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Clergy transitions & reflections

Brigitta Remole is now the interim at St. Paul’s UCC in Seattle after serving as interim at Eastgate UCC in Bellevue.

Russell Clark began his call at Sunnyslope UCC in Wenatchee.

Deanna Murray has resigned from Bellingham First Congregational UCC.

Bianca Davis-Lovelace, executive director of Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches, shares reflections on being a UCC pastor, offering insights related to racism at


UCC Committee on Ministry offers trainings

The national UCC Committee on Ministry's MESA Ministry Team (Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization) is offering opportunities for networking and training on Zoom. Trainings require advanced registration.

Upcoming offerings include:

Wednesday, July 8 or 22 at 12:30 p.m. - Search and Call During a Pandemic with the Rev. Jeff Nelson, minister for ministerial calls and transitions, will share best practices on how to navigate the challenges to the search and call process that the COVID pandemic presents, including offering highlights from a new MESA resource on this topic. This webinar will be for ministry candidates, search committee members, and Conference search and call staff. It will be offered on Wednesday, July 22nd at 12:30 p.m. PDT.

Wednesday, July 22 at 4 p.m. PDT or July 29 at 1:30 p.m. - Book Study on Saying No to Say Yes with the Rev. Tara Barber and the Rev. Stephen Boyd discussing Pastoral Relations Committees.
There is a need for ministers to participate, share their experiences and have input into what a healthy Pastoral Relations Committee would look like. We are starting denominational-wide conversation around the book, Saying No to Say Yes  by David Olson and Nancy Devor, authors.  After reading the book, 25 ministers will join a discussion on boundaries, parameters and expectations for healthy Pastoral Relations Committees in their ministerial settings.


PNC has weekly meetings

Members of PNC churches are connecting in new ways through conference-wide meetings on Zoom and RingCentral. Information is available under the COVID-19 tab.

“Worshipping together when we can’t be together” meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Mondays on PC, Mac, Linux, iOs or Android on Ring Central.

Courtney’s Community Office Hours is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, and 1 to 3 p.m., Thursdays, on Ring Central.

Sharing on Pastoral Care during an outbreak is from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays.
The Rocky Mountain Conference has arranged a meeting for Children and Youth Ministers also from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays on Zoom.

A weekly Moderators Meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays on Ring Central.

Church Administration and Fiduciary Considerations is the theme for a meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Fridays.
From 4 to 5 p.m., Fridays, there is also a Fun Friday Pastors Hour.


General Synod 2021 will be virtual

The 33rd biennial General Synod planned for Kansas City, Mo., in 2021 will now be virtual. The UCC Board met online March 27 to discuss synod plans. “Rooted in Love,” based on Psalm 1:3a, will be the theme of the General Synod meeting July 16 to 20, 2021 online.

The logo incorporates not only the scriptural theme—“they are like trees planted by streams of water”—but UCC values as well, said the Rev. Penny Lowes of Rochester, Mich., moderator of General Synod 33.

“The image of a colorful tree rooted near living water is a perfect logo for the challenging times in which we find ourselves,” she said. “As diverse members of the United UCC of Christ, our many roots entwine to give us resilience and strength. Together, we spread our branches of love, offering shades of faith and hope to a weary world. This scripture and image will resonate with the people of Christ as we strive to build a new creation of righteousness through a just world for all.”

A 2019 visit to Kansas City by the Synod planners informed the logo and theme.

“Kansas City’s many water fountains presented a spiritual symbol, a unique local connection, and a pathway to engage one of the most pressing creation, justice and spiritual issues of our day: water,” said the Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey, minister of congregational and communi-ty engagement and the Synod’s worship director.

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