|UCUCC Lecture Series Presents Jim Antal
When Jim Antal speaks about the role that the church and people of faith can play in fighting climate change, he gets excited. Why? Because it turns out that we are absolutely essential.
Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change
University Congregational UCC
4515 16th Ave NE
He writes, “When thousands of congregations stand with their community leaders, committed to transition to a safe and sustainable future for their children, the church will reintroduce hope to a world gripped by fear and despair.”
Come to the Lecture Series on Feb 22, 23, and 24 to find out what we can do to work for change. We are part of a global movement engaged in fighting climate change. Come and be inspired! Jim will speak to the larger issue, and on Saturday he will be joined by a panel of local experts who will speak to efforts in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
Register here for the lecture series.
An updated church directory will be published in early February. Pick up a copy in the church office.
The printed directory is updated twice a year. The password-protected online directory is updated as changes occur. Please contact the church office if you need the password.
|Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day
Thursday, February 28 8:00 a.m.
Join more than 600 housing and homelessness advocates in Olympia for a powerful day of action. The day starts at 8am at United Churches of Olympia. Talk to Ainsley Meyer or contact the church office if you want to be part of a group from Prospect.
United Churches of Olympia
and Capitol Campus
At Advocacy Day you will:
Every voice makes a difference at Advocacy Day, and it's your chance to let your lawmakers know that you care about finding solutions to the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in Washington.
- Gain inside information on housing policies;
- Attend workshops to build your advocacy skills;
- Meet your lawmakers alongside experienced advocates in pre-scheduled meetings;
- Stand with the growing movement fighting for safe, healthy, affordable homes for everyone in Washington!
Find more information and register here.
Focus on Justice
Truth be told, we are always focused on justice. But in January and February, we have multiple opportunities to explore specific issues. In recent weeks, the Rev. Loren McGrail opened our eyes to the plight of Palestinians with her sermon and her art. Some of you participated in Martin Luther King activities geared toward building his Beloved Community. Lasana Kanneh spoke and sang about his own journey “through many dangers, toils, and snares” as a blind musician in war-torn Liberia.
Who says the month after Christmas is slow?
As we enter February, we look forward to hearing from our intern Ainsley after worship on Feb 3 about legislation in Olympia that focuses on housing and homelessness. How can we work with our legislators to create better options for low-income housing? What rights do tenants have? What laws could improve the situation?
Then on February 10 our two guest preachers from the Real Change Speakers Bureau will share their own stories during worship and answer your questions during coffee hour. It is more difficult to “other” people experiencing homelessness when we meet them face to face and hear what led to them living on the streets. (Our congregation has also included members who have been in this predicament, some of whom have emerged with great success.)
The legislative session is in full swing, and February brings at least two opportunities to participate in advocacy days in Olympia: Interfaith Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 14; and Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 28 (with our own Ainsley helping to organize the day). These advocacy days provide the chance to engage, speak your piece, and hear from others in your legislative district or around the state about issues that matter. You learn who your legislators are and get a chance to meet with them or their aides. If that all sounds intimidating, training sessions in the morning help get everyone up to speed. This is what democracy looks like!
Finally, the last weekend in February brings the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal to the University Congregational UCC Lecture Series to speak about faith communities and climate change. We have been reading his book; our last potluck/book discussion will take place on Tuesday, February 19. Our conference’s Environmental Justice Team (which I facilitate) has been planning Jim’s visit for months, and I hope you will come to the lectures.
Jim is a smart, bold, articulate speaker and he is passionate about this topic. He writes, “When tens of thousands of congregations stand with their community leaders, committed to transition to a safe and sustainable future for their children, the church will reintroduce hope to a world gripped by fear and despair.” I want to live into that world.
Whatever justice issue tugs at your heart, I hope you will find time and opportunity this month to give it attention. Sometimes this work sounds scary. But usually, once you begin, what you find instead is joy, empowerment, and community working on things that matter.
You are powerful people with hearts for justice, and I give thanks for all the work you already do to live into MLK’s Beloved Community. I’ll see you in church—or in Olympia, or at a lecture, or someplace where opportunities abound to live into God’s realm of justice and peace.
|Non-Profit Office Space for Lease
Do you know of a non-profit looking for office space? Please tell them about Prospect's newly renovated, 110 sq. ft. unfurnished office space available for lease. Annual lease, $500/month rent and one month security deposit. Includes Wi-Fi, use of copier at a modest fee and limited use of conference rooms; additional room use available by reservation at a discounted hourly rate. Office is not ADA accessible. Viewing by appointment only.
Dear Prospect Family,
February is upon us and I find myself grinning from ear to ear with all the awesome activities and plans developing within our community and beyond our walls.
I’ve started reading Jim Antal’s book “Climate Church Climate World” and, I will not lie, sometimes the subject matter makes me feel crippled with despair. Jim highlights some overwhelmingly dire predictions about our climate and fate of our planet. However, I return to God’s promise that grace abounds and the reassurance that we as the human species are deeply loved by God. And we are capable of change! Hope springs eternal! I look forward to attending one or two of the book discussions with you.
Speaking of adapting to change and resiliency, I love the gift of Rev. Loren McGrail’s powerful voice through her art. If you have not had a chance to look at it up close, I urge you to do so. One piece that especially spoke to my heart is the work titled “Follow the Contours.” The accompanying text reads:
“In the wilderness of your lives I invite you to follow the way of the camels, the ones who follow the contours of the land. When the mountains rise, climb them. When the valleys dip, go into them. Share the road with others and, if need be, fix the road together so all can travel safely. Follow the contours of the land: don’t change or destroy it. Follow the paths of those who have gone before you; they know the way. Let your preparation for the coming of “God with us” be an opening to follow rather than a call to change, fix, or destroy. Fear not your imperfections - your crooked rough places, your own unsmooth thoughts, your splintered or broken heart. God welcomes you just as you are and asks you to do the same for others. Follow the contours of the landscape and your wild life. God will meet you there. Let this be your preparation.
May we fearlessly follow the contours of the land together, rejoicing both on the mountains and in the valleys. May we remember to share the road with others as those who have gone before us. May we not be afraid of our unpreparedness or our perceived weaknesses.
Great things are coming and we are on this journey together!
In Christ’s love,
your co-moderator Adam
Sanctuary and Stewardship
Listening Session: Sunday, January 20
Pastor Meighan and Co-Moderators Rick Russell and Adam Dahl convened this session as an opportunity to share thoughts, questions, and concerns around a proposal/vision/idea presented by Pastor Meighan, based on the experiences of another congregation regarding use of the building. This is not really just about money; rather, about Stewardship and how we are, as those who have gone before us, stewarding the building and the location in the city.
The Proposal – Background
- We have had a line item in our budget for $18K/year as income from groups that rent the space in our building.
- Propose: Stop charging rent; people can use the building in the same way, but no longer for a financial transaction.
- More about relationship with the community.
- Illustrative webinar: Andy DeBraber, Nat’l UCC Office of Philanthropy in Cleveland came across Nathan Denison in Kalamazoo, MI: “What if we didn’t charge rent anymore.” They had a similar line item for $17K.
- This congregation made their building available for groups who shared their views and purpose; they still have a say about who comes into the building…but no longer charge rent. What Nathan discovered in his church was that people would donate. In the five years they’ve been doing this, they have actually received significantly more than $17K per year in donations. Someone attending a 12-step group noticed stained-glass windows in need of repair and gave the needed amount.
- They viewed it as evangelism: being present at every meeting, getting to know the people, being invested in the community. Their membership nearly doubled, as well.
Submitted by Louise Morehead;
edited for space by Karen Eisenbrey
- We can preserve and maintain our building as a form of outreach: a community hub. That’s what we had in mind when we began our building transformation: multi-use spaces, welcoming, a center pole in the community where people look to meet, hold ceremonies, meetings, all sorts of events. And by doing so, we can shape our own sustainability and character/reputation of a social justice, forward-looking, and relevant church – a reference point in word and deed.
- We do need to build and develop more community and sustained social environment or we will not continue to exist in spite of the financial intake.
- Concern that things will be damaged or destroyed, or that money collected in a meeting toward donation could be stolen.
- Perhaps we could have two-tier system: those who can pay would be charged rent, those who could not would not be turned away.
- We do need the money, but under this proposal it wouldn’t be the primary focus of having people use the building.
- We might need a schedule of suggested donations to help those who want to pay something but aren’t sure what is right and feel uncomfortable making the decision.
- Are there legal issues if we reject a group’s request for space? A few years ago we were approached by a small startup church. They were not headed in the direction of Open and Affirming. Response from our congregation: we turned them down. We have the right to do that. That would be a deal breaker for us. “These are the rules.” Can that backfire on us?
- Do we have the people-resources to have a church member attend every event?
- How would neighbors feel if there is a lot more activity in the building, at all hours, more cars in the street and people coming and going?
- At night-out block party, notion of looking for a community gathering spot: if someone on the block sold a house, the neighbors could get together and buy it. What if the neighbors can accept us as part of the community that could fulfill part of that need?
- What about 350 and other potential office tenants? We would stop charging them rent and go on a donation basis.
- Idea: Creating a focus group which would take a next step following what we’re doing here. Talk about: timeline, needs, next steps to take, etc.
|28th Annual PNC-UCC Men’s Retreat:
VITALITY in Our Own Lives & Communities
February 1-3 at Pilgrim Firs
All men are encouraged to attend this weekend retreat! Retreat begins Friday evening, February 1. An optional silent retreat on Thursday, January 31 is also available.
We will meet together and in small groups as well as joining in song, good food, walks around Lake Flora and the Saturday evening Wisdom Circle for those who want to share reflections. The Silent Retreat is always meaningful for those able to participate.
Registration is $140 ($190 if silent retreat is included). Registration is open at http://pilgrim-firs.org/calendar/
Beyond Fundamentalism Book Group meets monthly at the home of Jim & Mary Alice Power, 1107 22nd Ave E.
Bible Study meets most Mondays in the Office to study the lectionary texts for the coming Sunday. All are welcome; weekly attendance is not required. No Bible study on February 18.
Godly Play Sunday school is usually offered for children ages 3-10 during the worship service one Sunday per month on the 2nd Sunday (February 10.) Please contact Cora Trujillo with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-330-4201.
Sacred Hebrew Chanting explores the spiritual practice of Hebrew Chanting with a brief teaching, chanting of sacred text and time for reflection and sharing. Next session: Sunday, February 10, 2:00 p.m. in the Parlor. RSVP to Cora Trujillo at email@example.com or 206-330-4201.
Women’s Book Group usually meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. February meeting will be on Tuesday, February 12 to discuss The Space between Us by Thrity N. Umrigar, All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend.
PNW Conference News
The January-March 2019 issue of the Conference UCNews is now online at http://www.pncuccnews.org with information on:
• Alki tiny house building project
• Eric and Laurie Ford go to family camps.
• Westminster UCC and St Paul's UCC open basements as a shelters.
• Randy Crowe will lead Global Ministries work team in Puerto Rico
• Andrew Conley-Holcom offers Bystander Intervention Workshops
• Jan Van Pelt retires from multidimensional ministry
• Peter Ilgenfritz reflects on end of his 25 year ministry at University Congregational UCC.
• Paul Ashby is on a six-nation interfaith peace pilgrimage in Asia
• Guemes Island peace art project
• Pilgrim Firs and N-Sid-Sen news.
Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.
Next month, Prospect Enrichment Preschool will host its Annual Auction, during which we will celebrate 55 years of Prospect Enrichment Preschool serving low-income preschoolers and families.
55 years! With everything old being torn down around Seattle, celebrating 55 years is almost unbelievable. To think this all started with a group of volunteers from Prospect UCC who decided to fulfill the community's need to provide affordable early childhood education. For over 30 years, Jane Michael served as the unpaid Director with Margaret Hartman Saunders, the only paid employee and "original" teacher, by her side. While the staff has changed the mission has remained the same and true to its original focus, providing quality education and family support to those in need regardless of their financial circumstance.
To this day, PEP continues to serve families by providing housing, food, transportation and access to resources for continued support and education beyond Prospect. Just as PEP was started with volunteers, our program still receives significant continued support from volunteers who play a vital role in the functioning of our program. PEP's humble start represents the power of a grassroots effort to support a community as well as the value of community service. Volunteers have contributed to our program, the lives of families and ultimately the longevity of our program.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your time, services and continued support of PEP’s mission. Please accept our invitation to join us at this year’s auction at Mount Baker Community Club on March 23rd, 2019. If you aren't able to attend but have a yummy treat for our Dessert Dash, a piece of art for our attendees or anything else you would like to contribute, please don't hesitate to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at: (206)324-5230. All proceeds from the auction allow us to continue providing scholarship funding, quality education and family support.
Thanks so much!
Alexis Bacon – Yates, Preschool Director
|A Pastoral Letter from the Rev. John C. Dorhauer
That They May All Be One
Dear Partners in Christ:
The vision of a body united – in purpose, in mission, in vision – is one that inspired the birth of our denomination. All of our spiritual impulses reverberate in an effort to call us into a more perfect union. Throughout our shared history as a people of faith and as a part of the Body of Christ, we have challenged ourselves to widen the circle of inclusion. Widening the circle has always come with growth pains as we shed old skins and welcome those whom we had previously thought unwelcome. And, with each new articulation of a more fully expressed Body of Christ we have realized new joy. Through it all we remain focused on the call to be one and committed to meeting the challenges inherent in that call.
We are now living in and through a season when the threats to unity are legion. Talk of walls that mark refugees as threats, labels like ‘terrorist’ that attach too easily to Muslims, overt racial bias that normalizes fear and hatred, a pandemic of abuse to women with the trigger reflex to forgive the men who author that abuse have turned America into a land many of us no longer recognize and that too many of us are finding harder and harder to reconcile with our faith.
Now more than ever, the Holy Spirit of the Living God and the Risen Christ is seeking to partner with anyone committed to unifying the human community. The gospel mandate to love our neighbor as we love ourselves resonates deep within us. It calls for the better angels among and within us to always resist impulses to hate, to condemn, to vilify, or to castigate. In such a time as this, the United Church of Christ’s call to fulfill the prayer of Jesus, that they may all be one, stands as an urgent mandate to disciples who envision a just world for all.
United with you in God’s service,
The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President
|Church Council of Greater Seattle Save the Dates
Thursday, March 28, 2019
This year it will be held at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle 98122
Expected gathering time at 6 p.m.
A community celebration of 100 years of community, service, and justice as the Church Council of Greater Seattle
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Plymouth Congregational UCC
1217 6th Ave, Seattle 98101
Expected gathering time at 6 p.m.
June 21-25, 2019 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Official Call to Synod
I am officially calling all delegates, visitors, and friends of the United Church of Christ, to join us in Milwaukee Wisconsin for the 32nd General Synod, June 21-25, 2019!
The 32nd General Synod promises to be an inspiring and engaging event in the life of the Church. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Matthew Desmond, professor of Sociology at Princeton University and Pulitzer Prize winner for the book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.”
The preachers for the worship services are, for Friday’s Opening Worship Service, The Rev. Kaji Spellman Douša; Sunday’s Community Worship Service, The Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon; Monday’s Worship Service, The Rev. Sharon Mei-Shem MacArthur; and for the Closing Worship Service, The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler.
We will also celebrate the ministries of retiring Associate Executive Minister for Global Engagement and Operations, Co-executive of Global Ministries of The Rev. Dr. Jim Moos and Mr. Don Hart, President and Chief Investment Officer, United Church Funds.
We will re-elect the General Minister and President and elect a new Associate Executive Minister for Global Engagement and Operations, Co-executive of Global Ministries.
I invite you to bring a spirit of love, of compassion, of openness and of hope with you. I look forward to seeing you in Milwaukee! Until then, let the light of the living Christ shine in and through you, and be known to all whom you meet along the way.
John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President
|Pastor’s Commissioning and Farewell Service
Sunday, February 24 1:30 p.m.
832 32nd Ave, Seattle
Rev. Darrell Goodwin, pastor of Liberation UCC and Everett UCC, has been called to be the Associate Conference Minister for the Tri-Conference Ministries of the United Church of Christ. He will be transitioning to Omaha, Nebraska at the beginning of March.
You are invited by both congregations to join in celebrating Pastor Darrell’s years of leadership and spiritual guidance (12 at Liberation, 2 at Everett) with a Pastor’s Commissioning and Farewell Service. This is a time to come to enjoy, celebrate and wish luck to Pastor Darrell as he starts this new journey. All clergy are requested to wear robes and a stole of your choosing.
The guest speaker for the event will be Bishop Joseph Tolton. Bishop Tolton is the director of The Fellowship Global program with the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. The Fellowship Global is positioned to be a catalyst for a pan-African faith movement, connecting the radically inclusive Christian movement led by African Americans and our allies to communities in Africa and throughout the diaspora. We provide pastoral care for LGBTI people and support pioneering efforts to establish an open an affirming African Christian movement. Additionally, The Fellowship Global supports the missions, ministries, and faith alliances of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries outside of the United States. Pastor Tolton studied religion at Vassar College and received his MBA from Columbia University. Tolton designed TFG primarily as an on the ground resource providing Pastoral care and strategic planning consulting for LGBTI and progressive communities of faith in hostile climates on the Continent and throughout the diaspora.
|Earth Ministry's Mardi Gras Brunch BINGO
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 | 11am-2pm
Bloedel Hall at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
It's almost time for Earth Ministry's Mardi Gras Brunch Bingo! Grab some friends and join in for a tasty brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas and the chance to win an amazing prize!
Don't wait, get your tickets here
to secure your chance to win. If you purchase before Feb 2 you can even revel in the early bird discount.
See you at the Bingo Hall!
Ignatian Spirituality Center
February and March Events
THIS IGNATIAN LIFE SERIES
Dialogue Through Differences: An Ignatian Approach to Dealing with Conflict
Saturday, February 2, 2019
8:30 am Social, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Program
Peace & Spirituality Center, Bellevue
Matt Barmore, Presenter
In today’s climate of polarization and the increasing gulf between “us and them,” it’s more important than ever that we learn how to interact with people who have opinions different from our own. Join presenter Matt Barmore for a workshop on how an Ignatian approach to dialogue can help us effectively interact with people with whom we disagree.
Learn more: https://www.ignatiancenter.org/this-ignatian-life
IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY FOR MEN
Islamic & Ignatian Spirituality: An Interfaith Dialogue
Saturday, February 22, 2019
8:30 am Social, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Program
St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
Imam Adam Jamal & Tim Malone, Presenters
Our Muslim neighbors are challenged by misunderstanding of Islam and people bearing false witness about them. We may know a little bit about Islam, another Abrahamic faith tradition, but how much do we know about the spirituality undergirding Islam? And how does it compare with Ignatian spirituality? Join Imam Adam Jamal (Assistant Imam at Muslim Association of Puget Sound), Tim Malone (SEEL spiritual director & interfaith retreat leader), and other men to explore the Islamic and Ignatian spiritual traditions, hopefully bringing us to a deeper kinship with one another.
Learn more: https://www.ignatiancenter.org/ignatian-spirituality-for-men
All Around Us is Grace: Finding Hope in the Messiness of Service
Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
Kathy Collins, Facilitator
This day is offered to enrich and support those serving people in the margins in their communities. Volunteers from a variety of helping professions and volunteer backgrounds come together for an opportunity to connect faith, spirituality, hospitality, and a shared sense of mission, using the lens of Ignatian Spirituality. The day includes time for reflection, sharing, and fellowship. All are welcome!
Learn more: https://www.ignatiancenter.org/service-morning-reflection
Novena of Grace 2019
God Walking with Us
Tuesday, March 12 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12:30 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle University (Eucharist)
*6:30 pm at St. Joseph Church, Seattle (Contemplative Prayer)
1:00 pm at St. Joseph Church (Eucharist)
1:00 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius (Eucharist)
Rev. Matt Holland, SJ, JoAnn Lopez, Ross Hays, Presenters
Deepen your experience of Lent this year by entering into Novena of Grace, a retreat that can be made amid the busyness of daily life. Take just one hour a day to attend the retreat either at the Chapel of St. Ignatius for liturgy with Eucharist or St. Joseph Church for contemplative prayer, or make the retreat online. Be inspired by the preaching of three presenters steeped in the Ignatian tradition and vision, offer up your deepest desires in prayer, and join a faith-filled community. Attend one, any or all of the nine days to experience God’s abundant grace!
*Please note a new time and format for weekday evenings.
Learn more: https://www.ignatiancenter.org/novenaofgrace
|Music That Makes Community Workshop
Friday, March 15 7pm – Saturday, March 16
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Music That Makes Community is excited to make this first visit to Seattle, sharing paperless music and leadership practices! St. Andrew's Episcopal Church https://www.saintandrewsseattle.org/ will host this time of musical and spiritual nourishment as we join voices and hearts in song.
111 NE 80th St, Seattle
We begin on Friday evening at 7 p.m. with an intergenerational Community SING for individuals and families of all sizes and configurations. Community SINGs are for everyone – no musical experience is required! We'll share songs that enliven the spirit, nourish the soul, and remind us that we belong to each other.
We'll continue on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with a workshop exploring how and why we sing together, noticing ways our bodies and voices are present when we learn through thoughtful modeling and generous invitation. Together we'll explore how the energy we create through singing affects what we do in worship as a whole, as well as other parts of our human lives. Kerri Meyer, Donald Schell, and Paul Vasile will lead worship, plenaries, and small group breakout sessions exploring oral tradition song forms and leadership practices.
Individual Registration Fee: $75
Duo Registration Fee: $130 (two individuals)
Meals, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the cost.
Scholarships are available for students, seminarians, seniors, and congregations with limited financial resources. Contact Paul Vasile in the MMC office to learn more.
Paul Vasile · email@example.com 929-266-4662
$75.00 USD · Register
Save the Date: Community Lunch Spring Celebration
You can now manage your giving to Prospect UCC online. You can set up one-time or recurring contributions and review your online giving history anywhere you have access to the internet. Follow these easy steps:
If you prefer, you may give through the free Give+ Church mobile app on your smart phone or tablet. Download from the App Store or Google Play.
- Visit the church website at www.prospectseattle.org and select the “Donate” tab
- Click on the “Donate” button
- Click on the “Create Profile” button
- Follow the onscreen instructions to create your profile and schedule contributions.
If you give to Prospect through the web-based donation page or mobile app but still wish to participate in the Sunday morning offering, you are invited to give a token cash gift or place an “Electronic Giving” card in the offering plate. These cards are found in the pew rack.