Friday, January 23, 2015

MLK Day report back; and Two Workshops this week to Practice for upcoming Advocacy

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

Sunday, January 25, 2015:  

Rev. Rich Gamble - preaching
(Lauren to Liberation UCC)

Theme: Evangelism
Scripture: Mark 1:14-20

Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Nell
Usher: Christian
Coffee Hour: Barbara
After church:  Amber- advocacy

** Stick around after service this SundayAlong with snacks and warm drinks, we'll devour the latest news on Keystone's community engagement day - Faith-Filled Voices in Advocacy - scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29. That day, leaders and members from faith communities in Wallingford are invited to come learn about FAN’s legislative agenda and Advocacy Day. We hope to start the evening with a small meal, and end it with making calls to our legislators! Find out more this Sunday.

Pick up Children's Activity pages & crayons on the welcome table every week as you come in to worship (based on the scripture.)  There are two types: younger children & older children.
 Professional Nursery Care (0-2 yr. olds) with Anita, open 10:00am- 12pm
• Sunday School (multi-age) downstairs, during sermon & prayers time: approximately 10:45-11:15am.  (Help younger children to class after the scripture is read; and then pick them up to return for start of communion)

NOTE: Children with parent/caregiver are always welcome to move between the Sanctuary & Narthex (welcome area) during any part of worship, or to rove to classrooms downstairs/upstairs, or enjoy the playground out back!  


Upcoming Keystone Events :

Tuesday, Jan. 27             – Faith & Justice-Making (2nd of 4-class series)
                                          Liberation Theology: A Biblical/Theological
                                          Grounding for Justice
  w/Rich Gamble
                                          @ Keystone UCC; 6:30pm optional potluck,
                                           7:00-8:30pm workshop

Thursday, Jan. 29            – Faith-Filled Voices in Advocacy
                                         @ Keystone UCC; 6pm optional potluck,
                                           6:30-7:30pm workshop

Saturday, Jan. 31            – Legislative Climate Action Forum
                                         @ Keystone UCC; 9-11:30am

Thursday, Feb. 19          – Interfaith Advocacy Day (IFAD) in Olympia
                                           SAVE THE DATE

** See below for details on these, and other events related to life in our community **

Faith-Filled Voices
in Advocacy
A Faith-Community Evening Workshop

We are excited to invite members of the Wallingford faith community to an evening workshop on Faith-Filled Voices in Advocacy.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 29
Time: 6:30-7:30pm. (optional potluck at 6pm)
Location: Keystone UCC

This will be an opportunity to hear specific information for faith communities about our current legislative season in Olympia. Speakers from the “Faith Action Network” will distill how people of faith can amplify our voices around policies that reflect compassion and equity.  This workshop will be a hands-on primer as we navigate the legislative session.

Keystone UCC’s Justice Leadership Program intern, Amber Dickson is serving at Faith Action Network (FAN) and will be guiding us through FAN’s 2015 legislative agenda, which consist of 5 focal areas:

- Reducing wealth inequality

- Sustaining a balanced budget that does not cut social programs

- Dismantling culture of violence

- Housing and homelessness

- Environmental justice

We will also be discussing opportunities for faith communities to take action during this session. Please join us for this evening of education and advocacy.

RSVP:  Rev. Lauren Cannon, Associate Pastor, Keystone UCC,; or Amber Dickson, UCC Justice Leadership Program intern at Keystone UCC and Faith Action Network organizing intern,

See more at:  Faith Action Network’s 2015 Legislative Agenda!


Environmental Climate
Action Forum
Discuss the climate action movement here and in Olympia.  

Date: Saturday, Jan. 31
Time: 9-11:30am
Location: Keystone UCC

Join us for a panel discussion of the Governor’s climate change legislation: the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act; Oil Transportation Safety Now; and Clean Fuel Standards. The panel includes community experts who will review how these laws will benefit us in Washington and jump start a national movement. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, and you’ll leave fully equipped with the tools and training to contact your legislators and join the movement for climate action in Washington.

Please see 
the brochure for more details –  then print it out and give it to two friends!
Question: email Rich Voget at


Environmental Caucus



Seattle City Council approves “priority hire” ordinance


As many of you know, Connie Voget has been serving as our Keystone rep in support of Priority Hiring (which Keystone voted to endorse, last spring), with Lauren also at events as a Keystone presence.

And we were heard!

Connie was at the Seattle City Council meeting this past Tuesday when the Priority Hire Ordinance passed unanimously 9-0!

Keystone is proud we faithfully helped amplify voices asking for this historic new law that requires City's construction contractors to hire workers from economically distressed zip codes in Seattle and King County, thereby increasing job and apprenticeship training opportunities for individuals of color and low-income women. Under this ordinance, at least 20 percent of the labor hours across all the projects will be performed by priority workers by 2016.

Way to go Keystone!
Keystone represented at ...

With signs in their hands and hope in their hearts, members from Keystone UCC joined thousands of others this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day to gather and march for equality and social justice.

Here are a few snap shots from the day ...

Seattle's annual MLK Day celebration is one of the largest in the U.S.  This year's theme to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s  legacy was "Fight For Your Rights in 2015!" For more information follow this link.

Theologian Walter Wink writes, "In a world sinking into ever-deeper injustice and violence, Jesus offers an alternative to the Domination System that just cries out to be tried."

Find out how, this Tuesday, Jan. 27, as Rev. Rich Gamble leads us in the second week of this four-week class about the proposition set out in Wink's book, "The Powers That Be."
Faith & Justice-Making:  Liberation Theology: A Biblical/Theological Grounding for Justice 

3 remaining dates:
January 27February 3, 11

6:30pm potluck; 7:00-8:30pm workshop

Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N.

Please RSVP to help us plan:

Come learn with our UCC young adult Social Justice Interns! The Faith & Justice class series is held Tuesday evenings, through June.
Come study alongside our four 2014-2015 UCC justice interns in Seattle!

Film: "

 with the Filmmaker, John Gussman
(69 min, John Gussman, Jessica Plumb, 2014)

Friday, Jan. 23; Doors open at 6:30pm; Movie starts at 7:00pm
@ Keystone UCC (downstairs in Battson Hall)

Return of the River" offers a story of hope and possibility amid grim environmental news. It is a film for our time: an invitation to consider crazy ideas that could transform the world for the better. It features an unlikely success story for environmental and cultural restoration. Fundamentally, the Elwha River in Washington State is a story about people and the land they inhabit. The film captures the tenacity of individuals who would not give up on a river, mirroring the tenacity of salmon headed upstream to spawn. It is a narrative with global ramifications, exploring the complex relationship between communities and the environment that sustains them. The camera soars over mountain headwaters, dives into schools of salmon, and captures turbines grinding to a halt; as the largest dam removal project in history begins. The film features people and perspectives on all sides of the Elwha debate, reflecting the many voices of the Elwha valley.

For more information and to see the trailer:

Join us following the film for a great discussion.

** Event Is Open to the Public. Admission is by Donation **

We help communities organize, educate, advocate & build community around social justice documentary film and conversation. More:

Lisa Smith - 1/6
Janice Hougen - 1/10
Philip Diggs - 1/14
Nell Townley -1/20
James Sabo - 1/23
Anita Featherston - 1/24

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! 

Pastoral Care & Keystone UCC Hours:

Rich and Lauren can be reached at the Keystone office: (206) 632-6021.  This phone is also checked remotely since both Rich and Lauren serve half-time.

Mondays:  the church office is closed.  Mondays are the day that Rich and Lauren take Sabbath. So while there are several groups that meet throughout the day and evening at Keystone, it may take a day for someone to get back to you, if you call on a Monday.

Pastor Rich is available Tuesday to Thursday mornings and Fridayevenings, and holds additional office times on Saturdays and Sundays.  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

Pastor Lauren works on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and holds office hours each Thursday at Keystone.  Email her at
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

class tonight postponed--- & note upcoming classes here!

Please note and mark your calendars for spring!

Keystone friends,

Our teacher for tonight was called away and so we write to alert you there is no class at Keystone tonight in the Justice Leadership Program.  Please mark a note that Cory Maclay will teach May 19!

Here again is the description:
 Skills for Social Change: Changing the World One Meeting at a Time 
Structure drives behavior. Those of us cultivating social change benefit from learning how to shift various structures. One used extensively in our world? Meetings! Come learn several tools for designing and leading more effective meetings. This gathering will be designed by Cory Maclay, M.A., an organizational leadership consultant.
Tuesday, May 19, 6:30pm optional potluck (free food for interns/service corps), 7:00-8:30pm workshop. Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle

And take a moment to mark some of the classes below to your calendars!

Grace and peace,
Lauren, Rich, Elizabeth

Faith & Justice-Making:  Liberation Theology: A Biblical/Theological Grounding for Justice 
Theologian Walter Wink writes, "In a world sinking into ever-deeper injustice and violence, Jesus offers an alternative to the Domination System that just cries out to be tried." Rev. Rich Gamble will lead us in a four-week class about this proposition set out in Wink's book, "The Powers That     Be," and how we might enact it in our own lives.     
Tuesdays, January 20 & 27, February 3 & 17
6:30 potluck (free food for interns/service corps), 7:00-8:30 pm workshop
Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N.

Faith & Justice-Making:  Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Economic-Ecologic Vocation 
Author Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda and her research assistant Freddie Helmiere lead an     interactive discussion of their new book, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Economic-    Ecologic Vocation.  Moe-Lobeda, Associate Professor at Seattle University, connects     economic equity, earth care, and social values to develop an "earth-honoring, justice-seeking     Christian ethical stance."  Cornel West says, "This is a grand prophetic book..."
Tuesdays, Feb. 24, March 3, & March 17, 6:30 potluck (free food for interns/service corps), 7:00-8:30 pm workshop. Location tentatively The Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Avenue South

Faith & Justice-Making:  Locating Faith Communities in Seattle Social Change Movements
To be confirmed.
Tuesday, March 24.

Faith & Justice-Making: Practice of Nonviolence 
At age 28, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America- the Montgomery bus boycott that gave hope to millions for an end to segregation.  This class unit takes us through King’s own account of this struggle as we read “Stride Toward Freedom.”  Inspired in part by Gandhi, King interpreted nonviolent resistance as a call from courageous Christian faith.  These classes invite discovering more understanding of agape love.  Come to steep in the characteristics of living deeply rooted love in action.  King said agape “recognizes the fact that all life is interrelated.”  Portions of “A Force More Powerful” films will show nonviolent social movements.  Explore with Rev. Lauren Cannon the theology, theory, and practical components of nonviolence as King describes them in the Montgomery story.  Take inspiration for challenges in our daily lives, and social change work.  
Tuesdays, April 7, 21, 28, & May 5, 6:30 potluck (free food for interns/service corps), 7:00-8:30 pm workshop. Location tentatively: The Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Avenue 


May include:

Noticing Your Neighborhood: Doing Justice in an Urban Context--Rev. Greg Turk
Creating Art that Inspires Justice--Sharon D'Amico (photography and more), Janet Stecker (music), Beth Amsbary (theatre)
Building Communities of Justice--Rebecca SaldaƱa, Rev. Mike Denton
Doing Justice through Research & Policy-Making--Dorothy Mann
Sustaining Justice Over the Long Haul--Michael Ramos

May 26; June 2, 16, 23, 30