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Transitions announced

A Northwest memorial for Barbara Rogers, wife of the Rev. John Rogers, will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 24, at University Congregational UCC in Seattle.  They moved to Pilgrim Place in Claremont in 2007.  She died Feb. 8. She and her husband John lived in Hartford, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and East Lansing, Mich., and then in Austria, France, Germany, Hawaii, Indonesia and Japan.  In early retirement they lived in Port Townsend.

A funeral was held April 2 for Stephen Hanning, former pastor at Richmond Beach Congregational UCC in Shoreline from 1983 to 1993, interim at Everett UCC from 2007 to 2012 and interim in Hawaii before retiring to Edmonds.  He died March 17.

Jamie Kepros was installed on Saturday, April 9 as pastor of Lummi Island Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. Click to Facebook photo of installation.

John Dorhauer to be installed

Plymouth UCC in Seattle is hosting one of three installation services for the Rev. John Dorhauer as General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 17.

Festival of Preaching cancelled

The 2016 Festival of Preaching + Worship, which has been held every other year in Seattle to bring some great preachers together with pastors, worship leaders, and lay people in a small setting was canceled because there were not enough reservations, said Cory Maclay, festival director.


PNC-UCC youth ministers meet

PNC-UCC Youth Ministers and Advocates Gathering will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 11, Bellevue First Congregational Church, 11061 NE 2nd St. to support one another and share resources.

For information, call 435-454-5001 or email


Church discusses guns

Normandy Park Congregational UCC recently held a screening of Brave New Films’ feature film, “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA, said Susan Andresen, minister of youth. 

She said Brave New Films is a nonprofit that produces documentaries on social justice issues. The film tells how guns—and the billions of dollars made off of them—affect the lives of everyday Americans.  It features stories of people affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. It exposes how gun companies and the NRA resist responsible legislation for the sake of profit. 

For information, call 206-824-1770 or email at  


Boundary training set

Clergy with standing or licensed in the PNC are required to take a boundary training workshop once every three years.

Clergy Boundary Training will be sponsored by the PNC-UCC Committee on Ministry and led by Tara Barber from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, and 8:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 29, at Sunnyslope Church, 2339 School St., in Wenatchee.  Attendance at both sessions is required.

Registration by April 13 is online at

For information, contact the Eastside chair, Marj Johnston at or 509-730-9969; or the Westside co-chairs, Ryan Lambert at or 425-822-3811, or Judi Edwards at or 360-303-0309.

Scholarships and childcare reimbursement are available.  For information, call Mike Denton at 206-725-8383 ext. 2 or email


Faith Action Network offers resources

The Faith Action Network (FAN) will lead the state faith community’s effort to educate people on Initiative 1433.  It calls for raising the state’s hourly minimum wage in graduated steps to $13.50 per hour in 2020 in places without higher minimums. It also requires employers to provide workers with seven days of paid sick, family, or safe leave annually.

“This increase still falls short of a livable wage, but it is a dramatic increase from the current state minimum of $9.47 per hour,” said Steve Clagett of the PNC Justice and Witness Ministries Committee.

The initiative needs 330,000 signatures by June 30, said Steve who is coordinating FAN’s Economic Justice Working Group.

For information, email or call Erin Parks at FAN, 206-625-9790 or email


Justice Leadership Jubilee starts

Justice Leadership Jubilee is an expansion of the PNC’s Justice Leadership Program, in which young adults live in community for a year, develop their faith life and do justice work in the Seattle area.

The jubilee program—from September 2017 to July 2018—will  be for adults who want to integrate faith and justice work into their lives in a meaningful way, said Jenn Hagedorn, social justice liaison with Plymouth UCC in Seattle.

“Jubilee signifies the responsibility of each generation to contribute to future generations’ struggle for social, economic, racial and environmental justice,” she said.

Justice Leadership Jubilee is an intentional 10-month commitment of 10 to 15 hours a week for adults who want to develop their faith and learn change skills with a community of peers. It will include skill building, community work, church engagement and collective reflection.

For information, call 206-265-2834 or email


UCC urges environmental action

The national office is challenging UCC churches to start or expand environmental ministries, proposing five steps.

• Those new to environmental ministry can start with a church energy audit, a forum, a book group or planting a tree.

• A church, association or conference can form a Green Team to discern how they are called care for the gifts of creation and people who suffer from abuse of the gifts.

• On Sunday, April 24, UCC pastors are asked to focus on creation care in the worship service and sermon.

• To ensure that creation care is part of the congregation’s spiritual DNA, they can participate in the UCC’s new Creation Justice Church program.

• Congregations can also discern if they are called to civil disobedience.  In May, UCC environmental leaders will join a global campaign of civil disobedience aimed at keeping fossil fuels in the ground.

Brooks Berndt, minister for environmental justice, is keeping people informed on environmental issues and actions in The Pollinator, an environmental justice newsletter.

For information, call 216-736-3722or visit


Plymouth hosts art exhibition

In April, Plymouth Church UCC hosts traveling art exhibition, Street Heart, a project of Facing Homelessness, a Seattle nonprofit that focuses on raising awareness of those living without shelter through photos and their personal stories.

The colorful exhibition with 15 mixed media portraits painted by 15 regional artists is based on original black and white photographs snapped by Rex Hohlbein, the organization’s founder.

For information, call 206-622-4865.


Copyright © April 2016 Pacific Northwest Conference News


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