A Fond Farewell ...
After 17 years of serving the Pacific Central District-UUA as your District Administrator (the last two as a Pacific Western Region-UUA Administrative Specialist), I am stepping down from this position to take up a new challenge as the Church Business Administrator for the
Mt. Diablo UU Church in Walnut Creek, CA
There is not enough space in this column to list everyone who should be thanked for the good times -- and the hard work --- undertaken to "promote and strengthen" our liberal faith here in the Pacific Central District.
I do want to thank the current PWR-UUA administrators: Diane Brinson (Seattle), Melanie Buck (Denver), and Sarah Fulton (Pasadena), who will be picking up the slack in my absence. Also, Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto, PWR Regional Lead, for his wisdom and good sense of humor through some challenging times. I greatly appreciate the talent and dedication of the entire
Pacific Western Region staff.
And a big "Thank You!" to all of our volunteers, especially those who do the hard, thoughtful work on the
PCD Board of Directors
- dedicated volunteers make our world go round!
I won't be going far away - in fact, MDUUC is hosting our next District Assembly, so please plan on attending the Presidential Candidates Forum and programming at this year's DA2017 (see article below).
Take good care of each other, friends!
Onward and Upward,
May 5 & 6, 2017
Save the Date!
We will gather together on Saturday, May 6, 2017, for the PCD-sponsored "UUA Presidential Candidates Forum," as well as the 2017 PCD Annual Meeting.
Please plan to attend this "meet and greet" with our candidates!
You can acquaint yourself with the candidates on their websites:
There will also be special workshops starting on Friday afternoon, May 5th. Stay tuned for more details!
MARCH FOR THE DREAM:
Honoring the Past, Impacting the Future
Martin Luther King Day
Jan. 16th, 2017, 10-2pm
For more information on this day-long event, including information on the afternoon's Diversity Expo, see:
LISTEN, SING, & BE UPLIFTED!
In celebration of MLK Day, come and . . .
- Be soothed by the sounds of choir and harp
- Soak up the healing vibes of Rene Jenkins
- Add your voice and be part of the beauty
- Support Empower Yolo and make a difference
and now in its fifth year, this event is a heartwarming experience of community through music, sponsored by the
UU Church of Davis.
Join voices and hearts in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Musicians include Susan Coppock on Celtic harp with a lively choir of Free Range Singers. Featuring original songs by Laura Sandage and encouraging songs from around the world.
Sunday, January 15 at 2:00 PM or
Monday, January 16 at 7:00 PM
Donations taken at the door($5 to $20 suggested)
For the Benefit of All Beings
Meditation and Prayer
January 20, 2017 - 9 am to Noon
New Location: Sacramento Dharma Center
3111 Wissemann Dr, Sacramento CA
The election is over. We are faced with dramatic change. We need each other more than ever.
Come join us for a non-partisan, Buddhist-inspired meditation and prayer gathering to encourage wisdom, compassion, and loving kindness for ourselves, our neighbors, our government leaders, and the world.
During the inauguration come sit with us to support community, to support those outside community, to be in touch with the here and now and to water the seeds of interconnection.
Sit for a few minutes, an hour or the entire time but come be part of a collective effort for peace.
Facilitators for meditation:
John Salerno-White: Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Cynthia Embree-Lavoie: Graduate of Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioner Program.
Lua Hightower: Composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist performing in the Sufi tradition.
Supported by: Light Heart Sangha, Vacaville / Joyful Heart Sangha, Sacramento / Kaya Yoga, Davis,/ Sacramento Dharma Center / Lake Tahoe Mindfulness Community.
For more information see our Facebook events page:
Women's March on Sacramento
The Women's March on Sacramento will convene on Saturday, 10:00 am, January 21, 2017.
Please note: Women's March is open to all--Men, Women, People of Color, LGBTQ, everyone!
The solidarity march begins at Southside Park in Sacramento, CA at 10:00 am.
A pre-march kick off will start around 9:30 am. The Rally will begin at noon on the West side of the California State Capitol.
Future event details are forthcoming, and will be found here.
The Women's March on Sacramento is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level. The effort is helmed by professional organizers, and a coordinating committee who are working around the clock to pull it all together.
A program featuring recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and others will be announced in the coming weeks.
Official March start point
Southside Park, 2115 6th St, Sacramento, CA 95818
Pacific Western Region, Regional Lead
PWR-UUA Youth Ministry Specialist
PWR-UUA Congregational Life Staff
PWR-UUA Congregational Life Staff
PWR-UUA Congregational Life Staff
PWR-UUA Administration Team
Oakland CA Office
When I drafted the last column last November it was prior to the election, and things were looking rather good for a continuation of government with some attention to the needs of the least fortunate among us, sensitivity to the importance of our planet's health, and a nuanced approach to foreign affairs. All that changed as I watched the election results pour in and instead of a party atmosphere, the local pub where we went to witness this event turned into more of a wake. With something of a mix of amazement and horror, I had to face the realization that we were now going to have a leader, who relished in hurling insults and putdowns, mocked those with disabilities and displayed no concern for those who were 'losers'. I have to admit that this was very discouraging for me, and it took a while to rebuild my sense of equilibrium. I even attended the elector day event at the Capitol, and found solace in the strong sense of resistance. But when the elector votes were in, and I realized that the only ones who had defected were those pledged to Hillary, my flicker of optimism faded. Attending a District Day of Interdependence was spiritually strengthening, and the committed and earnest souls in attendance helped a great deal. Today (6 Jan) was the last of the "Hail Mary" plays, with only a single objector in both the House and Senate required to cause a reconsideration of the electoral process integrity. And a strong case had been built that many dozens of the electors had not meet their strict state criterion-but no strong voice was to be found in the Senate.
So together we all face a new government unlike any we have seen previously, and how do we proceed? I've gradually come to realize, of course, that we do it together. There is strength in unity and common purpose, and our faith shows us that the way of Love is stronger than that of Hate. The hate that has been emboldened needs to be challenged, and sites such as "Pantsuit Nation" on Facebook are a monumental resource, with innumerable stories of successful challenges to the energized hateful. There are many community gatherings and resistance movements bubbling up. In this newsletter will be listed some in the Greater Sacramento area, including the Capitol. Check your own church bulletin for others.
My holidays were filled with joyous interactions with family and friends, and I hope yours were also. We received news of the arrival of our second grandchild yesterday, so that also warms the heart on even the coldest day. After some time of contemplation and reflection, and even after creating a safe Facebook space where friends of like mind can commiserate, vent, or wonder aloud I also remembered that we all need to strive to stay in conversation with those who believe less government is better, that taxes should always be lower, and that people should be responsible for their own lives. The reason is that while we may not agree on all the points, each has some viewpoint that can be useful-if only to understand how they might possibly believe so differently than you or me. Staying in conversation is the only way out of the morass we've been stuck in for a long time. It will take strength, and luckily we have many spiritual leaders who can help us find it.
Blessings as we head forward into our curious future together,
Show the World: Love Your Neighbor
Rev. Laura Thompson, former UU Church of Davis intern, now a minister at Minnesota Valley
UU Fellowship, has created a lawn sign:
She hopes they'll help heal post-election divisions.
"I am a messenger. Deliver a message of love. That is what ministers do and try
to put that love into action."
She has given permission for anyone to reprint the signs.
you, or your congregation, would like to order double-sided lawn signs that have a sturdy metal frame that pokes into the ground, you may contact PCD President Steve Burns at
email@example.com. They are $5 each in quantities of 100.
Inauguration of Peace, Unity, Heart and Spirit
Jan. 22nd, 2017, 1-3pm
This event will be held at the
Davis Cemetery District Historic Hill.
All are welcome. This is a cultural event to create a space for community building and to affirm the values of justice, humanity and care for the Earth.
The ceremony will include Mayor Robb Davis, spiritual leaders, a variety of drummers from different regions, a nature mandala project and an information table.
Mandala Image by Kathy Klein
SIDEWALK PROTEST in the Peninsula on Inauguration Day
Friday, January 20, 2017, Noon to 1:00 pm, along El Camino Real, in all cities from San Francisco to San Jose.
To everyone who lives, works, and studies in the Counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara:
If you are deeply concerned about the rhetoric and policies of the incoming administration, come out of your homes, work places, schools, and churches on Inauguration Day, January 20. Go to the section of El Camino Real closest to you and let's all do a sidewalk protest for one hour, starting at noon.
Organize your families, friends, churches, co-workers, classes, nonprofit organizations, affinity groups, etc. If possible, have a big sign with your group's name.
At 1:00 o'clock, we'll peacefully disperse.
We'll line up in strings of humanity along El Camino Real down the length of the Bay Area Peninsula. Let's show that we will stand our ground and fight for tolerance, decency, shared prosperity, and democracy in our country!
PWR Webinars * New Listings
Registration is now open
for these webinars - organize your teams today! Use the link above to register for any webinar.
A Theme-Based Approach to Full-Week Faith
Eric Bliss, PWR Youth Ministry Specialist
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT
SpiritJam: Fun, Engaging Faith Formation
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT
Just a Few Kids: Creative Strategies for Congregational Engagement
Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh & Rev. Sarah Schurr
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT
Inclusive Youth Group Dynamics
Eric Bliss, Natalie Briscoe, and youth TBA
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 10 am (PT) & Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5 pm (PT)
Reaching Out to Millennials & Young Families
Rev. Annie Gonzalez Milliken & Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 9:00-10:00 a.m. PT
... and more! See them all, and ...
International Women's Convocation
The Third International Women's Convocation will take place on February 16-19, 2017, Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey Peninsula, California.
For more information on the Convocation, please visit our website,
. There, you will find a link to our
with up-to-date news about speakers and the rich variety of workshop and discussion topics, as well as discounts and scholarship opportunities for ministers, young adults, and international participants.
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