On Sunday, Oct. 25th, we will be having a festive after-worship feast to celebrate fall. This is a fundraiser to help us balance our budget for the year, so please come and eat, and help the church!
On Friday, November 20 beginning at 7 p.m., we will memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.
We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred-based violence. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.
(Information on this page was taken from http://www.rememberingourdead.org/day/what.html)
A Lenten Pilgrimage: Advent to Easter in the Holy Land, February 22 – March 3, 2016. Led by Rev. Cynthia Espeseth and Rev. Chris Jillard. Cost is $4225, inclusive of room, board, and airfare from Seattle.
This pilgrimage will have a unique Lenten focus as we journey through the lands where Jesus taught, healed, and confronted the authorities. We will travel from Advent to Easter, visiting the shrines devoted to the significant events of Jesus life and ministry. However, the shrines are empty unless experienced in a context both ancient and modern. So we will meet with people of the land, we will share meals and worship with them. We will hear stories and explore the realities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. We will see the Wailing Wall, walk the way of the cross, and walk along the separation wall.
Click here for the full pilgrimage brochure and travel information: Holy Land Pilgrimage 2016
Please contact Mother Cynthia if you are interested in coming!