Community Events Calendar

To submit an event, email details to Ann Erickson. This calendar is provided as a service to the Greater Seattle community. Listing of an event does not imply sponsorship or endorsement by the Church Council of Greater Seattle.

Apr
28
Sat
4 Questions Thriving Leaders Ask @ Lake Washington Christian Church
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
4 Questions Thriving Leaders Ask @ Lake Washington Christian Church | Kirkland | Washington | United States

Most churches spend lots of time and even money asking the 2 worst questions leaders can ask: How do we get more members for our church? How do we get more money?

Leaders of Thriving Churches have discovered that asking better questions leads to better ministry and mission. If you change your questions, you can change your church.

Disciples Church Extension Fund and Hope Partnership are inviting your church leaders to a workshop on 4 Questions Thriving Leaders Ask. This workshop will challenge your thinking about the church’s mission and how it fulfills it.

Optional lunch and conversation at noon. Register online

Flier

Michael Stern plays benefit for Seattle FOR @ Seattle Mennonite Church
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm

Folk music concert by Michael Stern, local song writer and musician, with friends Erika Kirsch and Jeffrey Powel to benefit Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation. Featuring songs of compassion, humor, justice and peace and including kid-friendly songs. See www.mikesongs.net for more information about Michael’s music. $15 donation suggested.

May
12
Sat
Mother’s Day Vigil 2018 @ Northwest Detention Center
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mother's Day Vigil 2018 @ Northwest Detention Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

Hosted by The Church Council of Greater Seattle, Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIRJ), University Unitarian Church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Episcopal Church, la Banda Gozona, and Trio Guadalevín.

Faithful resistance /ˈfāTHfəl rəˈzistəns/: perseverance, mutual accompaniment, counter-narratives, defying and changing unjust systems, bearing witness, compassion, solidarity, community-based resiliency… what does faithful resistance look like for you and your community?

We invite you to join us in this 10th year of community vigil as we continue to bear witness to the inhumane impact of detention and deportation on our communities. In coming together, we pledge our steadfast, faithful resistance to systems that criminalize and disappear members of our communities. Through the sharing of testimonies and ritual, we remember that we draw our strength and perseverance from our many faith traditions and spiritual practices. We hope you will join us in writing collective counter-narratives of compassion, mutual accompaniment, and community-based resilience.

Members of CeAtl Tonalli, a traditional Aztec dance group, will begin our time together with a smudging ceremony. We are also pleased to be joined by Our Lady of Guadalupe Episcopal Church, la Banda Gozona and Trio Guadalevin who will offer a Misa Oaxaquena as part of the program.

Please contact Roberta Ray (robertasaquic@aol.com) or Rae Anne Lafrenz (raeanne@Imirj.org) if you would like to offer an opening prayer from a non-Christian faith tradition.

Accessibility:
-The program will be in English & Spanish.
-There will be a kid’s creative area but no one designated to watch your child(ren).
-We will meet in the flat grassy area, accessible by the sidewalk. There are no stairs. Please plan to bring outdoor chairs or blanket for seating.
-There are no restrooms for the public at the NWDC. Please plan to use the restroom before arriving at the hotels or gas stations which are about a 10 minute drive from the NWDC.

RSVP Registration so we know who is coming and how to follow-up with you after the event. *You do not need to bring the “ticket” to the event.

Carpools:
Please use this website, Group Carpool, to help facilitate carpools. “NWDC Mother’s Day Vigil 2018.”

What to bring:
-Flowers from your garden for our traditional action of solidarity.
-Outdoor chairs or blanket for seating.
-Cash for taco truck.

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May
24
Thu
Raising White Kids: An Anti-Racism Conversation for All of Us @ The Well at Queen Anne United Methodist Church
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Powerful and difficult conundrums exist when it comes to raising white children in a society that is one of the most racially diverse in the world, while also being full of racial tension and inequity. Developing strategies for raising “healthy” (by definition, “antiracist”) white kids is a critical investment in the well-being and futures of all of our children. This plenary will map common conundrums relative to nurturing anti-racist white identity; conundrums that impact adults of every racial/ethnic group in the U.S., as much as they do our young people. Whether you have or were a white kid or just have relationships with people who used to be or have white kids – the conversation this lecture will enable us to have is for everyone.

Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a writer, speaker, and professor at Drake University. Her work focuses on racial justice and white anti-racism. Dr. Harveys most recent books include Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America (Abington Press, January 2018) and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation (Wm. B. Ee remains). Dr. Harvey has also contributed to the New York Times and the Huffington Post. She is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (U.S.A.)

Scholarships available upon inquiry.

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Sep
29
Sat
Save the Date: Weaving Our Strengths Conference @ Mercer Island Presbyterian Church
Sep 29 all-day

Save the Date! The 2018 Weaving Our Strengths Conference will be on Saturday, September 29.