PUT YOUR FAITH INTO ACTION THIS WEEK. Here are some suggestions for OUUC members and friends who would like to respond in positive ways to current local and national events that fuel fear and uncertainty.

Hard copies of this publication are at the Faith in Action table in the Commons.

THANK YOU, OUUC MEMBERS AND FRIENDS, who gathered with our interfaith community for the vigil at Olympia City Hall on Tuesday, February 2. Speakers and signs urged support for the Olympia City Council’s declaration of Olympia as a Sanctuary City, and for living out and making real the Olympia Charter for Compassion. Read the Olympian article here.

And if you haven’t signed the Olympia Charter for Compassion, you can do so here.

Monday, February 13, 5:30-7 pm, TESC, Recital Hall, Communications Building. “RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN A PLURALISTIC AMERICA: HOW TO DO NO HARM”

The Evergreen State College Library is sponsoring this round table to address issues of pressing concern: threats to religious freedom, and threats to freedom from discrimination. Several recent developments point to a period of significant change. Our panelists (Timothy Sweeney, Pride Foundation; Rabbi Seth Goldstein, Temple Beth Hatfiloh; Jill Mullins-Cannon, ACLU) will discuss the current legal and political environment, including its impact on faith communities and the LGBTQ community. https://sites.evergreen.edu/libplus/event/religious-freedom-in-a-pluralistic-america-how-to-do-no-harm/

Tuesday, February 14, 10 am, Senate Health Care Committee, Cherberg Building, Capital Campus.

The Rev. Vincent Lachina, regional chaplain to Planned Parenthood, sent this message to Olympia clergy:  SB 5554, a bill to provide women with a full year’s contraception at one time will have a public hearing at 10am in the Senate Health Care Committee on Tuesday, February 14 (yes – contraception on Valentine’s Day)!

This is a great opportunity for supporters to speak up, since a similar bill was not even afforded a hearing by this committee last year.

If you cannot attend the hearing on February 14 but want to support this bill, please send an e-mail to Steve.Breaux@ppvnh.org with your name, denomination/congregation, and address and he can sign you in so that your support will be on the official record.

RACE IN FILM SERIES OPENS THIS WEEK

Thursday, February 16, 6:30-9 pm, at OUUC: “Many Rivers to Cross,” PBS series exploring the evolution of the African American people. This is the first of the  monthly Race in Film series about on race and its depiction in popular culture. It is sponsored by OUUC’s Standing Up to Racism, the Black Alliance of Thurston County and The United Churches of Olympia. The films are free, and open to all. Refreshments will be served

SUPPORTING OUR MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SISTERS

ARSON DESTROYS A TEXAS MOSQUE.  A February 28th fire destroyed the mosque in Victoria, Texas and this week, investigators ruled the fire as arson. https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2017/feb/08/arson-destroyed-mosque-investigators-determine/

Mosque leaders expressed gratitude for donations and support for their community from people around the world. Rebuilding fundraising efforts have surpassed $1 millon. Although the mosque is no longer seeking donations, you can send a note of support to:

Victoria Islamic Center

PO Box 3824

Victoria Texas 77903

At the Faith in Action table in the Commons is a handout with suggestions from  Mustafa Mohamedali, social secretary at the Islamic Center of Olympia (Masjid Al-Nur), for ways to respond to the targeting of Muslims and the prejudice fanned in the current political climate. Share it with your family and friends.

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Questions or comments? Contact Rev. Carol McKinley, OUUC Faith in Action Ministry, at faithinactionministry@ouuc.org