Pacific Northwest District - UUA

Members, Friends, Lay-Leaders, Professionals, Youth & Adults, come share in this day of  

INTERCONNECTION - INNOVATION - IMPACT

Leaders in UU congregations throughout the Pacific Northwest will share their passion and experience
with those eager to discover how to live our faith more deeply, meaningfully and effectively.
“Discovery Day” will be a chance for UUs to learn from one another through 75-minute workshops led by peers and professionals.

Check out the variety of innovative offerings below
and plan to attend the workshops that will have the most impact in your congregation.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 

9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
(Check-in begins 8:45 AM)

East Shore Unitarian Church
12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue, WA

$15 per person for the day.
Bring your own lunch and snacks.

Advance registration has closed.


Walk-in registrations will be accepted,
but only for the limited workshops with space available.


Payment for walk-in registration
may be made with check or credit card.

If you intend to register and pay on site,
please arrive by 8:45.

All cancellations will be subject to a $5 processing fee.
Cancellations after the September 10 deadline or event no-shows may forfeit full registration fee.
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Can't make it to Discovery Day in person?
Four workshops are offered live online: 
9:30 - 10:45 AM: Be a Better Greeter
11:00 - 12:15 PM: Preaching & the Worship Arts
1:30 - 2:45 PM: Keys to Successful Administration of RE Programs
3:00 - 4:15 PM: Stewardship for the Nervous
 
Registration has closed.
 

DISCOVERY DAY SCHEDULE & WORKSHOP OPTIONS
Choose your workshop preferences online, one from each session, when you register. You do not need to stay within any one option indicated, though we highly recommend that "Option F" be regarded as a focused track. Each of these "Option F" sessions builds on material presented in the prior sessions, and information will not be repeated.

Scroll below or click link for full workshop descriptions
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Workshop Descriptions 
Session One 

Option A: Advocating Immigration Reform
Rev. James Kubal-Komoto
Saltwater UU Church (Des Moines, WA) has had a very successful experience advocating for immigration reform through Sound Alliance. Our participation not only made a direct difference in public policy, it energized the congregation in a way that has never happened before. We'd like to share our experience in the hopes others will be similarly inspired. Let's talk!
Option B: Be a Better Greeter
Rev. Carmen McDowell
People coming to UU congregations have checked us out online and have already found us to be a fit for them intellectually. What are they looking for? Most congregational newcomers say they are seeking community. We got that! How can we be sure that's what they find when they walk through our doors? Through storytelling, personal reflection, and roleplaying exercises, we will learn the nuts and bolts of being more hospitable, as individuals and congregations.
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: Coming Home YouTube, Book: Radical Hospitality: Benedict's Way of Love, by Lonnie Collins-Pratt and Daniel Homan.
Option C: Storytelling for Worship
Rev. Linda Hart
This interactive workshop will offer you the chance to try out storytelling in a supportive environment. Known for her great stories, Linda will lead you through exercises to access your inner storyteller and share tips and techniques for effective storytelling in worship.
Option D: Collaboration Across the Pacific Western Region
Carrie Krause, PNWD Board President with District Board Members
Since Regional Assembly in 2012, a task force of members from the four district boards of the Pacific Western Region has been working to define how we will collaborate beyond our district borders for the health and well-being of Unitarian Universalism in our Pacific Western Region. This will be an opportunity hear where we are in the process of regional collaboration and to ask questions.
Option E: What is a Parish Nurse and Why Would Your Congregation Want One?
Lori Nitchals
Parish Nursing is a program that provides opportunities for nurturing the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of members of a religious/spiritual community. We ask, " What keeps people well and how can we assist in that process?" Parish Nurses are RNs who feel the call to health ministry and have completed the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing continuing education course. We partner with the minister in promoting healing and wellness, connecting health and faith. We are health educators, health counselors, health coaches, and are a referral source and liason to local social service agencies and healthcare facilities, helping to bridge the gaps in our medical system.
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries, Portland, ORHealth Ministries Network, Bellingham, WA
Option F: Beloved Community: Building a New Way
Rev. Deborah Holder, Rev. Amy Moses-Lagos & Rev. Judy Zimmerman
Beloved Community is a prophetic religious vision that can focus our attention, direct our actions, and sustain hope in all areas of congregational life. Grounded in our covenantal tradition, these four sessions progress from setting a theological foundation for building and sustaining beloved community, to establishing concrete spiritual practices that encourage internally strong, externally focused congregations, to exploring theologies that support the practice of compassionate communication, and finally, to participating in experiential activities that give an overview of the basic skills of compassionate communication. [We highly recommend that Option F be regarded as a focused track. Each session builds on material presented in prior sessions, and material will not be repeated across sessions.]
 
 
Session Two 

Option A: Tackling the Trickier Challenges of Congregational Justice Work
Regina Brennan, John Britt, Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof, DD Hilke, John Hilke, & Dick Jacke
Congregations with strong justice programs are some of the most vital and effective. But how do we do that? How do we adopt a justice mission, include all ages, pass a congregational stand, and yet nurture a cornucopia of initiatives, as well as reach outside our congregations to learn and do more?
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: UUA Social Justice Empowerment Handbook (2011); Gary Nissenbaum (2011): “Assembling the Pieces: Supercharging Unitarian Universalist Social Action Committees.”; Rev. Joan Montagnes (2012): “How to Build Meaning: Full Social Justice Ministry Teams”; The Northwest UU Justice Network website; UU State Legislative Advocacy Networks.
Option B: Small Group Ministries for People in Recovery
Rev. Barbara Stevens & Rev. Judy Zimmerman
Universalist Recovery Church meets at Eastrose Fellowship in Portland, OR for worship and reflection, serving as a small-group ministry for people in recovery from addiction or other mental health issues, who long for a place to share from their heart. Learn how your congregation might benefit from this ministry.
Recommended Resources for this Workshop:Universalist Recovery Church; UU Addictions Ministry; PNWD Addictions Ministry Project; Small Group Ministry; Vision for Congregations and Beyond; Congregations and Beyond Document, Rev. Peter Morales. Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation- UU Mental Health History.
Option C: Preaching and the Worship Arts
Rev. Lois Van Leer
A "how to" workshop for lay persons who want to know what goes into creating a sermon and moving a worship service to a new level of creativity.  Senior aged youth and above are welcome to participate.
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: The Relational Pulpit by Scott Alexander; "Preaching for the Lay Person" article by Marilyn Sewell in Issues 3&4 2013 Congregations Magazine; The Shared Pulpit by Erika Hewitt; Curating Worship by Jonny Baker; Altars for Everyone: Worship Designs on Any Budget by Nancy C. Townley.
Option D: Facilitating a Poetry Class in Your Congregation
Rev. Bruce Bode
This workshop will share a simple method for facilitating adult RE poetry classes in your congregation (by either lay members or ministers). Classes of 5-8 weeks focus on single poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, and Billy Collins.
Option E: Why Is This All So Ministerious?
UU Ministers Association Representatives
Members of the UUMA Pacific NW Chapter will answer questions about preparation for UU ministry, including the seminary experience, career and psychological assessment, demonstrating required competencies, achieving and maintaining fellowship with the UUA, ordination, purpose of the UU Ministers Association, role of the UUMA "Good Offices," and reflections on the emotional intelligence and resiliency necessary for excellence in ministry. Janine Larsen, PNWD District Executive, will moderate and offer perspectives on District and UUA resources. Suitable for congregational leaders, search teams, committees on ministry, and aspirants/candidates to UU ministry.
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: Fulfilling the Call: A Model of Ministry in the 21st Century.
Option F: Beloved Community: Spiritual Practices for Building a New Way
Rev. Deborah Holder, Rev. Amy Moses-Lagos, & Rev. Judy Zimmerman 
Beloved Community is a prophetic religious vision that can focus our attention, direct our actions, and sustain hope in all areas of congregational life. Grounded in our covenantal tradition, these four sessions progress from setting a theological foundation for building and sustaining beloved community, to establishing concrete spiritual practices that encourage internally strong, externally focused congregations, to exploring theologies that support the practice of compassionate communication, and finally, to participating in experiential activities that give an overview of the basic skills of compassionate communication. [We highly recommend that Option F be regarded as a focused track. Each session builds on material presented in prior sessions, and material will not be repeated across sessions.]
 
 
Session Three 

Option A: CANCELLED 8/15  Socially Responsible Investing and Fossil Fuel Divestment/Reinvestment
Robert Beekman & Ryan Jones-Casey
Come learn about strategies used in the Sustainable and Responsible Investing (SRI) movement. We’ll discuss how congregations and individuals are aligning their investments with their progressive values through screening, shareholder advocacy, and community investing. We’ll also discuss considerations for investors concerned about climate change, including fossil fuel divestment/reinvestment options available to investors of all sizes.
Option B: You Just Can't Fight Fire with Fire: Intersections of Oppression and Compassion
Slim Moon & Theresa Soto 
This workshop will focus on sharpening skills of interrupting oppression. How can people who are committed to love keep Unitarian Universalist spaces free of oppressive language? Can we interrupt oppression without stifling expression? How do we stay in right relationship? This workshop will explain, demonstrate, and allow participants to practice. 
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: YouTube-"Interrupting Oppression" PSA by SYLC (2013); Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Tatum; Interrupting-Oppression: Give Them a Way Out 
Option C: Worshipping with Our Minds Wide Open
Rev. Kate Landis & Chris Pollina
There are eight ways of experiencing the world, eight distinct intelligences. Traditional worship stimulates two, or on a good day three. There are so many other great ways to explore! Join Rev. Kate Landis and DRE Chris Polina in an interactive, creative workshop aimed at opening our minds to worship that engages all eight intelligences.
Option D: Committee on Ministry Training
Janine Larsen, PNWD District Executive with the Healthy Congregations Team
This workshop will review the purpose and practices of the Committee on Ministry - its role in a congregation (even those without professional ministers), new choices for the COM structure and function, the role of the ministers and boards in working with the COM, and a suggested scope of skill development for COM members.
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: Appendix 6, Moving on from Church Folly Lane, by the Rev. Robert Latham.
Option E: Keys to Successful Administration of Religious Education Programs
Annie Scott & Kathy Stevenson
Successful Religious Education Programs depend on unique administrative tasks. This workshop will address your individual questions and challenges, as well as present an array of information about teacher recruitment and training, database upkeep, safety policies and practices, calendaring, and the spiritual work of administration.
Option F: Beloved Community: Compassionate Communication - I 
  Rev. Deb Holder, Rev. Amy Moses-Lagos, & Rev. Judy Zimmerman
Beloved Community is a prophetic religious vision that can focus our attention, direct our actions, and sustain hope in all areas of congregational life. Grounded in our covenantal tradition, these four sessions progress from setting a theological foundation for building and sustaining beloved community, to establishing concrete spiritual practices that encourage internally strong, externally focused congregations, to exploring theologies that support the practice of compassionate communication, and finally, to participating in experiential activities that give an overview of the basic skills of compassionate communication. [We highly recommend that Option F be regarded as a focused track. Each session builds on material presented in prior sessions, and material will not be repeated across sessions.]
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: (All are optional to read before the workshop) Alexander, S.(1999) Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life. Boston, MA: Skinner House Books. Rosenberg, M.B. (2003); Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (2nd Edition). Encinitas, CA: Puddledancer Press. Sivaraska, S.(2005) Conflict, Culture, Change. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications; 2010 Statement of Conscience on Peacemaking.
 
 
Session Four 

Option A: Amplifying Our Voices Throughout the State
Gretchen Faulstich & Jolinda Stephens
Our congregations are actively involved in many important social action projects. This workshop will provide attendees with a model for sustaining activist commitment through collaborating with other UU congregations and interacting with state legislators in ways that focus on relationship-building and issue education. (Addendum 9-2-14: Leave Discovery Day with a plan for how to introduce the new Common Read for the coming year to your congregation and use it to enhance the advocacy of your social justice ministry. Use it to bring the whole congregation into alignment and explore the ways that our voices become more powerful when our congregations work together. The Common Read, the book UU's across the country will be reading this year, is Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square by Paul Rasor.)
Option B: Healthy Conversations: An intergenerational approach to addiction & mental health
Rev. David Maynard & Rev. Patti Pomerantz
How do we welcome and support individuals with addiction and/or mental health issues and their families? How do we bring youth and young adults into the conversation? How do we find and share resources throughout the district?
Recommended Resources for this Workshop:UU Addiction's Ministry Handbook by Robert Meachem; Spirituality of Imperfection by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham; One Breath at a Time by Kevin Griffin A Skeptic's Guide to the 12 Steps by Phillip Z;  "The Neurobiology of Addiction"; Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos by Bucky Sinister Dharma Punx Noah Levine
Option C: Lay Led Worship in Smaller Congregations
Rev. Kate Landis & Rev. Carmen McDowell
What are we doing when we gather on Sunday morning? How can you and the rest of your Sunday service planning team create a dynamic experience for your congregation, without breaking the bank? Through storytelling, lecture, and discussion, the Revs. Carmen and Kate (both ministers in smaller congregations) will give you both the big picture and concrete tips. Bring a sample order of service.
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: Advice on Worship and Sermons from the Rev. James Kubal-Komoto; Worship That Works: Theory and Practice for Unitarian Universalists, Kathleen Rolenz and Wayne ArnasonArticulating Your UU Faith: A Five-Session Course, Barbara Wells and Jaco Ten Hove
Option D: Stewardship for the Nervous: Let’s Talk About Money!
Paul Blackburn, PNWD Stewardship Volunteer
Meeting our pledge goals each year is a stressful task, and asking for money intimidates many people. Let's talk about ways to make this easier.
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: Beyond Fundraising by Wayne Clark; Giving: The Sacred Act by Lauren Tyler Wright
Option E: Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Endings
 Lynne Bacon & Niya Standish
Now that your congregation has hired this great person, what can you do to keep the relationship on track and running smoothly? Or, perhaps it is time for leave-taking for whatever reason, i.e., retirement, budget cuts, etc. How do you begin and end gracefully and compassionately? Make sure your practices are mission-driven and support your values. Whether you are professional hired staff, volunteer leadership, committee chair, or on the personnel committee, this workshop will help you gain insights on: healthy working relationships, clearly defining roles and expectations, professional boundaries, and procedures for transitions. Two veteran religious educators will share with you the best practices for both beginning and ending a staff or lay leader position with the church. 
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: Review the UUA website, Careers and Callings, Congregational Staff and Volunteers.

Option F: Beloved Community: Compassionate Communication - II
Rev. Deborah Holder, Rev. Amy Moses-Lagos, & Rev. Judy Zimmerman 
Beloved Community is a prophetic religious vision that can focus our attention, direct our actions, and sustain hope in all areas of congregational life. Grounded in our covenantal tradition, these four sessions progress from setting a theological foundation for building and sustaining beloved community, to establishing concrete spiritual practices that encourage internally strong, externally focused congregations, to exploring theologies that support the practice of compassionate communication, and finally, to participating in experiential activities that give an overview of the basic skills of compassionate communication. [We highly recommend that Option F be regarded as a focused track. Each session builds on material presented in prior sessions, and material will not be repeated across sessions.]
Recommended Resources for this Workshop: (All are optional to read before the workshop) Alexander, S.(1999) Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life. Boston, MA: Skinner House Books. Rosenberg, M.B. (2003); Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (2nd Edition). Encinitas, CA: Puddledancer Press. Sivaraska, S.(2005) Conflict, Culture, Change. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications; 2010 Statement of Conscience on Peacemaking.
 
 
 
 

Questions? Email Lori Ragona, Training & Communications Specialist, Pacific Western Region: lragona@uua.org.

 

 



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