Ministers Blog

April in Portland!

Did you know that Regional Assembly is coming here?! Well, across the river in Portland, to the Lloyd Center. This is a regional assembly of all Unitarian Universalist congregations from Hawaii to California up to Washington, from New Mexico to Montana and everywhere in between. The Pacific Western Region includes congregations in the Pacific Northwest, the Pacific Central, the Pacific Southwest and the Mountain Desert districts. Regional Assembly happens April 27-29 at the Lloyd Center Double Tree in Portland, OR.

Regional gatherings are a great way to recognize that we are not alone. That our church is a part of a greater network of congregations. That issues which affect us, touch others. We learn from them, and they learn from us, and together we can make more happen.

Keynote speaker on Saturday, April 28 will be Congresswoman Pramila Jayapil from our great state of Washington. The newly elected president of the UUA, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, will share her emerging vision for our future. And on Sunday, April 29, the Rev. Dr. William Barber will lead worship. (Barber is the leader of the Moral Monday protests in his home state of North Carolina, and author of The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement.) So that you might all hear Dr. Barber speak, we are not holding competing worship here at the UU Church of Vancouver that particular Sunday. We will send all our people to the Lloyd Center. You do not have to be registered for Regional Assembly to join us for worship on Sunday morning! Worship begins at 10:30am (and will last until 12noon) and is open to the public. You can meet your carpool at the church parking lot at 9:00am and head over in groups.

This is a great opportunity that will not be here again for a few years. I hope you will get excited and join us for the last weekend in April. If you'd like to do more than attend Sunday morning worship, you may register for the entire weekend and attend workshops, etc. Here is where you can read more information about this exciting gathering of liberal religious people coming to our region very soon.