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Poetic Justice Theater Ensemble to "Bridge the Divide" at 2016 Justice Summit Last Updated on 2016-07-29 17:28:09 Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble joins the 2016 Justice Summit summit program with a community dialogue/interactive performance designed to  stimulate deeper understanding of the divides we face in our justice work and that we strive to bridge in the world around us. At this year's Oct. 1 justice summit, Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble offers an interactive theater performance inviting personal story sharing to stimulate dialogue and reveal different perspectives on the theme of “Bridging the Divides: Faith, Party and Privilege.”  Utilizing Playback Theatre, a spontaneous improvisational theater based on stories told by audience members, the ensemble will welcome any voice to be heard and lead us in exploring ourselves and the world.  Watch these important stories come to life as trained actors and musicians use deep listening and theatrical artistry to... More »
Rally and Hearing to Block Tesoro-Savage Oil Terminal (Friday, July 29 in Vancouver, Wash.) Last Updated on 2016-07-29 17:22:55 We are in the last stretch of the month-long, trial-like hearing on the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington.  The hearing ends this Friday, July 29 in Vancouver, Washington when we’ll be having a rally at noon and then there will be closing arguments, including public testimony from 1 pm to 5 pm. RSVP: A lot of information has been presented over these last few weeks. Not all of Tesoro-Savage’s witnesses made a lot of sense -- they’ve said oil spills are good for fish (since a fishing closure would mean those fish would not be caught) and that oil spills are good for jobs (since people will need to be hired to clean them up). On top of that, despite many questions from the Council, Tesoro-Savage also left unclear to what extent they will be financially responsible for accidents and spills from operation... More »
Question: How is your congregation acknowledging the traditional territory indigenous peoples? Last Updated on 2016-07-28 12:53:13 Have any of you ever used this statement in your congregation, organization, meetings, etc.? If so, please let me know where or what, by name (congregation, etc.) I'm collecting where this has been used or adapted to fit another location. "We acknowledge that this land is the traditional territory of the Lummi and Nooksack Peoples. Their presence is imbued in these mountains, valleys, waterways, and shorelines. May we nurture our relationship with our Coast Salish neighbors, and the shared responsibilities to their homelands where we all reside today." Thank you. Beth Brownfield More »
WA State Initiatives Supported by Shoreline UUC Congregants Last Updated on 2016-07-27 11:21:38   As we head into the season of political advocacy and campaigning for the November 2016 general election, here is a reminder of some important Washington State Initiatives.  Members of Shoreline's Social Action Ministry have supported these initiatives with advocacy, signature gathering, and canvassing.  If you would like to learn about these initiatives to decide on your voting -- and possibly to get involved in canvassing and publicity, click on the Initiative numbers in the list below for the related web sites.  Or contact Bob Beekman, Bill King, or Cheryl Whitcomb. I-732, Enact a WA state Carbon (CO2 emissions) Tax with revenue used to reduce state sales tax and to fund the WA state working families tax rebate. I-735, Urges the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that constitutional rights belong only... More »
Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) Approves Solutionary Rail proposal! July 25, 2016 Last Updated on 2016-07-25 19:12:03 We just received some FANTASTIC NEWS: The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) unanimously approved a resolution supporting Backbone Campaign's Solutionary Rail proposal! That's right, another essential labor partner has locked arms with us to reshape the future of U.S. railroads. At the WSLC's annual convention last week the members voted unanimously - without amendments - to support a resolution drafted by our labor allies! [This is HUGE!] After a series of great "Whereas..." statements that articulate the problems facing workers, the communities and the environment posed by the current use of our railroads, the resolution then urges Governor Jay Inslee to treat our Solutionary Rail proposal with the seriousness and urgency it deserves: "THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, to further the concept, the Washington State Labor Council calls on Governor Inslee to... More »