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Learning and Living Love Beyond Belief: A Report from District Assembly
Nearly 300 Unitarian Universalists from around the Pacific Northwest attended a full weekend of learning, fellowship, music and worship at PNWD's 2014 District Assembly in Spokane, WA, March 14-16. That number swelled to 467 for Sunday's closing worship, as the doors opened to welcome the public and members of our three host congregations, the UU Church of Spokane, North Idaho UUs (Coeur d'Alene, ID) and the UU Church of the Palouse (Moscow, ID). We were proud to be one of the first UU gatherings in the country to display the new UUA logo, in the welcome banner of our host hotel.
Theme presenter the Rev. Dr. Thandeka (right) helped us explore the theology of personal experience and celebrate the heart of our lives together during Saturday's multi-media program. We met in Full Community, with our senior youth reminding us that "our faith is something we carry with us all the time, not just at church." We dug deep to respond from our souls, individually and in small groups. Middle-school youth and younger children enjoyed field trips to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade and investigate Spokane's science museum. On Friday leading into District Assembly, Thandeka presented a companion program to members of Pacific Northwest chapters of the UU Ministers Association and Liberal Religious Educators (LREDA).
Rev. Tandi Rogers (below, center) was among those who tweeted during the
weekend @PWRUUA, remarking "Human foundation: experience. Religious communities' function: to name it, ritualize it, create it."The Rev. Elizabeth Stevens noted, "Practical takeaway: focus on fostering a culture of graciousness instead of the logistics of welcoming newcomers."
Worship was extraordinary throughout the weekend, led by ministers and members of our host congregations and featuring outstanding musicians and a 51-voice combined choir from
Spokane, Moscow and Coeur d'Alene. Many UUs experienced their first "Soulful Sundown" service on Saturday evening, courtesy of the UU Church of the Palouse - a beautifully serene way to end the program day.
Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof (right) was a hit with the children and everyone in attendance Sunday morning with his story of "The Very Proud Rooster," with help from Thandeka as the Sun Goddess. The Sunday offering provided $3,300 to be divided equally between At the Core, which provides weekend meals to children in Spokane County, and the Rod Stewart Growth Fund of the Pacific Northwest UU Growth Foundation. For more photos from Sunday's Service see our Facebook album.
Another highlight was the stories of living Love Beyond Belief told during the Opening Celebration by each of our host congregations and the Rev. Laura Shennum, Cascade UU Fellowship (which shares a "cluster" affiliation with the host congregations). We learned of a gift of $2,500 from Seattle's Westside UU Congregation to help support the Spokane church's efforts to turn the vote towards marriage equality in Washington State - resulting in an astonishing success in this very conservative part of the district.
We also learned of the current effort of Idaho UUs to demand the Idaho legislature "Add the 4 Words" --sexual orientation and gender identity -- to Idaho's Human Rights Act. Idaho UUs and friends sent this photo(left) to support the movement, using its imagery of hands over mouths to convey that their voices haven't been heard.
The PNWD Board convened the 52nd Annual General Meeting and the 93 delegates re-elected the Rev. Carol McKinley (Olympia UU Congregation, WA) to a second three-year term, and elected Emmet Band (UU Church in Eugene, OR) to a first term following conclusion of an appointed term. Delegates also elected the Rev. Eric Kaminetzky (Edmonds UU Church, WA) to a five-year term on the district Nominating Committee. The board bid goodbye to the "Standing on the Side of Love" banner purchased in 2009, sending it off to raffle winner Leslie Miller of Boise UU Fellowship, who guessed just 279 miles shy of the 13,385 total miles the banner has traveled! The board also honored two staff anniversaries: Diane Brinson, District Administrator, celebrates 20 years of PNWD employment this year, and Janine Larsen, District Executive, marks 10 years serving the UUA in the Pacific Northwest.
In addition, Treasurer Dave Cauffman
(UU Congregation of Whidbey Island
, WA) reviewed the district's financial position and membership growth, affirmed PNWD dues for 2013/14 (as stated last year) and announced dues for 2014/15
. The board also provided a brief report updating delegates on recent activities related to regional collaboration. (At right, the 2014/15 PNWD Board. Clockwise from upper left, Hayden Nevill, Dave Cauffman, Emmet Band, Carrie Krause, Carol McKinley.)
During the closing worship service on Sunday, the Assembly welcomed new Officers with a leadership covenant. Officers elected by the board are:
President - Carrie Krause (pictured at left, Woodinville UU Church (WA)
Vice President - Hayden Nevill, UU Fellowship of Fairbanks (AK)
Secretary - Emmet Band, UU Church in Eugene (OR)
Treasurer - David Cauffman, UU Congregation of Whidbey Island (WA)
The Rev. Carol McKinley, immediate past president of the PNWD Board, also continues her service as a member at large, rounding out the Board's five members. Congratulations and thanks to Carrie Krause (left) on her appointment by the board as its president. Carrie is the Director of Lifespan Learning at her congregation.
The full business meeting packet
, including staff reports, audited financial statements and annual reports on a variety of programs and activities, is available here
District Assembly 2014 would not have happened without the creative guidance and hard work of our host congregations, their ministers, and particularly the efforts of the Tri-Chairs, Nancy Avery (UU Church of Spokane), Stephanie Samson (UU Church of Spokane) and Peggy Jenkins (UU Church of the Palouse). We are deeply grateful to these leaders and the many volunteers who contributed countless hours and hospitality to this event.
Next year, the PNWD will not present a District Assembly, and will instead hold its 53rd Annual Meeting at UUA General Assembly in Portland, OR. The district meeting will be scheduled either during the period for Regional In-Gatherings, or during one of the workshop slots. Details will be announced. Save that District Assembly travel budget and put it towards sending your congregation's full compliment of delegates to GA in Portland, June 24-28, 2015.
See you in Portland in 2015!
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