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News from the Districts - October 19

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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 expand RE from one to three classes and establish a "children's chapel." To accomplish these goals the congregation wants to double the RE director's time to enable her to train volunteers to become Sunday School teachers as well as to organize volunteers and to select curricula. Two Rivers hopes that by expanding their RE they will enable overall growth. They perceive they can grow well beyond their current membership of 60 adults. The grant request is for a total of $7,000 to enable doubling the time for the RE director and to provide for additional training and materials.

Columbine UU Church of Littleton, CO is seeking to hire a "Youth Services Coordinator" at the cost of $3,500 for a year. Columbine is currently at 92 adult members and with a single service on Sunday currently the sanctuary feels "cramped." By adding a second service with a specific youth orientation, crowding would be alleviated and there will be an opportunity to attract more youth to the church. The proposal is for the youth coordinator to work 10 hours per week for 30 Sundays over the course of a year. The total cost of the project is $4,500 with the congregation providing $1,000.

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Pacific Northwest News

PNWD Chalice Lighter Call - Growth Technology Initiative Grants

The PNWD Fall 2017-18 Chalice Lighter Call supports the Growth Technology Initiative Grants. Please help your fellow PNWD congregations communicate more effectively, inclusively, and vibrantly! Previous calls devoted to tech grants led to 15 grants of up to $2500 in 2013 and 2015 and revealed that significant unmet need remains, particularly for slightly larger grants. Tech grants have funded microphones, speakers, web conferencing equipment, video screens, projectors, assisted listening devices, and more. Grants of up to $4000 will be funded by this call. In order to apply to receive a grant, please download the tech grant application.

Donations will be accepted for this call through December 4, 2017. Questions may be directed to Thank you for your generosity!

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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 accessible to all congregations in the PCD. The Board voted unanimously to make a minimum of $500 available to each congregation within our District to send representatives to Regional Assembly. We want to eliminate financial ability as a factor in who gets to participate. Soon, each congregation will get information from the Board on how to access this resource.

All the funds raised in this Chalice Lighter call will be used for sending UUs from the PCD to Regional Assembly. Please support access to Regional Assembly with your gift today.

Can you afford to give $20? We are grateful for whatever you can contribute. Payments will be accepted towards this call through November 20. Ten percent of each call reimburses expenses to administer the program. You can make your payment online or mail a check, payable to PCD Chalice Lighters to: PCD Chalice Lighters, 7511 Greenwood Avenue North, #414, Seattle, WA 98103-4627. Please write PCD CL on both the memo line of your check and on the payment envelope. Questions may be directed to your volunteer PCD Chalice Lighter Coordinator, Karen Urbano at

Thanks for your support!

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PWR Congregations in the News

PWR Congregations in the News

Foothills Unitarian Church becomes sanctuary congregation - The Rocky Mountain Collegian
Sanctuaries like Foothills Unitarian Church provide a safe place for immigrants when they are in need. Senior Minister Reverend Gretchen Haley said after the 2016 presidential election, the Foothills Unitarian Church decided they needed to get more serious about what they were doing to help their immigrant neighbors in Fort Collins.

Interfaith: Special blend of traits needed to navigate these difficult times - Ventura County Star
On Oct. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Conejo Valley UU Fellowship are holding a unique workshop titled “Love Resists.” This is a progressive empowerment and action workshop, open to interfaith partners and anyone interested. The aim of the workshop is to offer practical ways that congregations, organizations and individuals can make a difference in supporting human rights in today's charged and divisive political climate.

Community Unitarian Universalist Church hosts candlelight vigil for Las Vegas -
Organizers of a candlelight vigil on Wednesday night said our community needed an opportunity to come together after the mayhem in Las Vegas. The theme Hold on, Hold Each Other, and Hold to Love was repeated throughout the evening at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasco.

Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Fellowship welcomes new minister - Idaho State Journal
Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has a new minister. Jennifer Peek, who goes by Pastor Jenny, was recently selected to serve in the position that has been vacant for two years.