Your staff in the Pacific Western Region (Mountain Desert District, Pacific Northwest District, Pacific Central District, Pacific Southwest District) is working to make training accessible and affordable to busy religious leaders. To that end, we are pleased to announce a series of fall webinars. (see below). More are in development for winter session.
A webinar is a live online educational presentation during which participating viewers can submit questions and comments. In a webinar, each participant sits at his or her own computer and is connected to other participants via the internet. In our case, this is a web-based application where the attendees access the meeting by clicking on a link distributed by email (email invitation) to see the conference and call into a phone number to hear the conference.
Each webinar is $15 and you are welcome to experience it in a group with a speaker phone gathered around the computer.
Fall 2010 Webinars (all starting times are Pacific Time Zone)
Making a Case for Unitarian Universalism
Teacher Tips for the RE Classroom
Youth & Young Adult Ministry in Small Congregations
To register and submit payment click here: surveymonkey.com/s/MJ73KJ2
For program descriptions, go to pnwd.org and click on “events.”
Posted Tuesday, 26 October 2010 13:34 Written by Deborah Holder
The Ogden Standard-Examiner was on hand for the keynote address and Youth Assembly of the Annual Conference as well as our Saturday witness event:
A first-night welcoming dinner included words from District President Jim Turner, followed by a ceremonial lighting of the chalice by the Rev. Nancy Bowen.
"We are called to practice loving," Bowen said as she lit the ceremonial flame. "To celebrate the freedom that Unitarian Universalism offers us."
After the lighting, a traditional parade of 10 district flags -- with names like Boulder, Pagosah, Columbine, Billings, Pocatello and Grand Juntion emblazoned in colorful lettering -- marched through the ballroom.
Friday's keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, from Boston, explained "adaptive leadership" to conference attendees.
"Leadership hasn't necessarily changed, our world has changed," she said. "Our world requires a different leadership these days because of the way in which it changes so quickly around us."
Cooley addressed new and unique challenges that are presented in contemporary society and what Unitarians can do to overcome them and be leaders in their religious, social and personal lives.
Posted Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:16 Written by Jess Cullinan
An album of pictures from the Annual Conference in Ogden, UT, including the witness event on Saturday evening, are now posted at Facebook. Many thanks to David Manning and Bob Blauvelt for their wonderful submissions.
More reports from Saturday's workshops are forthcoming from MDD staff. Keep checking back for updates!
Posted Wednesday, 13 October 2010 12:48 Written by Jess Cullinan
A little girl in a pink fairy princess outfit twirled around, holding a sign reading "Homophobia tears families apart" near the entrance to city hall Saturday afternoon.
"I have a lot of gay friends and acquaintances, and I'm here to support them and their rights," said the child's mother, Leeann Ballard, of Ogden.
The family joined several hundred people in a march from the Marriott Hotel to the steps of the Ogden City Municipal Building to protest comments made by Boyd K. Packer about homosexuality during last week's LDS general conference.
Packer, 86, president of the LDS Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said in a conference speech that homosexuality is unnatural and can be overcome. Packer is next in line to the presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The crowd prayed and sang hymns promoting tolerance, especially for people of different sexual orientations.
The Rev. Theresa Novak and the congregation of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Ogden organized the march in conjunction with the Mountain Desert District Unitarian Universalist Association district conference held this weekend in Ogden.
Posted Sunday, 10 October 2010 19:37 Written by Jess Cullinan
At the Annual Business meeting of the Mountain Desert District this morning, delegates approved significant changes to the By-Laws concerning the Leadership Succession Committee.
Board member Arthur Kull presented the following material in support of the change.
Posted Saturday, 09 October 2010 15:34 Written by Jess Cullinan
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