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Transitions announced

Genevieve Heywood completed her ministry at the Congregational Church of Sunnyvale UCC and began her ministry in June at Veradale UCC in Spokane Valley.

Prospect UCC has called Meighan Pritchard as their pastor.  She also serves as UCC minister for environmental justice.

Tom Colwell, a member of Plymouth Church in Seattle for 46 years who brought vocal and guitar music to worship, retreats, camps and PNC Annual Meetings, died March 16.  He was teacher, and executive coach in health care and academics.

Christopher Hayward will be ordained at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 13, at Veradale United Church of Christ.

Walter Lynn (Tex) Williams, the husband of the Rev. Trish Knorpp-Williams, died March 1.  

Carol and Bill Stanley, who have long been active in the life and leadership of PNC, have moved to Charlotte, N.C. to be near their sons and grandchildren.


Two polity courses offered

UCC Course of Studies at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio is sponsoring a UCC History, Polity and Theology Online Course Sept. 20 to Dec. 20.

The instructors are the Rev. Brice Thomas, coordinator for UCC House of Studies at United, and Robert Sandman, former SONKA, Ohio Conference moderator, UCC Executive Council and chairperson for Office of General Ministries Board of Directors.

This course is required by UCC associations and conferences for members in discernment seeking ordination, privilege of call, commissioning or dual standing in the United Church of Christ. The first class is on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. Online students can access the class via video conference.

For information, call 937-529-2256 or email

The Center for Progressive Renewal’s online course that meets history and polity requirements for ordination and privilege of call began June 4 and runs through Aug. 27.

For information, visit


Peace Walk is July 26-Aug. 11

“In Respect for All Life: A Nuclear Free Future,” the 2014 Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk will occur Saturday, July 26 to Monday, Aug. 11, from Salem, Ore. to Portland, Richland, Olympia, Bainbridge Island and many cities in-between.

This annual peace walk is an opportunity for people to walk and learn together in a non-violent, spiritually motivated action to ensure a safer future.

Evenings offer social time, symposiums, movies and conversation.

Its sponsors include Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order in Bainbridge Island, Catholic Workers of Tacoma & Seattle, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action for Peace, and the Richland-based World Citizens for Peace.

For more information, or to join the Peace Walk, or to help with overnight hosting or food.

Shalom UCC in Richland will host the peace walkers during their stay in Richland on July 29 and 30.

For information, call 206-780-6739 or email


Vashon Chorale performs

The Vashon Island Chorale directed by Gary Cannon will present two “No Bridges” concerts with 11 songs composed by Bron Edwards.  One will be he world premiere at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 29 at the Vashon Island Center for the Arts and the second is at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 1. at Fauntleroy Church in West Seattle.

Bron composed the lyrics and music to 11 songs about the Vashon Island to celebrate the Chorale’s 25th anniversary.  

For information, call 206-255-4590, email or visit


Annual Meeting 2015 set

Annual Meeting 2015 will be held April 24 to 26 at the Spokane Convention Center. For information, call 206-725-8383.


General Synod announced

The 30th General Synod of the United Church of Christ will be held in the summer of 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, with the theme, “Unexpected Places.” Registration opens Sept. 8


Sage-ing Conference planned

The 2014 Sage-ing International Conference on the theme, “Gifting The World As We Age,” will be held Aug. 21 to 24 at Seattle University, co-sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University and the Northwest Center for Creative Aging.

Rather than focusing on the problems of growing older, the biennial gathering gathers people interested in aging in a holistic manner—mind, body and spirit, and spreading the good news that the aging process is also full of new opportunities no matter how old one is. 

Conscious Aging leaders Bob Atchley, The Three Interfaith Amigos, Wendy Lustbader, Christina Baldwin, Connie Goldman, Rick Moody, Shaya Isenberg, Bahira Sugarman and Lynne Iser will be featured speakers. 

In addition, there will be sessions led by 39 other presenters.

At the age of 56, Carol Scott-Kassner left a tenured full professorship in Florida to return to Seattle to care for her mother who was declining with dementia.  During the seven years she walked with her mother, Carol fulfilled a dream.  She attended the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University and earned a master’s in transforming spirituality. 

Now she is a commissioned minister of University Congregational UCC; chair of the Sage-ing International Conference in Seattle and immediate past president of Sage-ing International.

“I discovered a love of working with elders, in my church community and the broader community,” Carol said. 

A friend introduced Carol to Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s book, From Age-ing to Sage-ing. She said he invites a vision of aging embracing introspection that cultivates wisdom and the potential to assume the role of sage in a world needing elder wisdom.

Sage-ing International is an organization developed from his ideas to further this discussion and learning. 

Carol joined the Sage-ing community, drawn by elders who were positive, peaceful and full of life, and by people seeking understanding about their own aging process and how to find more fulfillment and a renewed sense of purpose in the second half of life.

For information, visit


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