The Western Territory held its first virtual Commissioning weekend June 13-14, a result of its ongoing adaptation to the coronavirus pandemic and widespread “safer at home” guidelines. Yet despite the differences 2020 brought, the traditional highlights remained—and the West gained 10

Zoom events take place of lobby time in 2020 After the newly commissioned Messengers of the Kingdom received their first appointments as Salvation Army officers in the territory’s virtual Commissioning, Ordination and Appointment Service, the five divisions receiving new lieutenants held

Marking a year like none other, the Western Territory gathered online June 14 for the Commissioning, Ordination and Appointment Service of the Messengers of the Kingdom Session. National leaders Commissioners David and Sharron Hudson joined territorial leaders Commissioners Kenneth G. and

Cadet Katherine Hernandez presents the challenge speech at the Commissioning 2020 Sunday afternoon By Katherine Hernandez, Cadet– It was a beautiful Southern California day when my session mates and I arrived at the campus of The Salvation Army College for Officer Training

Late-night young adult escape room hosted via Zoom Roughly 60 young adults from around The Salvation Army Western Territory participated in a virtual escape room challenge—“Mission 1865”—June 13 as part of the Commissioning weekend. They gathered on Zoom, where Territorial Director

The following appointments are effective July 1: DEL ORO DIVISION Lieutenant Henry Oliveira, Assistant Corps Officer, Sacramento Citadel, California   Lieutenant Ashley Cunningham, Assistant Corps Officer, Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Suisun City, California  GOLDEN STATE DIVISION Lieutenants Ezequiel and Katherine Hernandez, Corps Officers,

We Believe, a virtual worship night, brought Salvationists and friends together throughout the West—and the world—as a part of the territory’s first-ever online-only Commissioning weekend.  Instead of the typical lobby fellowship of past Commissioning events, virtual attendees chimed in with Facebook

Encore's past consistently culminated in standing-room-only award reveals during the Western Territory’s Commissioning weekends. This year, as part of the territory’s first-ever virtual Commissioning celebration, Encore is an online showcase of select solo performances. It kicked off June 13 offering viewers