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.

Restoring Affirmative Action: Overview of I-1000 @ Woodland Park Presbyterian Church
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents “Karissa Braxton on Restoring Affirmative Action: Overview of I-1000.” All are welcome! Free, an offering will be taken.

Washington State I-200 made it illegal to use one of the most important tools to “level the playing field” in employment and educational opportunities. Affirmative action provides pathways towards equity for people of color and women, and other groups that experience disparities. I-1000, now in the signature gathering phase, would reverse I-200, reinstate affirmative action, and expand its coverage. Ms. Braxton will give a general overview of I-1000 including what policies it entails. She will talk about who is supporting the initiative, what the process for passing the initiative will be, and how you can get involved in passing I-1000.

Karissa Braxton was campaign manager for School Superintendent candidate Erin Jones. She works part-time for the city of Seattle, and is currently the campaign manager for the I-1000 campaign.

Re-Entry Corps: Voices & Faces Panel @ Large Isaac Orr Conference Room, St. James' Chancery Building
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Criminal Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Seattle presents “Re-Entry Corps: Voices & Faces Panel.”

Are you called to ministry with the incarcerated? Is your parish called to join the “One Parish, One Prisoner” re-entry initiative? Come for a panel of speakers composed of former jail/prison inmates and family members who will courageously share their stories of incarceration and experiences of re-entry. Come jumpstart your discernment process. Prison ministry volunteers will be available for questions and networking. Let us develop kinship with those on the margins!

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Kids in Need of Defense Orientation for Accompaniment Volunteers with the Church Council @ The Church Council of Greater Seattle
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This orientation is for all accompaniment volunteers who have completed Parts 1 & 2 of the process with The Church Council of Greater Seattle and 21 Progress. Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) offers legal advocacy for unaccompanied minors. At this orientation, volunteers will learn more about KIND, who their clients are, and accompaniment needs. Volunteers will need to complete a background check through KIND and complete an availability form.

If you have not completed the first 2 parts of the accompaniment training, please plan on attending the November 1st initial gathering and then scheduling a USCIS site visit with Briana. You can indicate this on the form below and we will be in touch. RSVP to the initial gathering on Nov 1st here:

Contact Briana Brannan at or 206-204-3851 with questions.

At Home in the World: Building a Livable Seattle in the Era of Climate Change @ Seattle First Baptist Church
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The housing crisis is a climate crisis is a housing crisis.

No decision has a bigger impact on our carbon pollution than where we live: a lack of abundant and affordable housing pushes people out of the city, where their emissions are 2-4x as high (due to a lack of good transit, and larger dwellings).

Seattle is already home to many climate migrants, and in coming decades, the Northwest is likely to be one of the most climate-stable regions; many more people will need to move here.

If we care about Seattle being a progressive, sustainable city, we need more housing—citywide, so our most vulnerable communities aren’t the only ones asked to support newcomers. How can we plan for density that’s equitable, and that makes our neighborhoods more vibrant, greener, and better able to support small business and frequent transit?

Join us to hear some of the people most passionate about housing and equity, in conversation about our options, including:

Teresa Mosqueda (Seattle City Council)
Hodan Hassan (Got Green)
Katie Wilson (Transit Riders Union)
Margaret Morales (Sightline Institute)
King County Labor Council
Capitol Hill Housing
….and more!


Co-sponsored by Town Hall Seattle and supported by a City Neighborhood Fund matching grant.

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Initial Gathering for Accompaniment Volunteers @ 21 Progress
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

An initiative of The Church Council of Greater Seattle and 21 Progress, and in partnership with organizations such as Kids In Need of Defense (KIND). At the initial gathering we focus on the faith based and humanist practices of accompaniment that informs how we walk with immigrant and refugee members of our community who are navigating the immigration system. Interested volunteers are then invited to complete Part 2 of the process with an experiential-learning, small group visit to the USCIS immigration building in Tukwila. After completion of Parts 1 & 2, individuals are invited to offer accompaniment through partner organizations as called upon.

While we welcome all with a heart for accompaniment, based on the situations we encounter, we are particularly hoping to connect with folks who are proficient/bilingual in Spanish or another language, and who are connected to a congregation or faith community. A volunteer should have weekday & daytime availability, transportation and be of calm and confident demeanor.

RSVP here:  *Please note the training is capped at 20 participants.

Contact Briana Brannan at or 206-204-3851 with questions.

Microaggressions: What are They and How are They Harmful? @ Gwinn Commons, Seattle Pacific University
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

You are invited to the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study’s 2018 Dorpat Lecture, given by Caprice Hollins, Psy.D, “Microaggressions: What are They and How are They Harmful?”

When we engage in conversations across cultures, there is always the risk that what we say might offend someone. Rather than risking offense, many people avoid cross cultural dialogue or cling to “politically correct” terminology.

Microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial slights and insults toward any marginalized group.

Learning about microaggressions and how they are hurtful, can help open up the dialogue when we offend, are offended or witness an offense. One subtle, unintentional comment in and of itself has little effect. It’s the cumulative effect over a life time that has the impact of a thousand cuts. In this presentation, Dr. Hollins will teach participants what they are and offer strategies for how to engage in courageous conversations when they are committed.

Caprice Hollins, Psy.D. is co-founder of Cultures Connecting. Born and raised in Seattle, B.A. in Psychology from Seattle University, M.A. and Psy,D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology―LA. Licensed psychologist, over 20 years of experience studying and working with ethnically diverse populations including first Director of Department of Equity & Race Relations for Seattle Public Schools, and Affiliate Professor of Counseling at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. She and her husband, Gary Hollins, have two children, and she has three adult step children and two grandchildren. From her website

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Parking Permit

Parking information: From the parking lot at the corner of Third Ave. W and W. Nickerson, [#41 on the map], head west along Nickerson. Take a left on 6th Ave. W. There is handicapped access through the loading dock in the back of the building off of 6th. Ave. W. Gwinn Commons is #10 on the map. When you go down the stairs you will be on the third floor.

From Visitor Lot [“V” on map #45] off of W. Dravus, head northwest toward signs for Library. Gwinn Commons is adjacent/ northwest of the library. The Queen Anne room is on the 3rd floor. On the map Gwinn Commons is #10.


Harvest Auction and Dinner @ Mountaineers Club
Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm
Harvest Auction and Dinner @ Mountaineers Club

The Shelter Board invites you to the 16th Annual Harvest Auction and Dinner benefiting S.H.A.R.E. (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort).

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner. Silent and live auctions.

Early Bird registration (by Oct. 15): $75

Registration after Oct. 15 and at the door: $100


Mass for the Deceased Homeless @ St. James Cathedral
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm

You are invited to gather at St. James Cathedral for a special Mass in memory of the children, men and, women who have died on the streets or by violence in our community this past year. From October 2017 to September 2018, 209 individuals died. Please come honor their memory, celebrate their lives, and pray for them. Father Ryan will preside at the Mass; a simple reception will follow. All are welcome to bring winter hats, gloves, and scarves to be distributed to those in need.

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Building the Beloved Community: Racism & Beyond @ St. Joseph Parish
Nov 10 @ 8:45 am – 3:00 pm

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center invites you to “Building the Beloved Community: Racism & Beyond” presented by Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director, and Anne Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN, Program Director, of Pax Christi USA.

Many people of faith are concerned about racism in America today.

  • Where do we start? What can we do?
  • What is “white privilege” and its role in society today?
  • How can we respond to the systemic nature of racism in our politics, economy, public education and criminal justice system?

Learn what you can do!

Register online by Nov. 2 at or call 206.223.1138. Donation $25 includes lunch.

Sponsored by Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center.


Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN – Executive Director of Pax Christi USA. Sr. Patty was trained by crossroads in anti-racism training and organizing and was the president of the National Black Sisters’ Conference from 1996-2001.
Anne Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN – Program Director of Pax Christi USA. Previously she ministered at My Sister’s Place Women Center, a day center for women and children experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City, Maryland.

Srs. Patty & Anne Louise Co-Chair the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur USA’s National Anti-Racism Team.

Music at 9th and Stewart: Les Chanterelles @ Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Nov 10 @ 4:30 pm

This joint concert/exhibit will explore the intimate relationship between mother and child through music, text, and paintings from Trung Pham’s “Mother” series of paintings. A pre-concert talk featuring Pham and Les Chanterelles will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Trung Pham is a Vietnamese-born, Seattle-based artist, educator. Phams immigrant experience and religious devotion have profoundly influenced his artistic practice. His miniature sculptures capture the fragility and delicacy of everyday objects that evoke sensibility and feelings of intimacy.  His paintings explore theological contents in a series of vividly colored and densely painted organic shapes.

Les Chanterelles is an a cappella ensemble of 3-5 voices, with repertoire spanning the medieval era to the present day.  Formed in May 2017 by Emi Ostrom, the group has performed in numerous venues on Vashon Island and Tacoma, including an outdoor Chautauqua Revival Assembly hosted by Vashon Museum, and a performance as the featured ensemble for the 2017 Tacoma Early Music Workshop. The “Music at 9th and Stewart” concert series will be its Seattle debut.

Music At 9th and Stewart is an exciting new concert series at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle. A portion of all ticket revenue supports nonprofit relief of immigrants, as well as families experiencing food- and housing-insecurity. Nonprofit beneficiaries are Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, The Hope Center, The Church Council of Greater Seattle, and Mary’s Place.