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THE FOURTH ANNUAL EYE-2-EYE DINNER WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

Over 250 people attended the Eye-2-Eye dinner benefiting Interfaith Works Homeless services which raised over $65,000 dollars! This annual event brings our shelter guests, staff, community members, representatives from faith communities and government officials together - eye to eye - to share a meal and to learn more about the ways Interfaith Works is supporting our unhoused neighbors. The money raised not only makes a huge impact in the lives of those we serve, but also sends a message that you believe in the work we do to support our community. Thank you to everyone who attended and to our generous sponsors for making this possible!

It was shared at the dinner that we are moving full steam ahead to work with the City of Olympia and other partners in addressing a crucial unmet need in our community. We continue to face the housing crisis we see playing out on our streets and in wooded areas across the county. This shapes our vision of an enhanced 24/7 shelter and permanent supportive housing for the members of our community who are most likely to die the longer they stay on the streets without access to having their basic needs met.  We look forward to sharing exciting updates on this project as we move forward in our plans.

 

 
THREE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT INTERFAITH WORKS
  1.  We continue to collaborate with our community partners during Code Blue Emergency Sheltering to ensure our most vulnerable community members have a warm place to go. Volunteers are needed when the Code Blue is activated and the number of volunteers directly correlates to the number of additional people we are able to serve. 
  2. Interfaith Works continues to provide emergency and long term support and address homelessness from all fronts. Our guests receive emergency shelter, connection to rental assistance, primary care, mental health and substance treatment services, and side by side advocacy to help make it happen.
  3.  Interfaith Works strives to be a leader in building bridges of understanding and collaboration by offering educational seminars to the community.

The Interfaith Women's Conference is Scheduled in Tacoma with keynote speaker  Melannie Denise Cunningham, the 2018 Tacoma Peace Laureate.  For more information head here
 

Interested in an adventure of a lifetime?
 
Interfaith Tour of the Holy Land - April 2019:
This coming April, Corey Passons (Interfaith Minister with Community for Interfaith Celebration in Olympia, WA) will be co-hosting an interfaith pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Erica L. Martin, Ph.D. (instructor of Hebrew Scriptures and Christian-Muslim Dialogue at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry).  Dr. Martin is a Reformed Jew who has spent many years in the Holy Land during her doctorate work.  This tour will provide a rare interfaith opportunity for learning, exploration, and community.  There are still some spaces left for this trip.  Please contact Corey at interfaithcorey@gmail.com with questions and see the links below for more information.
 
Below is a short description of the trip:
From the modern city of Tel Aviv to the historic site of Elijah’s home on Mt. Carmel, we will travel through the lands of Israel and Jordan and into the very heart of spirituality and religion. This area of the world has given rise to the great three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. We will come together with a truly interfaith group to explore the sites, culture, and history of what many people call “The Holy Land”.  The group will stop at Jaffa, Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Safed, the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, Arbel, Beth Shean, Amman, Petra, the Dead Sea, Jericho, Masada, Hebron, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. There will be opportunities at each stop to learn more about the history and importance of each site and why it was chosen on this interfaithpilgrimage.
 
Click here for a concise flyer of the trip.
Click here for an expanded description of the trip and registration form.

 
 

OUUC's Standing Up to Racism invites you........

 

Talking about Race with Theresa Powell

Thursday, March 7, 7-9 pm

OUUC

 

Do conversations become uncomfortable when they turn to the subject of racial equity or white privilege?  Theresa Powell returns to OUUC to discuss ways to increase understanding and promote actions that can lead to positive outcomes when standing up to racism.

 

Theresa Powell is Senior Director for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Ms. Powell is the principal advisor to the DSHS Secretary on issues, policies, initiatives and critical incidents related to equity, diversity and inclusion. She has over 20 years of expertise in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, communication and negotiation.

 

Excellent resources for deepening understanding of the dynamics of racism and white privilege are Robin DiAngelo’sWhat Does It Mean to Be White? and White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Understand Racism, both available in OUUC’s library.



 
 

LEARNING RIGHT RELATIONS GATHERING
Canoe Journey Herbalists

  • Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • 1:00 PM  4:00 PM

In this Gathering, we welcome speakers from the Canoe Journey Herbalists, who support the Canoe Journey with free offerings of plant medicine and herbal healing.

To learn more about this incredible project, click here to read article from Yes! Magazine, republished at indianz.com: We’ve forgotten that we are all healers: Herbalists accompany Canoe Journey

SAVE THE DATE


BLINTZAPALOOZA
Mark your calendars for Sunday March 31st from 10-2pm at Temple Beth Hatfiloh.This year is the 31st annual Blintzapalooza .
 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Learning Right Relations is looking for faith communities to house future meetings.Contact them here
 
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