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Global Ministries Issues • Global Partner Visits • Disaster Relief

Spring 2023

Leda Zakarison is reporting to area churches about her experiences as Global Ministries intern in Beirut, Lebanon.

Fall 2022

Dawn Koloi shares the story of her journey into ministry at Seattle Samoan church and with PNW Conference.

Spring 2022

Fauntleroy UCC resettles a single woman refugee from Iran because they had a studio apartment space to offer.
Shalom UCC partners with Tri Cities Immigrant Coalitionin Richland to resettle 17 Afghan refugees since September 2021.
Richmond Beach UCC set up a Circle of Welcome with two other churches to help resettle an Afghan family of 10.
Plymouth UCC in Seattle provided a sewing machine for the mother in the Afghan refugee family they are assisting.
University and Prospect UCC churches in Seattle share in resettling an Afghan family and taking a welcoming meal.
News Briefs include report on Jubilee Justice, Global Ministries, Women's Retreat and national UCC events and opportunities.

Fall 2021

Puerto Rican couple serve as Global Ministries mission co-workers with Justapaz, the PNC-DOC partner in Colombia.

Spring 2021

Annual Meeting to vote on agreement to begin a partnership with Justapaz and CEDECOL in Colombia.

Winter 2020

Ed Evans was among 16 in a Global Ministry partnership exploration virtual pilgrimage via video to Colombia.

Summer 2020

Global Ministries Committee arranges gift for Sri Lankan church, sets up a virtual pilgrimage to Colombia.


Fall 2019

Michael Joseph visits PNC and Disciples region to share about work for justice and peace in Colombia.


Summer 2019

Michael Joseph visits PNC/Disciples churches to tell of Global Ministries peace work in Colombia.


April-May 2019

Team of 25 from PNC and DOC help with rebuilding projects for week in Puerto Rico to help people recover from hurricanes.
Paul Ashby spends time engaging in interfaith dialogue in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Taiwan.
Faith Leaders in Spokane join in vigils at temple and mosque, challenge Superfund sites in Inland Northwest.
PNC churches collect funds to send to Global Ministries for relief and recovery after Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.


January-March 2019

Randy Crowe recruits volunteers for hurricane rebuilding pilgrimage mission in Puerto Rico in March.
Paul Ashby embarks on sabbatical peace mission and interfaith dialogue in Asian countries.


November 2018

Loren McGrail will visit UCC and Disciples churches to share of her work with the YWCA in Palestine.
Broadview UCC shares in at ecumenical Day of the Deadworship with Lutheran and Episcopal neighbors.

September 2018

Global mission co-workerwill be available to speak in churches about her work with the YWCA in Palestine.
Ruth Calkins of Newport writes book about taking her dachshund, Max, for a humanitarian visit in Malawi.

Summer 2018

Ed Evans reports on Korean churches' involvement in encouraging the North-South Korea ties, and summit with U.S.


April-May 2018

Mission co-worker in Hong Kong visits PNC churches to tell of his work for human rights in Asia.


September-October 2017

South Korean partners call for an end to the war of words so there can be progress towards a peace treaty.

Summer 2017

PNC global partners in East Seoul Presbytery share concerns about military tensions on the Korean peninsula.
PNC couple volunteered to teach English with Global Ministries partners in Sri Lanka for three months in 2017.

April 2017

Kim and Eric Free learned to listen and learn about local people in Mozambique before starting projects.


February 2017

Erik and Kim Free Erik and Kim Free visit in Northwest churches to tell about their work with Global Ministries in Mozambique.
Mary Olney Two members of All Pilgrimsspend three months in Sri Lanka as volunteers with UCC/Disciples Global Ministries.

November-December 2015

kmbris bond Kmbris Bond helps Ten Thousand Villages Store in Seattle be successful.
eliza penik Eliza Penick promotes Heifer International projects to address poverty and community.
bob porter Bob Porter returns to Sri Lanka 17 years after he served there as a missionary.

September-October 2015

peace flags Pilgrim Firs campers learn about experiences of Syrian youth in refugee camps.

Korea invites delegates

Global partners in Seoulinvite UCC and Disciples to send regional delegation in May.

June-July 2015

nsidsenstaff N-Sid-Sen welcomes young adults from three countries through Camp America.
john deckenback John Deckenback reflectson history of missionaries and churches in Inland NW.
tom kobin Marshall Islands UCC shares with Annual Meeting its music and story of its islands.


Winter 2023-24

Mary Stamp marks 40th year of editing The Fig Tree ecumenical newspaper. She has also edited PNC-UCC news since 1988.
Guemes Island UCC hosts a social justice art show for the community and passes statement on the war in Israel and Palestine.
Corey Passons led workshops at Parliament of World Religions from experience as interfaith pastor and interfaith organizer.
Elizabeth Maupin reports on Parliament of World Religions. She attended because of role with Issaqual interfaith council.


Fall 2023

Global Ministries Committee announces that two global partners will visit the PNC and attend Annual Meeting in April.

Winter 2022

Mission co-workers in Colombia, Alex Maldonado Lizardi and Xiomara Cintrón Garcia, share praayer, ideas.

Summer 2022

Global Ministries group joins in a Zoom meeting with leader of Justapaz and learns of plans for 30th anniversary in September.

Summer 2021

Transitions, Disciples classes, General Synod climate webinar and global partnership with Colombia are announded.

Fall 2020

PNC Global Ministries plans virtual pilgrimage 'to' Colombia for 16 participants from the UCC and Disciples of Christ.

Wade Zick shares role of the arts and music in the life of Pilgrim Firs, about 65 percent of groups using the camp.


April-May 2015

dee eisenhauer Dee Eisenhauer visits Holy Land for first time to learn more about Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
mozambique road Global Ministries offers opportunities to learn about East Timor and Mozambique.
prayer flags Prayer flags peace messages connect junior high campers and Syrian refugee youth in Jordan.

February-March 2015

Global MInistries Committee writes letter of solidarity to a church in Seoul, South Korea.

December 2013

mfanefile Mission partners recall their experiences in South Africa when Nelson Mandela was freed.
new orleans Jim Spraker reports on fall visit to New Orleans to see how recovery from Katrina is going.

September-October 2013

ana and tod gobledale Mission associates share about life in two churches they serve in London, England.
Linda gasparovic Linda Gasparovic will attend Bossey's Ecumenical Institute for semester of study.
clint cannon Ruth Cannon gives gift to honor her late husband, Clint Cannon's, involvement in global ministries.


Carlos Madrazo retires after 55 years of global ministries service, most recently in East Timor.

June-July 2013

Mary Margaret Pruitt Korean delegates present portrait of Mary Margaret and Paul Pruitt as part of 20th anniversary of ties.

Febuary 2013

Jeffrey Mensendiek Jeffrey Mensendiek shares his mission work in Japan during recent itineration in region.
Marvin Eckfeldt Marvin Eckfeldt reports on Global Ministries Committee's work with itinerations, promoting Global Mission church covenants.

December 2011

UCC churches reach out PNC treasurer's experiences in China, Dominican Republic and Haiti open her to trust as books close for the year.
Jerry Hargitt Jerry Hargitt's monthly column reports on use of funds for Our Church's Wider Mission and One Great Hour of Sharing.

October 2011

Doug and Liz Searles Couple in mission raise concern about plight of Roma in Europe and the issues for the marginalized Polish Reformed Church.
Kirkland Peace Pole Kirkland UCC's peace pole is readily visible to people who walk or drive by the church, which is near downtown.
Korean visitor in canoe South Korean young women interact with about 50 young adults in the PNC as part of their global partner visit in July.

Summer 2011

Wesley teens repair roof Yakama Christian Mission seeks volunteers to help rebuild homes after February firestorm.
Ken Colman
Ken Colman represents PNC on ecumenical Washington disaster relief and recovery agencies.
Young adults from Seoul, South Korea,visit PNC July 20 to 26, with plans to meet with young adults in the region.

April 2011

Mary Charles Need for rebuilding in New Orleans continues, but national UCC funding for it is running out.

Korean visit

PNC and Korean young adults meetin July to engage in dialogue on issues of concern in their faith lives.

February 2011

Afghanistan petition Peace Action Group prepared petition to end war in Afghanistan. Church sent 250 signatures.
Jerry Montgomery Jerry Montgomery helps churches adopt soldiers serving in Afghanistan and keeps them in contact through online media.
Gale Peterson Gale Peterson discusses how mission and stewardship empower children to live their faith.

December 2009

Robbie Paul Robbie Paul shares her sacred story of going to sacred spaces to heal history of unresolved grief of Native Americans.
Alison Stendahl Alison Stendahl converses online with PNC's Global Ministries Committee. She serves at a school in Turkey.

Global Partner

Retired German pastor gives insights 20 years after fall of Berlin wall.

September 2009

terry provance Global Ministries Committee encourages investments through Oikocredit in the lives of people.



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