Pacific Western Region News Archive
Pacific Western Region News Archive
  • Announcing...Two New Staff Members for the UUA Pacific Western Region!

    Dear friends-- ...
    By Carlton Elliott Smith | 7/31/2020
  • What is Shifting in You? From "Shame" to "Compassion"

    “We are not walking this path alone, building spiritual muscles, climbing the ladder to become more perfect. Rather, we are discovering the truth of our relatedness through belonging to these bodies and emotions, to each other, and to this whole natural world. As we realize our...
    By Eric Bliss | 4/9/2020
  • Report from the West Coast Epicenter

    I am the field staff for the Unitarian Universalist Association covering the congregations at the West Coast epicenter of COVID-19, and this is my report. ...
    By Tandi Rogers | 4/1/2020
  • What is Shifting in You? From "Defensiveness" to "Curiosity"

    I have a middle school son who is very into Dungeons and Dragons. Last Saturday he invited me into this world. We created a character. I’m a wood elf named Lulu. When he asked what I wanted my super power to be I told him that I wanted the sound of my laughter to cause the...
    By Tandi Rogers | 3/10/2020
  • California's new "AB 5" Law: What it Means for Congregations

    The UUA Office of Church Staff Finances applauds progressive employment laws aimed at preventing workers from being exploited. At the same time, we recognize that new legislation can be challenging to interpret and places additional burdens on congregational leaders. Here we...
    By UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances | 2/13/2020
  • What is Shifting in You? From "Either/Or" to "Both/And"

    I was raised in a fundamentalist Christian church where I was taught early on that you are either ‘with us’ or ‘against us.’ A sheep or a goat, saved or damned to hell for eternity. It wasn’t a far leap from being either a conservative or a liberal, male or female, straight or...
    By Jonipher Kūpono Kwong | 2/12/2020
  • What is Shifting in You? From "Perfectionism" to "Wholeheartedness"

    I grew up in a fault-finding family. It was one way my father’s upper-class WASP culture and my mother’s working-class Jewish culture came together: analyzing what was wrong. We’d go to a phenomenal movie, but spend the car ride home talking about the not-so-good acting of one...
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 1/8/2020
  • What is Shifting in You? From "Despair" to "Hope"

    The first of the candles in the Advent Wreath is the candle of Hope. In the Lutheran tradition of my childhood, we always lit Advent candles this time of year. Winter is often a time when we look for hope. We look with hope for the return of the sun in the months to come. We...
    By Sarah Movius Schurr | 12/4/2019
  • What is Shifting in You? From "Fear" to "Faith"

    What would Unitarian Universalism be like if we lived from our faith more than we lived from our fears? And when I say “we,” I mean each of us, and each of our UU institutions. What would we be like if our minds, our hearts, our spirits shifted from fear to faith? ...
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 11/14/2019
  • New Staff Specialties in the Pacific Western Region

    We've recently said goodbye to some staff people on the Pacific Western Regional team. We've said hello to others, and one position remains open. In the interim, we'd like to share with you our areas of specialty. ...
  • What is Shifting in You? From "I" to "We"

    Each month a member of your regional staff team will highlight one of the “shifts” that guides our work with congregations. These seven shifts describe where we, as UUA staff in partnership with congregations in the West, are leading Unitarian Universalism. Each shift is an...
    By Tandi Rogers | 10/9/2019
  • What is Shifting in You?

    This is the season of shifts—some of you have new staff, new board members, and a new church year upon us. We are all shifting gears of sorts.
  • Small Numbers, Infinite Possibilities

    We know that small congregations are sharing the Love and Grace of Unitarian Universalism with their people and their communities every day. We also know that small churches can be faced with big challenges. Together we can help small congregations reach toward their greatest...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 8/26/2019
  • Giving to Chalice Lighters Now More Convenient

    Regional staff, in consultation with the four district boards, have recently made changes to the Chalice Lighter programs in all four of our districts to make giving generously more convenient.
  • Leadership Experience

    PWR Staff are happy to announce Leadership Experience 2020 – expanding training and community for congregational leaders from all sized congregations. Space is limited register now.
  • Covenant: The Work of Owning - PWR Healthy Congregations Team

    One of the most difficult aspects of breaking covenant is recognizing our own part or what we have done by our actions to contribute to the brokenness. It is a humble and vulnerable place to own our part. It forces us to acknowledge our imperfections.
  • Covenant: Committing to the Work - PWR Healthy Congregations Team

    Since we realized as a congregation it was inevitable we will break our covenant with each other, we made sure to put in the following phrase: When we fall out of covenant, we recognize, reflect, and re-engage.
  • Covenant: Easily Broken - PWR Healthy Congregations Team

    Covenant is a fancy word to mean promise. We make promises all the time in our lives & can be deeply hurt when they are broken. I wonder if the hurt could be tempered if we viewed covenants in a different light. What if instead of insisting a promise is made as an absolute,...
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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 (...
  • 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
  • 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
  • Board Development Days!

    Board Development days are for congregational teams (board members and clergy) to explore and learn together.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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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