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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.


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 Fall 2014 Chalice Lighter Call!

There are so many reasons for joy at the Napa Valley UU Fellowship (formerly the UU Fellowship of North Bay). Membership is up 20% in the past five years, and families with children under 12 are now the fastest growing segment of the congregation.

The best news is that in 2013, after many years of fundraising, NVUUF was able to purchase a permanent home. This purchase is the long-awaited realization of a collective dream and the congregation is thrilled to be home at last.

Their new property includes an undeveloped one acre lot. This is where you come in. They are requesting a Chalice Lighter grant for the first phase of their plan: a multi-purpose recreational area for all of their children from ages 0-99. This area would include safe and accessible playground equipment, bench seating for parents, room for outdoor R.E. classes and possibly a water play element.

Read the Chalice Lighter Letter here!

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Thank you for supporting the PCD Chalice Lighter Program and the North Valley UU Fellowship!


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:

PSWD-UUA
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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