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TBA Joins in Greenwood/Phinney Faith March to Approve R. 74

On Sunday, over 250 faith leaders and church goers marched more than a mile through the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods of Seattle in support of Referendum 74. The all-ages crowd waved signs and carried banners as passing motorists waved and honked in support of the right of marriage for all.

The march was organized by Broadview United Church of Christ, St. John United Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, and Woodland Park United Methodist Church.
Dozens of people spontaneously joined in as the marchers walked from Woodland Park UMC down Greenwood and Phinney avenues to St. John United Lutheran across from Woodland Park Zoo.

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Advocacy 101 Training – June 2nd

  If you were not able to attend Advocacy 101 Training at Temple Beth Am in March – here is another opportunity.  Nancy Amidei is a wonderful teacher!

The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) and Faithful Action in Transforming Homelessness (FAITH)  present the next:Homelessness Advocacy 101 workshop!

Each spring, as Congress considers important bills and budget proposals, we organize to strengthen the federal government’s commitment to a safe, housed, and healthy United States. In order to house people and prevent and end homelessness, we need MUCH more affordable housing, strong supportive services, and fair and helpful laws. At this workshop, we will discuss the bills and policies being reviewed currently at the federal level and practice the steps that everyone can take to make sure housing and homelessness concerns are prioritized in the national Capitol. 

In just two hours, we take you through “Advocacy 101,” a FUN training with the incomparable pro-democracy cheerleader Nancy Amidei. Together with other local experts and allies, we present the facts about 3-4 important proposals, along with simple actions and sample messages. You will leave informed and inspired with tools for engaging your classmates, fellow congregants, neighbors and others to speak up and make a difference.

Join us Saturday, June 2 from 10am to Noon at the Keystone United Church of Christ.

Please register for this FUN and FREE workshop here at http://homelessinfo.org




Membership and Fundraising Coordinator

Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness

77 S. Washington St.

Seattle WA 98104

(206) 357-3144



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Faith & Public Values in the Public Square Lecture Series at Seattle University

Faith & Public Values in the Public Square Lecture Series Kicking Off This Week!

The Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue team at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry is hosting:

Wednesday April 4th — PART 1 of the series hosts Karen Armstrong on the topic of “Business and Compassion — Exploring an Ethical Center.”  The presentation will take place in Campion Ballroom on the Seattle University Campus. Armstrong’s poignant and captivating talks have sparked worldwide discussion. Her bestselling books, including Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life and A History of God, examine the differences and the profound similarities between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, and their impact on world events. In 2008, she was awarded the TED Prize in recognition and support of her call for a council of religious and spiritual leaders to draw up a “Charter for Compassion” that applies shared moral priorities to foster greater global understanding based on the principles of justice and respect. Free tickets can be found  here:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/236465

April 30thPART 2 of the series covers the issues of ‘Faith and Active Citizenship’ today. Rabbi Jill Jacobs (Rabbis for Human Rights- North America), Professor Cynthia Moe-Lobeda (Seattle University Department of Theology and Religious Studies) and Mr. Tarek Dawoud (Council on American-Islamic Relations) will engage in an interreligious conversation. The event is hosted by Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry and sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation. The panel begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m. in Pigott Atrium featuring displays of local faith-based advocacy and action organizations. Free tickets can be found here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/236633


Leaping Lizards! It has been an AMAZING leap-week!

From our friends at SKCCH, the Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness.

February 29 2012
Dear SKCCH Members and Friends:
Leaping Lizards!  It has been an AMAZING leap-week!
Last Wednesday our Advocates in Olympia Day brought 100 passionate people together to deliver key housing and  homelessness advocacy messages and hundreds of bright yellow postcards to the offices of every legislator in King, Pierce, Kitsap, and Thurston counties.  Huge thanks go to our partners in this adventure: Catholic Community Services, FAITH, the Housing Alliance, and the wonderful folks who showed up and spoke up and made it happen. Our two youngest advocates, Denny and Nat, stole the show, as you can see!
To read more, click here.

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An Interfaith Pilgrimage

If you thought there were a lot of new faces in the sanctuary last Friday evening (Nov. 4), you were right! TBA was host to about 150 visitors on the second leg of an interfaith pilgrimage to houses of worship of all three Abrahamic faiths.

It started with the Interfaith Women’s Conference last spring, convened by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (IPJC). The conference brought together 300 women and men from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations to begin a dialog that would lead to better understanding among our faith traditions. Continue reading