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Events the Past Three Months

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."

    see flyer

    Last years Earth Care Series flyer

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