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Our mission is to provide services and resources that will grow the District in terms of its membership, the deepening of our faith, the effectiveness of our structures, and the power of our service to the wider world.

The Pacific Central District is a member of the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Pacific Western Region Announces New Congregational Life Staff

It is with great pleasure that we announce the new Pacific Western Regional staff members.

Jan Christian, Jonipher Kuponon Kwong, and Eric Bliss bring us years of experience as Unitarian Universalist religious professionals working in congregations and with programs and projects at the district, regional and national level. We will benefit from their extensive relationship in PWR and their awareness of our Regional Collaboration commitment. We are confident that our congregations, elected leaders and staff will appreciate their new perspectives, good questions and the opportunity to see our work through new eyes.

In July, all three staff will be in place getting acquainted with congregations and leaders across the region. Happily, we will be able to introduce Eric, Jan and Jonipher along with the continuing PWR staff at General Assembly during our PWR Regional Ingathering on Wednesday, June 24 at 5:45.

Read the new staff bios on the Regional News web page.

Our Whole Lives: Jr. / Sr. High OWL Facilitator Training

Our Whole Lives curricula were developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association in partnership with the United Church of Christ, with the goal of providing comprehensive values-based sexuality education for every age group. This intensive weekend workshop provides the skills and training required to facilitate Our Whole Lives classes for grades 7-9 &10-12.

Friday, June 19, 5:00 pm - Sunday, June 21, 3:00 pm, Hosted by: UU Church of Palo Alto.

Facilitators, Karen Rayne, Ph. D. and Derby Davidson, Director of Religious Education at Redwood City.
br> Registration is Now Open!

PCD Middle School Camp (MiSC)

A Middle School Unitarian Universalist Weeklong Camp, Monday July 6, 4:00 / 6:00 pm, to Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 am., at Mendocino Woodlands, Camp 3, Mendocino, CA.

Are you in grades 6 through 9 ? Would you enjoy meeting other amazing UU middle school youth? Do you wish that there was a summer camp for Middle School UUs? If so, you’re in luck! This summer you can join us for the PCD UUA MiSC!

For more information, please see: http://www.pcd-uua.org/MUUGS/2015misc.pdf

Donate to the Winter 2015 Chalice Lighter Call!

Dear Chalice Lighter, Continuing our focus on outreach beyond our congregations, we invite you to support an exciting program that is sponsored by the UU Fellowship of Northern Nevada. More and more of our congregations are reaching outside the walls of their sanctuaries, reaching out to Unitarian Universalists and those who are seeking spiritual growth and community. This is the new frontier of our movement.

Create Meaning is an in-person and online center for spiritual renewal where people can grow spiritually, connect in community, and help the world become a better place. Affiliated with the UU Fellowship of Northern Nevada, Create Meaning seeks to spread Unitarian Universalist values and transform people who will help transform the world. Create Meaning responds to the needs of majority of Unitarian Universalists who donít belong to a congregation and to those who seek spiritual connection and depth in their lives but who donít necessarily feel comfortable attending a church. You can learn more about the program at their website: http://www.createmeaning.org/#!northern-nevada-overview/c42v

The members of the UUFNN have been generous contributors to chalice lighter grants for congregations throughout our district. Let us return the favor by contributing generously their ambitious vision to bring UU programs to the people in Northern Nevada.

You may contribute to this effort through PayPal by clicking the link below:

In gratitude,
Rev. Lucy Bunch
Chair, Pacific Central District Growth Committee

PSWD Fund for Refugees at Our Border!

Dear Friends,

People have been asking how they can help out with the refugees coming into the states in our District and Region. Our congregations from San Diego County to Ventura County have been collecting needed items and connecting with refugees in the locations our government has placed them. We are also working with a number of local groups.

We have set up a Refugee Fund at the Pacific SouthWest District for those that want to contribute money to help with the work with the refugees. Checks can be sent to the PSWD with Refugee Fund in the memo line. They can be sent to:

2052 Norma Street
Oxnard, CA 93036-2711

These funds will be shared with the groups we are working with who are working directly with the refugees.

Please share this in your announcements, newsletters, and maybe use one of your offerings to raise funds for these efforts.

If you have any questions write me at uurev@aol.com.
Rev. Ken Brown, District Executive
Pacific SouthWest District - UUA

PCD Awards at District Assembly 2014!

We are pleased to celebrate the following individuals and congregations who were awarded much deserved recognition at the 2014 District Assembly in Sacramento, CA.

The awards were bestowed in a luncheon ceremony on April 26, 2014 and brief remarks were made about each award winner. In addition to the named category awards, there are also two Growth Awards each year, and both churches were excited to have their progress recognized.

Because the Awards Program at District Assembly was very time pressured, it was impossible to recount all the rich details presented in the award nominations. For that reason, all the nominations have been posted on the PCD website - just follow the links on each award recipients name. Please review them and be inspired by the depth and breadth of the good work being carried out throughout our District, from Nevada to Hawaii, and all points in between.

The Honored Award Recipients are:

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, President of Starr King School for the Ministry, received the Junella Hanson Memorial Award for Excellence in Religious Education as well as the Racial Justice / Multicultural Ministry Award.

Heather Sawyers, Director of Religious Education at UU Mount Diablo, received the Junella Hanson Memorial Award Excellence in Religious Education.

Nikki Hunt, of the UU Fellowship of Chico, received the Unsung Congregational Hero Award.

The First Unitarian Church of Honolulu received the PCD Moral Beacon Award.

The UU Fellowship of Northern Nevada received the PCD Moral Beacon Award.

This year the Numerical Growth Award went to the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, which had a nice boost in membership of 25.

The Percentage Growth Award went to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Chico, which increased membership by 13% (7 members) last year.

I also want to comment that, although individuals made some nominations, many others affirmed the good work of the winners. Often many PCD Board members or staff added their positive comments to the nomination, as they were familiar with the good work that had been done.

The Awards Committee should also be recognized, which included Josh Searle-White, Lisa Fry, Dan Kane, Chuck Rosene, and myself.

Steve Burns
PCD Awards Chair

DA 2014 Keynote Speech

Here is the DA2014 Keynote Speech presented by District Executive Josh Searle-White

So to our topic: today we are talking about truth. Why truth? Well, it all started with a little prayer from Macrina Wiederkehr that has been going through my head over the past few months. It reads like this: Oh God, help me to believe the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it is.

A Historic Event: PWR 2013 Regional Assembly

PWR Regional Assembly Resources are here!

From April 25th to April 28th, the Pacific Central District hosted an historic event in San Jose, CA, that drew over 680 children, youth and adults. The group came from almost 50% of the American geography of the Unitarian Universalist Association. This geographic area is called the Pacific Western Region and is comprised of the Pacific Northwest, the Mountain Desert, the Pacific Southwest and the Pacific Central districts. The purpose of the region is to share leadership and mutually empower each other through collaborative programming.

Reflections from Rev. Robert Latham on the PWR 2013 Regional Assembly

Districts Cross Borders, Collaborate on Historical First Regional Assembly
Report from Regional Assembly, by Janine Larsen, PNWD District Executive and Diane Brinson, PNWD District Administrator

PWR 2013 Regional Assembly Resource Page

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The Pacific Central District of the Unitarian Universalist Association serves the 38 UU congregations in northern California, northern Nevada, and Hawaii.

Our mission is to provide services and resources to congregations that will grow the District in terms of its membership, the deepening of our faith, the effectiveness of our structures, and the power of our service to the wider world.

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