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Transitions announced

Meighan Pritchard will be ordained at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, at University Congregational UCC.

Lauren Cannon will be ordained at 5:30 p.m., Sunday Oct. 26, at Keystone UCC in Seattle.

Blaine United Church of Christ has called Sandy Annette Cheatham of Louisiana as part-time pastor.

Denise Denniston was ordained in August at All Pilgrims Christian Church in Seattle.

Gen Heywood was installed Sept. 28 as pastor at Veradale UCC.


Church Council sets event

The Church Council of Greater Seattle plans a “Weaving Our Strengths” conferencefrom 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at University Congregational UCC in Seattle. The day-long event includes fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good. 

For information, call 206-525-1213 ext 105 or visit


Our Whole Lives Training is planned Oct. 3 to 5

“Our Whole Lives” (O.W.L.) Training for facilitators of junior and senior high sexuality education will be offered from 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, through Sunday, Oct. 5, at First Congregational Church of Bellingham, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham.

Facilitators are Amy Johnson, UCC O.W.L coordinator and trainer at both elementary and secondary levels, and Anil Oommen, who taught in private and public elementary schools for 14 years and has a master's in teaching from Pacific University.

Amy is co-author of Parenting by Strengths and Homegrown Faith and Justice.  She writes a bi-monthly opinion column in the Federal Way Mirror on “Sex in the Suburbs.”

Anil implemented the OWL curriculum in a K-8 public charter school in Eugene, Ore., and is assistant professor of education and undergraduate program coordinator at Pacific University’s Eugene campus.

For information, call 360-734-3720.


Online courses offered

An online course on healthy boundaries for ministry is being offered from Sept. 15 to Oct. 17.  The course is offered with FaithTrust Institute and the Center for Progressive Renewal to equip clergy and spiritual teachers to understand the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and to discern critically the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships. 

Those who pass the course will receive two C.E.U. credits from Pacific School of Religion and fulfill boundary training requirements for the United Church of Christ. 

For information on these and other courses, visit


Clergy boundary training will be held on Oct. 20

The Pacific Northwest Conference UCC Committee on Ministry is offering a day of “Clergy Boundary Training” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, at Fauntleroy UCC, 9140 California Ave. SW in Seattle. Clergy with standing and licensed clergy are required to take a boundary training workshop once every three years to maintain their standing in the conference.  The cost of $100 includes materials and lunch.

For information, Arlene Hobson at 206-725-8383


Oct. 21 event looks at criminalizing homelessness

The Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness is offering an educational event on Creating the Political Will to End Homelessness called “Homelessness:  It’s a Crime.”  It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, at St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 Tenth Ave. E. in Seattle.

The goal of the day with a keynote, panel, lunch, workshops and networking is to lead to action and change to identify and challenge stigma, hear how criminalization happens and make recommendations for long-term change in laws meant to protect but that often harm.

The keynote speaker is Lisa Daugaard of The Defender Association in Seattle. Her primary responsibility there is to direct the Racial Disparity Project.

For information, contact Bill Kirlin-Hackett at


‘Policies That Protect’ event planned at Broadview on Nov. 8

Broadview Community Church is hosting a free workshop, “Policies That Protect,” on practices, policies and documents that keep churches healthy.  John Pomeroy, western area mission interpreter for the UCC Cornerstone Fund will lead the session from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8.

He will cover conflicts of interest, documents to retain or shred, financial controls, endowment policy, audits, personnel policies, safe church policies, facilities self-inspection, comparing insurance policies and emergency planning.

For information, call Arlene Hobson at 206-725-8383 or email


National UCC justice ministry holds Nov. 8 Justice Revival

The national JWM staff is planning to hold its staff meeting Friday, Nov. 7, at First Congregational UCC in Vancouver, Wash., 1220 NE 68th, in conjunction with a Regional Justice Revival on Saturday, Nov. 8, called “Stoking the Fires of Justice.” 

As part of the Friday agenda, members of the Central Pacific and Pacific Northwest Conference Justice and Witness Committees will join at 3:30 p.m. in a time of sharing about current justice work and possibilities for collaboration. 

The proposed purpose of this gathering is to strengthen relationships, learn about what the conferences are doing and provide supportive resources.

For information, call 360-693-1476.


todd smierdendorf
Todd Smierdendorf

Annual Men’s Retreat is set Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at Pilgrim Firs

The PNC annual Men’s Retreat will feature the Rev. Todd Smiedendorf, senior minister of Washington Park UCC in Denver, leading a program on “Exploring the Paths to Mature Manhood.” The retreat will be Friday, Jan. 30, to Sunday, Feb. 1, at Pilgrim Firs Conference Center. Before the retreat, there will be a “Day of Silence” on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Registration is on the Conference website at


Website has donate button

The PNC website,, how has a “Donate Button” to help churches pay Our Churches Wider Mission and special offerings electronically and so individuals can contribute to the conference, camps or special campaigns. 

Donors can pay by electronic transfer from their checking accounts or by credit card.  They can set up for recurring monthly payments.

For information, call 206-725-8383 or email



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