Pacific Western Region News Archive
Pacific Western Region News Archive
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Very Fond Farewell

    Farewell Folks, It is time to say goodbye. As some of you know, I am leaving the UUA. I could not go without expressing my deep gratitude for amazing colleagues and the opportunity to serve Unitarian Universalism with you. I am looking forward to devoting time to practicing at...
    By Jeanelyse Doran Adams | 6/23/2016
  • A Minister to Ministers: Rev. Dr. Leon Hopper Jr. 1927-2016

    The Reverend Dr. C. Leon Hopper Jr., retired Unitarian Universalist minister and longtime Pacific Northwest resident, died June 19, 2016, after living for many years with Parkinson’s disease. He was 89 years old. Leon was born in Seattle on February 21, 1927 and graduated from...
    By Pacific Western Region of the UUA | 6/23/2016
  • New Congregational Life Contacts for Pacific Western Region Congregations

    With UUA General Assembly right around the corner, the changes in the staff team at the Pacific Western Region are likewise nearing. We're saying goodbye to dear friends and colleagues Rev. Nancy Bowen, Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams, Rev. Dr. Ken Brown and Janine Larsen, all of...
    By Pacific Western Region of the UUA | 6/17/2016
  • Last Chance to Sign Up for Leadership School!

    You have only 13 days left (until June 30) to sign up for Russell Lockwood Leadership School (RLLS)! Why Leadership School? Why you? RLLS is for anyone who wants to deepen their religious leadership skills, in everything from social action to stewardship, from worship to Web...
    By Jonipher Kūpono Kwong | 6/17/2016
  • Bellevue Church Targeted Twice for Black Lives Matter Stance

    BELLEVUE, WA: On Sunday, April 24, 2016 a pick-up truck pulled up to a group of East Shore Unitarian Church Black Lives Matter advocates at the stop light on the corner of Factoria Blvd. SE and SE 36th and threw a sign at the group that read “I Hate Ni**ers─Black Lives Don’t...
    5/23/2016
  • Four New Staff for Pacific Western Region

    The Pacific Western Region is pleased to announce the hiring of four new field staff. They are: Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh Rev. Sarah Schurr Rev. Tandi Rogers Rev. Kubal-Komoto will be taking on the Regional Lead position of the Pacific Western Region...
    4/5/2016
  • Becoming a Sexually Safer Best Practice Congregation

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is clearly in the air (as well as balloons, flowers, and chocolates). I invite you to take a moment to think about love in its many splendid forms in your life. While we celebrate the healthy, life-giving love in the coming days, it's...
    By Jonipher Kūpono Kwong | 2/9/2016
  • PWR Staff Transitions

    The Revs. Jeanelyse Doran Adams , Nancy Bowen , and Ken Brown will all be leaving UUA employment and Pacific Western Region (PWR) service during the summer of 2016. Together they have provided over thirty-five years of faithful service to Unitarian Universalism in PWR...
    By Pacific Western Region of the UUA | 1/4/2016
  • Begin Again in Love

    As the New Year approaches I am grateful for yet another opportunity to begin again. Thankfully that opportunity is available to all of us more than once a year. There are many cycles-of-life happening simultaneously all the time, breathing in and out, dawn and sunset each day,...
    By Jeanelyse Doran Adams | 12/31/2015
  • A Happy and Hopeful Holiday Season to You

    I am painfully aware that this year, more than any since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in 2012, it has been challenging to believe in the possibility of “Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All.” We are bombarded by stories of civil war, refugees fleeing their homes,...
    By Nancy Bowen | 12/22/2015
  • Good News in Pacific Western Region Youth Ministry

    Good news about Youth Ministry in the Pacific Western Region (PWR) is here! And there is so much to talk about that I simply don’t know where to begin. Many district programs like Goldmine Leadership School , Spirit Quuest , and Quuest Camp are now offered regionally so that...
    12/16/2015
  • Curriculum Renaissance Module: March 2016 in Kirkland, WA

    Religious educators working towards Religious Education (RE) Certification or just interested in a focused training to learn best practices in RE leadership are invited to register for the “Curriculum” Renaissance Module which will be offered March 1-3, at Northlake Unitarian...
    12/16/2015
  • Webinars for Religious Leaders in Your Congregation

    Let’s face it. Being a religious leader these days can be extremely challenging, especially for those of you who have day jobs. Besides, who has the money, time (or both!) to enroll in seminary to get all the tools you need anyway? The good news is, technology enables us to...
    12/14/2015
  • Welcome to the New Pacific Western Region Website!

    The Pacific Western Region (PWR) and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff are pleased to announce a “new” resource for UUs in the west—the consolidated, improved and “UUA-nested” PWR website! The UUA is working to fully enfold all the regional websites, and now you’ll...
    12/9/2015
  • A Powerful Stewardship Education & Management Tool

    Quartile Analysis — A Great Tool You Never Knew You Had When we begin working with a congregation on almost any aspect of their stewardship environment, we usually start with a Quartile Analysis (QA). Oftentimes when we ask if a QA has been run by the leadership, we receive a...
    By William Clontz | 11/24/2015
  • Build Your Website With a Powerful UU Tool

    Wishing you could have a website that made your congregation shine? Searching for a platform that’s easy to use and low-cost? The new Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA) WordPress Theme for Congregations is just the tool you need. The Theme, created by Christopher Wulff...
    10/27/2015
  • 2015-16 PWR Webinar Offerings

    We are officially off and running with the 2015-16 Pacific Western Region (PWR) Webinar Offerings ! Gain insight, discuss with religious leaders, and focus your congregation’s learning team on what matters. This year the PWR staff provide a variety of exciting offerings with...
    10/23/2015
  • Welcoming Congregation Renewal

    Twenty-six years after the launch of the Welcoming Congregation Program, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has some great news! Seventy-six percent of UUA congregations overall and 95% of congregations over 100 members are recognized as Welcoming Congregations. “With...
    10/6/2015
  • UUA Common Read Discussion Guide Now Available

    The discussion guide is now available for this year’s Common Read selection, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. The guide invites participants to explore and examine some of the underlying themes in the book, including justice, mercy, compassion,...
    10/5/2015
  • Clergy Seminar Series in Congregation-Based Spiritual Direction

    Religious leaders interested in attending the Clergy Seminar Series on Congregational Based Spiritual Direction training in Boulder, CO, may still register. Although the registration website shows the training in Boulder is sold out, there is still room. If you are interested,...
    10/2/2015
  • Big Faith of Beloved Community; No Borders to our Love

    In our work, we frequently draw on Dr. King’s definition of justice as “love correcting everything that stands against love.” Love goes way beyond a feeling. Love is a practice . A practice of correcting whatever stands against love: structures that exclude; systems that punish...
    10/1/2015
  • UUA Publications Monthly Updates Online

    Unitarian Universalist Associaiton (UUA) Publications Updates are now published monthly on its own webpage. Keep up on the latest Pamphlets, Recommendations from Skinner House, and find out what’s trending at the UUA Bookstore. Here are some new pamphlets for your congregation...
    9/3/2015
  • General Assembly 2016, June 22-26, Columbus OH

    Save the Dates! The theme for GA 2016 will be Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect . The faith world is increasingly multifaith. People are crossing borders of religion and spiritual practice to create wholeness in their lives individually and collectively. The labels – Christian,...
    8/13/2015
  • Natural Disaster Relief, Response

    Summertime in the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is often a time of heightened awareness and occurence of natural disasters that can affect our congregations and families—wildfire, flash floods and landslides/ mudslides are common and...
    7/20/2015
  • Join Us! Regional Ingathering at GA 2015

    On Wednesday June 24 at 5:45 – 6:45 pm the leadership and staff of the Pacific Western Region invite you to gather with others from our vast and beautiful region. In a lively hour together we will sing and celebrate, find friends and recognize key volunteers in the region. We...
    6/17/2015
  • Announcing New Pacific Western Regional Staff

    It is with great pleasure that we announce three new Pacific Western Regional staff members. Eric Bliss, Jan Christian, and Jonipher Kūpono Kwong bring us years of experience as Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious professionals working in congregations and with programs and...
    5/18/2015

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