Thursday, August 6, 2020

Gatherings every Wednesday eve online in Keystone Community; + come try Contemplative Lectio Divina

Join us for services

Worship Every Sunday – 10:30 a.m.
All Are Welcome!  Interactive, Online

This Sunday, August 9, 2020
Preaching:
 Rev. Rich Gamble
Worship leaders: Rev. Lauren (Rev. Yuki on vacation Aug. 3, 5-9)

Text: Matthew 14: 22- 33
Theme: Amazing Possibilities
Musicians: Elliot Kraber, vocals, and Yi─čit Kolat, piano/instruments

Announcement online after Worship:  stay to hear an update on a couple key ways we are in ministry with Sacred Heart Shelter these days.  Come hear from some of our Sacred Heart Shelter team leaders- thank you Michelle & Rita!

We currently meet online for interactive worship through the Zoom Meetings platform. The link to the worship service is mailed through the newsletter every Sunday morning. Want to invite someone to worship with us? Send them the Sunday newsletter Cheat Sheet, or invite them to subscribe to our newsletter through our web site by clicking here: http://www.keystoneseattle.org/contact.

SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Our Sundays together begin with Church  School Storytime with Teacher Anita at 10 a.m. for younger children.  Families can give them 20 minutes in a Zoom breakout room with Anita, then return to the main Zoom space, where worship starts with music at 10:30 a.m. Also at 10 a.m., folks can hang out for a "Bring Your Own Coffee ☕(half) hour" where we have some time to see each other and talk before worship. After worship, you can share your Announcements, and then we host about 15 minutes for connection and sharing together in breakout rooms.

Keystone Beloveds- there has been a lot of Get Out the Vote effort this week- thank you! Green Team Members have been part of a training and then a great big texting campaign with the Environmental Justice group of our Pacific Northwest Conference UCC, and more across the country.

And below you will learn of our excitement that we have ways to connect and learn coming up each Wednesday in August!  And find links to last week's sermon.    ~ Pastor Lauren (with Pastor Yuki & Pastor Rich)
Happy Listening Anytime:  Miss a Sermon or Worship?  Watch sermons and worship services on our YouTube page & subscribe!  You can go back to find specific Prayers or Benedictions as well.

Audio also Available Online: Click on a file for a listen from the archives, back in the sanctuary HERE, and share!  
Mark dates! Every Wednesday Eve @ Church:
On line Solidarity/ Learning/ Getting Together!

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Wed. Aug. 5:  Contemplative Lectio Divina 6:30 - 7 pm w Lauren.

Wed. Aug. 12:  Justice Bible Study 6:30- 7:20 pm w Yuki.

Wed. Aug. 12:  Solidarity: Gather & Build Resilience Hang Out: with your faithful crew: Connect, Lament & Laugh:  7:30-8:15 pm
(Come this first gathering to circle up support around our faithful parents especially!  All welcome) w Lauren.

Wed. Aug. 19:  Story Telling: theme:  Transcendence 6:30-7:15 pm w Rich.

For Wed. Aug. 26:  Check here @ next week's newsletter!  We are in discussions with the Lectio group tonight... or... for Aug. 26 to possibly launch our next study book...

The Solidarity Gathering to Build Resilience Hangout may begin to meet regularly after the Second-Wednesdays-of-the-month Bible Study- stay tuned.  Come on for both!

Wednesday night is church night, every week!

On months that have 5 Wednesdays, we plan to schedule our next Community Feedback Listening Sessions (ex. see you on  Sept. 30 and Dec. 30.)
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Listen to sermon from August 2:  Abundance:  
scripture was Matthew 14: 13-21

Don't let the rumblings you hear that it involves a parasite-- keep you from some devotional time!  Hmmm, is this going to become a sermon series?

https://youtu.be/Ax6I_KE5rp0

 

Let us continually lift our prayers, in these, and all times:

  • For Jim and Ruth welcoming their grand baby this week! Congratulations!!! Joyful prayers around you all!
  • Prayers surround Maureen's sister Teresa throughout Thursday as she is in surgery for cancer.
  • With Dorothy's son Michael in his continued recovery from his tumor, so he might be free of further surgeries.
  • All our Keystone families and extended families being impacted by Covid, and those facing illness and injuries, and for those who grieve loved ones lost this year.  
  • For the Keystone community, in gratitude for all the work to get out the vote these weeks and months.  And continually adapting to build voter access for all.  
  • Thank you God for the charge to build our lives and this  world on love.

Our prayers continue to surround:

  • Caregivers at Keystone, offering devoted love to those with whom they live.  For grace, holy patience, & humor.
  • The Seattle Taiwanese Christian Church UCC, The Wallingford Co-Op PreSchool, The Seattle Labor Chorus, The Seattle Peace Chorus, The Meaningful Movies Project, Communities Rising, and our other many building users, figuring out news ways to be right now!
  • Families & teachers at Keystone, who are figuring fall plans for youth scholars, college scholars, and for children who will have a new design than their daycare, preschool, or school. 
Holy God ... hear our prayers!

These prayers are crafted to carry those shared in worship to our whole community, in the general spirit in which they were given (one pastor or leader makes note as one prays.)  We also especially welcome you to send Rev. Lauren your note during the week with any prayer request, we are so happy to incorporate it into our online worship (if you may not be up for voicing it). We are also always glad for you to add your prayers to the Zoom chat box during live worship, and we can fold them in to the spoken prayers. Contact Keystone's pastors for any pastoral concerns (contact info is below and at the bottom of this newsletter)

Prayers to include in the newsletter? Email them to Pastor Yuki (yuki.schwartz@keystoneseattle.org), Pastor Rich (keystone5019@gmail.com), &/or Pastor Lauren:  lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org, or text/ call Lauren cell:  773.501.7382

Sustaining Worship in These Times


A note from Pastor Rich:

The congregation met via Zoom on Wednesday July 22nd, as Lauren hosted a Community Feedback Listening Session. Those who attended voiced some sadness for some of the things our Zoom worship cannot provide like hugs, congregational singing and cake. Overall though, the feedback was that given the restrictions of Covid, things are going quite well. People are generally pleased with the Sunday service and appreciate some of the things Zoom gatherings provide, like opportunity to see everyone’s faces during worship, the ease of attending worship and discovering new music. One of the primary advantages of Zoom worship is that we have people participating from far away and our attendance is up significantly.

The reality is that we will be doing Zoom worship for many months to come and possibly we will keep Zoom worshipping at some level even after a vaccine has been distributed to everyone. Given that, we are now moving from doing Zoom worship as an emergency response, to working out how we can continue to do such worship sustainably. That means that we are going to need to have more people trained in the technologies we use, and we will need to standardize the technology we are using so that various people can do the work.

The long and the short of it is that we are building something new and lasting and that will take some time. We ask that the congregation please be patient as we work out a system that will run as smoothly as our traditional worship did.

Contemplative Practice in Community @Keystone Online: Tonight

Wednesday, August 5, from 6:30-7 p.m.  In this long haul through Covid 19, we are in this together.  Come spend 30 minutes tonight to give your Spirit a little restoration & fortification.  Lauren will lead a short reflective practice called Lectio Divina, using our Matthew 14: 22-33 text for Sunday August 9.   (Lectio Divina is a simple practice for connection — personal, spiritual, and collective.  We read the passage 3 times, with a couple questions.  Its not very heady Bible study, but closer to centering prayer.)

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”  ~ Dorothy Day.
Together in community we can slow a little bit to ‘rest in God’ as Pastor Lauren (with Rita and Barb) will lead us through a way we can each reflect on "what sticks out in this text for me?" and to what God is urging, through our reading together.  Come enjoy a quieter moment tonight with others from Keystone: bring your favorite Bible translation, or click on the link here!  

Tonight, Wed. Aug. 5, we will use our lectionary Matthew 14: 22- 33 story of Jesus coming across the water, and the disciples become afraid, but he offers, "take heart, it is I; do not be afraid..."  This will be our text @ worship Sun. Aug. 9!

(Look next for the Cheat Sheet with the link for tonight: the space opens at 6:15 pm.)  Call Lauren with any questions:  773-501-7382

Actions You Can Take This Week


THANK YOU FOR VOTING!  THANK YOU FOR HELPING GET OUT THE VOTE!  THANK YOU FOR TEACHING YOUR KIDS ABOUT VOTING!  Next up is a webinar from our UCC:

Take one hour out for this (you tube link below)!!


Rich V. and Barb and Lauren recommend!  Lets do this!

https://youtu.be/qy2F-KzpA60

 
This streamed Aug. 4 but is available anytime.  Check out other linked resources too.
Organize the Church: Voter Registration, Education, and
Mobilization (featuring Stacey Abrams, Leah Daughtry and Traci
Blackmon
Beloved of God,

Thank you so much for your interest in Organize the Church: Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization (featuring Stacey Abrams, Leah Daughtry and Traci Blackmon!

As you are led to watch or share, the recording is available on the following playlist for future learning, along with all past Tuesdays for Nurture offerings.
See All Videos
During the webinar, we also mentioned the following resources:

Our Faith Our Vote
Black Church PAC
Power Rising
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Vote.org

Our next digital conversations are:We hope you will join us! If you can’t make it to the live event, we will send out a recording to all who register.

We are praying for you. We are in this together. Be well and know that you are a beloved child of God.

With Peace,
Justice and Local Church Ministries
The United Church of Christ
 
 
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Also locally: questions related to voting, call King County Elections: (206) 296-8683 or visit www.kingcounty.gov/vote.

Keystone is a Creation Justice Church!

After Keystone’s Lenten study on Naomi Klein’s book On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, the members of the study (who are also part of the Keystone Green Team), pinpointed some specific actions we wanted to take on to live out our commitment to climate justice. One of those actions was to apply to become on of the United Church of Christ’s Creation Justice Churches, joining may other churches in the UCC who are committed to creation care and climate justice in the world. The Green Team spent a few months working on that application, which you can read here, and Pastor Yuki sent it to the UCC’s national offices on July 22.

In July, Pastor Yuki received an email from the UCC’s Environmental Justice Minister Rev. Brooks Berndt welcoming Keystone as one of the UCC’s Creation Justice Churches. Rev. Berndt wrote: “I was able to read Keystone’s Creation Justice Church application just now, and I am happy to share that you are now officially a Creation Justice Church! I was glad to learn about your ministries, and I am happy to connect with you.”

Rev. Berndt said in the email that usually Creation Justice Churches receive a vinyl banner that they can display outside the church to show the world that they are committed to climate justice, but because the Covid-19 pandemic has kept the UCC’s office staff working from home, the UCC won’t be able to send that banner anytime soon. Rev. Berndt also encourages members from our Green Team to write articles about our experiences for the UCC Environmental Justice Ministries blog, The Pollinator.

Thank you, Green Team, for your work on the application and your commitment to this important ministry!


Meaningful Movies Online & Discussions!  Stay Home Times mean many great films are available to view online.  Check Them Out!  

www.meaningfulmovies.org

Next Justice Bible Study: Aug. 12

The Justice Bible Study Group meets Wednesday August 12, reading the Gospel of Mark, Chapters 5, 6... Come to the study and bring your questions and your reflections of your week as we try to work out together where we meet God in these stories and in our work in the world. You don't need to read before coming, we'll read stories together. 

The study space opens up at 6:15 p.m., and the study will start at 6:30 p.m., in the same Zoom space we use on Sunday mornings and for our other gatherings (look for a Cheat Sheet with the info coming in your email!). 
Next Gathering: More Solidarity!  Build Resilience Hang Out: 
Connect, Lament & Laugh:  
Aug. 12: 7:30-8:15 pm 


Come circle up (this one especially welcomes parents!)  Perhaps we each strive to stay well by various groups for support.  But here is a chance to gather with your fellow Keystone faithful families (and all generations of Keystone folk who are cheering you on).  We will hold a circle of support.  Keystone prayers continue to be with you these days, families!  Lets meet on line to casually commiserate a little, then strategize a bit too.  We can lean in to our tradition that practices hope!  We will get through this wild year ahead, with remote schooling, and any and everything else that is to come.  We can hold each other's grief.  We can have a few laughs in solidarity with each other.  Come lament a little on Aug. 12 for a 45 minute round up, on how the heck you are doing!

All Keystone folks and friends are welcome too!  You can show your support to all our beloved parents!

At the end, we will plan if we might circle up again. 
(If you are at Bible Study beforehand- just come on in to chat after your study!)

Meeting link will be in the Cheat Sheet Wed. Aug. 12.  
Lauren cell:  773-501-7382

Gratitude from Nell


In her own voice, @ worship, Nell has been adding her deep thanks for prayers while she was getting stronger, and its been a joy to be 'back together!'  
Nell said she welcomes call visits - her strength is good.  She has been back to beating her grandkids at many a card game!  
You can leave a message at her CaringBridge site.

And send Nell a card, care of Nathan & Ruth Townley:
9931 18th Ave. W. #34
Everett, WA 98204 
10-10:20 AM Sundays:  weekly StoryTime w/Teacher Anita happens before worship!  Families, we are on the 18th chapter of Matthew, filling the spaces on the map (see!), as we read hrough the whole gospel.  We also read a fun series about Ben and his dog and a porcupine!  Contact Anita.  This picture shows a little of this breakout room fun!





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As part of its "Tuesdays for Nurture" series, the UCC will host ORGANIZE THE CHURCH: Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization (featuring Stacey Abrams, Leah Daughtry and Traci Blackmon), an engaging conversation about electoral politics and the role the church is called to play to ensure every voice is heard. This webinar continues the OUR FAITH/OUR VOTE 2020 Series as we journey toward elections. The webinar will be Aug. 4 at 12:30 p.m. PDT/3:30 p.m. EDT. Click here to register:
 https://ucc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bTrD5S8PTSi6TKdU08gWJQ 
Glance down Calendar
~Different ways to be in Solidarity, in these times~

 
Wednesday, August 5: Contemplative Practice in Community, 6:30-7 p.m., Keystone Zoom. Come explore with us a lectio divina practice to sustain your spirit during this week. Pastor Lauren and a few leaders are designing this half-hour practice, and if there's interest, it will continue on a regular basis: we can pick when is good. 
 
Wednesday, August 5: Webinar on the Green New Deal and Reparations, featuring 350.org's North America Director Tamera Toles O'Laughlin and UCC Economic Justice Minister Sekinah Hamlin. Register at  https://UCC.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kzxMjKP0SQS7nZLPmnJ1Qw

Wednesday, Aug. 12: Justice Bible Study, 6:30 p.m. on Keystone Zoom. We'll read the Bible and start making links between our justice solidarities and our sacred stories, one Bible chapter at at time. You don't have to read in advance to join this study. Email Pastor Yuki for more info, yuki.schwartz@keystoneseattle.org. Contact Yuki for Chapters!  5 & 6.

Wednesday, Aug. 12: Solidarity: Gather & Build Resilience: Hang Out:  On line: Connect, Lament & Laugh:  7:30-8:15 pm
Come circle up support around our families especially!  All welcome (whether you are a parent or a faithful supporter!) w Lauren
, on Keystone Zoom. 

Wednesday, August 19: Keystone Storytelling, 6:30 p.m. on Keystone Zoom. NEW THEME: Transcendence. Email Pastor Rich to sign up to tell a story (206.632.6021. or keystone5019@gmail.com). Learn more about storytelling here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bo3dpVb5jw
 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgeh4xhSA2Q.

6 P.M. SATURDAY, AUGUST 8

Release Year: 2019
Running Time: 101 minutes
Director: Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance

A secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative launched 10 years ago threatens to undermine our democracy. Gerrymandering influences elections and sways outcomes. It has become a hot-button political topic and symbol for everything broken about the American electoral process. But there are those on the front lines fighting to change the system. “Slay the Dragon” follows everyday people as they fight to make their votes matter.

To register for this event, please email everettmeaningfulmovies@gmail.com so we can send you the Zoom link.

Other movies to watch this week:

Watch Fight the Power: Protest in Films” on Kanopy at home and then on August 11 join an online discussion about the film with Lance Rhoades, Seattle-based film critic“Fight the Power” focuses on filmmakers in the 1980s speaking truth to power by highlighting protests in their films. This event is part of the program Meaningful Movies Matinee, a social justice documentary film and discussion series aimed at educating and engaging people online. Registration is required. Please register HERE with your email and you will be sent the Zoom link or phone number the day of the event. 

 
 

Quinn O'Neill - 8/1
Kaaren Mills - 8/10
Levi Penick - 8/23
Jim Little - 8/26
Grant Davis - 8/27
Steve Bauck - 8/28
Elliot Kraber - 8/29


Here's wishing them each the happiest of birthdays, from all of us at Keystone UCC!  On the last Sunday of the month- we shall have cake at coffee hour (even on line cheer these days!)

Please let Barbara know additions/ omissions! 
 
Keep an eye out here for upcoming Keystone Birthdays!

Reaching Keystone UCC Pastoral Staff:


Reach us at your Keystone church office: (206) 632-6021.  This phone is also checked remotely since all staff serve part-time.

Pastor Rich is available Tuesday to Thursday mornings and Friday evenings, and holds additional office times on Saturdays and Sundays.  (Sabbath = Mondays.)  Not all of these times will Rich be in the church office. If you want to see him, it is best to make an appointment. Email him at keystone5019@gmail.com

Pastor Lauren is on Sunday thru Wednesday mornings + Wednesday evenings (Sabbath = Saturdays). Email is a great way to line up a meeting: lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org  

Pastor Yuki (they/them) is at church two Sundays a month and is available to meet by appointment (Sabbath = Fridays). Email them at yuki.schwartz@keystoneseattle.org.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Nonviolence Training: continual support for BLM; Story Telling Wednesdays; Congregational Meeting

Join us for services

Worship Every Sunday – 10:30 a.m.
All Are Welcome!  Interactive, Online

This Sunday, June 28, 2020
Keystone Congregational Meeting after worship
Preaching:
 Rev. Rich Gamble
Worship leaders: Rev. Lauren & Rev. Yuki

Text: Genesis 22: 1-14
Theme: A Better God  
Reader:  Dan S.
Music: with Elliot, Yigit, and more
Children's Story Time: with Anita before worship (10-10:20a.m.)

June Birthdays!

We currently meet online for interactive worship through the Zoom Meetings platform. The link to the worship service is mailed through the newsletter every Sunday morning. Want to invite someone to worship with us? Send them the Sunday newsletter cheat sheet, or invite them to subscribe to our newsletter through our web site by clicking here: http://www.keystoneseattle.org/contact.

SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Our Sundays together begin with Sunday School and Storytime with Teacher Anita at 10 a.m. Children and their families spend 20 minutes in a Zoom breakout room with Anita, then return to the main Zoom space, where worship starts with music at 10:30 a.m. Also at 10 a.m., folks can hang out for a "Bring Your Own Coffee ☕ (half) hour" where we have some time to see each other and talk before worship. After worship, we'll also have about 15 minutes for connection and sharing together in breakout rooms (but... not this week... because...)

June 28 Congregational Meeting: stay after, so we can do our budget & business, & re-elect our slate of officers for this year ahead! 

Happy Listening Anytime:  Miss a Sermon?  Down at Classroom? Audio Available Online: Click on a file for a listen HERE, and share! Or watch sermons and worship services on our YouTube page & subscribe! 

Miss worship last Sunday? Every week we post video: the sermon from Pastor Rich, Pastor Lauren's guiding prayers in our Prayers of the People (but nothing shared by our people's voices- the recording is always paused for privacy), and Pastor Yuki's benediction. Use these videos as part of your practices of prayer and reflection this week. 
June 21 videos are not available at this time, so incase you would like to use these in your devotional or study time, here is a re-run of June 14- sermon, prayer invitation, and benediction:  
June 14 sermon on Mathew 9:35-10:7: At Hand, In Our Hands
Prayers of the People for June 14, 2020 (including our song to Nell)
Benediction for June 14, 2020

Our prayers continue to surround:

Our times of challenge, unrest, uncertainty, times of staying home, & times of filling the streets.
For precious time to worship online together, to steep deeply in our ancient tradition, to see we are never alone, to discern together, how to act in these times for justice, how to safely sing out our hope to create a more equitable word for all, and for Earth. 

Nell and her family, in their devoted loving ongoing care for our sister Nell, day in and day out, at Nathan's.  God, continue to bring Nell the sense of your Spirit.  Continue to be with all of Nell's extended family, and community of beloved friends.  And with us Keystone, as we move through gratitude, and keep extending companionship & care with her. 

Sandie, for continued rest and recovery.  
Dave, for continued recovery from blood clots.
Puspita, at June 20 Anniversary time (husband)
Fathers who have lost, & all our men who weather complexities, or are separated, estranged by no choice, by systems, or circumstance, or choice, on father's day.  Surviving another day of recognition!


Our prayers with rejoicing go out to:
Happy Fathers Day! to our amazing Keystone fathers who are reinventing what present, caring, just, engaged fathers can be.  Helping to bring forth new days ahead!  & all in our midst who father & lead & teach well beyond & wider! 
Green Team, at work on UCC Creation Justice application
Paisley, for offering her poem at Roosevelt H.S. Graduation June 18! 

All our scholars, for wrapping up a whopper of a school year!  
& families, You.did.it! 

Hillary C., former JLP intern, and SKCCH intern, now staff: on her engagement! 

Holy God ... hear our prayers!

These prayers are crafted to carry those shared in worship to our whole community, in the general spirit in which they were given (one pastor or leader makes note as one prays.)  We also especially welcome you to send Rev. Lauren your note during the week with any prayer request, and we can incorporate it into our online worship (if you may not be up for voicing it). We are also always glad for you to add your prayers to the Zoom chat box during live worship, and we can fold them in to the spoken prayers. Contact Keystone's pastors for any pastoral concerns (contact info is below and at the bottom of this newsletter)

Prayers to include in the newsletter? Email them to Pastor Yuki (yuki.schwartz@keystoneseattle.org), Pastor Rich (keystone5019@gmail.com), &/or Pastor Lauren:  lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org, or text/ call Lauren cell:  773.501.7382

THIS SUNDAY: Keystone Congregational Meeting is June 28

 
BRIEF MEETING ON LINE AFTER WORSHIP: Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ will hold our annual congregational meeting on June 28, 2020, on Zoom after our worship service. Officers, budget, our business, distributing Festival of Hope distributions, roof & solar update, Green Team application:  UCC Creation Justice, more!  But its not a long gathering- bring your coffee, your questions, & your voice & vote (& wave your hand on line, or by phone *9)! 

Thursday June 25:  join Pastor Lauren tomorrow eve:  ready to update your nonviolence training, and step more to support black lives movement in Seattle?  We will take small group time at training, and as a church these next months, to continually frame how we best support, how to embody the peaceful nonviolent approach that  Keystone lives; we are not leading, we are mindful.  With other faithful folks.

Militant Nonviolent Direct Action Training w/ Rev. Sekou

Thursday 6-8 PM · by Valley & Mountain Fellowship (Methodist south Seattle) & WA Poor People’s Campaign

Jimi Hendrix Park  Details: meet at Park:

Join Reverend Osagyefo Sekou (whom Lauren has met his previous trips to Seattle) in a training in Militant Nonviolent Direct Action. Livestreaming has been available for the 3 others this week. Can't make it Wednesday June 24 (Keystone Story Telling eve), join Pastor Lauren in masks, distanced: each of these Trainings the content will shift and develop each time. (Come to any— each will be slightly different; no pre-reqs)!  But all feature 4 practical tips from the National Lawyers Guild speaker, and from a medic, alongside Rev. Sekou.

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou will be offering a training in Militant Nonviolent Civil Disobedience. All are welcome, though clergy and religious/spiritual folk are especially invited. The training includes very technical skills on nonviolent confrontational actions and offers a moral framing for this set of tactics (as one set among many). The goals are: to equip more people who can be quickly deployed when called upon to support the movement for Black Lives, and provide opportunity for deepening relationships in the service of base building. Modules to include legal, medical, and tactical info for protest/demonstration situations, plus some meditative/somatic grounding skills.

TRAINER: Rev. Sekou trained and co-lead hundreds in militant nonviolent actions in Ferguson, and was deeply involved in the counter-protests in Charlottesville. Before arriving in Seattle this week, he was in Minneapolis supporting base-building efforts there. Read more: www.revsekou.com/bio-1

COLLABORATORS: Street medics, volunteers with the National Lawyers Guild, and Somatic practitioners will help facilitate.

*Sponsors: Washington Poor Peoples Campaign, and Valley & Mountain (a South Seattle church grounded in liberation theology, which Rev Sekou regularly visits to teach and speak).

ACCESSIBILITY:

-Livestreaming available from Valley & Mountain Facebook page to watch remotely 

-Presenters will be amplified with microphone and speaker

-ASL interpretation NOT available at this time (work in progress)

-Seating is on the ground (feel free to bring a chair, pad, etc.). A few chairs will be provided; first come first serve. 

-This is a fairly active training with an invitation to actively participate to build muscle memory for protest situations. Actions will include moving from standing to sitting to lying down at a fairly rapid pace, with repetition (think: light activist-themed calisthenics). All movement is opt in/opt out and you are welcome to adapt practices in a way that suits your needs. 

-Lite snacks provided 

COVID Info:

-Masks required (we may have extras to offer)

-Hand sanitizer will be provided

-Outdoor training with moderate distance

-All role plays and contact are opt-in/out and consent based. No presh :)

Other ways this week:  to Take 5!
 

Take 5 actions can be found at King County Equity Now, a Coalition of accountable, Black-led, community-based organizations fighting to achieve equity in King County. As you will see in your study, their purpose is to provide resources and opportunities to build community by creating a future that emphasizes humanity, empathy, and compassion, while effectively organizing to get there.  (They are not behind all moves at the CHOP or DeFund. But super focused on 3 demands.)

#PaytheFee #KingCountyEquityNow

Check out the video of the massive Juneteenth Celebration for the continued struggle towards Black liberation. (Video by Remington Wilcox.) 
BIG announcement central to our City's recent protests  Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now: a partnership to develop a participatory budget process for the City's 2021 budget cycle. This announcement comes on the heels of Mayor Durkan offering a mere 5% cut in the SPD budget during a time of severe budget shortfalls.

Participatory budgeting is a ground-up, democratic process where community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. The participatory budgeting process that KCENC partnered to create will inform and guide Seattle’s spending on the City’s “public safety” agencies, with a focus on SPD, the City's law department (City Prosecutors), Municipal Court, and reinvestments into the community that could generate real safety.  

In this time of nationwide uprising, Seattle King Co Equity Now Coalition has been calling for reinvestments into real community safety and well-being.

With recent support of hundreds and hundreds of local, accountable community-based organizations and tens of thousands of community members... the overwhelming support for our demands makes clear that people are tired of seeing essential needs like housing, health care, and child care unmet in their communities while hundreds of millions are spent on policing. The community-led participatory budgeting process announced today will help transform community demands

#PayTheFee

CALLS TO ACTION

To honor the call, here are concrete actions to take right now: 

TAKE 5 

Say NO to gentrification in the Central Area and help Seattle's Black community achieve equity. Sign petition AND send a personalized email.  

OR 

Visit King County Equity Now and complete both calls to action

AND/OR: 

Donate what you can! 

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Meanwhile....

Keystone folks were in last week's Moral Response locally, and raised our voices with the movement ringing out loud and clear last  weekend at the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington.  Rev. Barber wrote:  More than two and a half million of you from all across the country and around the world viewed the program on Facebook alone, more than 42,000 of you uploaded selfies and stories on our website, and you sent nearly 300,000 letters to our elected officials insisting they implement the policy agenda of the Poor People’s Campaign.

We were covered in the New York TimesCNNNPR, the Washington Post the Religious News Service and many more!

Momentum is growing. We released the summary of the Poor People's Moral Justice Jubilee Policy Platform, which offers an agenda that can heal the nation and restore our democracy.

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Keystone is deeply familiar with Rev. Dr. William Barber II, between our studies on his books The Third Reconstruction and Forward Together, and our participation in actions and events with the Poor People's Campaign and Repairers of the Breach. Check out his sermon, "America, Accepting Death is Not an Option Anymore!,"  that he gave Sunday, June 14, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. 

Time to Read, Absorb, and Carry on Our Lament and Prayer:

From Pastor Lauren: 

I write to share a powerful article from my seminary colleague, Rev. Dr. Waltrina Middleton, whom so many of you also came to know as she traveled to Seattle to join us and preach at my ordination at Keystone on October 26, 2014.  At that time she was working for the national UCC in Cleveland and helping lead faithful organizing in Ferguson, Missouri following the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown. None of us could have guessed what these next years would entail for her family.  And yet our prayers have continued to hold her throughout. So I want to offer an invitation to take some more time now with her current piece in the Christian Century.  May it help inform the many ways we each will be called to respond to this moment in history.

From the article I Don’t Forgive the Man Who Murdered My Cousin DePayne at Mother Emanuel:

"When black people were enslaved in America, they found places called brush arbors—safe havens hidden in the woods where they would steal away to pray, encourage one another, enact rites of passage, and plot their freedom. In the sanctuary of the forest, the disinherited and oppressed offered all they had to give in the collective work of loving themselves, their black bodies and the very essence of their humanity.

"Where are the sanctuaries for black people in contemporary America? Where can we go to be free, to breathe, to laugh, to love and be loved and be human without the fears and threats of being harmed? For many, the answer has largely been the black church.

"But on Wednesday evening, June 17, 2015, in the low country of Charleston, South Carolina, not far from the rich Gullah Sea Islands where I grew up, tragedy struck the black church once again. The very thing I fight and organize against as a minister—our society’s deeply masked and far-reaching culture of violence—descended upon my family in the sanctuary of the church. ..."

Will Keystone Storytelling Continue, past tonight?

From Pastor Rich:

It has been a wonderful experience to share stories with one another. It gives us a chance to practice sharing our stories and it gives us an opportunity to hear each other’s stories and get to know each other better. When we run out of storytellers, the workshop will end.

Tonight June 24, Sheri is next to tell her story on the theme “a small thing that made a big difference in my life”. We have no one scheduled after that. So tonight may be our last gathering for a while unless someone volunteers for July 8. If you would like to volunteer contact me (rich.gamble@keystoneseattle.org or 206-632-6021).

Supporting Nell and Her Family


Nell welcomes your prayers and messages at her CaringBridge site that her children Nathan and Teresa kindly set up for her. She is living at Nathan and Ruth's with their & Teresa's 24/7 care.  Gratefully the  medication from the hospital that caused much confusion, is finally out of her system.  All are welcome to add love day by day to this Caring Bridge site, or contact Nathan to see about a time to visit, that might also fit with home health or hospice workers times.

Send Nell messages at her CaringBridge site, and Teresa, Nathan, & Ruth lovingly read them to her.
Watch Paisley read her poem toward the beginning of graduation online on Roosevelt High's YouTube page, and also on Seattle Public Schools TV beginning on Comcast 26 (standard-def) 319 (hi-def), Wave 26 (standard-def) 695 (hi-def) and Century Link 8008 (standard-def) 8508 (hi-def). 





The Pacific Northwest Conference's home for sharing timely news, analysis, & info on how we can be the conference is on GoogleGroups.  If you'd like to become a member of the Google Group, send an email to Arlene pncucc@gmail.comThe Conference also shares news and information on its new Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/pacificnorthwestucc.

Also check out: our UCC President, & friend of Keystone UCC: here is a 5 or 6 minute helpful teaching Into the Mystic podcast this one entitled "Expurgation"... Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer did his doctoral work on white privilege.

Places to do your self study: BLM, UCC, Juneteenth

Ministries of the United Church of Christ are inviting members and friends of the denomination to take part in virtual commemorations of the official end of slavery in the United States and to use the occasion to join a long-term antiracist movement.

“And Still We Rise” is the title of a live “UCC Churchwide Event: Juneteenth 2020” that will be (available afterwards here now) led by African American members of the denomination’s staff. It has been four years of focused antiracist programming in UCC Racial Justice Ministries.

The 90-minute “And Still We Rise” webinar offers a mix of live and recorded segments on such topics as “The Sacredness of Black Lives,” “Sacred Memory: People of African Descent,” “Our Oral Traditions,” “Our Sacred Rituals,” “Connections to the Cradle of Civilization,” “Resistance is in our DNA,” “Honor the Elders,” “How are the Children?” and “Public Faith and Political Action.”

Among its featured speakers are the Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, UCC associate general minister; Nevada state Sen. Patricia Spearman; UCC storyteller Valerie Tutson; and several staff members from the UCC national and Conference settings. Video clips will include reflections by the poet Maya Angelou on the topic “I Am Human,” and excerpts from a sermon, “When is Someday,” by the Rev. Otis Moss III of Trinity UCC, Chicago.

Glance- down- the- Calendar
 
Tonight Wednesday, June 24: Keystone's (quite possibly final eve for this go around!) Storytelling! 6:30 p.m. at Keystone's Zoom space, hosted by Lauren starting at 6:15 (link is in separate cheat sheet email), facilitated by Rich. Continuing the theme: A Small Thing That Had a Big Influence on My Life. Email Pastor Rich to sign up to tell a story (206.632.6021. or keystone5019@gmail.com). Learn more about storytelling here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bo3dpVb5jw
 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgeh4xhSA2Q.
Tonight our Storyteller is Sheri Amundson!

Thursday, June 25: Join Pastor Lauren, update your training, be ready to support movement for Black Lives, in Seattle:  6-8 p.m. 
 Militant Nonviolent Direct Action Training w/ Rev. Sekou · by Valley & Mountain Fellowship (Methodist south Seattle) & WA Poor People’s Campaign: Jimi Hendrix Park Seattle (distanced & masks.)

Friday, June 26 - Sunday, June 28: Celebrate Seattle Pride, Trans Pride, Black Trans Pride... with some key events this weekend!  In Beacon Hill @ Jefferson Park Saturday 4 pm, or at Othello Park Saturday 2-5:30 pm#SayHerName: Protect Black Women March and on line workshops and more with Trans Pride Seattle!  Whether from home or out in masks- happy Pride, & witness & call to action!  

Sunday, June 28: Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ annual congregational meeting, after worship on Zoom!

Wednesday, July 1: Justice Bible Study, 6:30 p.m. on Keystone Zoom. We'll read the Bible and start making links between our justice solidarities and our sacred stories, one Bible chapter at at time. You don't have to read in advance to join this study. Email Pastor Yuki for more info, yuki.schwartz@keystoneseattle.org. Reading for July 1: Mark, Chapter 2.
 

Pat Becker - 6/3
Stan Jeppesen - 6/3
Rich Voget - 6/5
John Preson - 6/14
Amara Poindexter (Dan and Monica) - 6/18
Guppy Smith - 6/19
Teddy - 6/24
Rev. Jerry Chang - 6/25
Clara Havey (Hannah and Nick) - 6/27 (first year birthday!)


Here's wishing them each the happiest of birthdays, from all of us at Keystone UCC!  On the last Sunday of the month- we shall have cake at coffee hour (even on line cheer these days!)

Please let Barbara know additions/ omissions! 
 
Keep an eye out here for upcoming Keystone Birthdays!

Reaching Keystone UCC Pastoral Staff:


Reach us at your Keystone church office: (206) 632-6021.  This phone is also checked remotely since all staff serve part-time.

Pastor Rich is available Tuesday to Thursday mornings and Friday evenings, and holds additional office times on Saturdays and Sundays.  (Sabbath = Mondays.)  Not all of these times will Rich be in the church office. If you want to see him, it is best to make an appointment. Email him at keystone5019@gmail.com

Pastor Lauren is on Sunday thru Friday half days (Sabbath = Saturdays). Email is a great way to line up a meeting: lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org  

Pastor Yuki (they/them) is at church two Sundays a month and is available to meet by appointment (Sabbath = Fridays). Email them at yuki.schwartz@keystoneseattle.org.
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