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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.


Awaken the Spirit! District Assembly 2014!

April 25 - 27, 2014, at the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake Conference Center, Sacramento, CA!

Watch for program information and registration material - coming in January 2014!

Do you have a workshop program or idea that you would like to submit to us for consideration? Then see the materail on this link for more information!


Donate to the Fall 2013 Chalice Lighter Call!

Please join the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu spread liberal values through the State of Hawaii. For over sixteen years the Honolulu congregation has been extending comprehensive sexuality training in and beyond the congregation, first with About Your Sexuality and now OWL. They are ready to extend their ministry further by launching the first ever OWL Academy.

Read the Chalice Lighter Letter here!

Donate via PayPal with this link!



Thank you for supporting the PCD Chalice Lighter Program and the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu!


Who Are Our Neighbors?

Save the Date!

Growing and deepening our capacity for successful multicultural ministries and stronger intercultural relationships is critical to the fulfillment of our vision for Unitarian Universalism: building Beloved Community throughout the world!

Friday, January 24 - Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

Friday: 6:30 registration, program 7:30 to 9:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 am to 9:00 pm with breaks for meals and connections, Sunday worship.

Co-Facilitators:

Rev. Dr. Susan Suchocki Brown, minister at First Church Leominster Unitarian Universalist, Leominister, MA

Rev. Tera Little, Pacific Southwest District, Congregational Life Consultant and minister at Throop Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA

The program is open to youth and adults of all ages!

Thanks to the wonderful work of Zemsky and One Ummah Consulting, as well as a grant from the UU Funding Program trainings are being offered in regions across the continent.


Stay tuned - registration information will be posted soon!


Pacific Western Region Webinars!

Check out the schedule for upcoming webinars AND the 2013-14 Recorded Webinars on the PWR website!

Here are some of our upcoming webinars:

Wednesday December 4, 2013
Good News in Youth Ministry: Small Group Ministries
For Advisors, Ministers, Religious Educators
6:30 to 7:45 PM Pacific Time / 7:30 to 8:45 PM Mountain Time
Jennica Davis, PWR Youth Ministry Specialist

Advisors have spiritual needs that cannot be met in youth group. If they do not get to go to service on Sunday morning because they are in youth group, small group ministry provides a way for advisors and other allies to youth ministry (parents, sponsors, religious educators) to deepen their spirituality and build meaningful relationships with others. We will be discussing practical steps and resources for getting started.

Wednesday January 8, 2014
Good News in Youth Ministry: Teen Suicide Prevention and Pastoral Care

For Religious Educators, Ministers, Pastoral Care Teams, Youth & Youth Advisors 6:30 to 8:00 PM Pacific Time / 7:30 to 9:00 PM Mountain Time
Jenn Gray, Ministerial Intern

What do you do if you think one of the youth you are working with is suicidal? Does asking about suicide plant the idea in the mind of that person? How can you help move youth who are suicidal past the crisis point? This webinar on Suicide Prevention training and Pastoral Care offers participants skills and confidence to respond to teens who are expressing suicidal thoughts.

Wednesday January 29, 2014
Worship Associate Training & Support

For Ministers & Worship Leaders
7:00 to 8:00 PM Pacific Time / 8:00 to 9:00 PM Mountain Time
Rev. Barbara Wells TenHove, Co-Minister, Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church, WA

In this webinar, you will learn techniques for helping orient, train and support your Worship Associate Team. Ministers and Worship Leaders alike can learn from these time tested ways of helping lay worship leaders learn what good worship looks like and how to do it well.

Tuesday February 18, 25 & March 4, 2014
Multi-Site Congregations: A three-part series

For Religious Leaders & Ministers 7:00 to 8:15 PM Pacific Time / 8:00 to 9:15 PM Mountain Time
Rev. Dr. Ken Brown, District Executive, Pacific Southwest District



For more information, please contact Lori Ragona, Training and Communications Specialist, PWR-UUA.

Announcing our New District Executive!

Good News!

It is with great pleasure that the Pacific Central District Board of Directors announces that Joshua Searle-White has accepted the position of District Executive of the Pacific Central District. Josh assumed his position in the PCD on July 1.

You may recognize Josh's name through his popular workshops at General Assembly, the UUMA convocation or UUMA chapter retreats. He is the author of Magic Wanda's Travel Emporium: Tales of Love, Hate, and Things in Between, published by Skinner House. Josh is a master storyteller with deep experience helping individuals and congregations work with their own narratives to create greater health and vitality.

He has deep roots and many years of experience in Unitarian Universalist congregations, where he has taught and served in a variety of leadership positions; and he has created and delivered well-received presentations around the country, as well as at the district and national levels.

Josh holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is currently Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. We welcome his talents and enthusiasm.

The Board wishes to thank the Search Committee for their good work and excellent result. They have served Unitarian Universalism in the PCD through an important transition.

Susan Lankford, Acting President
Pacific Central District


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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