Search PNC News for stories of people and churches in our UCC Conference:

Transitions announced

Tamara Roberts will be ordained Oct. 27 at University Congregational UCC in Seattle.

 B. Yuki Schwartz was ordained Sept. 8 as pastor of Keystone United Church of Christ in Seattle.

Allysa De Wolf was installed Aug. 18 as pastor at Wayside UCC in Federal Way.

David Nelson, a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School who served UCC churches in Tonasket, Ferndale, University Place, Cathlamet and Newport, died July 22 at Horizon House in Seattle.  He also served churches in Colton, Calif., and Hooksett, N.H., and was an annuitant visitor after retiring from Newport UCC. Services were Sept. 8 at Horizon House.

Kunnan Chen, who passed away on June 14, was called as the first pastor of at the Taiwanese Christian Church (UCC), serving from 1991 until his retirement in 2004. A memorial service was held on July 13, at Bellevue Taiwanese Christian Church.

Gerald Montgomery, an ordained UCC pastor whose professional life included working with military personnel returning from conflict in the Middle East, died on June 19. His memorial service was Aug. 3 at University Congregational UCC in Seattle, where he was active. 


Boundary Training is Sept. 23

The PNC Committee on Ministry has added another Boundary Training for clergy 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 23, at the Congregational Church on Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way.

Clergy and members in discernment who have not done Boundary Training since 2015, except inactive retired clergy, are required to take this training or an approved alternative Boundary Training this year to maintain ministerial standing.

Registration is available online at

For information, call 425-495-0628 or email Westside Committee on Ministry co-chair Peggy Derick at Members in Discernment contact Courtney Stange-Tregear at 206-725-8383, ext. 103, or email


Justice Jubilee seeks people

Justice Leadership Jubilee is a program of the PNCUCC designed to help people grow in their justice advocacy skills and focus. Jubilee is an intentional 10-month commitment for adults who want to develop their faith and learn systemic change skills with a community of their peers and connecting with a community justice agency and involvement with their local church.

Christine Hanson, the program manager for Justice Leadership Jubilee invites people to apply.

For information, call 509-679-7430, email or visit justiceleadershipjubilee on Facebook.


National Youth Event set

United Church of Christ’s 2020 National Youth Event will take place July 22 to 25 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. This four-day event for young people ages 12 to 22 is the largest denominational gathering, often bringing in 4,000 participants.  The time together is centered on faith, leadership, service and social justice to empower our youth and young adults.

Organizers seek youth and young adults to submit original pieces by Sept. 15 for use in worship materials—poems, prayers, song lyrics, devotions, reflections, drawings, paintings and other art, said Trayve Potter, UCC minister for youth and young adults.

For information, email or visit


Women’s retreat is Nov. 1-3

The Northwest Regional Women’s Retreat XII on the theme “Wade in the Water” will be held Nov. 1 to 3 at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Ore.

The Central Pacific Conference and Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ gather women for a regional fall retreat, meeting at a new venue to share renewal, spiritual growth and fellowship.

The keynote speaker will be Kristy Haines, coordinator of spiritual formation at Forest Grove UCC.

For information, visit


Mediation training offered

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), a practical workshop for clergy and other church leaders that teaches participants how to deal with interpersonal, congregational and other forms of group conflict, will be hosted from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Oct. 14 to 18 at Calvary Lutheran in Federal Way.

Early-birds registering by Sept. 13, save $200 off the $895 registration.

For information, call 630-627-0507, register at or visit


CROP Walks mark 50th

CROP Hunger Walks have involved people in PNCUCC congregations in stepping up to end hunger since 1969.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the national CROP Hunger Walk movement, CROP Hunger Walks continue to raise millions of dollars each year to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger.

In each CROP Hunger Walk community, 25 percent of money raised comes back to local agencies. Across the country, more than 1,600 local agencies receive funds from CROP Hunger Walks

This year some 800 communities nationwide are joining in interfaith CROP Hunger Walks around the theme “Stepping up to End Hunger Since 1969.” The CROP Hunger Walk was started in 1969 by a group of energized young people in Bismarck, North Dakota who wanted to mobilize their community to fight global hunger.

Today, the CROP Hunger Walk is a national movement raising funds for the global hunger-fighting work of Church World Service and local hunger-fighting agencies. Last year, events raised more than $8 million dollars.

The Eagle Harbor UCC participates in the Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Walk on Sept. 22, the same day as the Snohomish CROP Hunger Walk. Northshore UCC is in Woodinville’s walk on Sept. 28. First Congregational UCC joins Bellevue’s walk Sept 29. The Fauntleroy and Alki UCC participate in the Seattle and the Kent CROP Hunger Walks are Oct. 6.

United Christian joined Renton’s walk May 6.

For information, visit


Clergy robes, books free

Clergy robes, a set of Gabelein commentaries and some liturgical color stoles are available for someone 6-foot 4 tall with broad shoulders. Items will be available Oct. 18 at the PNC Fall Gathering or call Becky Anderson at 509-770-3830 or email


Pacific NW United Church News copyright © Fall 2019


Share this article on your favorite social media Bookmark and Share