This fall, the Church Council welcomed Allison Trezona to our organizing staff through the United Church of Christ’s Justice Leadership Program – and welcomed back Erica N. West for a second year, through the same program.

Allison recently finished a year as a Young Adult in Global Mission (through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) serving with Lea Road United Reformed Church in Wolverhampton, England. She grew up in a United Church of Christ church in the Chicago area and graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Statistics, spending summers working as a backpacking guide at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This year, she will be serving at Plymouth UCC through the Justice Leadership Program. At the Church Council, Allison will be focusing on organizing in West Seattle, White Center, and Tukwila.

Erica (affectionately known as “E”) returns for a second year of the United Church of Christ’s Justice Leadership Program, deferring her matriculation to Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN for their Masters of Divinity. E graduated from William & Mary with a degree in Government and American Studies. This year, E is serving at Liberation UCC through the Justice Leadership Program. At the Church Council, E will continue to focus on housing justice and the issues therein, and to build faith-filled power with religious communities across Seattle.

Allison and E join with previous Church Council of Greater Seattle Justice Leadership Program intern Briana Brannan (’13-14), who is currently serving as our Immigrant & Refugee Accompaniment Organizer, and Joey Ager, our Lead Organizer who focuses in South King County.

We are grateful for our seven-year partnership with the United Church of Christ’s Justice Leadership Program in transforming faith-based organizing in the Seattle area, and inspiring and launching the careers of young faith organizers from across the country. If you would like to financially support this partnership and others like it, consider giving to the Rev. Dr. Bill Cate Emerging Justice Leadership fund. If you are interested in the United Church of Christ’s Justice Leadership Program, or its sister program for elders, the Jubilee Program, learn more at justiceleadership.org.

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