The Pacific Central District (PCD) is one of twenty regional bodies of
the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our 37 member congregations are
in northern Nevada, northern California, and Hawaii, giving us an
official membership of 6,366 Unitarian Universalists (as of February,
2013). We are also the home to members of the Church of the Larger
Fellowship, and to two seminaries, the Starr King School for the Ministry
and the Pacific School of Religion.
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
The PCD is run by a partnership of professional and volunteer
leadership. An elected, 13-member Board of Directors, including a
representative from YRUU and the PCD's UUA Trustee as an ex-officio
member, governs us. The voting board members are elected to two-year
terms at the Annual Meeting.
The operating budget is $302,744.72 for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year. Funds
come from PCD congregational pledges, UUA grants, UUA allotments, income
from meetings and conferences, the Bruml Bequest, and other miscellaneous
sources. A full 54% of our operating revenue comes directly from our
"fair share" congregations. Thank you!
The PCD Annual Program Fund amount for Fiscal year 2013-14 is $26 / member. The
UUA Annual Program Fund amount will increase to $60 / member.
The PCD Annual Program Fund amount for Fiscal year 2014-15 is $29 / member.
Did you know that the UUA awards grants to the districts based on their
percentage of Fair Share giving? The Basic Grant is 11% of the
District's percentage of Fair Share attained, up to 100%, times the total
amount the district contributed to the Association in the prior year.
Additional grants are awarded based on the percentage of dollars raised
and the percentage of contributing congregations.
Rev. Dan Kane, Corresponding Secretary, First Unitarian Church of Oakland
Susan Lankford, Moderator, UU Church of Berkeley
Rev. David Takahashi-Morris, Recording Secretary, Mt. Diablo UU Church
Judy Young, President, Mt. Diablo UU Church
District Executive: Joshua Searle-White,
With great pleasure 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 also the author 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. He is leaving this tenured position to serve
Unitarian Universalism in the Pacific Central District. He tells us he was not looking for another job,
only for an opportunity to align his work with his passion for our shared faith. We welcome his talents and enthusiasm.
Director of Congregational Services: Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams,
Rev. Adams joined the PCD staff in August 2009. She is the
former Director of the Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center. Jeanelyse
graduated with a M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2008.
She was ordained in 2010.
Jeanelyse is committed to serving the District and Unitarian Universalist
congregations by supporting efforts to strengthen and grow vital
religious communities, youth and young adult ministries, and support for
religious professionals and lay leaders. As Director of Program
Development, Jeanelyse is committed to supporting efforts among and
between congregations to improve communication and sharing program and
District Administrator: Chuck Rosene,
Charles B. "Chuck" Rosene joined the PCD staff in July of 1999. The role
of the District Administrator is to administratively facilitate the
ministry of the Pacific Central District, its staff, board, committees
and programs. The District Administrator works with the other staff on
all matters pertaining to the administration, communications, scheduling
and programming of the district; works directly with the PCD Board of
Trustees and its officers in matters pertaining to long-range planning,
finances, communications and other matters as directed by the Board; acts
as a financial manager for the District, its committees and participating
affiliated organizations; is responsible for communications between the
District and its member societies, committees, affiliated organizations
and the public-at-large, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations
of the District office.
Rev. Jane Ramsey (Chair), UU Church of Berkeley
Rev. Bonnie Dlott, UU Fellowship of North Bay
Rev. Michelle Favreault, Starr King UU Church
Alex Haider-Winnett, First Unitarian Church of Oakland
Michealle Havenhill, Mission Peak UU Congregation
Do you need a resource or information, have a concern or question or want
assistance for your church or fellowship? Call your District Office. The
Oakland Office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pacific Central District - Unitarian Universalist Association
4100 Redwood Road, #344 •
Oakland, CA 94619 •
(510) 530-1437 •
Visits since October 2011
October 03, 2013