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.
District Assembly 2015 - Save the Date!
Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the First UU Society of San Francisco
WALKING A FAITHFUL PATH
CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS!
District Assembly 2015 will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the First UU Society of San Francisco.
We are very excited about the possibilities for this year's program, which will be on the theme "Walking a Faithful Path."
The district staff is currently looking for interested individuals and groups to present workshops at
District Assembly. The workshops will be grouped by four broad themes:
Nuts and bolts (the daily work of UU communities);
Deepening (spiritual practices and theology);
Reaching out (social justice and connecting outside our usual boundaries), and
Religious exploration (shaping the faith of all ages in our complex world).
Please see the Request for Proposals (RFP) for more information!
Join us for dynamic worship, workshops, connections, and celebration!
Watch the PCD Web Site and this newsletter for more information.
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:
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:
Rev. Lucy Bunch
Chair, Pacific Central District Growth Committee
PSWD Fund for Refugees at Our Border!
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 email@example.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.
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!
Districts Cross Borders, Collaborate on Historical First Regional Assembly
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
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,
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.