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Transitions announced

Jill Delaney was installed as pastor of the United Christian Church in Yakima on Jan. 15.

Beulah “Boots” Anderson, wife of Bob Anderson, at Guemes Island since 1999, died on Jan. 27 in Anacortes. She worked at Weyerhaeuser, as building use coordinator at First Congregational in Bellevue, and at University Congregational UCC as wedding coordinator.

Vivian Lee Bowden died on Jan. 9 in Seattle.  She was a science reporter with Life Magazine.  In 1969, she and her husband Doug moved to Seattle.  After raising four children, she earned a master of divinity at Pacific School or Religion.  She was ordained and served as associate minister of Prospect Congregational UCC and chaplain at Harborview Medical Center.  She was a member of Plymouth UCC and lived in Horizon House.


Plymouth holds OWL training

Plymouth UCC in Seattle has been holding an Our Whole LIves (OWL) sexuality training series for grades 7 to 8.  The first session was Jan. 21 to 22.  Other sessions are Feb. 4 to 5, March 25 to 26 and May 13 to 14.

Facilitators are Mark Sandstrom and Margaret Kitchell.  Sessions are at the church, 1217 6th Ave.

For information, call 206-226-0260 or email


Church plans workshop on worship

University Congregational UCC’s Worship and Music Ministry will bring Marcia McFee to lead a workshop on the craft of worship on Saturday, Feb. 11, and will preach on Sunday, Feb. 12

In a session called “Creating Worship with Deep Soul,” Marcia will introduce “M-M-Good Worship.  Other sessions are “Think Like a Filmmaker,” “Rhythms of Liturgy and Life, and the Politics of Change.”

Marcia combines her career in dance and musical theater with her master’s in theology and doctoral in liturgical studies.  She created the Worship Design Studio.  Her new book, Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship Design for Unforgettable Messages” came out in 2016.

Environmental Justice retreat set

Pilgrim Firs Conference Center in Port Orchard will host an Environmental Justice Workshop from 8 a.m., Friday through dinner on Saturday, Feb. 10 to 11

Meighan Pritchard, pastor at Prospect UCC and environmental justice educator, will guide participants in how to take on urgent challenges in environmental justice using video, discussions and hands-on learning opportunities.  The workshop is geared to help people mobilize their communities on local and global environmental justice issues.

The workshop is for pastors, church members, educators, seminarians and members of UCC and other communities of faith.   

It is co-sponsored by the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries and the PNCUCC.

For information, call 206-370-4142, or visit


St. Paul’s returns to sanctuary after fire

St. Paul’s UCC in Seattle, damaged by a fire in March 2016, returned to worship in their downstairs social hall in September and returned to worship in the sanctuary on Jan. 8 and had an open house on Jan. 14.

“We are grateful for all the prayers, concern and support over the time,” said Tim Devine, pastor.

For information, call 206-783-6733 or  email



Non-violence workshop set

There will be a non-violence social change workshop, “Practicing Social Change: A Workshop on Non-Violence” led by Bernard Lafayette Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 to 18, at University Congregational UCC in Seattle.

Bernard, the 2016 recipient of the Gandhi International Humanitarian Award, a long time civil rights activist who teaches the power and techniques of Kingian nonviolence.  It will demonstrate principles of non-violence, and the message of love and acceptance in the face of anger, prejudice and hate, said Elizabeth Dickinson, Justice Leadership Program manager.

For information, call 206-320-0432.


Spiritual Retreat planned

A “Geography of Grace Spiritual Retreat,” facilitated by UCC pastor Cathy Barker, will be held Friday to Monday, Feb. 17 to 20, at N-Sid-Sen Camp and Retreat Center.

The retreat participants will explore their inner geography and soul tending based on the work of Parker Palmer.  They will engage in two sessions based on geographic themes, using poetry, images and essays to provoke thoughts to share, asking questions to invite new insights.  They will hike or cross-country ski, walk the labyrinth, sing and converse.  Cathy, a UCC pastor in Helena, Mont., was previously pastor of Magnolia UCC in Seattle.

For information, call 406-422-3346 or email


Protesters gathered at Plymouth

Brianna Frenchmore and Steve Claggett of the PNC Justice Witness Ministries Committee called on short notice for a protest and prayer time outside Plymouth UCC in Seattle in response to the President’s order for religious discrimination and actions barring entry of refugees and others into the United States.

Participants joined a 5 p.m. rally at Westlake Plaza in Seattle as an expression of opposition by the faith community.

For information, call 719-235-8072 or email


PNC hosts Lenten retreat

The Pacific NW Conference of the UCC invites you to gather at Pilgrim Firs, March 3 to 5, for “Living in God in These Times,” a prayerful and playful retreat for church members and pastors.

“We will use Lent as our lens, as we experience God in community,” said organizer Tara Barber.  “We will name our present reality, pray with an ear toward the movement of God’s spirit, play and create together, as we make space for something new.

The retreat will run from 7 p.m., Friday March 3 to 11 a.m. Sunday March 5—after dinner Friday through Sunday morning worship.

The retreat will be held at South Lodge at Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center, 3318 SW Lake Flora Rd, Port Orchard.

Registration is $119, or $129 for after Feb. 18, at

For information, email


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