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Transitions announced

Jenn Hagedorn is the new pastor of Spirit of Peace UCC in Sammamish.

Simon de Vol is the new bridge pastor at Suquamish UCC.

Sophie Morse was ordained on Nov. 8 into the specialized ministry of Conflict Consulting for faith organizations. She will be in covenant with the Suquamish Church, the Pacific Northwest Conference, the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County, and an independent Support and Accountability Board.

The United Church Renton hosted the Oct. 3 ordination service for Trina Banks, affirming her ministry as a chaplain and authorized minister in the UCC. In 1990, in the Seattle area, she began working with African Americans affected by HIV/AIDS. Over 30 years, her work included helping found Sojourner Truth Ministries Church, serving on the ministerial team at Liberation UCC, and serving as a clinical chaplain at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. In 2017, she earned a master of divinity degree from Seattle University, School of Theology and Ministry. She completed a clinical pastoral education residency as a hospice chaplain with CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care.

B. JoAnne Conard died on Oct. 11. The youngest of four daughters of the pastor of All Pilgrims Congregational Church (now All Pilgrims Christian Church), she earned a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and master’s from Berkeley Divinity School for a career in Christian education. That took her to Ohio, Colorado, California and Hawaii. She moved to Seattle in the mid-1980’s and worked at Richmond Beach Congregational Church and then as the coordinator of the Conference Resource Center at the conference office on Capitol Hill and later on Beacon Hill. JoAnne was a member of Broadview UCC and later University Congregational UCC. She lived at Horizon House.


Men’s Retreat is Jan. 29-30

The 2021 PNW-UCC Men’s Retreat will be a virtual gathering Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30.  It will be the men’s 30th retreat, said organizer Rick Russell.

“Not surprisingly, it will be different this year. The retreat will be held online. It will be shorter, starting Friday evening and ending on Saturday evening, but many of our traditions will not change, including music, small group discussions and the Wisdom Circle,” Rick said.

Friday evening will include a welcome, worship and breakout discussion groups on how the pandemic is affecting the men’s spiritual lives.

Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., Phil Porter of InterPlay in Berkeley will lead the program on the theme, “Embodiment in a Disembodied Time.”

“I don’t have to tell you that we’re living in challenging times,” said Phil. “A steady stream of situations, crises, happenings and wonderments swirls around us. We are traversing new territory without much of a road map.  When things change, it is important for us to look anew at how we’re living in the world. What creates stress? What creates grace? How are we “in our bodies.” It may be time to reevaluate.”

Through idea-sharing, helpful tools, storytelling, personal reflection and wisdom sharing, men will explore ways to enhance their sense of being in their bodies, embrace their humanity, invite mystery, celebrate their connections with each other.

Phil is the co-founder and co-director of InterPlay, an organization and movement that has spread around the world. He is an ordained UCC minister and served on the staff of First Congregational Church of Berkeley for more than 20 years. He is a visual artist, graphic designer, composer, author and self-proclaimed “body intellectual.”

He will share tools and practices that can help men embrace who they are and how they are in the world, including ideas about body data, body knowledge, body wisdom, inner authority and the physicality of grace. He has also recently developed new skills in making Zoom meetings lively, enjoyable and revelatory, said Rick.

The 2021 Men’s Retreat Planning Committee includes Paul Withington, Don Jenkins, Jim Gaudino, Larry Kiriluk, Hans Dankers, Wes Huffman and Rick.Don Bell of Plymouth UCC and Ed Coleman of University Congregational UCC will be the Zoom masters.

Communities of Practice still has openings

Communities of Practice 2020-2021, which continues to June 30, 2021, still has openings.  Registration ends March 15.

The 2020-21 Communities of Practice program began Oct. 1 with all meetings virtual. Participants are from the Montana-North Wyoming Conference and the Central Pacific Conference, as well as the Pacific Northwest Conference. Some groups will be virtual even if COVID restrictions allow in-person gatherings.

Brigitta Remole is shepherding the program this year. For information, email

The $50 registration fee is non-refundable. The balance of $225 is due by March 1, 2020.

To register, email Cameron Sharp at


Annual Meeting planning is underway for spring

The Annual Meeting 2021 is on. Hillary Coleman, PNC Board moderator invites people to plan to join with others in the PNC-UCC.

“We’ll be gathering virtually on or around the weekend of April 24,” she said.  “Conference staff and leadership are planning our time together and will soon be able to share more details, as well as open registration.

“There will be a cost for registration, so we can put on a quality event, especially with the added tech coordination that will be needed,” Hillary added.

For information, call 205-725-8383, email or visit


Weekly meetings continue

The PNC continues to hold weekly meetings on,

Courtney’s Office Hour is 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and her Community Office Hour is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays.

Worshipping together when we can’t be together is from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays.

Pastoral Care: Care During an Outbreak is 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., first and third Wednesdays.

Children and Youth Ministers (through the Rocky Mountain Conference) meet weekly at 1 p.m., Wednesdays.

The Moderators Meeting is 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays; Church Administration and Fiduciary Considerstions is 1 to 2:30 p.m., Fridays, and Fun Friday Pastors Hour is 4 to 5 p.m., Fridays.

For information, call 206-725-8383 ext. 101 or visit


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