Saturday, September 15, 2018

Commissioning our 7th year with Justice Leadership Program: Welcome Danielle!

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

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018
Rev. Rich Gamble
Rev. Lauren Cannon

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Theme: Seeking Wisdom
Scripture: Proverbs 1:20-33
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Dan S.
Usher: Betty
Communion: Rich & Lauren
Coffee Hour Host: Sandie
Children's Ministry: Anita 

WELCOME DANIELLE: This Sunday, we will be commissioning during worship for our next year of the Justice Leadership Program, with our new intern, Danielle Walker! Margaret Graham is Danielle's church companion, and Rev. Lauren is her church supervisor.

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

Sermons Available Online: If you missed a Sunday, were ​downstairs at Sunday School, or just want to hear a sermon again, former 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!


Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018
Rev. Lauren Cannon, preaching
Rev. Rich Gamble

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Theme: Living so our last may come first
Scripture: Gospel of Mark 9:30-37
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Jo
Usher: Elvina
Communion: Rich & Lauren
Coffee Hour Host: Barb
Children's Ministry: Anita

PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES:  See glimpses of recent events on our Keystone Shutterfly page:
Upcoming Events

Sunday, Sept. 16 – Commissioning of our 2018-19 JLP Intern
@ Keystone UCC
During Worship

Sunday, Sept. 16 – Disrupt Hate Now!
Bystander Intervention Workshop

@ Admiral UCC, 4320 SW Hill Street, Seattle 98116

Saturday, Sept. 29 – Weaving Our Strengths:
Narratives of Hope

@ Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. SE., Mercer Island 98040

Friday, Oct. 5 – Wallingford Meaningful Movies
Showing: "Reinventing Power"

@Keystone UCC (Battson Hall)
Doors open at 6:30pm; Movie begins at 7pm

Monday, Oct. 22 – FAN 2018 University District Cluster Meeting
@ Christ Episcopal Church, 4548 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
** See below for details on these and other events related to life in our community **

The work continues to reunite thousands of immigrant families torn apart by our government.

On Wednesday, August 29, Keystone members Amber, Margaret, Lisa, Daniel and Caleb joined Faith Action Network (FAN) and the Community Alliance for Global Justice at a Vigil for Human Rights outside of the Seattle offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Vigils were held there every weekday morning in August, by different groups. This is the office building where ICE and Border Patrol agents report to work, and immigrants arrive for hearings at the Seattle Immigration Court in the same building.

The actions and policies of our government continues to break up families, detain migrants in inhumane conditions, and violate the rights of due process and asylum. We ask our leaders to end this mistreatment of migrants and refugees.

Need more information about these events or to learn more about upcoming actions, protests, and events, visit Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network for updates at

Other avenues for helping asylum-seekers:

• Northwest Immigrant Rights Project:
Accepting donations to support direct legal services and pay bonds, volunteer interpreters

• AIDNW (Tacoma):
Accepting supplies on wish list, volunteers, funds to purchase phone cards for people in detention

• Immigrant Resources & Immediate Support (Skagit, Whatcom, Snohomish counties):
Accepting money to support Yolany Padilla and her son with food, clothing, housing and counseling

• Church Council of Greater Seattle:
Coordinating volunteers to translate, accompany, house or transport asylum-seekers

• Washington Immigrant Defense Network:
Accepting volunteers, funds to provide legal services for difficult cases in Washington


Disrupt Hate Now!
Bystander Intervention Workshop

Harassment and hate speech are on the rise across the country, and effective intervention is difficult and risky. This workshop is interactive and immersive, designed to help participants practice intervention strategies and learn what works and what doesn't. Based on role-playing, these workshops help participants identify situations that are or may become hate-based, support the targeted person, and de-escalate the situation.

Pastor Lauren writes:  Pastor Andrew rooted this workshop from theory using Theatre of the Oppressed, developed buy Augusto Boal in Brazil.  We have some knowledge in the room – sometimes it just needs encouragement to come forth.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 16
Time: 2:00-3:30pm
Location: Admiral UCC, 4320 SW Hill Street, Seattle 98116

Lets refine our training and head after church to see our friends at Admiral UCC in West Seattle.  More information is available at

Weaving Our Strengths:
Narratives of Hope

From Rev. Lauren:
You may have been considering a workshop or two, as you heard us talking this opportunity up in Announcements on Sundays.  Check out all the JLP alums teaching workshops! You don’t want to miss the Weaving Our Strengths Conference on September 29, sponsored by the Church Council of Greater Seattle. It’s a day-long conference of inspiration, skill-building and networking to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good. Keystone can attend to share some leanings and wisdom, raise our game, and make connections.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 29
Time: 8:00am – 3:15pm
Location: Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. SE., Mercer Island 98040

Registration, workshop details, and more are available on the Church Council website at Workshop themes include organizing for church vitality; environmental and housing justice; spirituality & justice “reset”; our call to advocacy; standing with our Muslim neighbors; equity in daily life; racial justice; civility; cultural humility; and discernment.

Scholarships are available and free childcare is available with pre-registration by September 22. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided. A food vendor is invited for lunch. Free parking is available. There will also be a shuttle between the Mercer Island Park and Ride and the conference.

The Conference regularly draws 200 people from 15+ denominations and faith traditions and 55+ congregations. Here are two bits of the feedback from last year:

    “I love how everything was so local. It made it feel like we could do everything that we heard about was actually possible. It felt tangible.”

    “I experienced lots of energy – invigorated my local congregation involvement as well as ecumenical efforts.”

2018 University District Cluster Meeting
Register Now

Our cluster gatherings are a place to connect in small groups geographically, discuss the current issues we are all working on, focus on upcoming initiatives for the November ballot, and strategize for 2019 legislative session. The relationships we build are essential for strengthening our collective influence to generate positive social change, so your involvement in these gatherings is crucial.

Date: Monday, Oct. 22
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Christ Episcopal Church, 4548 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Churches in the University District Cluster Meeting area include:

Christ Episcopal Church
Keystone United Church of Christ
University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
University Congregational United Church of Christ
University Lutheran Church
University Temple United Methodist Church

These events are intended for members of faith communities that are part of our Network of Advocating Faith Communities, but all are welcome.  Register at: University District Cluster Gathering Signup or download the Flyer.

 ** WELCOME 2018-19 JLP INTERNS **

We are excited to announce our newest cohort of Justice Leadership Program interns (for our 7th year!).  Below are short bios on each intern, but for more detailed introductions in their own words, CLICK HERE.

AINSLEY MEYER – Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project
Ainsley moved from Virginia to California after high school to become a literacy tutor through AmeriCorps. This spring, Ainsley has been finishing a degree in Sociology and fundraising on behalf of organizations such as Oxfam, Human Rights Campaign, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the ACLU.

ALLISON TREZONA – Church Council of Greater Seattle
As a UCC-DOC Global Mission Intern for the past year, Allison has been conducting health research and working in a drop-in center for Roma children and youth. During college she volunteered with Mexican-American immigrant children, while majoring in Psychology and Statistics. Allison grew up in the UCC in Naperville, IL. She plays trumpet, guitar, ukulele, piano and drum set.

DANIELLE WALKER – Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Danielle has been majoring in Sociology and Women’s/Gender Studies in college, while volunteering in a high school to empower students around relationship violence prevention. She has also been involved in labor organizing for security guards working at her college. Danielle grew up in Nashville, and has spent the last four years in Chicago.

NEEPAM SHAH – Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
Neepam is taking a year between 3rd and 4th years of Rowan Osteopathic School in order to participate in JLP and solidify his practice of justice advocacy. At Rowan, Neepam is chair of the Council for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action, and has also volunteered in providing health care in migrant worker communities. Neepam hails from New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area.

When we interviewed Rachel, she was in Guatemala finishing her BA in Global Studies. Rachel has been involved in the Christian Ministry in the National Parks and experiential education on environmental issues in Ecuador & Peru. She has worked with her local church on human trafficking issues. Rachel grew up in Illinois, and has been attending college in Michigan and all around the world.

TANQUARAE MCCADNEY – Homestead Community Land Trust
Tanquarae has been majoring in Journalism and minoring in political science at the University of Kentucky, with a previous stint in Fashion School. Tanquarae has a passion for mentoring and advocating for children and youth, as well as economic and racial justice and ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and last summer she interned with the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus.

These 2017-2018 Interns will be part of JLP again this coming year! E is confirmed for a second year with the Church Council of Greater Seattle, and Daniel is in conversation with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.


Danielle Walker (see above) will be serving with us at Keystone this program year! We will have our welcome ritual with her in Worship on September 16.

Danielle will be working with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, in the Children & Youth Unit. At Keystone, Rev. Lauren will be her supervisor, and Keystone member Margaret Graham will serve as Danielle's church companion this year.

At the end of July we celebrated the 2017-2018  year we had with Hunter and Bri, and we now enter a new year with trust that it too will change us and deepen our ministry. We look forward to a great new JLP year!



(50 minutes; Tony Valentino 2018)
Friday, Oct. 5; Doors open at 6:30pm; Movie starts at 7:00pm

@ Keystone UCC (downstairs in Battson Hall)

"Reinventing Power” takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These people are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities. “Reinventing Power” shows that jobs, economic growth and innovation don’t have to be sacrificed for a clean environment. The film focuses on people in eight states whose lives were changed by the renewable energy industry, while exploring various aspects of clean energy from innovation to installation.

“Making this film we met incredible people who showed us the depth of this industry. Clean energy is helping people find new opportunities as our economy shifts.  It’s bringing in steady revenue for our farmers, and it is driving breakthroughs in clean technology. We saw how clean energy is made and got to experience how it is changing people’s lives for the better in a deeply personal way.” –Tony Valentino, Director

This is a Sierra Club film.  We’re excited to co-sponsor this screening with them.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for snacks and conversation.

Stay for speaker and audience discussion after the film.

Donations gratefully accepted.

Special Guests: Sierra Club speaker
Co-sponsor: Sierra Club
** All events are Open to the Public. Admission is by Donation **

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


Alexandra Townsdin - 9/12
Betty Sabo - 9/13

Arlene Hobson - 9/20
Kate Speltz - 9/23
Blake Penick - 9/29

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

Pastor Lauren is at work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday mornings (& eve classes.)  Off Wednesdays & Saturdays.  Email to make a meeting time:

Pastor Yuki is at church two Sundays a month and is available to meet by appointment. Email her at
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