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Pacific Central District - Unitarian Universalist Association

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Joshua Searle-White,
District Executive

Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams, Congregational Development Director

Chuck Rosene,
District Administrator

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Introduction to the Pacific Central District

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
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 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.

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Board of Directors

General e-mail: [email protected]

Rev. Christopher Bell, Executive Committee-at-Large, UU Congregation of Santa Rosa

Steve Burns, Vice-President, UU Church of Davis

Taylor Carey, UU Community of the Mountains

Charles DuMond, Unitarian Univeralsists of San Mateo

Lisa Fry, Executive Committee-at-Large, Live Oak UU Fellowship (Alameda)

Rev. Lynn Gardner, Sierra Foothills UU Church

Dylan Graham, PCD YRUU Representative, UU Congregation of Santa Rosa

Brittany Snow Hernandez, UU Church of Davis

Holly Ito, Treasurer, Mission Peak UU Congregation

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 Staff

Josh_S_W 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.

Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams 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 leadership resources.

Chuck Rosene 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.

Nominating Committee

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

Ministerial Settlement Representative
Robert Miess, [email protected]

Compensation Consultant
Dawn Bateman, [email protected]

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.

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