Saturday, March 10, 2018

Don't Forget Clocks move forward before Sunday worship! & Bri in Real Change as well as Rich!

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 11
at 2 AM -- move clocks forward an hour.

Be sure to 'spring ahead' and make it to church on time!

(10:30am, as always)
Sure, we lose an hour, but all is not lost! Pick up this week's Real Change for an opinion piece by Keystone UCC's pastor Rev. Rich Gamble! In it he shares about The Northwest Pilgrimage Project, Justice Leadership Program and Julilee Program!

And an opinion by our own Bri Little, of our Justice Leadership Program, who is serving at Keystone UCC & Real Change for this year!  (Scroll on down the page!)

http://www.realchangenews.org/2018/03/07/pilgrimage-offers-inspiration-education-those-working-end-homelessness

For more information on the NW Pilgrimage Project, contact Hunter Paulson-Smith, Keystone UCC's other Justice Leadership Program intern, at hunterpaulsonsmith@gmail.com

And be sure to put March 26, 27 and 28 on your calendars! At book study Wednesday night, Barb got us fired up about building our team to register for the Pilgrimage. Lets do this!
THE NORTHWEST PILGRIMAGE PROJECT
Dive into the issues of inequity and homelessness on a 3-day journey through Seattle


The Justice Leadership Northwest Pilgrimage Project is a three-day journey to explore the roots and contributing factors to the crisis of homelessness in Seattle. We will hear from experts and visit various relevant sites and organizations. Each of the three days will be full of information and experiences that will bring about an understanding of the causes and realities of homelessness. Participants will end the pilgrimage with a greater understanding of homelessness and the ways social justice leaders have worked to bring about its end. It is our hope that participants will utilize the information and experiences gained to participate in the ongoing work of ending homelessness.

The program is on March 26, 27, and 28. The total cost is $150.00, food and transportation is provided. Follow this link to apply: https://goo.gl/forms/fFQAZ8mZ0xWgmtdH2

Questions? Contact Rev. Rich Gamble or outreach intern Hunter Paulson-Smith at (206) 632-6021 or at Keystone5019@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

MARCH Forward.. Come together Wednesday nights-- & NW Pilgrimage

Join us for services
Worship Every Sunday – 10:30am
All Are Welcome!

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon
Pastor Yuki Schwartz, off


Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Theme: Nonviolence
Scripture: John 2:13-16
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Bri
Usher: Dan O.
Communion: Rich & Lauren
Coffee Hour Host: Marilyn
Children's Ministry: Anita - kids are crafting and prepping for Palm Sunday procession.

Families:  Pick up Children's Activity pages & crayons on the welcome table every week as you come in to worship (based on the scripture of the day.)  There are two types: younger children & older children.  Children of any age are always part of worship & welcome

Children's Ministry with Anita – program every Sunday 10:00am- 12pm. More info at http://www.keystoneseattle.org/children-youth/

Sermons Available Online: If you missed a Sunday, were ​downstairs at Sunday School, or just want to hear a sermon again, our JLP Intern, ​Hunter Paulson-Smith,​ has created an ​online audio archive​ where you can listen to them ​ or download them​. Click HERE to listen, and please share. ​Thank you, Hunter!

** NEXT WEEK **
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Rev. Lauren Cannon, preaching
Pastor Yuki Schwartz, liturgist

Rev. Rich Gamble, off

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Will
Usher: Amber
Communion: Lauren & Yuki
Coffee Hour Host: TBA
Children's Ministry: Anita - kids are crafting and prepping for Palm Sunday procession.
Upcoming Events

Friday, March 2 – A Woman's Right to a Safe Workplace
Documentary screening and panel discussion of "Rape on the Night Shift"
@ CASA Latina, 317 17th Ave S, Seattle, 98144
5:00-7:00pm
 
Wednesday, March 7 – Winter Faith Formation & Discussion Group: Forward Together
Second of 4 Wednesdays (next: March 14, 21)
@ Keystone UCC
6:00pm, Open space, tea & soups; 6:30-8pm, Discussion Group

Monday-Wednesday, March 26, 27 and 28 – The NW Pilgrimage Project
@ Various sites
Follow this link to app: https://goo.gl/forms/fFQAZ8mZ0xWgmtdH2

THIS MONTH: Season of Lent
Monday, March 26 - Table Turning morning action in Seattle.
Thursday, March 29 - Maundy Thursday Supper - doors 5:30 pm- potluck supper & liturgy 6-7:30 pm
Friday, March 30 - Good Friday service- 7 pm Learning Center
Sunday, April 1 - Easter Sunday- 10:30am worship with Easter egg hunt for the little ones
(See below for more information)
** See below for details on these and other events related to life in our community **
TONIGHT: Our friends at the Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition and SEIU 6 invite us to check out:

A Woman's Right to a Safe Workplace
Friday, March 2
5-7pm
@ CASA Latina, 317 17th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98144
 

En solidaridad con todas las mujeres trabajadoras, Casa Latina, SEIU6, UFCW 21, UNITE HERE 8, La Comisión para el Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo de los EE.UU y el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU.-Oficina de la Mujer les invitan a una proyección del documental y un panel sobre “Violación de un Sueño.” ¡Nos vemos aquí en Casa Latina el 2 de marzo a las 5pm!

In solidarity with all working women, Casa Latina, SEIU6, UFCW 21, UNITE HERE 8, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the US Department of Labor Women’s Bureau invite you to a documentary screening and panel discussion of “Rape on the Night Shift.” We hope to see you here at Casa Latina on March 2 at 5pm!

Tickets are FREE.
Spanish interpretation available.
RSVP to arrange FREE childcare.

Questions? Please contact Meiju Ong at meiju.ong@eeoc.gov or (206) 220-6913
 

Winter Faith Formation/Upcoming Discussion Group:
Forward Together 

Keystone Friends,

Come out to study and be together in these weeks of Lent. Wednesday February 28, we began our four-week faith formation series "Forward Together" at Keystone United Church of Christ.  This series is team-taught by Rev. Lauren Cannon, Rev. Rich Gamble, Pastor Yuki Schwartz, and Justice Leadership Program intern Hunter Paulson-Smith.

4 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Feb. 28, Mar. 7, Mar. 14, Mar. 21.


Series held in Battson Hall,which will be open each Wednesday at 6 pm, with tea and soups available so that you can warm up.  Then, 6-6:30 pm, the Fireside Room offers you a place to browse the short book chapters.

Each evening includes:
some Bible study/activity
some story telling or discernment
book discussion
prayers & music

The book is simply our springboard.  Here is the flavor, and Reading List:

Feb. 28- Why we show up. Our moral call.  Discussing what is our moral foundation.
Read: Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2. "The Need to Know Who We Are in Times Like These."

March 7- Who will show up? Our fusion politics. For what we stand.  How we stand together.
Read Chapters 5 & 6, watch Ted talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality
"Education, Economic Justice, and Voting Rights."
"Labor, Women, and Economic Justice."

March 14- How we will show up? What gifts we bring to this movement. How might Keystone community offer our gifts, skills.  Our faith.
Read Chapter 11
"Our Alliance with LGBT Rights."

March 21- When and where we show up.  When are you led to contribute individually in actions?  Then come fortify and share in worship, week by week?  Are you seeing Keystone Church on the move en masse?  Keystone as action generating base?  Called to witness as Keystone church to support groups in existing actions?
Read Chapter 13 & 14
Beyond Protest to Voter Mobilization.
Lessons from the Movement.

Let us know any questions (lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org)

RECAP: February 28 -our Bible study portion bounced off the scripture from worship February 25, and Rev. Rich's discipleship theme.  We were invited to think about our own stories of moral call, as we studied Mark 8:31-36.

8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

8:32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

8:33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."

8:34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

8:35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

8:36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?


The book is simply our springboard.  No one need sweat the reading.  We gather to be together in study.  Group discussion format.  Drop in any week.  See you Wednesday!

- Rev. Lauren Cannon
 
Forward Together
A Moral Message for the Nation

by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Barbara Zelter

In the spring of 2013, seventeen people gathered at the North Carolina state capitol to protest extreme legislation passed by the General Assembly. Thousands joined the “Moral Mondays” rallies, making this sustained moral protest one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in U.S. history. Rev. Dr. William Barber II, a pastor and president of the North Carolina Conference of the NAACP and an architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement, tells the story of a new fusion civil rights movement, a “big tent,” in which black and white, gay and straight, rich and poor, old and young, Republicans and Democrats are all welcome.

2017 Chalice Press
2018 Lent & Holy Week Calendar

Forward Together book discussion 4 Wednesdays:
Dates: Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21
Time: 6:30-8 PM
Team taught by Yuki, Hunter, Lauren & Rich.
Fireside reading room opens for teas and soups @ 6-6:30 pm.

Palm/Passion Sunday:
Date: Sunday, March 25
Time: During Service (10:30am)
Children will do a procession of the palms, facilitated by Anita and Bri (so plan to bring the kiddos on any of our Sundays in March when the kids will be crafting and practicing each week!)

Table Turning Monday:
Date: Monday March 26
Table Turning action in morning: Tacoma Detention Center, and local Seattle action on immigration.

The Northwest Pilgrimage Project:
Dates:Monday-Wednesday, March 26, 27 and 28
Through Seattle to lean about the roots of homelessness crisis.

Maundy Thursday Supper:
Date: Thursday, March 29
Time: Doors open for set up @ 5:30pm; 6-7:30 pm- serving oneanother ritual
Potluck supper.  Communion.  Dessert potluck.   Children's activity.  Prayer Stations.

Good Friday Worship:
Date: Friday, March 30
Time: 7pm in the Learning Center

Easter Sunday:
Date: Sunday, April 1
Time: 10:30 worship
Easter egg hunt for the little ones at Coffee Hour (bring a few filled eggs to hide on lawn!)

THE NORTHWEST PILGRIMAGE PROJECT
Dive into the issues of inequity and homelessness on a 3-day journey through Seattle


The Justice Leadership Northwest Pilgrimage Project is a three-day journey to explore the roots and contributing factors to the crisis of homelessness in Seattle. We will hear from experts and visit various relevant sites and organizations. Each of the three days will be full of information and experiences that will bring about an understanding of the causes and realities of homelessness. Participants will end the pilgrimage with a greater understanding of homelessness and the ways social justice leaders have worked to bring about its end. It is our hope that participants will utilize the information and experiences gained to participate in the ongoing work of ending homelessness.

The program is on March 26, 27, and 28. The total cost is $150.00, food and transportation is provided. Follow this link to apply: https://goo.gl/forms/fFQAZ8mZ0xWgmtdH2

Questions? For more information, contact Rev Rich Gamble or outreach intern Hunter Paulson-Smith at (206) 632-6021 or at Keystone5019@gmail.com.
** NOW RECRUITING INTERNS FOR 2018/19 **

Justice Leadership Programs Northwest is now accepting applications from change-makers of all ages who are looking to deepen their faith while doing the work of justice.

The Justice Leadership Program, affiliate of the national Young Adult Service Communities Network, seeks motivated young people ages 21-35 for an 11-month internship beginning in September 2018. Interns learn community organizing and political advocacy working full time at a Seattle-based nonprofit, while living in intentional community and serving a local congregation. Direct inquiries to justiceleadership@gmail.com, and apply online today. Priority deadline is February 15 -- please spread the word!

** NOTE: JLP Alums go on to do great things! We lift up aluma Briana Brannan, who is now serving as Immigrant and Refugee Accompaniment Organizer, at the Church Council of Greater Seattle **

ALSO: Justice Leadership Jubilee is filling its next cohort of volunteers, who serve part-time for six to nine months at a local organization working for structural change toward social justice.. Jubilee is a program for individuals seeking a deeper analysis of systemic injustice, and a desire to strengthen the connection between faith and justice in a cohort of their peers. Previous year's organizational partners included Puget Sound Sage, 350 Seattle, and the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Reply to this message with any questions; find our application online here.

JLPNW is based at Keystone Congregational UCC in Seattle, and grateful for the support of our partner congregations -- Northshore UCC, Plymouth Congregational UCC, Prospect UCC, All Pilgrims Church, University Congregational UCC, as well as the  PNW Conference.
Please forward widely! Help us spread the word about these exciting opportunities to Be the Church and build a robust, faith-based movement for justice in the Northwest.

In joyful resistance,
Claire

Claire West
Outreach Coordinator
Justice Leadership Programs Northwest
justiceleadership.org
(206) 909-8758
Pronouns: she/her
 
 

 

Gus Wall - 3/9
Eliza Penick -3/10
Rev. Mike Denton - 3/18
Ruth Little - 3/21
Connie Voget - 3/25
Margaret Graham - 3/28

 
Here's wishing each of them the happiest of birthdays, from all of us at Keystone UCC!

Keep an eye out here for upcoming Keystone Birthdays!

Reaching Keystone UCC Pastoral Staff & JLP Interns:


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

Pastor Rich is available Tuesday to Thursday mornings and Friday evenings, and holds additional office times on Saturdays and Sundays.  (Monday is Sabbath.)  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 rich.gamble@keystoneseattle.org

Pastor Lauren works Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays. & Wednesday eve classes. (Off Friday- Saturday and Mondays). Email Lauren to make an appointment on those days at lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org

Pastor Yuki is at church two Sundays a month and is available to meet by appointment. Email her at yuki.schwartz@gmail.com.

Hunter Paulson Smith serves approximately 25 hours/week as well as at Earth Ministry.  Find Hunter in the JLP intern/Heifer office at church and connect at: hunterpaulsonsmith@gmail.com

Brianna Little serves 5 hours/week as our Keystone intern with the Justice Leadership Program, and 32 hours at Real Change in Seattle.  Reach Bri at: bmlittle@email.wm.edu
Click here for: Justice Leadership Program- UCC
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

4 Wednesday evenings: FORWARD TOGETHER discussions start February 28


Keystone Friends,

Come out to study & be together in these weeks of Lent.  Wednesday February 28, we begin our four week faith formation series "Forward Together" at Keystone United Church of Christ.  Team taught by Rev. Lauren Cannon, Rev. Rich Gamble, Pastor Yuki Schwartz, and Justice Leadership Program intern Hunter Paulson-Smith.

4 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8 pm
Feb. 28Mar. 7Mar. 14Mar. 21.

Battson Hall will be open each Wednesday at 6 pm.  With tea & soups available that you can warm up.  6-6:30 pm- the Fireside Room offers you a place to browse the short book chapters.

Each evening includes:
some Bible study/ activity,
some story telling or discernment,
book discussion,
prayers & music.

The book is simply our springboard.  Here is the flavor, and Reading List:

Feb. 28Why we show up. Our moral call.  Discussing what is our moral foundation. Read: Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2. "The Need to Know Who We Are in Times Like These."

March 7- Who will show up.  Our fusion politics.  For what we stand.  How we stand together.  Read Chapters 5 & 6, watch Ted talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality
"Education, Economic Justice, and Voting Rights."
"Labor, Women, and Economic Justice."

March 14How we will show up. What gifts we bring to this movement. How might Keystone community offer our gifts, skills.  Our faith.  Read Chapter 11.
"Our Alliance with LGBT Rights."

March 21When & where we show up.  When are you led to contribute individually in actions?  Then come fortify & share in worship, week by week?  Are you seeing Keystone Church on the move en masse?  Keystone as action generating base?  Called to witness as Keystone church to support groups in existing actions?
Read Chapter 13 & 14.
Beyond Protest to Voter Mobilization.
Lessons from the Movement.

Let us know any questions (lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org)

Wednesday February 28 -our Bible study portion bounces off the scripture from worship February 25, and Rev. Rich's discipleship theme.  We are invited to think about our own stories of moral call, as we study 
Mark 8:31-36:
8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

8:32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

8:33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."

8:34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

8:35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

8:36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?


The book is simply our springboard.  No one need sweat the reading.  We gather to be together in study.  Group discussion format.  Drop in any week.  See you Wednesday!
Forward Together
A Moral Message for the Nation
In the spring of 2013, seventeen people gathered at the North Carolina state capitol to protest extreme legislation passed by the General Assembly. Thousands joined the “Moral Mondays” rallies, making this sustained moral protest one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in U.S. history. Rev. Dr. William Barber II, a pastor and president of the North Carolina Conference of the NAACP and an architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement, tells the story of a new fusion civil rights movement, a “big tent,” in which black and white, gay and straight, rich and poor, old and young, Republicans and Democrats are all welcome.
2017 Chalice Press
 



 


Join us for services
Worship Every Sunday – 10:30am
All Are Welcome!

Friday, February 16, 2018

four Wednesday nights- discussion- local action re: poor people's campaign- all welcome

Join us for services
Worship Every Sunday – 10:30am
All Are Welcome!

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon and Pastor Yuki Schwartz, off

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Theme: Living Faithfully
Scripture: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Sandie
Usher: Margaret
Communion: Rich & Barb
Coffee Hour Host: Sandie
Children's Ministry: Anita

THIS TUESDAY = IFAD: Join our Keystone convergence on Olympia, THIS TUESDAY, February 20. Register here and see below for more information.  

Families:  Pick up Children's Activity pages & crayons on the welcome table every week as you come in to worship (based on the scripture of the day.)  There are two types: younger children & older children.  Children of any age are always part of worship & welcome

Children's Ministry with Anita – program every Sunday 10:00am- 12pm. More info at http://www.keystoneseattle.org/children-youth/

Sermons Available Online: If you missed a Sunday, were ​downstairs at Sunday School, or just want to hear a sermon again, our JLP Intern, ​Hunter Paulson-Smith,​ has created an ​online audio archive​ where you can listen to them ​ or download them​. Click HERE to listen, and please share. ​Thank you, Hunter!

** NEXT WEEK **
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Pastor Yuki Schwartz, liturgist

Rev. Lauren Cannon, on vacation

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Margaret
Usher: Hunter
Communion: RIch & Yuki
Coffee Hour Host: Jim
Children's Ministry: Anita
Upcoming Events
 
Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Interfaith Advocacy Day
@ Washington State House, Olympia
9am-3pm

Wednesday, Feb. 21 – Homelessness Advocacy 101 Workshop
Hosted by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
@ Federal Way Day Center, 33505 13th Pl S, Federal Way
5:30pm

Wednesday, Feb. 28 – Winter Faith Formation & Discussion Group: Forward Together
First of 4 Wednesdays (next: March 7, 14, 21)
@ Keystone UCC
6:00pm, Open space, tea & soups; 6:30-8pm, Discussion Group

NEXT MONTH: Season of Lent
Monday, March 26 - Table Turning morning action in Seattle.
Thursday, March 29 - Maundy Thursday Supper - doors 5:30 pm- potluck supper & liturgy 6-7:30 pm
Friday, March 30 - Good Friday service- 7 pm Learning Center
Sunday, April 1 - Easter Sunday10:30am worship with Easter egg hunt for the little ones
(See below for more information)
** See below for details on these and other events related to life in our community **

Register for Interfaith Advocacy Day!

JOIN OUR KEYSTONE CONGREGATION TO OLYMPIA!
 
Now is the time to register for Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia! It will be Tuesday, February 20, 9 AM – 3 PM, starting at The United Churches of Olympia. Click here to register. We are scheduling appointments with legislators now and have a better chance to get them if we know you’re coming. Registration is NOW OPEN and is $15 is you pay before February 20th, and $20 at the door. If you need help with cost contact FAN about scholarships.


A message from Keystone Member, Barbara Anderson:
Please join us for Interfaith Advocacy Day on February 20, 2018 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM  This is a great opportunity to join workshops that will break down the issues of FAN’s2018 Legislative Agenda, prepare for briefings and hearings with advocates from your legislative district, and meet with you legislator.  The Voting Rights Act passed the Senate January 19th and is going now to the House of Representatives.  Other issues we will need to take action on as a community is HB 1506, the equal pay act;  Breakfast After the Bell, Enhanced Assault Weapons Background Checks, SB 6110 BAN the BOX/Fair Chance Act, and various Immigration bills, which include SB 5689 Keep WA Working, and HB 14488 DACA student scholarships.

To learn more about specific bills on FAN’s agenda, check out FAN’s Bill Tracker.

Questions? Contact Barbara at banderson@evergreencomp.com, or Amber Dickson at dickson@fanwa.org
ONE SESSION LEFT
Homelessness Advocacy 101 Workshops

w/Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness 


As the 2018 legislative session in Olympia kicks off, it's vital now more than ever to raise our voices and urge our legislators to pass the bills necessary to help and house people. The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness is offering a series of refresher workshops to help folks boost their advocacy skills. They are free, fun, and provide people with the tools they need to advocate this legislative session.

Homelessness Advocacy 101 Workshops
Date: Saturday, Feb. 3
Time: 10:00am
Location: University Congregational Church, in Seattle's U-District, 4515 16th Ave. NE, Seattle

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Kent Lutheran Church, 336 2nd Ave. S, Kent


Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Federal Way Day Center, 33505 13th Pl S, Federal Way

More information and registration at
http://homelessinfo.org/what_you_can_do/homelessness_advocacy_101.php?mgs1=47d2pLUoJU

Training includes information such as who makes decisions in Olympia, how a bill becomes a law, and things that regular people can do to make a difference. 

Winter Faith Formation/Upcoming Discussion Group:
Forward Together 

Starting at the end of February, we will begin an exciting new action-oriented discussion group. Rich, Lauren, Yuki, and Hunter will be facilitating discussion. The themes we will explore are as follows:

    Intersectionality
    Fusion / politics
    Systematic change
    Strategic roles we can play

The first meeting of this group will be a field trip. We hope you can join us as we bring a group down to Olympia for Interfaith Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 20.

The class will meet at Keystone on Wednesday, February 28 and the following 3 Wednesdays (March 7, 14, and 20). Our tentative plan is to meet from 6:30-8:00pm, and starting at 6:00 pm, we will have our meeting space open with tea and instant soups available. Feel free to give us feedback about this time in the weeks to come.

We will be using Rev. Dr. William J Barber II's book, Forward Together. We have copies of the books at Keystone. The cost is $15 each on a sliding scale, as we want this opportunity to be available for everyone who wants to join!

We hope you can join us!
 

 
 
Sign Petition to Rescind Activist's Deportation Order

Mijente has created a petition to call for the Seattle Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office to rescind a deportation order for Maru Mora-Villalpando, a Washington-based community activist and mother.

Maru leads Northwest Detention Center Resistance (NWDCR), an organization that was founded when immigratns held at the Northwest Detention Center began a series of hunger strikes in 2014 protesting their inhumane treatment. ICE is targeting Maru because of her activism, targeting organizers and activists like her as part of their racially motivated deportation agenda.

You can sign the petition to support Maru and her work at
https://action.mijente.net/petitions/ice-serves-deportation-notice-on-undocumented-leader-for-organizing-detained-immigrants

For Young Adults Exploring Faith and Justice

Momentum is a new young adult gathering sponsored by Faith Action Network: They gather to do something every other month. And provide a place where interpersonal relationships can be developed. As well as explore the intersections of faith and justice together!  If interested, you can email Chasity or check out the Facebook group.
The Season of Lent @ Keystone

Ash Wednesday does not always mash up with Valentine's Day, but this year it did, and so we indeed have begun to open our hearts more deeply in our connections with God.  Over the next six weeks we will journey together through this time that leads us to our events in Holy Week at the end of March, and Easter on April 1.  Lent draws us to self-reflective practices not so much a negative giving up, but a positive chance to grow in love of God and neighbor.  In our weeks ahead we have many opportunities to be together to pray, study, and act.  Mark your calendars for the following!

Forward Together book discussion led by Yuki, Hunter, Lauren & Rich: Wednesdays Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21: 6:30-8 PM.

Palm Sunday- children's processions.  During the Sundays in March the kids will be crafting to get ready to lead our procession of the palm leaves for Palm/Passion Sunday March 25.

Monday, March 26 - Table Turning morning action in Seattle.

Thursday, March 29 - Maundy Thursday Supper - doors 5:30 pm- potluck supper & liturgy 6-7:30 pm

Friday, March 30 - Good Friday service- 7 pm Learning Center

Sunday, April 1 - Easter Sunday10:30am worship with Easter egg hunt for the little ones
** NOW RECRUITING INTERNS FOR 2018/19 **

Justice Leadership Programs Northwest is now accepting applications from change-makers of all ages who are looking to deepen their faith while doing the work of justice.

The Justice Leadership Program, affiliate of the national Young Adult Service Communities Network, seeks motivated young people ages 21-35 for an 11-month internship beginning in September 2018. Interns learn community organizing and political advocacy working full time at a Seattle-based nonprofit, while living in intentional community and serving a local congregation. Direct inquiries to justiceleadership@gmail.com, and apply online today. Priority deadline is February 15 -- please spread the word!

** NOTE: JLP Alums go on to do great things! We lift up aluma Briana Brannan, who is now serving as Immigrant and Refugee Accompaniment Organizer, at the Church Council of Greater Seattle **

ALSO: Justice Leadership Jubilee is filling its next cohort of volunteers, who serve part-time for six to nine months at a local organization working for structural change toward social justice.. Jubilee is a program for individuals seeking a deeper analysis of systemic injustice, and a desire to strengthen the connection between faith and justice in a cohort of their peers. Previous year's organizational partners included Puget Sound Sage, 350 Seattle, and the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Reply to this message with any questions; find our application online here.

JLPNW is based at Keystone Congregational UCC in Seattle, and grateful for the support of our partner congregations -- Northshore UCC, Plymouth Congregational UCC, Prospect UCC, All Pilgrims Church, University Congregational UCC, as well as the  PNW Conference.
Please forward widely! Help us spread the word about these exciting opportunities to Be the Church and build a robust, faith-based movement for justice in the Northwest.

In joyful resistance,
Claire

Claire West
Outreach Coordinator
Justice Leadership Programs Northwest
justiceleadership.org
(206) 909-8758
Pronouns: she/her
 
 

 

Margaret Birdsall - 2/9
Charles Rudash - 2/12
Hannah Lott-Havey -2/19
Caleb Smith - 2/22
Marilyn Wall - 2/22
Paisley Smith - 2/24

Julia Velonjara - 2/27

Alan Winston - 2/28

 
Here's wishing each of them the happiest of birthdays, from all of us at Keystone UCC!

Keep an eye out here for upcoming Keystone Birthdays!

Reaching Keystone UCC Pastoral Staff & JLP Interns:


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

Pastor Rich is available Tuesday to Thursday mornings and Friday evenings, and holds additional office times on Saturdays and Sundays.  (Monday is Sabbath.)  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 rich.gamble@keystoneseattle.org

Pastor Lauren works Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays. & Wednesday eve classes. (Off FridaySaturdayand Mondays). Email Lauren to make an appointment on those days at lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org

Pastor Yuki is at church two Sundays a month and is available to meet by appointment. Email her at yuki.schwartz@gmail.com.

Hunter Paulson Smith serves approximately 25 hours/week as well as at Earth Ministry.  Find Hunter in the JLP intern/Heifer office at church and connect at: hunterpaulsonsmith@gmail.com

Brianna Little serves 5 hours/week as our Keystone intern with the Justice Leadership Program, and 32 hours at Real Change in Seattle.  Reach Bri at: bmlittle@email.wm.edu
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