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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.


PCD Leadership Day - Registration is Now Open!

Saturday, October 26th, at the UU Church of Berkeley, featuring Wayne Clark, Director of the Congregational Stewardship Network - UUA, speaking on Money, Stewardship, and Faith.

Take a look at the new UUA FORTH resources and organize a team from your congregation NOW!. Please note that teams of at least three congregational leaders are required to participate in the afternoon session led by Wayne Clark. This session will focus on creating a Culture of Generosity and how to apply specific techniques to your next annual Budget Drive!

A second session in the afternoon titled "What Keeps our Congregations Spiritually Alive?" will be held for those who will not be participating in the workshop with Wayne Clark. This session will be an informal and experiential conversation about the deepening of our collective spiritual life, and it will be facilitated by PCD District Executive Joshua Searle-White and Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams.

Please Register Today!


Please mark these dates of upcoming PCD events on your calendar as well:

Saturday, January 25, 2014: The Beloved Community Workshop, location TBA.

DISTRICT ASSEMBLY! April 25 - 27, 2014. We will gather at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento for our annual District Assembly!


Pacific Western Region Webinar offerings begin soon!

Check out the schedule for October on the PWR website!

The webinar season starts with the a new three-part series on Worship for Small Congregations that is bound to boost and inspire those in smaller congregations creating worship on a limited budget. Good News in Youth Ministry Series is back and will begin with a webinar specifically for Religious Educators on Safe Congregations. We are experimenting by having this webinar be at 2 pm Pacific Time so that as staff you can meet during your workday instead of in the evening. We also have a webinar for all congregational leaders, ministers and members, The Difficulty of Being Just: Including People with Disabilities in Congregational Life.

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


PCD Men's Retreat

Friday, October 25th - Sunday, October 27th. Let us gather once again in late October! Talk, explore, meditate, sing, make new friends and learn from one another! Join with other men as we  discover a sense of balance and get to know each other and ourselves in ways that help us make the changes we want in our lives.

For more information, please see: PCD Men's Page.


PCD November MUUGS Retreat

The next PCD MUUGS Retreat will be held November 1-3, 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore.Are you a *6-9th grader? Would you enjoy meeting other amazing UU middle school youth? At a MUUGS Retreat, you’ll be able to meet other youth in small group meetings for play, fun and just talking. Of course, there will be regular meals, snacks, a movie, youth worship and large group activities. The leaders at the retreat will be youth, young adults, and adults who particularly enjoy working with middle school youth.

Check here for more information and registration material.


Spring 2013 Chalice Lighter Call is Now Open for Donations!

We are inviting you, as progressive and faithful Chalice Lighter supporters to join in the first ever Pacific Western Regional Leap of Faith Initiative. This first-time, exciting collaborative initiative among the four districts of the Pacific Western Region (Pacific Central, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest and Mountain Desert) address these times with a powerful Unitarian Universalist faith practice of Bold Faith: No Borders.

Learn more and see inspiring congregational stories on this link!

Read the Spring 2013 Call Letter here!


Donate via PayPal!



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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