Thursday, February 28, 2019

Take 5 to Advocate for Housing Solutions. Yuki approved for Ordination. Concert. Green New Deal.


Take 5 for Advocacy!

ANNOUNCEMENTS –shared in worship 2-24-2019

First and foremost, Yuki is sharing the following great news with us!  
Yuki: I am thrilled to let you all know that I was unanimously approved for ordination in the United Church of Christ at my Ecclesiastical Council on Feb. 19. I had a wonderful conversation with folks from churches in the Chicago Metropolitan Association (CMA) about matters of self-care, theology, the future of the church, and how to respond to issues of injustice from a perspective of deep faith. I will be in conversation with both the CMA and Keystone about planning an ordination for some time later this year, and I will keep you posted on that process! And THANK YOU again for your prayers and words of support and solidarity with me as I entered this council. I was able to bring the best of what you have given me to the table that night, and look forward to continuing the work with you to incarnate the very real presence of God’s love and justice in the  walls of the church and out in our world. 
B. Yuki Schwartz (she/her, they/them pronouns),
associate pastor for justice formation,  Keystone Congregational UCC, Seattle
Send Yuki congrats at:

Rich V. gave a compelling case that we need to contact our US Senators and Representatives to show big support for Green New Deal.  We are on the Titanic- but we can actually see there is an iceberg ahead.  Please take faithful action according to your conscience.  Many say that progressive support should not be assumed, but expressing our concerns is most helpful right now. 
On February 18th, President’s Day Lisa and Guppy went to Volunteer Park to stand with 200 others at the Seattle Protect Democracy Rally at 5:30. (not for partisan but principle!)  There was protesting Trump’s “national emergency” in response to lack of funding for his border wall.  They were advocating for the preservation of Democracy and equal protection of citizens and asylum seekers in the US.  Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was there and Congressman Adam Smith.  Thank you Lisa and Guppy for your faithful witness!
This past Friday and Saturday Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, who wrote the book: Climate Church, Climate World spoke at the University UCC on climate change.   Barb attended Friday night 7-8:30 and became so inspired that she is now speaking with Rich V., Connie V. and Jim L. about things this church can do to support the changes that need to be made.  Connie came in from attending the service on Sunday morning at University UCC at 10:00 a.m. and as promised to Lauren, gave us a wonderful report back in announcements and at coffee hour, and we are all conferring about the book and next steps.  Check out the book if you like!
Pastor Darrell Goodwin’s farewell service was at 1:30 at Liberation UCC – 831 32nd Ave. Sunday, attended by Pastor Lauren, Leo, Rev. Mike Denton (PNC UCC). Pastor Darrell has been called to be the Assoc. Conference Minister for the Tri-Conference Ministries of the United Church of Christ and will be transitioning to Omaha, Nebraska at the beginning of March.  We send him with all our thanks!  Check it out here: 

Tuesday, February 26, We joined workers and faithful at the Port of Seattle Commission meeting to demand equality for airline catering workers at 12:00 PM at SeaTac Airport.  See Unite Here!
The Seattle Labor Chorus will having a Sing Along on March 16th at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. at 7:00.  There will be a silent auction and homemade snacks.  It’s a lot of fun!
Take 5 Advocacy after Worship – We met for a few minutes after worship Sunday Feb. 24 to take action on a few advocacy items. Barb led a wonderful charge for us- as we all filled out postcards from SKCCH to our legislators to Go BIG for housing solutions this session.  We asked them to fix our UPSIDE DOWN tax system.  To raise new revenue; to preserve core benefits for poor and disabled WA taxpayers.  And budget for the homes to end homelessness.
 Please see here for our 4 demands:
On February 28th there will be many people going to Olympia for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day.  The Coalition will be taking a bus down so if you are interested on riding the bus, please let Barb know. Also there is a bus going from another church here in the U District area and they have room for 1 or two more.  Please let Barb know if you are interested: ☺
Tuesday April 9th – 11th there will be the Northwest Pilgrimage conference here at Keystone on Migrant Justice: Realities and Resistance.  9-5 each day.  Please contact pastor Rich if you are interested in attending: (and make sure you save Rich’s new email to your address book.)
From Pastor Lauren:  Hi, Jo Winston is gathering a group to go Friday March 1 to David Haas concert.  Contact Jo at: and check it out here:
Here is invite from Rev. Rich & Kate Speltz:
Greetings Keystonites
David Haas, has written some of the songs we sing out of the Gather Hymnal. He will be here in town at a concert at St Patrick's Church Friday March 1. Their choir will be singing with him and I think there may be some liturgical dance (done well) there also. 
Rich Gamble
NOTE - St. Pats choir will be singing some with him, and I believe Betsy Beckman will also dance.

Also Friday March 1, 2019: 
Meaningful Movies in Wallingford
Friday | 3/1/2019 | 7:00 PM
Keystone Congregational Church
5019 Keystone Pl. N, Seattle, WA
This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price we pay for clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. “The True Cost” is a documentary film that uncloaks the story and asks …

Reader- Danielle
Usher- Rita
Communion- Lauren & Yuki
Rich preaching
Coffee- Margaret

Reader- Julia
Usher- Elvina
Communion Rita? & Lauren
Lauren preaching; Rich off; Yuki away; 1st Sun. of Lent
Coffee- Marilyn
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ UP AND MAKE THESE VITAL CALLS AND/OR EMAILS!!  Remember, these action items are in committee THIS WEEK, so please contact your legislators by Wednesday or Thursday.  Anything that does not move out of committee will be DEAD after this Friday.

Again, the toll-free number is 1-800-562-6000. Call any time! You can leave a message for your legislators at this number.

You can also send a comment online at to your legislators, governor and also the committee members.

Thank you again for your time and advocating for the most vulnerable!
FEELING FIRED UP? Here are a couple more ways you can help. Ask your legislators to support these budget asks:

Increase the Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD) Monthly Cash Grant by adding $61M to the current budget:

Sample comment you can use: "We need $61M to increase the ABD monthly cash grant. Presently, the program provides a modest cash assistance of $197.00/month to low income adults with permanent mental health illnesses or physical disabilities. This ABD cash grant remains at an all-time low. Please work to raise the ABD cash grant to more closely reflect Washington’s rising cost of living."

Funding Housing for All:

Sample comment you can use: "We want funding for more affordable housing - $600M total to build 17,000 more affordable homes in Washington State. $200M of the $600M would support the Housing Trust Fund."
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