There are nineteen Districts and five Regions of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in North America. The mission of the UUA Districts is to serve as the primary local resource for congregations and to help extend Unitarian Universalist influence in the larger community.
District staff is increasingly working across district lines in five regions. The Pacific Western Region encompasses the Mountain Desert District, the Pacific Northwest District (including Alaska), the Pacific Central District (including Hawaii) and the Pacific Southwest District.
The Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, former Director of Congregational Life for the UUA, has reflected in this way on the intention behind a Regional approach to congregational support:
“Our constant mission is: how do we serve our congregations in the best ways? How do we advance the work of congregations? How do we best continue in partnership with local congregations? In order to have a range of people and a range of skills to best serve our congregations we are moving toward a shared staff team model with a Lead in each Region.”
The Rev. Nancy Bowen serves as Regional Lead for the Pacific Western Region. She is also the District Executive for the UUA in the Mountain Desert. In her role as Regional Lead, Nancy works closely with our four District Boards to coordinate and evaluate the efforts of UUA field staff.
Meet the UUA field staff serving the districts of the Pacific Western Region on our “About Us” page.