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Events the Past Three Months

"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".

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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.

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  • 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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    Parent Orientation Session: Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education program for 7th-9th grade

    Saturday, September 6, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia WA 98502

    info.. Sara Lewis, Director of Religious Education, dre@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://www.ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. donations appreciated

    Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas:

  • Human development
  • Relationships
  • Personal skills
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexual health, and
  • Society and culture.

    Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

    A Parent Orientation and information session will be held on Saturday, September 6, 9:30-12:30. OWL classes will be held on Sundays, 11am-1pm, September 2014 through May 2015.

    see flyer

  • Towards Peace and Tolerance

    Thursday, September 11th, 7 pm
    First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia 98501

    info.. Interfaith Works, 357-7224; office(at)interfaith-works.org

    Admission/cost.. free

    On this day, we gather to remember and reflect on our common commitment to peace and tolerance-in our community, our nation, and around the world. We will be in The Gathering Place Room, upstairs. All are welcome to this interfaith service.

    see flyer

    Introduction to Centering Prayer

    Saturday, September 13, 9:00am - 3:00pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

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

    Admission/cost.. $60

    Centering Prayer is a form of contemplative prayer, a prayer of being, when our hearts listen in silence. This day-long introduction covers the basics of Centering Prayer, with ample time for practicing it and opportunities to share experiences and ask questions.

    see flyer

    Last years Earth Care Series flyer

    Updated 2013/09/03 17:38:44
    ...website by Scott Bishop, Olympia's volunteer webguy...