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How Are We Doing?

Dear Pacific Western Region Congregational Leaders,

I would like to invite you to participate in a survey regarding regional services your congregation has received during the past year.

A goal of the Pacific Western Region since our staff transition has been to provide services to congregations that are responsive, relevant, high quality, accessible, and communicated in a timely manner.

By completing the survey at the link below, you will offer us valuable insight about how well we have done in reaching that goal, and you will help us identify your own priorities as a congregation that to guide us as we plan future services for you.

Our hope is that this survey will be completed by congregational leaders who served between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. This includes ministers, other congregational staff, and board members. (If you are aware of individuals who served in these roles who may not receive this newsletter, please forward it to them.)

The survey will require between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. We hope you will complete it by September 14 (or sooner!)

If you completed the survey that we used last year, you'll notice that some of the questions here are the same. This is so that we can measure our progress over the course of this year in addressing some of the feedback we received in that survey.

Complete the Survey

Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto
Regional Lead, Pacific Western Region

August 17, 2017
In this Issue
  • How Are We Doing?
  • Board Development Days
  • Events
  • District and UU News
  • Job Postings
PWR Quick Links
PWR Field Staff

Events, Training and Webinars


Board Development Days

A day for congregational teams (board members and clergy) to explore and learn together. Note: This day may supplement your traditional Board Retreat, serve as part of it, or provide the foundation for it.

  • September 9 at UU Congregation of Salem (OR)
  • September 16 at Tapestry (Orange County, CA)
  • October 7 in San Jose (CA)
  • October 14 at Live Oak UU Congregation (Goleta, CA)
  • October 21 in Marin Co. (CA)
  • November 4 in East Wenatchee (WA)
  • November 18 at Foothills Unitarian Church (Ft. Collins, CO)
  • December 9 at Florence UU Fellowship (OR)
  • January 27 at UU Society of Sacramento (CA)
Register Now

Plans are currently underway to offer these throughout the PWR. If you are interested in hosting a Board Development Day in the coming church year, let your PWR Primary Contact know.

More Our Whole Lives Trainings

New comprehensive lifespan sexuality education OWL training for congregational and community facilitators have been scheduled in California, Nevada and Washington. If you're interested in planning an OWL training for your area, contact Sarah Gibb Millspaugh (, the PWR OWL lead.

  • K-1 & 4-6
  • Sep. 29-Oct. 1, 2017 - Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA
  • Oct. 13-15, 2017 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov. 10-12, 2017 - Pilgrim Firs Camp & Conference Center, Port Orchard, WA
  • 7-9 & 10-12
  • Oct. 13-15, 2017 - Pacific Unitarian Church, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Nov. 10-12, 2017 - Pilgrim Firs Camp & Conference Center, Port Orchard, WA
  • Young Adult & Adult
  • Nov. 10-12, 2017 - Pilgrim Firs Camp & Conference Center, Port Orchard, WA
Learn more and register

Multicultural Renaissance Module Registration Open

Multicultural religious education is a way of seeing and thinking as well as doing. It requires us to truly open our minds and hearts to the perspectives and experiences of others. It requires the humility to see those diverse perspectives to be as valid as our own. It calls us to welcome and include the unfamiliar, those who may be outside our comfort zone. It asks us to acknowledge the realities of oppression and privilege. It means we are open to change and growth, and ultimately care more about justice than comfort.

Nov. 6, 5:00pm to Nov. 8, 12:00pm
Denver, CO

Led by: Rev. Samaya Oakley and Aisha Hauser

Learn more

Webinar - Tips on Facilitating a Bystander Training

Aisha Hauser has led several Bystander Trainings in the community and will share her perspective, materials, and offer guidance on how to facilitate a training in your area.

Aisha is the Director of Lifelong Learning at East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, WA.

Aug. 24, 12:30-1:30pm Pacific on Zoom

Register Now

Denominational News


PWR Congregations in the News

Clergy, residents rally against hate - Post Register (Idaho Falls)
Representatives of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Idaho Falls, Trinity United Methodist Church, New Day Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church and St. Luke's Episcopal Church all spoke out against the flyers, and against Trump's tweets indicating that transgender persons would be disallowed from military service.
"This community cares," Unitarian Universalist Rev. Lyn Cameron said. "Words can hurt, but words can also heal. We should be considered, and should be proven to be, a just community."
See also: Idaho Falls community holds anti-hate rally following discovery of racist flyers

Community support grows for David Chavez-Macias - Reno Gazette-Journal
Chavez-Macias has had heart surgery to replace the valve and likely will need to have that replaced.
He has been living at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in south Reno.
The church, which accepts members of all faiths, was the first in Nevada to provide physical sanctuary to undocumented immigrants when it gave sanctuary to a man in 2016. His deportation was later suspended.

Protesters gather in SLO against Trump's military transgender ban - The Tribune (San Luis Obispo)
An interfaith crowd gathered outside San Luis Obispo County Veterans Services building in downtown San Luis Obispo Monday afternoon to express support for transgender service members and veterans. Gina Whitaker, a member of the UU Fellowship of San Luis Obispo County, said she joined the crowd because the ban is "another way trans people are further marginalized." She estimated that about 60 people protested.

PWR Job Postings

Invisible No More

Andrea J. Ritchie, Beacon Press, 2017

Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color. A timely examination of the ways Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement.

Let's Talk About Race

Julius Lester, HarperCollins, 2008

In this acclaimed book, the author of the Newbery Honor Book To Be a Slave, shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. "I write because our lives are stories. If enough of these stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details."


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