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Events the Past Three Months

Travel That Transforms Lives

Tuesdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

info.. Church Office 360-786-6383
Website.. http://www.ouuc.org/pages/adultED.html

Admission/cost.. $10 class fee

We continue our evenings of vicarious travel with accounts of four very special trips:

April 8 - EUROPE ON A BIKE---OR A COUPLE OF THEM, with Mary Ann and Kelly Thompson
The "Grand Tour of Europe" has been a rite of passage for centuries. Young aristocratic Englishmen in the 18th century toured Europe in horse-drawn carriages. In the19th century affluent Americans did the Grand Tour by rail. 20th-century youths continued the tradition, traveling in battered VW Bugs or hitch-hiking. So what does the 21st century add to the Grand Tour tradition? Our own Kelly and Mary Ann Thompson, of course, covering Europe by bike. Come hear their tales of adventure and enjoy their pictures of special moments during their two-month, 2000 mile ride.

April 15 - EAST AFRICA, with Helen and Hank Henry
In the fall of 2012 Helen and Hank Henry traveled for 5 weeks in East Africa with a local retired high school biology teacher who has been leading international trips for many years. They returned home deeply moved by their experiences and passionate about sharing their stories and photos with others through their slide show and artifacts that they brought back from their trip. Wildlife viewing and birding were spectacular, including such highlights as the gorillas of Uganda; the elephants of Amboseli, Kenya; the Olduvai Gorge and Serengeti plains of Tanzania; the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mombasa.

April 22 - TRAVEL IN TWO ACTS: HIKING the PILGRIMAGE TRAIL to SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA, with Christine Parke; and TURKEY, where Steve Tilley joins Chris
Act One: During the Middle Ages the "Camino de Santiago" (Way of Saint James) was one of the most important Christian pilgrimage trails in Europe. Today the Camino is still a preferred route for many hikers, both religious and secular, who give their own meaning to "walking the Way of Saint James." Last summer Christine Parke hiked the last 100 kilometers of this ancient pilgrim trail, across northern Spain from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. The trail has a long history intertwining fact and legend, tracing back to the time after Christ's crucifixion, when Saint James (Sant Iago) sailed to northern Spain to minister to the pagans. When he returned to Jerusalem in 42 A.D. he was beheaded by Herod. His disciples took his body back to northwest Spain, where his tomb lay hidden until it was miraculously "discovered" in 844, and he became the patron saint of Spain. The first written record of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela was in 950. Since then untold numbers of pilgrims have made the trip. Chris will talk about the trail, the people she met, and what she learned along the way. She will also be happy to answer questions if YOU want to hike the Camino.
Act Two: Steve and Chris will also talk about their trip to Turkey, visiting mosques and learning about Islam with an imam, Moslem fellow travelers, and an ardent follower of Rumi. The ecstatic highlights were visiting the shrine of Rumi in Konye and a devout whirling dervishes dance.

April 29 - BHUTAN, with Elizabeth Mooney
Look on the map for a tiny country hidden in the eastern Himalayas and sandwiched between two huge neighbors: China to the north, India to the south. That's Bhutan. In October, 2012, Elizabeth traveled to Southeast Asia to climb in the Himalayas and to find out all she could about Bhutan, a country just beginning to open its doors to the rest of the world after centuries of isolation. Her stories and photos will focus on Bhutanese culture: how the country's form of Buddhism is incorporated into daily life; how Bhutan is attempting to maintain its traditional culture--dress, music, crafts and farming--in the face of the powerful influences of the western world; how the government of the country is evolving from monarchy to a western, parliamentary form; and how that government, unlike most in the West, places "gross national happiness" above "gross national product." No prior reading is necessary to enjoy Elizabeth's presentation. During the evening she will recommend books and other source materials. However, for those who would like to do some pre-class reading, she recommends the following books: Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli; The Blessings of Bhutan by Russell B. Carpenter (available as an e-book from Google-University of Hawaii Press, also available in hard cover, but e-book is cheaper).

Learning to Live in the Presence of Death

Wednesdays, February 19, March 19, April 30, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

info.. Church Office 360-786-6383
Website.. http://www.ouuc.org/pages/adultED.html

Admission/cost.. $10 class fee

In his book, Who Dies, An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying, Stephen Levine writes:

There seems to be much less suffering for those who live life in the wholeness that includes death... In a society based on material gain, which imagines itself to be the body, which holds health so precious and fears death so much, it is often hard to understand that death is natural, even necessary for the continuance of life, both inner and outer.

This three-session course will seek to open us to the possibility of living more fully with a deeper awareness that death is an essential aspect of life's wholeness.

Leaders: The Reverend Arthur Vaeni and the Reverend Eric Ness. The Reverend Arthur Vaeni is minister of the OUUC. The Reverend Eric Ness is an affiliated minister of the OUUC, and a retired hospice chaplain.

Olympia's Chinese Community - A Hidden History

Thursdays, April 17, May 1, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

info.. Church Office 360-786-6383
Website.. http://www.ouuc.org/pages/adultED.html

Admission/cost.. $10 class fee

Toy Kay arrived in Olympia from Montana in 1941 as a sixteen-year-old girl whose marriage to William Kay was arranged by her family. For many years, she and her family operated Kay's Cafe on Capitol Way in downtown Olympia. Her personal journey, and the journey of others of Chinese descent, including the family of former Gov. Locke, formed an integral part of the history of Olympia that remains unknown to many of us. Toy has lived that history, and she and others, including Ed Echtle, have researched and documented it as well.

In this two-session class, Ed will discuss his research and findings concerning the history and impact of the Olympia Chinese-American community on our city and our state. Toy will share her personal story and will provide a fascinating glimpse (including photos and historical documents) into Olympia's attitudes and interactions with its residents of Chinese descent.

Edward Echtle is a 2004 M.A. graduate of Western Washington University in U.S. and Pacific Northwest history. He is currently President of the Bigelow House Preservation Association.

Toy Kay has lived in Olympia since 1941. She worked for many years in the family restaurant, but was also determined to have the education she had missed. In 1978, she graduated from The Evergreen State College. For nine years after that, she taught English as a second language at what is now SPSCC. She has been an active community member throughout her life.

Contemplation in Motion

Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St. NE, Lacey, WA 98516

info.. 360-438-2595, prioryprograms@gmail.com
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. $50

Too many words? Seeking peace? Want a prayer practice that aims for joy? Let your contemplative practice become more embodied. This experiential workshop offers a soulful place to discover, discern, and invite the wisdom of the Divine through practices that develop ease in movement, voice, stillness, and sharing stories.

Register by prior Friday. Bring a sack lunch, water bottle, clothing to move in, journal.

Sharie Bowman, MA is the Seattle Regional InterPlay Coordinator and Master Teacher. She also infuses InterPlay's life-enhancing forms and philosophies into her counseling practice as she leads groups and helps individuals and families thrive.

Columbus Park Community Fun Fair

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9 am - 4 pm
Columbus Park, 5700 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98512

info.. (360) 786-9460
Website.. http://columbuspark.net

Admission/cost.. Free

Columbus Park's annual Community Fun Fair includes Free Fishing for kids 14 and under, Games and Activities, Vendors, and Food! Local families can get plugged in to Community Resources and get involved with other groups. To pre-register your kids for the Kid's Free Fishing, contact Bob Leingang at (360) 754-8262. Kids are encouraged to bring their own poles, some poles available. Free hot dog lunch provided for the first 300 kids!

Admission and parking are free. Food and some activities will be offered at minimal fees.

Event is unsuitable for four-legged family members. Pets in designated areas only.

Brought to you by Trout Unlimited.

see flyer

CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, May 4, 1:30 pm - varies by walker
Begins at State Capitol Campus

info.. Wayne Gruen, CROP Hunger Walk Committe Chair, 352-9703; Interfaith Works 357-7224
Website.. http://www.crophungerwalk.org/olympiawa http://www.interfaith-works.org/CropWalk.php

Join us for a beautiful walk around Capitol Lake on the first Sunday in May and raise funds to help end hunger, too! CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide, volunteer events to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. Some of the local recipients include the Thurston County Food Bank, Senior Services' Meals on Wheels, GRuB, and others. We would love YOUR help to make our 34th Annual walk a success. If you'd like to be a walker, choose from the 5K or 10K option (3.1 or 6.2 miles); if you'd like to just donate, either go the event webpage - http://www.crophungerwalk.org/olympiawa - or call our office or Wayne Gruen, Committee Chair, 352-9703. This is a great activity for groups, coworkers, and families! See the flyer for ways to create your own team. And call us if you have any questions.

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FOR's Centennial Kickoff Celebration & Olympia Chapter Gathering

Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 - 9:00
Traditions Cafe, 300 - 5th Ave SW, Olympia 98501 (at Water St)

Website.. http://www.olyfor.org

Admission/cost.. Free

Everyone is invited to enjoy a great evening with the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation. (If you want to order food from the kitchen please do so by 5:30). At 6:30 we'll start celebrating with social time and complimentary food provided by Olympia FOR's Steering Committee. At 7:00 we'll briefly review our rich and varied accomplishments since last May; and elect some Steering Committee members and officers. The evening will highlight 'The Many Faces of FOR-100 Years & Counting.' Yes, the FOR's international and national levels have achieved nearly 100 years of peace action (since August 1914 in Europe and November 1915 in the US). Watch for more about this during 2014 and 2015. As with any good party, we'll enjoy good food. Tonight we'll enjoy yummy cupcakes donated by Bearded Lady and some amazingly good locally made ice cream. Some local musicians will invite us to sing along with some of Pete Seeger's songs as a musical tribute and birthday celebration for this FOR member whose 95th birthday would have been May 3.

Learn more about I-594, background checks for gun purchases in WA

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Home of Jocely Wood, MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense

info.. jwood.wash@gmail.com

Admission/cost.. None, & this is not a fund raising event

Come learn more about Initiative 594, establishing criminal background checks for all gun purchases in WA state. To make this a successful campaign, we need to "arm" ourselves with information. Wine & cheese w/presentation and conversation. RSVP to jwood.wash@gmail.com or (360) 489-8238.

End of Life Choices

Thursday, May 8 and 15, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

info.. Church Office 360-786-6383
Website.. http://ouuc.org/pages/adultED.html

Admission/cost.. $10 class fee

Leader: Terry Barnett of Compassion and Choices of Washington. Terry will discuss the various options available when making decisions about end of life issues:

  • how to get the medical care you want near the end of life, whatever your choices might be;
  • securing treatment choices in nursing homes;
  • how to get the information you need;
  • how to sound out family members and medical providers about their willingness and ability to carry out your intentions; directives to physicians;
  • durable powers of attorney for health care and other surrogate decision making.

    He will explain the Death With Dignity law, how it works, what we know about who has used the law and why. He will also welcome your questions about end-of-life choices and will be glad to discuss whatever is important to you. Terry Barnett practiced law for 30 years in the Tacoma area, and has served on the Board of Directors for Compassion and Choices of Washington for 14 years. Register at ouuc.org.

  • Playback Theatre Benefit Performance

    Friday, May 9, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Traditions Cafe, 300 - 5th Avenue SW, Olympia 98501

    info.. (360) 943-6772
    Website.. http://www.heartsparkle.org

    Admission/cost.. $10.00-50.00 (no one turned away)

    We are hosting a Benefit Playback Theatre performance. We offer low cost performances for community organizations that are doing good work in our community and we keep our public performance price low so that everyone can attend. There are times when we need to raise funds so we can continue to do our service work. Please join us for a fun evening full of surprises and stories!

    see flyer

    Interfaith Works 40th Anniversary Celebration

    Saturday, May 10, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    South Sound Manor, 455 North Street SE, Tumwater, 98501

    info.. Rachel Hollister, boardsec@interfaith-works.org
    Website.. http://www.interfaith-works.org

    Admission/cost.. $40/person

    Interfaith Works Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

    In 1974 a group of motivated visionary leaders from a dozen local faith communities formed a new organization, hoping that their shared concerns and combined energies could be more effectively channeled for the good of the greater community.

    And so, Associated Ministries of Thurston County (Interfaith Works) came into being. We have always taken great pride in being a catalyst and incubator for new initiatives, a voice of compassion, and a model for partnership.

    On Saturday, May 10, we will celebrate our history and the many community projects and organizations we helped create and sustain. We will enliven and bless our current work. With your help, we will envision a loving and sustainable future for Interfaith Works. Celebrate together with many other community and faith members and leaders.

    The program includes a delicious catered brunch. Order tickets on-line through our PayPal link here (please note "40th Anniversary") or send a check, payable to Interfaith Works,to our mailing address: PO Box 1221 Olympia, WA 98507

    see flyer

    Getting to the Core of Your Matter

    Saturday, May 17, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St. NE, Lacey, WA 98516

    info.. 360-438-2595, prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $60

    In this workshop series participants will be guided through creative and experiential methods using Archetypes to access the "parts" of ourselves that keep us surviving instead of thriving. We will move toward an integrative experience to facilitate internal "part"nership that will allow the Core-Self to be revealed in all its' brilliance and beauty. (Group consensus will guide the selection of the archetypes used in this workshop.)

    Register by prior Friday. Bring a sack lunch, journal and writing utensil.

    Loretta Crawford Kissel, M.A., LMHC is an Artistic Systems Therapist who specializes in co-creative therapies that experientially engage individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations in a process of change to promote health, healing and wholeness.

    Two Guys, Four Eyes: Perspectives on Photography

    Mondays and Saturday, May 12, 19, and May 17 (time tba), 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

    info.. Church Office 360-786-6383
    Website.. http://www.ouuc.org/pages/adultED.html

    Admission/cost.. $10 class fee

    Equipment: Bring your own camera (camera phones and tablets welcome) and, if you wish, a couple of your photographs (in either hard copy or electronic form)

    Leaders: Charlie Keck and Tim Ransom

    Tim intends to help participants learn the tools available to them (camera, light and location) and to share with them the bits of the world that strike their fancy. While more of a naturalist photographer than a graphic artist, he is particularly excited by the ability to manipulate post-exposure images to a greater degree than he could in his darkroom.

    Charlie will emphasize three points: 1. How time of day and weather conditions can determine whether your photo will be mediocre or beautiful; 2. The importance of having an obvious focal point in your picture; 3. Tips on composition and "looking at the edges to eliminate distractions." Tim's photographic career has included a successful turn as a wildlife photographer in East Africa and Washington State; his images of primates, river otters, whales, and birds have appeared in numerous magazines and books and in one illustrated book that he has authored. He has taught several classes on photography and seeing at OUUC. Charlie has been taking photographs since he bought a used Pentax in 1966. He particularly likes photographing gardens, street scenes, portraits in natural light and landscapes. Although he has exhibited in shows, he more commonly sells greeting cards which customers "cannot bear to mail..." They both look forward to offering a fun and informative class.

    Parenting Teens in Washington

    Wednesday, 5/21/2014, 5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
    South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, 98512
    Building 26, Room 105

    info.. Tina Johnson, tjohnson@thurstontogether.org
    Website.. http://www.thurstontogether.org/events

    Admission/cost.. Free

    A workshop designed to help parents and other caring adults support their young people through the new legislative changes with marijuana and alcohol. Find out what what has changed in the youth culture and ways to reduce abuse of alcohol and marijuana among young people.

    Here is a link to the campus map of SPSCC: http://www.spscc.ctc.edu/map-and-directions

    The Poetry of Rumi

    Saturday, May 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St. NE, Lacey, WA 98516

    info.. 360-438-2595, prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $60

    In the imagination of Rumi, "every being is a jar full of delight." This Islamic mystic poet inspires people of all beliefs. We will connect his poems to spiritual practice with tools of reflection, embodiment, and creative response.

    Register by prior Friday. Bring a sack lunch, journal, clothing comfortable for walking.

    Beth Amsbary is a storyteller who works at the intersection of spirituality and practicality. Tamara Roberts is a minister in the United Church of Christ Congregational, a spiritual director, a painter, and a writer.

    Cornerstone Conversations - Food and Hunger

    Wednesdays, May 28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Nova School, 2020 - 22nd Ave SE, Olympia 98501

    info.. Interfaith Works, 357-7224; office at interfaith-works.org
    Website.. http://www.interfaith-works.org

    Admission/cost.. Free

    In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, Interfaith Works is sponsoring a series of Cornerstone Conversations, to reflect and learn on issues important to our community, and the world.

  • Session 1, March 26 - Intercultural Relations
  • Session 2, April 23 - Justice
  • Session 3, May 28 - Food and Hunger
  • Session 4, June 25 - Shelter

    The programs will feature a short presentation on how local organizations are addressing the topic, small group conversations led by a professional facilitator, and time for sharing thoughts with the whole group.

    Light refreshments served.

    see flyer

  • Spiritual Healing

    Mondays, April 28, May 5, 12,19, 26, June 2, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

    info.. Church Office 360-786-6383
    Website.. http://www.ouuc.org/pages/adultED.html

    Admission/cost.. $10 class fee

    Spiritual healing ("energy" healing) will be explained and practiced during class. Self- and group-healing methods will be taught. We will employ "image cycling" (IC) derived from the Bengston Healing Method (BHM). BHM is the only healing method that has clearly demonstrated meaningful clinical significance, and IC is the feature that distinguishes this method.

    Participants seeking a meaningful experience are expected to have read Bengston's book, The Energy Cure, prior to the first session; to also read a modest amount of supplementary material to be provided by the instructor; and to undertake daily at-home practice of techniques taught. Participation is appropriate for persons with prior training, those with no prior training, "believers," and open-minded skeptics. If you are unsure about participating in this workshop, consider reading the book before making a decision. An opportunity for continued instruction and practice will be available on completion of this class.

    Leader: Don Murphy is a biologist who spent most of his scientific career at the National Institutes of Health. His life-long interest in the martial arts, in particular Japanese and Korean Arts, led to his personal journey to understand Ki (a.k.a. chi, qi, prana, etc.). This progressed readily to an inquiry into energy healing or spiritual healing. He has trained in and practiced a number of healing arts and has pursued a parallel interest in healing research. He believes that there is much yet to discover about spiritual healing, a belief that motivates his ongoing exploration of ways to achieve physical and spiritual healing. Two copies of The Energy Cure are available from the OUUC library. Suggestion: peruse some of the highly positive reviews.

    The PEARL - A Symbol, Psyche, and the Sacred workshop

    Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10am - 1pm
    Little Heart Space, 4131 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle 98103

    info.. Contact Victoria at 206-781-8544 or vscarlett@centerforsacredart.org
    Website.. http://www.centerforsacredart.org

    Admission/cost.. $40

    Each workshop in this series is a cross-cultural study focusing on a sacred symbol found in world cultures and religions. We'll investigate the nature and meaning of the symbol and its representation in visual art through beautiful slides. Next you'll have an opportunity to intuitively engage with the symbol and explore it on your own through an art experience such as collage, reflective writing, or other guided expressive and meditative activities. Visualization and meditation will help us focus and move more deeply into the symbol at hand.

    Advance registration required; the group is limited to 8 participants.
    Victoria Scarlett, Director of the Center for Sacred Art, leads the workshop.
    Our community of explorers will be nurtured through a shared mealtime and conversation. Please bring a bag lunch.

    "A Rabbi and a Pastor Walk into a Bar..."

    Second Sundays, 11/10; 12/8; 1/12; 2/9; 3/9; 4/13; 5/11; 6/8, 5:00 pm
    Fish Tale Brew Pub, 515 Jefferson Street SE, Olympia 98501

    Website.. http://bethhatfiloh.com/ http://theunitedchurches.org

    Public conversations on faith and values for people of all faiths and no faith. Join Rabbi Seth Goldstein of Temple Beth Hatfiloh and The Rev. Elsa Peters of The United Churches for a pint and to talk about something your mother told you to never discuss in polite company.

  • November 10 - Justice
  • December 8 - Compassion
  • January 12 - Redemption
  • February 9 - Sexuality
  • March 9 - Evil
  • April 13 - Resurrection
  • May 11 - Heaven
  • June 8 - Hope

    Sponsored by Temple Beth Hatfiloh - A Center for Jewish Life and The United Churches of Olympia.

  • Edible Art Party and Competition

    Sunday, June 15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Capitol Coach House, behind the State Capitol Museum at 211 - 21st Ave SW, Olympia 98501

    info.. Holly Graham at 866-0257 hollypatrice@comcast.net or Rozanne Rants at 705-8520 rozannerants@yahoo.com
    Website.. http://www.olympiafor.org

    Cost.. n/a

    Anyone who enjoys artistic creativity and/or eats food? Join us for fun! To celebrate the Fellowship of Reconciliation's (FOR) 100th birthday from its origin in Europe, the Olympia FOR invites you to be brave, be daring, be artistic, be culinary, for a fine "Fun-Raiser" -- the first amazing Edible Art Party Competition, followed by the delightful devouring of the entries. Devise and prepare something tasty presented as art! Safe food preparation will, of course, be essential just as if you were bringing a dish to share for a potluck. Categories will include -humor -beauty -originality -uniqueness, and - "the crowd favorite", judged by artists. The day is approaching! Put on your aprons, imagine and then create something. This is more than a potluck -- it's a chance to cook, share, be amazed, and feast! It's fun for the whole family! Even if you don't bring an entry, just come and enjoy others? creativity! Admittance is on a donation basis. All entries will be photographed to share on www.olympiafor.org. We look forward to enjoying this day with you, your family and friends!

    "The Dream of God: A World of Justice and Non-Violence"

    Thursday/Friday/Saturday, June 19, 20, 21, 9:00 am - varies
    University Congregational United Church of Christ & University Temple United Methodist Church, Seattle WA 98105

    info.. 206.524.6255, ext. 3447 or lectureseries@universityucc.org
    Website.. http://www.ucucc.org/events/Lecture%20Series/lectureintro.html

    Admission/cost.. $150 all 4 sessions (before April 19). Individual tickets also available. Student and group discounts.

    The Lecture Series of University Congregational United Church of Christ in cooperation with University Temple Methodist presents "The Dream of God: A World of Justice & Non-Violence". Marcus Borg, Joan Chittister and John Dominic Crossan will give a series of presentations on non-violence--presenting an overview of a world of justice and peace in the Bible, exploring examples and illustrating the implications of "The Dream of God" for Christians today. This event is a multi-speaker panel, and a new format: Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University Congregational, Seattle; and Friday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at University Temple Methodist, Seattle.

    John Michael Talbot in concert

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 7:00 pm
    St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 7112 S. 12th Street, Tacoma, WA 98465

    info.. St. Charles Parrish office @ 253-564-5158
    Website.. http://parish.stcharlesb.org/jmt

    Admission/cost.. General Admission: $20 --- Stage Seats: sold out!

    John Michael Talbot is considered a "Christian Music Legend" being one of the pioneering artists of what has become known as Contemporary Christian Music, as well as author of 24 books, and now a new TV show on The Church Channel called "All Things are Possible".

    see flyer

    Cornerstone Conversations - Shelter

    Wednesday, Jun 25th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Nova School, 2020 - 22nd Ave SE, Olympia 98501

    info.. Interfaith Works, 357-7224; office at interfaith-works.org
    Website.. http://www.interfaith-works.org

    Admission/cost.. Free

    In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, Interfaith Works is sponsoring a series of Cornerstone Conversations, to reflect and learn on issues important to our community, and the world.

  • Session 1, March 26 - Intercultural Relations
  • Session 2, April 23 - Justice
  • Session 3, May 28 - Food and Hunger
  • Session 4, June 25 - Shelter

    The programs will feature a short presentation on how local organizations are addressing the topic, small group conversations led by a professional facilitator, and time for sharing thoughts with the whole group.

    Light refreshments served.

    see flyer

  • Meet The Bishop

    Monday, June 30, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
    First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St SE, Olympia (near the downtown library), in Koinonia Hall

    Info.. ddgerardot@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.emmaus-ecc.org/

    Admission/cost.. free

    Discover Christianity as it was originally intended and grew into a universal church known as Catholicism where the distinct voices of the laity, pastors and bishop are heard and work together to witness the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Please join us to hear Bishop Peter Hickman,the presiding bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, speak about the emergence of Christianity and the Ecumenical Catholic Communion,an all-inclusive way to live your Catholic faith in the twenty-first century.

    FOOD RESOURCES - Thurston Asset Building Coalition Shared Learning

    Monday, June 30, 2014, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia, 98501

    info.. Mindie Reule, Coalition Coordinator at mindie@thurstonabc.org or (360) 529-5281.
    Website.. http://thurstonabc.org/wp-content/uploads/Invite-Food-Shared-Learning-6.30.2014.pdf

    Admission/cost.. Free, RSVP requested by June 26 - see link below

    The Thurston Asset Building Coalition invites you to attend a Shared Learning event focusing on food resources. This event is designed to offer community-wide networking and learning about new and existing resources in the community. Individuals from the City of Olympia, Thurston County Department of Health, Rochester Organization of Families (ROOF), North Thurston School District, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture will lead a conversation about food resources in our community including:

  • Free and reduced school meals and other updates related to school nutrition,
  • Federal and State food programs and information about the Farm Bill passed in February,
  • Rural communities and connections to the statewide food network, and
  • The summer lunch program

    RSVP requested by June 26: https://docs.google.com/a/interfaith-works.org/forms/d/1-TqjZhSCPSaBysOunW9kGdG3r7eeHvMm8Wqo9-MrD90/viewform?c=0&w=1

    For questions, please contact Mindie Reule, Coalition Coordinator at mindie@thurstonabc.org or (360) 529-5281.

  • "Take Back the 4th: Speak Truth to Power"

    Thursday - Sunday, July 3 - 6, 4:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Seabeck Conference Center, 13395 Lagoon Drive NW Seabeck, WA 98380

    info.. John Roy Wilson, Conference Co-Chair (541) 687-6728 jrw45@comcast.net or Janet Hawkins, Conference Co-Chair (503) 244-7703 janetchawkins@msn.com
    Website.. http://www.forseabeck.org

    Admission/cost.. varies - see registration for details

    Registration is open now for the Fellowship of Reconciliation's 56th annual conference at Seabeck on Kitsap County's Hood Canal. This annual region-wide event is amazingly excellent! The Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (WWFOR) and Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation (OFOR) have partnered for fifty-six years to conduct one of the largest and highly regarded peace and justice conferences in the Northwest. We have nationally known keynote speakers as well as numerous workshop options for those interested in gathering to discuss current peace and justice concerns in our local communities, the nation, and the world. Our 2014 keynote speakers include: Peter Phillips (Project Censored), Michael Nagler (Metta Center for Nonviolence), and Rev. Kristin Stoneking (Fellowship of Reconciliation USA). The Seabeck Conference also offers an outstanding music program, led by Tom Rawson. Our 200 attendees represent a variety of denominations and faith traditions. Our 2014 theme - "Take Back the 4th: Speak Truth to Power" - focuses on preserving our Constitutional 4th Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure. This Constitutional protection is particularly important in the electronic information age, when all our communication can be potentially monitored, censored, and repressed. For 100 years, FOR's voice for truth and reconciliation has been a moving force for social justice and peace. We cannot allow ourselves to be silenced. We provide a children's program for ages and above, and teenagers' educational programs to ensure learning experiences for all family members. ABOUT SEABECK CONFERENCE CENTER: The facilities are located on 90 beautiful acres with sweeping views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. The grounds are reminiscent of a small village, complete with walkways that meander past manicured lawns, fruit orchards, and wooded trails.

    Pet Blessing at Unity of Olympia

    Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6:30 - 7:30
    Unity of Olympia, 1335 Fern St SW, Olympia 98502

    info.. office@unityofolympia.org, 943-5757
    Website.. http://unityofolympia.org

    Admission/cost.. Love offering

    Unity of Olympia will host a public Pet Blessing. The blessing will include a short service followed by a private blessing time for each animal present. Each person will receive a free pet blessing card. All pets are welcome, but all pets must be suitably restrained. If you are concerned that your pet might present a behavior problem, please call Unity to make special arrangements.

    Crisis Clinic Volunteer Training

    Fri/Sat/Sun, July 11, 12, 13, 6pm/9am/9am - 9pm/5pm/4pm
    Olympia, must register for exact address

    info.. Nanci @ 360-586-2888 ext 103; Nanci@crisis-clinic.org
    Website.. http://www.crisis-clinic.org

    Admission/cost.. Free
    Registration required.. http://www.crisis-clinic.org/PDF/VolunteerApplication.pdf

    The Crisis Clinic is a 24/7 crisis telephone hotline. Volunteering with the Crisis Clinic offers opportunities for service to those in need, as well as personal growth. The training is designed to enable trainees to:

  • build effective active listening skills
  • increase their ability to empathize and relate well to our very diverse caller population
  • manage anxiety and stay calm in the face of extreme circumstances and pain -become competent at offering useful referrals to our callers

    Training begins with an initial training weekend, followed by a 6-week in-service period that includes a series of evening workshops and a 4 hour/week mentored training phone shift, for a total of 60 hours of training. To qualify for the training, you must have an interview and be able to commit to the entire weekend, the workshops, plus a 4 hour weekly phone room training shift.

    Topics covered include:

  • Understanding Crisis
  • Values and Listening
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Active Listening Skills
  • Empowering vs. Rescuing
  • Intuition and Empathy building
  • Role Plays
  • Depression/Suicide
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Frequent Callers
  • Domestic Violence
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Information and Referral
  • Self-care, Burnout Prevention

  • "Faith Explorations" Interfaith Day Camp

    Monday-Friday, July 14 - 18, 9 am - 3 pm
    Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 - 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

    info.. Catherine, 754-8519; beitsefer@bethhatfiloh.org
    Website.. http://www.interfaith-works.org

    Admission/cost.. Free (donations accepted)

    Our annual interfaith summer day camp for children of any faith going in to the 2nd - 5th grades. Play... Explore... Share... and interact through art, drama, music, and movement - learning about the traditions of their friends and community members. "I would like to enroll my 2 sons in your camp this year. They went last year and loved it so much that they want to make sure and get in this year again."

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