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Transitions announced

Deborah Tyler is serving as the designated pastor at Dayton UCC. Her standing was approved for transfer into our conference at the August meeting of the Eastside Committee on Ministry.

Adam Ogg, a clergyperson ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA, was called to serve as pastor of  Congregational-Presbyterian Church in Lewiston. He was installed on Nov. 19.

At the November meeting of the Committee on Ministry-Westside, Cydne Cochran of United Church in Ferndale, was approved as a member in discernment.

Andy Gill was granted leave of absence status. Michael Ellick was granted transfer of standing. He is serving as the minister of worship and care at University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle.

Jermell Witherspoon continues serving Liberation UCC, but resigned from Everett UCC to serve part-time as associate pastor at a non-denominational church in Kirkland.

Eleven ordained Samoan ministers and five Samoan lay ministers completed their UCC History and Polity Course on November 11. The Rev. Elder Tauoa Head, moderator and dean of the United Samoan Ministries—COREM—United Church of Christ, presented 33 contact hours of instruction. The actual certificate of completion was titled: “Overview of the Ethos, Polity, Theology and Ministry of the UCC in solidarity with the Polity, Theology and Culture of the 194 years of Samoan Church History.”

“This is a major step in the pursuit of dual standing in the UCC for these pastors and lay ministers,”f said Cameron Sharp of the PNC-UCC Commmittee on Ministry.

Anne-Marie Illsley, who serves First Congregational Church in Walla Walla, was approved for transfer of standing into the PNC-UCC conference.

Janel Rieve of Zion-Philadelphia in Ritzville, transitioned out of lay ministry.

On Dec. 6, Jane Sorenson of Monroe Congregational UCC celebrated 20 years of ordination. She has served on the Monroe church staff for 36 years.

Dennis Calhoun was approved for transfer of standing into the conference.

Michael Ellick was installed as minister of worship and care at University Congregational UCC on Oct. 22.

Wade Zick, former managing director of Pilgrim Firs, and his husband, Lalo, have been accepted as Peace Corps volunteers for 27 months in Thailand starting January 4.

The Clergy Compensation Guidelines has been updated with new figures. The revised document is posted on the PNC website.

WRYE recruitment begins

Margaret Irribarra Swanson, director of children, youth and family ministries at University Congregational UCC in Seattle, is working on the planning team for a gathering for youth and leaders for the western region of the United Church of Christ.

The Western Regional Youth Event (WRYE) will feature three days of programs from June 23 to 27, possibly in Long Beach, Calif., with the Southern California/Nevada Conference as host.

The event will include a day of workshops and worship, a day of service and a fun day, such as at Disneyland.

Margaret would like to hear as soon as possible from leaders of UCC church youth groups (for sixth to 12th grades) leaders whether their group would attend and how many to gain a sense of interest for planning.

 “Please let me know right away whether you think your group would attend, and how many (see link below). We are trying to get a sense of real numbers and interest level,” Margaret saod/

For information call 206-524-2322 x3315 office, 206-399-2213 cell, email or


Jubilee applications due

Applications for the Justice Leadership Program’s Jubilee are being accepted until Dec. 31 for the January to May online program.

Jubilee is a five-month online ecumenical program for adults interested in integrating faith and justice work into their lives in meaningful and transformative ways. Sessions are one evening a week.

In small groups, participants deepen understanding, learn practical skills and gain confidence to use their voice sand find their roadmap to working for systemic change.

Each month includes skill and knowledge building workshops, spiritual reflection and supportive discussion, hands on experience within an established organization, and resources for justice-focused congregational projects.

For information, call 206-245-5446, email or visit


JLP sets online series

The Justice Leadership Program (JLP) is offering a five-part online series, “Introduction to Progressive Christianity,” from 4 to 6 p.m., PST, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 20, exploring “an amazing and ofrten hidden alternative understanding of what it means to be Christian.

Two-hour One Day Workshops are offered throughout the year to explore advocacy, forms of social change, nonviolence and social location. To learn about upcoming events follow the JLP website.

For information, visit


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