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Loren McGrail has full schedule of church visits

UCC minister, theologian, poet and visual artist Loren McGrail recently returned from Palestine, where she served the YWCA on behalf of Global Ministries.  She will preach, teach and give presentations throughout the Pacific Northwest UCC Conference and Northwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Loren McGrail visits UCC and Disciples churches in region. Photo courtesy of Global Ministries.

The PNC-UCC and NW-DOC Global Ministries Committee has arranged her itineration.

In addition to presentations, she will exhibit her art and lead a workshop on assemblage, which is art created out of found objects.

Her art exhibit, “Unexpected Joy,” incorporates both visual art and writing related to her work in Palestine. She describes herself as a “modern day salvager making meaning and art out of things broken and lost.”

It opens with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at University Congregational UCC, 4515 16th St. N.E. in Seattle.

The art workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 17, at University Congregational UCC in Seattle.  Her art will be on exhibit all day.

She will read her poetry and other readings at a reception from 3 to 5 p.m., before people view her collection of assemblages. 

Working in a locale where violence is a fact of life, both her imagery and her writings reference this reality. 

 From 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 17 in the chapel, Loren will teach about the art of assemblage – building a piece of art from found objects. 

University Congregational UCC’s Advent worship theme, “Unexpected Joy,” will be the focus for this workshop on finding joy in unexpected places.

 Those who attend are to collect and bring objects and images that bring them joy.

Items brought to the workshop will become a permanent part of the art participants create and will be glued or varnished to a rigid surface.

 For information, call 206-524-2322 or email or

On Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 12 and 13, Loren is staying in Everett with Ruth Brandon of the PNC/DOC Global Ministries Committee—425-220-2476 

Loren will go to Ferndale for a joint program at 2:30, Tuesday, Nov. 13, with the Ferndale UCC and First Christian DOC of Bellingham at the Ferndale UCC, 2034 Washington St. For information call 360-201-7253.

 At 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, she will give a presentation at Lake Washington Christian Church, 343 15th Ave., in Kirkland with the Kirkland Congregational UCC. For information, call 425-822-4637 or email  The two Kirkland churches will arrange overnight housing and breakfast for her.

 From Nov. 15 to 17, Loren will stay with her daughter in Seattle.  

 From noon to 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, Loren will lead a faith study program at Plymouth UCC in Seattle. For information, call 206-382-3785 or

 On Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18 and 19, Mary Olney-Loyd of the Global Ministries Committee will host Loren at a Monday, Nov. 19, clergy group meeting and lunch in Seattle and for a noon luncheon and program for the Pugetarians, retired clergy and spouses, at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Horizon House, 900 University St. in Seattle.  For information, call 206-291-8953 or email

 She will be with her family in Seattle from Wednesday to Saturday, Nov 21 to 24.

 Loren will preach and give a program from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, at Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave. South in Seattle.   For information, call 206-725-7535 or email 

Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 26 and 27, Loren will stay with Mary Margaret Pruitt at Horizon House, where she will give an 11 a.m. program to residents on Monday.

Loren will give a program at a potluck from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Prospect Congregational UCC, 119 E. Prospect in Seattle.  For information, call 206-370-4142 or email

Then she will lead an evening program on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Wayside UCC, 2000 SW Dash Point Road in FederalWay.  For information, email

On Nov. 29, 30 or Dec. 1, depending on weather, a member of the Global Ministries Committee will transport Loren to Othello, where she will preach and give a program beginning at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Dec 2, at Othello Christian Church, 915 E. Rainier. For information, call 509-488-2208 or email

Next is an evening program on Monday, Dec 3, at Newport United Church of Christ, 430 W. Third St. For information, call 509-770-3830 or email or

North Hill Christian Church, 4620 N. Post in Spokane, will host her at 6 p.m.  For information, call 509-326-5400 or email

Loren will return to Seattle on Wednesday, Dec. 5.  Her daughter will drive her to Portland on Dec 7 to continue presentations there.

For information, call 425-220-2476 or email


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