Update from the PNWD Board: Special PNWD Board Meeting held Sunday, January 30th
After a period of much discernment the Pacific Northwest District Board moved to dissolve our District organization, so that we might join with the Mountain Desert District, Pacific Southwest District, and Pacific Central District in becoming the Pacific Western Region. This is not a decision we’ve made lightly and comes after years of reflection and discussion from many leaders.
While we, on the Board, have mixed feelings about dissolving, we believe it is the best choice for this moment. Ultimately we hope that by saying ‘yes’ to a regional governing body, we are also nurturing future leadership in the Pacific Western Region and positioning ourselves to partner well with our regional staff.
We know that for many of you the crucial decision as part of this process is about what will happen to the PNWD Chalice Lighter Program. We are delighted to announce that the Cascadia Growth Fund will take over management of Chalice Lighters! Through promotion of planned giving, Cascadia Growth Fund, formerly known as the Pacific NW UU Growth Fund, has been administering funds for loans to congregations and grants for ministry in the Pacific Northwest since the 1990s and is well suited to carry this vital program forward. We will share more details about this transfer over the coming months, as it takes place.
We anticipate our dissolution process will take about two months to complete. Over the coming months, we will be overseeing the transfer of the Chalice Lighter Program to Cascadia Growth Fund, disbursing any remaining funds, and preparing for the Regional Assembly.
This is an ending, but it is also a beginning and a transformation. We anticipate that two of our current PNWD Board Members, President, Aria Curtis and Member at Large, Christina Davitt, will be members of the Pacific Western Region Board, faithfully contributing to the vision, leadership and growth of the Region. We go forward with your prayers, hopes and dreams in all of our hearts and hands.
Your Pacific Northwest District Board
Aria Curtis, Co-President
Susan Howlett, Co-President
Craig Cyr, Vice President
Susan Christie, Secretary
Joseph Bednarik, Treasurer
Christina Davitt, Member at Large