Raising White Kids: An Anti-Racism Conversation for All of Us

The Well, 1606 5th Ave W, Seattle WA 98119
May 24, 2018
7-9 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, “anti-racist”) 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 as much as they do 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.

$50, $25, $15
Scholarships available upon inquiry



Circles in May

Pentecost is the “birthday” of the Christian church. It was on this day that the Holy Spirit ignited and united the hundreds gathered in the synagogue into one universal language under the name of Jesus Christ: a language of love, forgiveness and service as our Lord Jesus shared in his ministry. So what does it look like to have the Spirit alive and moving in the world? In your very life? If Pentecost is the birthday of the universal catholic church, do you know when your “birthday” into the church took place? Pentecost is a day of celebrating; let’s celebrate together our unity in the family of Christ.

Bible study circles this month will read Acts 2:1-21 and meet as follows:

Bethany Circle:  Monday, May 14 at 9:30 am at the home of Anne-Marie Wick

Salem Circle:     Wednesday, May 16 at 10:00 am at the home of Mabel Rockness


Wilderness Wednesdays and Sunset Sundays

Do you have a favorite day hike you want to share? A secret sunset location? Let’s share and get outside this summer! Something for all ages and all levels. If you’d like to join forces in the planning of these outings, please contact Vicar Pam at vicar@prlc.org.

Looking for a Spiritual Discipline?

Pastor Hansen and Pastor Van Kley suggest taking up the habit of daily scripture reading during Lent. The Daily Lectionary provides you with three readings for every day of the week. Here are three easy ways to access the daily readings:

  • We will list the readings for the upcoming week in your bulletin every Sunday. (You can access the bulletin online at prlc.org if you have to miss worship that week.)
  • Consider ordering a printed resource. One we recommend is called “Bread for the Day.” It includes daily readings and brief devotions, and can be purchased for $8.95 from Augsburg Fortress (www.augsburgfortress.org).
  • Download a daily lectionary app for your smart phone! We suggest one called “dailyLectio”.


Adult Forums in March 2018

Sunday Mornings at 10:00 in the Tree of Life Room

March 4 & 11, 2018
Race and Its Contemporary Contexts

Race can be an intimidating topic, but it’s impossible to understand it in contemporary context without engaging it in all its complications.  Join us for group discussions led by Joshua Tom (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Seattle Pacific University) as we explore the intersection of faith, race, inequality, privilege and reconciliation together — with particular attention to what the Church has to contribute. Whether you’ve thought about race a lot or hardly at all, these sessions will be times for questions, growth and mutual encouragement.

March 18, 2018
What Are You Doing for Holy Week?

Join Pastor Hansen for a discussion of Holy Week and explore the possibilities of making the most of this pivotal time in the Christian year.  With the emphasis placed on the Three Days, we will share ideas for praying and celebrating that connect the congregational celebration to personal and/or family rituals.

March 25, 2018
Advocacy for the Homeless

Come and meet Nancy Amidei, a long-time writer, speaker and advocate for social justice who has worked both inside and outside government.  Retired from the University of Washington School of Social Work, where she taught Policy Advocacy, she leads numerous workshops and trainings.  Among her writings:  a weekly op-ed column for the Seattle P-I and an advocacy guide called “So You Want to Make a Difference.”


Come Learn the Art of Pysanky

Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 12:30-5pm, with potluck meal following

Come for an afternoon of artistic Easter fun! Join Vicar Pam Gompf and member Monica Hartley as they teach the art of “pysanky”, or Ukrainian Eggs. Participants will work on a traditional design as directed in class in a step-by-step process. No artistic talent required!

Adults and children 10+ old are welcome. We will be using an open flame, so children are required to have an adult with them for supervision.  Cost is $10 to help cover the cost of supplies, which will be provided. Just come to have fun and learn this amazing art form. Class size is limited. Contact Vicar Gompf to reserve your spot.

Please bring a potluck dish to share at dinner after class with this year’s WAY candidates, as you are able.

You may offer a donation at the class to benefit the NWWA ELCA partnership with Russian Lutheran itinerant pastors.


Refugees: an Epiphany BfJ Book Study

Wednesdays Jan. 10– Feb. 7, 2018

The worst refugee crisis since WWII is upon us: With 34,000 people fleeing their homes a day and a total of 65 million displaced persons in the world, 20 million of which are refugees, there is a major crisis going on awaiting our awakening. Join Vicar Gompf as she leads you through conversation and a reading of “Seeking Refuge” by Stephan Bauman. Vicar Gompf also recommends the book “Refugee” by Alan Gratz for teenagers, and for families with younger children, “My Name Is Not Refugee” by Kate Milner.  Please purchase your adult BFJ book prior to attendance. A few copies are available for sale at Grace Station ($15), and you will also find them in stock across the street at Phinney Books.


Circles in January

This month’s theme: Refugees

What does the Bible say about the treatment of refugees? Who were refugees in the Bible and why? How does our response to refugees help or hinder? Vicar Pam  Gompf will lead the women’s circles in January on a journey of the refugees of the Bible and how biblical response to refugees over the millennia has changed … or not.

Bethany Circle will meet January 8 at 9:30 at the home of JoAnn Thuring.

Salem Circle will meet January 24 at 10:00 at Randi Valdok’s home.


Circles in December

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” (Luke 2:13-14)

Both circles will study the Christmas story as it is recorded in Luke, chapter 2.

Bethany Circle will meet Dec. 11, 2017 at 10:30 (note time change) at Judy Smith’s home. Bible study will be followed by a potluck lunch.

Salem Circle will meet Dec. 20, 2017 at 10:00 at Ilse Bolliger’s home for Bible study and singing around the lighted tree. Our annual Christmas lunch will follow at Queen Mary Tea Room, 2912 NE 55th St.


Small groups are coming this Fall!

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the ELCA has come up with a campaign tagline: Always being made new. It’s appropriate to use this image of new creation, because this historic event gives us an opportunity to reflect on the ways in which God continues to form and re-form us – both as the Church, and individually as people of God. In this spirit of ongoing reformation, PRLC is offering a short-term opportunity for small groups that each give you a chance to re-form your relationship with God and with this community.

Some will be discussion and reflection groups; some are physically active groups created for fellowship and time with nature; others with be hands-on opportunities to practice justice. A brief description of some of the groups is provided below. Keep an eye out for more information in your bulletins and at the September 10 Ministry Fair. Dates and meeting locations for each group are TBD, but groups will meet mid-September through October. Contact Pastor Van Kley or Scott Shiebler if you have questions.

Re-Forming our Hearts

Troubling the Waters, Take 2: Building on the conversation that’s already begun at PRLC, this group will confront the topics of racism and white privilege.

HeartBook: Don’t have time to meet with a group? Members of this private Facebook group will be guiding through an exploration of new spiritual practices. You’ll try the new disciplines on your own time, and share your experiences online.

Bible Study: This group may explore weekly lectionary texts or dive into some of Luther’s favorite parts of scripture.

Re-Forming our Minds

Table Talk: Sit down with your favorite beverage and participate in an informal, open conversation about our theological questions and musings.

Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Book Group: Guided by the book, One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ, we will reflect and discuss day-to-day faith practices and discover the commonality we share with our Roman Catholic sisters and brothers.

Re-Forming our Communities

Who is my neighbor?: This group will explore local social justice outreach possibilities, including Aurora Commons. Bring your ideas!

Environmental Stewardship: Be a part of a conversation around care for God’s creation. This group will discuss the urgent need for action in caring for the earth, and will take action to start making a difference.

Park Hoppers: Families with young children will gather at various playgrounds in our area for simple fun and fellowship.

Path Finders: Two separate groups will gather in beautiful places around the city, enjoying the goodness of God through nature and conversation. One group will be for those who want to participate in high-energy activities such as running. A second group will enjoy the slower pace of walks and low-impact hikes.