Table Turning Monday 9 AM
Liturgy for Liberation
Monday, April 10 @ 415 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Check the Facebook event for even more details: Table Turning facebook event
Jesus' triumphal entry at Passover was followed by His challenge to the money changers in the Temple. We invite you to join us for Christian and Jewish worship as we challenge the logic of white supremacy that has led to the building of a new Youth Jail (“Children and Family Justice Center”) rather than investment in detention alternatives. Ecumenical Christian liturgy begins @ 9 AM, Jewish Passover celebration begins @ 10 AM. Stick around for an interfaith coffee hour!
Come join our third year of entering Holy Week with this witness- questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Details from Claire West:
Enough! An Interfaith Anti-Racist Action Against the Youth Jail
Join us April 10 for this Passover & Holy Week Action against King County's New Youth Jail! We honor Jewish and Christian traditions of liberation and disruption with rituals of witness and protest.
We say ENOUGH! DEY! to the racist youth jail project. It's time to invest in community-owned healing spaces.
Wear red! Bring a sign or hold one of ours. Clericals, kippot, etc. encouraged. All are welcome.
8:45 - Gathering - 1st Ave N & Republican St.
9am - Christian Table Turning
10am - Passover Seder Rituals
Organized by European Dissent Seattle & Jews Undoing Institutional Racism, in solidarity with the No New Youth Jail Campaign led by Ending the Prison Industrial Complex - EPIC Seattle and Youth Undoing Institutional Racism - YUIR Seattle.
Contact: email@example.com | 206.909.8758
The ritual of Passover tells the story of the Jewish people’s liberation from slavery in Egypt. We bring to live Passover rituals to remember our confrontation of power toward collective liberation and incite continuing action. We celebrate our liberation even as we renounce the complicity of those of us who are white with modern day oppression - systemic racism, the prison industrial complex, and the building of a new youth jail in King County.
Jesus overturned the tables in the Jerusalem temple at the beginning of Holy Week, challenging a religious, economic, and political system that was exploiting the poor and marginalized of his day. As predominantly white churches/denominations, we claim our complicity in upholding structural racism, and recognize that while we benefit in very tangible ways from these unjust systems, we also pay a very real price physically, emotionally, morally, and spiritually.
We say ENOUGH to institutions making money caging children of color, represented by the corporation of Howard S. Wright, a subsidiary of behemoth multinational corporation Balfour Beatty, who secured a $154 million taxpayer-funded contract to build the new jail.
We say ENOUGH to our religious institutions - which uphold white supremacy and sell out our morals for capital profit and to maintain business-as-usual.
We say ENOUGH investing in the Prison Industrial Complex to solve our social problems. We must join the leadership of those most affected in calling out for justice. We must build healing spaces for community-run and community-owned alternatives to detention.
Holy Table Turning/Passover
European Dissent, in solidarity with Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC), is coordinating a brief 9 AM ecumenical worship service. The liturgy will call attention to the ways we, voters of King County, have allowed powerful corporate interests to use taxpayer money for a new Youth Jail (“Children and Family Justice Center”) in the Central District instead of investing in alternatives to detention in local communities. Jews Undoing Institutional Racism (JUIR) – a multiracial group of Jewish anti-racist organizers also in collaboration with European Dissent and in solidarity with EPIC - will lead a modified Passover Seder ritual at 10 AM. In retelling the Jewish people’s liberation from slavery in Egypt – the ritual will reflect on our modern form of slavery – the Prison Industrial Complex – and how Jewish tradition calls us to continue challenging power toward the liberation of all peoples. We will gather at 8:45 AM across the street (in front of Key Arena) with info tables, flyers, and snacks. & Feel free to stick around afterward for a public, interfaith coffee hour!
April 11 Keystone members will host a 7 PM poster-making party downstairs in Battson Hall for Communities Rising WallyLake (Wallingford / Greenlake) and Wallingford Indivisible. CRWL & WI are two of several community organizations that have formed recently to encourage more active participation in our democracy. The posters will be used in the Seattle marches planned for April: Tax Day March (15Apr), Black Lives Matter March (15Apr), March For Science (22Apr) and People’s Climate March (29Apr). Contact: Jim Little
Seven Sisters Share the Seven Last Words of Christ
An Ecumenical Observance of Good Friday at Plymouth Church
April 14 at noon featuring several UCC Seattle pastors.
Holy Saturday (April 15) - 2pm, Black Lives Matter march. https://www.facebook.com/events/1821071081482170/
Bridging the Divide: Constructive Communication in Difficult Times
A Workshop Series
At Keystone United Church of Christ - 5019 Keystone Place North - Seattle
Please pick up a flyer to give to a friend. Please register at Brown Paper Tickets! We need everyone to make a 1:1 invite to make this a success!
Wednesday Evening 3-Part Series May 3, May 17 & May 24
5:30 pm: Doors ------ 5:45: Potluck Supper ------ 6:30-8:30 pm: Workshop
$15/evening or $40/series.
Come to one or two evenings, but we recommend the full series, as it builds each evening (and some assignments)
Limited financial assistance available through Keystone UCC, so pay what you can. Students free.
Childcare 6:30-8:30 pm with registration by May 1. RSVP children's ages to Lauren.
Register at Brown Paper Tickets or by phone and pay with check or cash at door.
For more information: Keystone UCC 206-632-6021
Evening 1 – Wednesday, May 3
PURPOSE & INSIGHT
Stories of the Divide
Why communicate? Defining your purpose
How do you deal with conflict? Self-assessment exercise
Five conflict-handling modes and when to use them
Recognizing emotions and triggers
How emotional escalation happens and what to do
Evening 2 – Wednesday, May 17
APPROACH & LISTENING
Deciding if, when and how to communicate
One-way, two-way and inner communication
Techniques for one-way communication
Active listening for understanding
Evening 3 – Wednesday, May 24
Techniques for engaging in two-way communication
Keys to a good conversation: how to prepare, invite and participate
De-escalating yourself and others from conflict
Certified mediator and founder, Constructive Conflict Resolution
Jim works with people in organizations, faith communities, universities and workplaces to engage conflict proactively and constructively. Through dialogue and building communication skills, Jim also helps people bridge the polarized divide that separates members of communities and cultures.
Certified mediator and founder, The Table Mediation
Nora believes that even the most difficult conversations hold potential for creating lasting accord. She uses facilitative mediation to conduct mature, respectful dialogue with individuals, families and colleagues, transforming entrenched conflict into creative problem solving.
Update from Iris Chavez about her immigration work:
Iris is our Justice Leadership Program intern 2016-2017:
Sunday March 26, I was away to attend St. Mary’s bilingual mass. The room was packed full because the usual English mass and Spanish mass were combined to make time for a Know Your Rights (KYR) training that was to follow. The KYR training was put on by Colectiva Legal, the National Refugee Congress, the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, and Ureña Law Offices. The purpose of KYR trainings is to inform the community how to prepare a safety plan in the event someone is detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and what to do in the event of an ICE raid, sweep, or if ICE comes to your door. Often times when families are not prepared, raids and deportations cause families to be broken up, with the parent taken away and the children split up and put in foster care.
This training was different from other KYR trainings because people were encouraged to talk to each other about their fears and were taught breathing and grounding exercises to turn fear into power. Channeling fear is an important skill to acquire, especially in moments of paralyzing fear when it can be hard to think straight or focus. The current reality for immigrants and refugees is grim. Trump’s hyperactive executive orders banning certain Muslims and refugees, the possible non-renewal of DACA, expanded raids (including raids outside of shelters), mass detention and deportation along with the denial of due process puts multiple communities at risk. The more informed we are of the realities the more we are able to be of help and resource to the communities at risk.
Love in Action: Keystone witnessing:
Friday, March 31 - Keystone stood with Amazon workers -
Seeking dignity at Security Industry Specialists
@ Amazon Headquarters, 410 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Saturday, April 1 was Sacred Heart Shelter
Keystone Cooked, Served, and Hung Out for Dinner with families in transitional housing
Friday, April 7 was Wallingford Meaningful Movies -
Command and Control
Keystone UCC hosted in (Battson Hall)
March 31- A couple Keystone folks supported workers who have run in to bewildering opposition at Amazon in their hope to be respected to observe Muslim prayers on the job as security officers.
Workers are seeking dignity at Security Industry Specialists (SIS), the company Amazon uses in Lake Union.
Contact: David Choi Justice Leadership Program intern <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Faith Action Network joined faith leaders, labor unions, and community members came alongside Security Industry Specialists (SIS) security officers at Amazon for a February Pray-In. After the powerful prayer event and over 2,000 emails about the issue, in addition to over 300 signatures from SIS officers inquiring about the lack of raises in four years and a fair path to unionization, we have received no response.
SIS officers have continually reached out to SIS management and to Amazon about their working conditions: stagnant wages, favoritism and perceived unfair treatment around race and religion. Community supporters, interfaith groups and tech workers have joined in and were met with silence.
So we joined Serving Seattle -- an organization of security, janitorial and service workers -- and came back on March 31st, with more people, more noise, and more pressure. About 130 people marched!
See more information about the event on the Facebook page. Also, here are copies of informational flyers in English, Spanish, and Somali.
For a recap of the February Pray-In, here is a video and a blog post.
See David Choi & the FAN staff, Rev. Lauren, and Iris Chavez.
Join our witness: Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 10 AM. All welcome to join Pastor Lauren & JLP Intern Iris Chavez as Keystone continues to support workers at Seatac and SIS at Amazon fighting for dignity on the job and the wages they are due.
April 20: 10 AM
contact Lauren for location (rotates between churches)
May Day is International Workers Day.
Join us on May Day 2017 for a day of resistance for workers in Seattle, up and down the West Coast, and across the country. May 1st, Seattle
Women's Retreat at N-Sid-Sen:
Celebrating Sisterhood:For Such A Time As This
A time of rest, relaxation, and renewal for women of all ages. Register here. This three-day retreat at beautiful Camp N Sid Sen on the shores of lovely Lake Coeur d’ Alene will provide opportunities for worship, fun, creativity, quiet, prayer, music, and laughter. All activities are purely voluntary, so if what you need is to just get away from life for a while and relax, you are welcome to come and truly ‘retreat.’ This is a gathering of women* across our Pacific Northwest Conference United Church of Christ (WA, Idaho, Alaska) *all who identify as female, or anyone who doesn't identify with the gender binary, but feels called to share this female-orientated space.
Big win- Keystone celebrates faithful support of workers who have been advocating for fairness. On March 1, 2017, Alaska Airlines announced they will stop contracting out to Menzies for baggage handlers. Now these can be on a pathway toward union jobs within Alaska Airlines. 900 baggage handlers will now receive better wages and benefits.
In a dramatic reversal, Alaska Airlines announced that they are going to stop contracting out baggage-handling jobs at our airport. Instead, 900 Alaska baggage handlers are now going to become employees of an Alaska subsidiary. And thanks to SeaTac Proposition 1, the workers are going to keep their jobs, and their starting wage will be $15.34/hour.
For the last 4.5 years, Keystone has been supporting workers in their fight for dignity and pay at our Seatac Airport. Join Iris and Lauren in April and May for reading this new book: March 16 was Book signing: see pictures on FB and blog:
Keystone stepped out in faith to support worker justice & dignity.
Pastor Lauren was a panelist for "Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement" book launch. Lauren and Keystone's work with the Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition, since 2012 is featured in Jonathan Rosenblum's just-released book, as he tells the inside story of how Sea-Tac Airport workers and faith and community allies led the first successful fight for $15, renewing the national labor movement."
See pictures here on FB from the panel Thursday March 16, 6-8 PM, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
321 16th Ave. South, Seattle WA 98144
Pick up a copy and read along a chapter/ week with Iris and Lauren for April & May!
April 1- Sacred Heart
April 7 Meaningful Movies @ Keystone 7 p
Command And Control
Thank you - Meaningful Movies in Wallingford
Friday | 4/7/2017 | showed:
5019 Keystone Place N (at Keystone Congregational Church) Seattle, WA
COMMAND AND CONTROL a minute-by-minute account of a near catastrophic nuclear explosion at a Titan ll Missile complex. The movie was directed by Robert Kenner (FOOD, INC.) and based on the critically acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser (FAST FOOD NATION). Recently declassified documents provide a cautionary tale of freak accidents, near misses, human fallibility and extraordinary heroism. Command and …
Mark calendars for next Meaningful Movie at Keystone: first Friday of month: May 5th.
In this rainy season, we are part of good stewardship! Thursday March 16- Rain Wise Sign was installed (see picture.) In our partnership with City of Seattle for our church rain garden, there is now an educational sign at the corner of our lot, for everyone passing by to learn how they can also help with rain gardens.