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Transitions announced

Dave Schlicher is the new settled pastor at Northshore United Church of Christ.

Donene Blair joins Plymouth UCC Seattle staff in a part-time position as minister of community care. She will offer spiritual direction, pastoral care and visitation.

Zion-Philadelphia UCC in Ritzville is being led by Janel Rieve, newly licensed as a pastor.

Courtney Stange-Tregear will be installed as PNC’s minister of church vitality at the Fall Gathering at N-Sid-Sen, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29.


UCC Disaster Ministries offers resources

Zach Wolgemuth, executive of the UCC Disaster Ministries, recently offered information on the UCC’s disaster relief. The UCC financial appeal, Harvey webpage with worship resources and information on ways to be involved is at

The Hurricane Harvey Donation Link is at


Workshop introduces Stephen Ministry

There will be an Introduction to Stephen Ministry workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at North Creek Presbyterian Church, 621 164th St SE in Mill Creek. The workshop will help congregations equip laypeople as caregivers.

For information, visit


Bike tour follows red line in segregated real estate

In the early 20th century, white people could legally ban people of color from buying houses in neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal and a few south— Capitol Hill, Madison Park, Queen Anne and Magnolia.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, Cascade Bike Club leader Merlin Rainwater will lead a bike ride along Seattle’s infamous Red Line. The tour includes visiting the history of segregation in Seattle’s own back yard. Lunch break to include guest speaker sharing Seattle’s zoning as a segregated city and the effects still in existence today.


Admiral shows documentary films on Islam

Admiral Congregational Church will show documentary films on “Discover Islam” on at 7 p.m., Fridays, Sept. 8 to Oct. 13, followed by discussion.

The United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Disciples of Christ and other denominations have funded a series of documentary films directed by Muslims and featuring Muslim voices, said Andrew Conley-Holcom, pastor at Admiral.

“The 30-minute films offer a nuanced window into Islam and the people who practice it,” he said.

They cover six topics to speak to concerns of U.S. Muslims and non-Muslims: “Islam: Faith and History,” “Islam: A Faith Hijacked,” “African-Americans and Islam,” “Islam: An American Faith,” “Women in Islam” and “Christianity and Islam.” Admiral invites other congregations and faith communities to join them or host their own screenings.  Copies are online.

For information, call 206-932-2928 and visit


First in Belleview hosts documentary ‘Screenagers’

First Congregational UCC at 11061 NE 2nd Street Bellevue in Bellevue is hosting a viewing of the documentary, “Screenagers,” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14.

“Screenagers” addresses the pervasive parenting issue of these times—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers youth to navigate the digital world and provides practical resources.

Cristina Airaghi, pastor of children and youth at Bellevue First, recommends parents attend with their teens or pre-teens, ages 10 and older.

Free tickets are at congregational-church-bellevue-ucc-3303

For information, call 425-454-5001 or email


PNC’s fall Clergy Retreat will be held Nov 13-15

The fall PNC Clergy Retreat on the theme, “Building upon our Strengths,
 will be held from noon, Monday, Nov. 13, to noon Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center.

Clergy will reflect on recognition that “no matter what Paul says, we cannot be all things to all people,” said organizers.

Participants will work with the StrengthsFinder assessment tool and inspired by the wisdom of Parker Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak, and will focus on “Clergy Vitality.”

There will be time to discover, affirm and build upon their spiritual gifts, while also making time and space for rest, renewal and collegiality.

To register, visit


Jim Wallis speaks in Seattle

Jim Wallis, the president and founder of Sojourners, a nonprofit faith-based organization that calls for putting faith in action for social justice, will lecture and share in a panel discussion at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at Marion Oliver McCall Hall at Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St.

Panelists will include Kelle Brown, lead pastor at Plymouth Church UCC; Sr. Aneelah Afzali, attorney and executive director of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound’s MAPS-AMEN initiative; Estela Ortega, executive director of El Centro de la Raza; Senior Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, and Treacy Levine Center president Terry Kyllo, pastor of the Catacomb Churches and director of Neighbors in Faith.

For information, call 800-838-3008 or email


UCC offers resources on its ‘White Privilege’ adult curriculum

UCC General Minister and President John Dorhauer, the Rev. Traci Blackmon and other national cross-denominational leaders are offering a webinar series on “White Privilege: Let’s Talk—A Resource for Transformational Dialogue,” the UCC adult education curriculum.

The curriculum and lesson outline, plus facilitator resources designed for church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive and bold conversations on race is in a downloadable PDF resource available at


Westminster sets panel on homelessness

There will be a Community Panel Discussion on “How to Be Better Neighbors with Our Homeless Neighbors” from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Westminster UCC, 4th & Washington in Spokane

For information, call 509-624-1366.


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