A Letter to Our Christian Siblings Regarding Recent Domestic Terrorist Attacks on our Nation’s Capital

The idea that insurrectionists seeking to aid and abet President Trump could overturn the will of the people in selecting a new president by violating the hall of debate for our democracy is a final absurdity of this administration, which has thrived on division, chaos, lies, and hate. To be for “God and country” is more than a belief.  It is day-by-day commitment and action: to honor God by loving our neighbors as ourselves, including our enemies; and to usher in ever-more equitable forms of democracy respecting the dignity of all and our common humanity and by embracing a solidarity which crosses borders, tears down walls, and knows no exclusions. 

A message from Michael

The lives of all our siblings are full of dignity and worthy of honor and respect. The work of Christmas includes affirming and upholding these principles. In celebrating the humble birth of a unique Jewish boy in Bethlehem whose life was about transformation of the margins to the center of God’s gaze, we participate in the re-seeding of the world.

Building a Movement: Cesar Linares on organizing from the heart
Cesar Linares is a longtime resident of Burien, who has been involved in the Church Council's organizing circle in Highline. In 2020, he joined the Church Council as an Organizing Fellow, a program that cultivates talented, sustainable, effective community organizers...
Building a Movement: Karen on why we need community leaders

Local leaders are so important because not only is it food, but it’s giving company to the community, saying “No estan solos, estamos con ustedes” (“You’re not alone, we’re with you”). Maybe we can give people hope, and the world needs more hope.

Building a Movement: Marina Ortiz on the need for solidarity circles
Marina Ortiz | pronouns: she, her, hers | Human Rights Activist   Marina Ortiz is a human rights activist and community leader of the Grupo de Solidaridad in North King County. The group is convened by community leaders with support from Church Council...
A Letter to Our Christian Siblings Regarding Recent Domestic Terrorist Attacks on our Nation’s Capital

A Letter to Our Christian Siblings Regarding Recent Domestic Terrorist Attacks on our Nation’s Capital

The idea that insurrectionists seeking to aid and abet President Trump could overturn the will of the people in selecting a new president by violating the hall of debate for our democracy is a final absurdity of this administration, which has thrived on division, chaos, lies, and hate. To be for “God and country” is more than a belief.  It is day-by-day commitment and action: to honor God by loving our neighbors as ourselves, including our enemies; and to usher in ever-more equitable forms of democracy respecting the dignity of all and our common humanity and by embracing a solidarity which crosses borders, tears down walls, and knows no exclusions. 

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A message from Michael

A message from Michael

The lives of all our siblings are full of dignity and worthy of honor and respect. The work of Christmas includes affirming and upholding these principles. In celebrating the humble birth of a unique Jewish boy in Bethlehem whose life was about transformation of the margins to the center of God’s gaze, we participate in the re-seeding of the world.

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Building a Movement: E.N. West on the power of faith land

Building a Movement: E.N. West on the power of faith land

The surest way to truly understand what it is we “actually do” at the Church Council is to hear it from the community leaders who make the work possible themselves. E.N. West both represents and redefines what it means to live out the call to justice. Beth Amsbary, our Philanthropy Manager, sat down with E (virtually, of course) to hear what it is to be so vitally embedded in the Church Council’s work during this unique moment.

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Justice Champions, Presente!

Justice Champions, Presente!

By Michael Ramos Grief for me seems to be expressed gradually.  After the shock of my father’s death (in 1994), it was more than a week later when I burst out crying.  My father is still with me today.  Grief is a teacher: it can help us to more caring and more whole...

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Become a bridge to each other

Become a bridge to each other

The building of a bridge.  It begins with faith. I see that faith embodied in our communities as they cultivate powerful connections, enriched by the leadership of people like Ms. Ortiz. Together, we are building community power and lasting local leadership, rooted in faith.

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Until We All are Free: A Post-Election Reflection by Michael Ramos

Until We All are Free: A Post-Election Reflection by Michael Ramos

At this moment, I wish to remember George Floyd and Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other precious human beings who can no longer breathe.  The protests in their memory and the demands for change are directed to enable Black lives to breathe in peace with justice, while never forgetting the harm that has been done and the grieving that is taking place. 

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