Give to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund to Support UUs affected by California Wildfires

    Dear Pacific Western Region Congregational Leaders, As I write these words, wildfires continue to burn across Northern California and will not likely be contained for several weeks. Being described as “a serious, critical, catastrophic event,” there are more than 40 dead and...
    By James Kubal-Komoto | 10/14/2017
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  • News from the Districts - October 5

    Mountain Desert News Seeking Spiritual Maturity and Religious Growth - MDD Gathering and Annual Meeting October 13–14, 2017 7-8:30pm Friday 8am–4pm Saturday UU Church of Boulder 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, CO 80303 Registration Deadlines and Fees Walk-in registration $85 (...
    10/6/2017
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  • How Are We Doing?

    Dear Pacific Western Region Congregational Leaders, I would like to invite you to participate in a survey regarding regional services your congregation has received during the past year. A goal of the Pacific Western Region since our staff transition has been to provide services...
    By James Kubal-Komoto | 8/17/2017
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  • Small and Mighty Congregations

    Did you know that over half of the congregations in the UUA have under 120 members? Our faith has a lot of congregations that are considered small, by the people who look at size differences. Some are congregations of about 100 folks with a modest building and the support of a...
    By Sarah Movius Schurr | 8/3/2017
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  • Board Development Days!

    Board Development days are for congregational teams (board members and clergy) to explore and learn together.
    6/28/2017
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  • Seeking an Events Coordinator

    Updated : June 16, 2017 Position Title : Events Coordinator Staff Group : Pacific Western Region Reports To : Administration Manager Location : Home office, preferably in the Pacific Western Region Grade : 9 Hours/Week: 20 (benefits eligible) Purpose : To coordinate the...
    6/19/2017
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  • Raising Resilient Resistance - UUJMCA Summit

    Join UUJMCA & UUJAZ for the 2017 Justice Summit! Join UUs from across the western region for the 2017 Walking the Walk Justice Summit and Family Camp from August 12th to 16th at Camp de Benneville Pines in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California! Open to UUs from...
    6/16/2017
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  • PCD - UUA Presidential Candidates Forum

    At Mount Diablo UU Church in Walnut Creek, California, the Pacific Central District's Assembly featured a UUA Presidential Candidates Forum hosted by Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto, PWR Regional Lead, and moderated by Rev. Leslie Takahashi.
    5/23/2017
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  • Save the Date for Regional Assembly

    Dear Pacific Western Region Congregational Leaders, I am excited to announce the Pacific Western Region will hold a regional assembly in 2018. The Pacific Western Regional Assembly will be held April 27-29, 2018, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, Oregon. This will be our...
    5/18/2017
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  • Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation: An Interview with Rev. Neal Anderson

    On April 2, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada (UUFNN), accepted a request for sanctuary from David Chavez-Macias, a 30-year resident of the Reno community who was at immediate risk of deportation. This was the latest in a number of UU congregations in the...
    By Sarah Movius Schurr | 5/4/2017
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  • Finding Solace and Hope

    The recent controversy surrounding hiring practices of our UUA is a reminder that we have not yet arrived on our journey toward becoming a truly anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural denomination. We have certainly made several attempts over the years by partnering with...
    By Jonipher Kūpono Kwong | 4/20/2017
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  • PNWD - UUA Presidential Candidates Forum

    The PNWD District Assembly on February 25th in Eugene, Oregon included the following Forum featuring the three Candidates for UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick Gray , Rev. Alison Miller and Rev. Jeanne Pupke , and moderated by UUA Moderator, Jim Key .
    3/10/2017
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  • Generosity in All Things

    We Congregational Life Staff speak of “Generosity In All Things” as we do our work because we know that generosity is a core religious value and that it is foundational to cultivating joy in our own lives, sustaining our congregations and doing what we are called to do in the...
    By Jan Christian | 2/16/2017
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  • Giving in Covenant

    For the majority of our congregations in the Pacific Western Region, paying the requested contributions to the UUA and the District is just assumed. These contributions are seen as what we give to fulfill our covenant as member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist...
    By Jan Christian | 2/8/2017
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  • More like a marathon than a sprint

    Dear Pacific Western Region Congregational Leaders, Unitarian Universalists by the hundreds and perhaps by the thousands participated in the Women's March in Washington, D.C., and in sister marches in cities across the United States to stand up for our shared values of...
    By James Kubal-Komoto | 2/2/2017
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  • RLLS on Hold

    I am writing to inform you that Pacific Western Region Staff have made the decision not to hold the Russell Lockwood Leadership School during the summer of 2017. Over the years, Russell Lockwood Leadership School has transformed the lives of many lay and professional clergy who...
    By Jonipher Kūpono Kwong | 12/15/2016
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  • Registration Open for PWR Fall Webinars

    Webinars offer a convenient way to engage in online collaborative learning across the Pacific Western Region (PWR). Participating as a learning community in your congregation gives your team a starting point to gain insight, discuss with religious leaders, and focus your...
    9/26/2016
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  • 2017 International Women's Convocation - Early Bird Deadline Sept. 30

    You are invited to attend the Third International Convocation of Unitarian*Universalist Women and People of Progressive Faiths February 16-19, 2017 Asilomar, Pacific Grove, California The theme of the Convocation is Weaving Global Partnerships… Forging a Just Future Together ....
    9/23/2016
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  • Staff Development Days for Religious Professionals

    Whether your staff team is brand new or have been together for a while, this interactive day will connect both role cohorts and staff teams around common blessings and challenges and boost your ability to work as a team with a covenantal network of support. Bring the entire...
    9/12/2016
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  • Youth Ministry Training webinar series

    Unitarian Universalists believe that ministering to and with youth is a vital role adults play in our movement. Adults ministering to and with youth can always be growing and building skills, and we're here to support you through online learning opportunities. Our UUA's...
    By Eric Bliss | 9/12/2016
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  • Black Lives Matter Banner Dedication at OUUC

    On August 7th at 12:30 pm, the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC) will dedicate its new Black Lives Matter banner on the church at 2315 Division St. NW, Olympia. The banner is a visible statement of OUUC’s commitment to address racism, implicit bias, and...
    By Olympia UU Congregation, Olympia, WA | 8/1/2016
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  • Jessica Laike named Mountain Desert Chaplain to Youth

    The Pacific Western Region is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Mountain Desert Chaplain to Youth, Jessica Laike. Jessica is a lifelong UU and grew up attending the First Unitarian Church of Dallas and the UU Congregation of Santa Fe in high school. Active in UU...
    By Pacific Western Region of the UUA | 7/22/2016
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  • Registration Opened for PNW Staff Development Days

    Registration is now open for the PNW Staff Development Days for Sept. 20 in Edmonds, WA and Sept. 22 in Oregon City, OR . Whether your staff team is brand new or have been together for a while, this interactive day will connect both role cohorts and staff teams around common...
    7/19/2016
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  • Staff Development Days for Religious Professionals

    Whether your staff team is brand new or have been together for a while, this interactive day will connect both role cohorts and staff teams around common blessings and challenges and get you ready to start the new church year as a team with a covenantal network of support. Bring...
    7/19/2016
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  • A Farewell Reflection

    June 30, 2016, will ever be a poignant day for me, representing the symbolic close of a 12-year chapter in my life that has been dearly loved and precious to me. No one would have guessed back in 2004 that I would be the last District Executive for the UUA in the Pacific...
    By Janine Larsen | 6/29/2016
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  • Memorial Service - Rev. Dr. Leon Hopper

    The memorial service for the Rev. Dr. Leon Hopper will be held Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 p.m. at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd St., Bellevue, WA 98005-4317. The Reverends Barbara ten Hove and Elaine Peresluha will conduct the service. Ministers are invited to arrive...
    6/29/2016
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  • Growing Interdependence

    If our Seventh Principle were to become a spiritual practice, what would it look like? There are three adventures in covenantal partnerships that have begun to take root in the Pacific Western Region within the past year—and all because they want to grow deeper in their...
    By Jonipher Kūpono Kwong | 6/29/2016
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  • Keep That Big Flame Burning Bright

    Thank you for these eleven years in Mountain Desert District and the Pacific Western Region. It has been a profound privilege to serve our faith with all of you. We have been through a lot together -many ministerial searches, capital campaigns for new buildings and building...
    By Nancy Bowen | 6/25/2016
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