Author Jim Wallis will hold two events in the Seattle area to discuss issues of faith and race on September 16, 2017.
Jim Wallis – Congregations and Racism
Saturday, September 16, 2pm to 4pm at Trinity, Lynnwood
Author Jim Wallis will be talking with faith leaders in the Greater Seattle area about how to address the issue of racism with their congregations. Jim Wallis will help us explore the crucial role that faith leaders and faith communities can play in the area of racial equity; how we can prepare our own faith communities for such work; and how we can engage others from the heart of our faith traditions without requiring others to share them. Please join us for this free event, specifically designed for faith leaders. This event is sponsored by The Treacy Levine Center, a 501c organization with a 50 year history of promoting understanding, bridging divides and building relationships amongst people across religious, cultural, ethnic and social lines through educational and experiential activities.
Jim Wallis: Race, Privilege and the Bridge to a New America
Saturday, September 16, 7pm at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center
The Treacy Levine Center is also sponsoring this evening with Jim Wallis as he explores the topic of his latest book, America’s Original Sin; Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America. Wallis see it as his faith’s obligation to “support the poor and vulnerable and defend those under attack.” He offers this path forward as a way to change our course. “tell the truth…love our neighbor…welcome the stranger…expose and oppose racial profiling…defend Muslims…It is time to listen. Tickets are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets online at http://bpt.me/3002763 or by phone 1-800-838-3006.
What do you think of when you think of “The Way?” For me, “The Way” is a wonderful program that I have had the privilege of being a part of, at many levels, for over twenty years. I have been a candidate, sponsor, and – for the last two years — a Catechist. The Way has given me the chance not only to deepen my faith, but to be a part of others deepening theirs. As the catechumenate process starts and works towards Easter Vigil and beyond, it is a wonderful thing to be a part of the community that is formed. Not only to see new members being welcomed, but to watch current members walk along with them and at the end see the powerful growth that has occurred.
For the last two years, I have been part of the team that has gone to the annual catechumenate conference. This year, the “Journey to Baptismal Living” conference was held in the beautiful Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. For three days, Lance and Tina Georgeson, Connie Popp and I listened, learned and were able to partake in strengthening our commitment to this process. We listened to keynote speakers talk about the importance of the catechumenate in their own faith practices. We learned how other churches are welcoming their new members in. And we were part of small group discussions sharing our stories.
In the end we left happy to have been there together. We were thankful to a church that values our going and our bringing back the knowledge we gained. We were appreciative that we have an endowment that allows us to have such experiences. And we all gained new energy and passion to continue this work. Do you want to walk “The Way” with us? We would love to have you.
Join Pastor Hansen for a discussion of the “Luther 500” Tour in Wittenberg. Hear about visits to the various Reformation era sites and how the celebration of the anniversary of the Reformation nurtures and challenges our faith.
In preparation, please read Psalm 46. Circles will meet as follows:
Bethany Monday, September 11th at 9:30 a.m. at Caroline Brakken’s home.
Salem Wednesday, September 20th at 10:00 a.m. at Lois Huseby’s home.
~ Tim Sullivan, CDC Director
September is a favorite time for the staff at the Child Development Center, as we prepare for our new classrooms, children, and families. We get a chance to look back as a staff at the work we have done together for God’s children during the previous school year and find it to be a time of renewal and excitement as we plan and grow in our profession together as a child care staff. The last week of August we get together as a whole staff to look at the upcoming year, and train together on best practices for the children entrusted in our care. On Tuesday September 5, we welcomed 83 children and their families to their new classrooms at our center, and to the Phinney Ridge Lutheran community. The dedicated staff at the Child Development Center is full of anticipation and renewed spirit to share our gifts and work with these families for the 2017 school year.
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