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Transitions announced

The Rev. David Krueger-Duncan was installed in May at Cheney UCC.

The Rev. Elsa Peters was installed May 19 as pastor at the United Churches of Olympia.

The Rev. Jane Sorenson was installed June 22, joining her husband, the Rev. Tom Sorenson, as co-pastor at Monroe Congregational UCC.

The Rev. Herb Dimock, 99, retired UCC pastor, died June 11.


Baptist peace gathering set

The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America Summer Conference, “Entertaining Angels: Peacemaking through Radical Hospitality,” will be held July 15 to 20 at Gonzaga University in Spokane.  Speakers and workshops will explore hospitality, inclusion and justice.  A donor is providing free registration and half-price meals and room for people of color for the first 100 attendees who request it. 

For information, call 704-521-6051 or visit  


Environmental Justice workshop canceled

The Environmental Justice Workshop planned for July 19 to 21 at Pilgrim Firs in Port Orchard has been canceled.

For information, contact


2014 Festival of Preaching set

The Festival of Preaching Northwest 2014 on “Preaching in a Post-Modern World” is April 28 to May 1 in Seattle.  Featured preachers/teachers will include Debbie Blue, Lillian Daniel, Anna Carter Florence, James Forbes, Tony Jones, Heidi Neumark, Fleming Rutledge, Scott Kister, Jose Morales, Melissa Skelton and Will Willimon.  Registration begins Sept. 1.

For information, visit www.festivalof


Rebuilding teams helping

Bergen County (Moonachie and Little Ferry), New Jersey, is receiving volunteer work groups to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy last November.  For information, visit

July lecture planned

Reza Aslan, writer and scholar of religions and founder of, an online journal of Middle East and world news and entertainment, will give the University Congregational UCC Lecture Series lecture at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 28, at the church 4515 16th Ave., NE, in Seattle

He will speak on “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.”  For information, call 206-524-6255 ext. 3447 or email


Justice Witness Ministries seeks young adult Interns

Applications are still being accepted for openings for two more young adults, ages 21 to 30, to participate in the 2013-2014 team of social justice volunteers in Seattle.  The year of service runs from late August 2013 through early August 2014, said Lauren Cannon of the PNC Justice and Witness Ministries Committee.

For information, contact Rich Gamble at 206-632-60212 or email


Camp registration continues

Registration for camps at Pilgrim Firs at Port Orchard and at N-Sid-Sen on Lake Coeur d’Alene continues.

With the “All things New” curriculum for all summer camps, Mark Boyd, managing director at N-Sid-Sen, said campers and counselors will seek God in each moment through new friends and new adventures.

N-Sid-Sen camp dates are: Kids Camp, July 7 to 10; Intermediate Camp, July 7 to 13; Senior High Camp, July 14 to 20, Family Camp 1, July 28 to Aug. 3; Junior High Camp, Aug. 4 to 10, and Family Camp 2, Aug. 11 to 17.

Pilgrim Firs dates are: Kids Camp, July 21 to 24; Intermediate Camp, July 14 to 20; Senior High Camp, June 30 to July 6; Junior High Camp, July 7 to 13 and Family Camp, Aug. 18 to 22.

Registration is on the UltraCamp Site, available by clicking “register for camp” on the, and websites.  

For information, call Mark Boyd at 800-844-3489 or Deeg Nelson at Pilgrim Firs at 360-876-2031. 


Building funding event set

The national UCC Church Building and Loan Fund will hold a “Partners in Building” event Oct. 18 and 19 in Seattle on the theme, “Does Your church Need Money?  God Is Still Building (and we’re here to help).” 

The session will include information on the process and requirements involved in property ownership and renovation, selection and purchase of real estate, insuring a church, architectural design and greening, the loan approval process, financial reporting and capital campaigns.

For information, call Shaena Ragin at 216-736-3822 or by email or call Sheila Kinzer at 216-736-3829 or by email at, or visit


Plymouth Church has library

Plymouth Church in Seattle has a library with more than 5,500 books on religion, general interest, biography, fiction, and nonfiction for adults,  young adults and children.  It includes materials on teaching and parenting selected with the UCC community in mind.

The Plymouth Church Library Committee is exploring ways to share the library online with the wider community, such as serving as a lending library to members of PNC congregations, who can search for materials online and borrow them by ordering them by email.  Items would be mailed by media mail with a return envelope. 

For information, call 206-622-4865 or email


Women’s Retreat is Nov. 1-3

“Celebrate the Joyful Journey!” is the theme for the 2013 Northwest Regional Women’s Retreat, which will be held Nov. 1 to 2 at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort in Warm Springs, Ore.  The keynote speaker is Da Vita McCallister, a partner, mother, ordained minister, entrepreneur, philanthropist, writer and advocate for youth and young adults.

 Workshops are on spiritual energy, spiritual dance, holistic sexuality, health truth, geologic time, liturgical art, finger drawing, writing memoirs, spiritual discernment, coming alive and chakra balancing.

For information, or visit

Copyright @ June-July 2103 Pacific Northwest United Church of Christ Conference News.


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