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Alison Stendahl visits PNC during September

The Pacific Northwest UCC Conference and the Northwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will host missionary Alison Stendahl, who has served in Turkey, for congregation and cluster visits during September. 

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Alison Stendahl

Alison, whose home church is University Congregational UCC in Seattle, is retiring this summer to Pilgrim Place in Claremont, Calif., after 34 years of public education service with the Near East Mission in Istanbul. 

She has served in a joint appointment of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Global Ministries.

The joint regional UCC/DOC Global Ministries Committee is developing a schedule for her four weeks of itineration in the region. 

Before entering mission, Allison taught math for a year at Zillah High School, four years at Tonasket High School, and two years at Bush School in Seattle.

She was assigned through the United Church Board for World Ministries to the Izmir Amerikan Lisesi from 1980 to 1985, and to the Uskudar Amerikan Kiz Lisesi in Istanbul as a math teacher and academic dean from 1985 to 1989. 

From 1991 to 1995, she was head of the math department at that school and involved with the Christian-Muslim Relationship Program.  She was head of the math department there and developed a church history program at Bithynia Bible College from 1996 to 2001.  

Since then, she has served at Uskudar Amerikan Kiz Lisesi as academic dean and math teacher.

 In addition to speaking to congregations, she will speak to service clubs, student groups and other settings on the political situation in Turkey. 

For information, email Mary Margaret Pruitt at or Marvin Eckfeldt at


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