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Transitions announced

Allysa De Wolf is the new pastor at Wayside UCC in Federal Way.

Cynthia Meyer is the new pastor at United Christian Church in Renton.

University Congregational UCC in Seattle seeks a bridge minister to serve on its leadership team for 12 to 18 months beginning on January 12, 2019.  For information, visit

James Hazen, who served churches in California, Hawaii and the PNC, died on June 26 in Ft. Collins, Colo. He was pastor of United Church of Christ Congregational in Wallace from 1986 until he retired in 1988.


National UCC has openings

The national UCC seeks a disaster recovery specialist and = a construction manager within with the UCC Disaster Ministries and partners.

For information, call 410-259-6194 or visit



Holy Land Pilgrimage planned

Cory Passons, interfaith UCC minister with the Community for Interfaith Celebration in Olympia is organizing an Interfaith Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in April 2019.    He is co-host of the pilgrimage with Erica Martin, instructor of Hebrew Scriptures and Christian-Muslim Dialogue at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.  She is a Reform Jew who spent years in the Holy Land while working on her doctoral degree.

The pilgrimage will take participants from the modern city of Tel Aviv to the historic site of Elijah’s home on Mt. Carmel, traveling through the lands of Israel and Jordan that have given rise to Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

At Jaffa, Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Safed, the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, Arbel, Beth Shean, Amman, Petra, the Dead Sea, Jericho, Masada, Hebron, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, there will be opportunities to learn about the history and importance of each site.

For information, call email


Ecumenical group offers events

From Nov. 15 to 18, is the third in a series of educational events for understanding issues pertaining to the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Writer and activist Alison Weir will offer sessions from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at St. Mark’s Diocesan House for clergy and social ministries staff.

Her presentation from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church is Lynnwood is on “Justice for All:  What Don’t Americans Know about Israel-Palestine?”

She will speak for a radio interview with Mike McCormick of KEXP from 7:30 to 8 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 17, followed for a presentation at the Seattle Mennonite Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Marching to Zion: The Zionist Reality in Modern Israel” is her presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Everett.

In October, there were presentations by Pilgrims for Peace advocates and Nov. 8 to 13, thee were presentations by three graduates and a teacher from the Mar Elias School Founded by Archbishop Elias Chacour in Ibillin, Israel.

For information, call Jim Kutz at 360-503-9845 or email


FAN Dinner honors Fig Tree

The Faith Action Network’s Annual Dinner at 4:30 Sunday, Nov. 18 in the Renton Pavillion Event Center will be livestreamed to the Glover House in Spokane, thanks to FAN Board member and UCC representative Jim CastroLang, pastor of First Congregational UCC in Colville.

The dinner features several awards.

In Spokane, an Interfaith Leadership Award will be presented to Mary Stamp, editor of The Fig Tree newspaper and PNC-UCC News, for her work and vision bringing faith voices to the public square, inspiring a region for 35 years, said Jim.

FAN appreciates how interfaith communities are represented as the Fig Tree lives its mission to “break through divisions among people to promote unity and action for the common good.”

Renton award recipients are Justice Leadership to the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project; Advocating Faith Communities in Bellevue for efforts on homeless shelters, and Legacy Awards to the late Verlene Jones Davis for her devotion to FAN as a founding board member and efforts for social justice, and to the late Ron Young for his contributions as an educator, organizer, activist and change agent for peace and social justice. 

For information, call 206-635-9790, email or visit


Liberation UCC makes sandwiches

Liberation UCC makes 500 sandwiches for the Rainier Valley Food Bank on second Saturdays of each month.  It’s next sandwich-making time is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8.

For information, email


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