Dearest Church Council community,

With deep gratitude, I write to let you know of my leaving the Church Council after almost 14 years.

As an organization, we have been listening and discerning. I am heartened and excited about who we are becoming. Please take some time to learn about our current efforts as presented at our 2021 Annual Assembly.

As we launch into a new era of our organizational identity, I have found that it is time for me to bless our emerging work, and the leaders who are bringing it forth, and enter a time of personal reflection and discernment for my next adventure.

Know that I take you all with me. I have grown immensely amongst the loving and justice-seeking communities that are part of the Church Council. From gatherings of people of faith to address homelessness; to New Sanctuary Movement meetings in the café next to St. Mary’s; to Week of Prayer for Christian Unity celebrations and Annual Assemblies; to marches, vigils, and advocacy in Seattle, King County, and Olympia; to racial justice workshops and the Weaving Our Strengths Conferences, I encountered justice-making and community at a whole new level through the Church Council. The experiences and the relationships formed have made me who I am today. For that I am most thankful.

I look forward to continuing to see you in community, being community, partnering with each other and with God to create God’s kindom here on earth, where all people, and indeed all of creation, experiences liberation and flourishes.

In faith, in community, in justice,

Ann Erickson


Ann’s last day at the Church Council of Greater Seattle was June 4, 2021. You are welcome to wish Ann well by emailing us at and we’ll pass your messages along!

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