The 100-Year Timeline

Help us tell the whole story of 100 years making a difference, together.

We invite you to share a moment, or many moments, when you witnessed the difference working together as members of the Church Council community has made in faith-led movements for justice.

Please join us in celebrating the successes, reflecting on the challenges and failures, and walking together into the next century hand-in-hand as this sacred work continues into the future. It is our hope to collect as many unique moments and perspectives as we can this year in order to build a timeline. This will be a living document built by and for our faith-based justice organizing community, reflective of the dynamic and diverse story of justice throughout the past and present, and into the future.

1919: The Founding of the Church Council – “Common sense applied to the common tasks”

by Beth Amsbary

Seattle 1919: Surely, the world as we know it is falling apart and being re-formed.

1942: “Breaking the Silence” – A Conversation with Yosh Nakagawa

As a Japanese child interned with his family at a concentration camp in Idaho in 1942, lifetime activist and Seattle icon Yosh Nakagawa discovered the solidarity and unity that baseball and team sports brought to him and his community there, a relationship which...

1965: “The WA Council of Churches Raises Official Voice in State Legislature” – A Story by Paul Beeman

By Rev. Paul Beeman, former lobbyist, Des Moines WA It had been more than a decade since President Truman ended segregation in the armed forces; ten years since the “Brown vs. Board of Education” decision legally ended segregation in public schools; and just a year...

1979: “As Broad a Coalition as Possible” – A Conversation with The Rev. David Bloom

In this video, Rev. Bloom shares his story of working for justice with faith communities in the Greater Seattle Area after moving to Seattle from Washington DC in 1975. He met the Rev Dr. Bill Cate when Cate came to preach at University Baptist Church, where Rev....

1981: “Struggling Together For Justice” by Cindy Domingo

I first came into contact with the Church Council of Greater Seattle in June 1981 in the aftermath of the assassinations of my brother, Silme Domingo and fellow labor leader, Gene Viernes.  Both were leaders in the anti-Marcos, pro-Philippine democracy movement in the...

We invite you to explore the stories in the collection above this text, and then consider a time when perhaps you yourself were moved by the power of faith-led justice work in our community.

Share a moment when you witnessed the difference working together as members of the Church Council community makes in faith-led movements for justice.

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If you would like to send us photos or other files, ask a question, or share a concern regarding our 100th Anniversary history-making project, please feel free to reach out any time to Irene at imuller@thechurchcouncil.org.