- “On the morning of a new presidency and administration, we, as beloved people of God are called not only to point out the issues at hand, but to do something about them. For it is not enough to simply know something is blatantly wrong. We will need to find the courage to act on our faith and hope in solidarity with others.”
- The Reverend Angela Ying, January 20, 2017
Message to Bethany Church congregation
- “When life descends into the pit I must become my own candle
Willingly burning myself To light up the darkness around me.”
- Alice Walker from her book
“We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for:
Inner Light in a Time of Darkness” (2006)
also mentioned in her book “Coming to Light” (2014)
- “I don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends I can be certain of.”
- Alice Walker
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- “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
- Alice Walker
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For more quotes, please see our Inspirational Quotes
Hats off to Mo!, Jill Mangaliman and our community partners, Got Green.
Our Youth People’s Green Pathways Resolution passed by the whole City Council allowing young people of color paid entry level positions and apprenticeships that are good for our environment and our communities.
- Friday, January 20, 12 noon-to-5 pm (Inauguration Day)
Immigrant rights organizations, El Comité, and Councilmember Kshama Sawant hosts “All United None Divided,” a day of bold, unified peaceful protests of the 99 percent against Trump’s racist, bigoted, and anti-worker agenda. Events include:
• 12 pm - Student Walkouts and 1pm rally at Seattle Central College.
• 1 pm - Rally at Judkins Park.
• 2:30 pm - March from Judkins Park to Westlake Plaza.
• 5pm - Resist Trump rally at Westlake Plaza!
- Saturday, January 21 - 10 am
Women’s March on Washington (DC and Seattle). Women from all across our country are gathering in Washington DC, here in Seattle, and nation-wide for marches and rallies. Seattle’s March begins at Judkins Park, 2150 South Norman Street, and ends at the Seattle Center.
- Sunday, January 22 - 10:30 am
Worship and Renewing Our Covenant to Social Justice and Working for Peace. A shared meal follows Special music with Dan Kramlich, Meditation by The Reverend Angela Ying
- Sunday, January 29 - 10:30 am
Worship and Celebration of Lunar New Year. Special music with John Hansen. Worship led by Suzanne Simmons, The Reverend Angela Ying and the Bethany United Church of Christ community.
• Red envelopes for our beloved children, with long noodles, oranges, and more.
• This is the Year of the Rooster: Gong He Fat Choy!
• International Muslim sisters, Nusaiba, Merna and Soykayna traveled from Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Egypt to grace our community. As young women leaders, they came to share a strong bond of leadership, faith, and sisterhood from our community at Bethany United Church of Christ in Seattle to our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC, before returning home to continue their leadership.
Nusaiba, Rev Angela, Merna, Soykayna
Image by Mack Funk
- NOTE 1:
Bethany Church will be leading in “Share the Gift of Love” in providing for our neighborhood children, so we all may experience the love of God at Christmas and throughout the year. Please bring new or lightly used men and women’s gloves and scarves. We intend to distribute items during this month.
• Please let pastor Angela Ying know if you are willing to participate and help.
- NOTE 2:
During 2017, the People’s Institute Northwest, led by Debbie Green, will be training adults weekly in leadership and anti-racism on the Bethany Church campus.
- NOTE 3:
Freedom School also meets on the Bethany Church campus.
- NOTE 4:
New! Friday – Buddhist gathering for teaching and meditation, 7pm
Pray without ceasing. Bethany Church prays, as we grow beloved community, for all in our community of faith, our neighborhoods, city and country, others countries and all of God’s Creation.
We pray for peace amidst war, love amidst hate, compassion amidst despair, courage amidst fear. We pray for all of our sisters and brothers here and around the world, especially all who are sick, lonely, anxious, fearful, struggling, homeless, unemployed and healing and wholeness, grace and strength for the day.
Prayers for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that will run through and destroy Native American burial landmarks and sacred spaces of our First Nation People.
Special prayers for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, Cuba, Florida and the Atlantic Coast affected by Hurricane Matthew causing deaths, massive infrastructure damage and numerous people needing to evacuate their homes. Prayers for our sisters and brothers in Syria, especially in war-torn Allepo.
Sunday - 10:30 am
Worship and Music followed by a Shared Meal in the church sanctuary and hospitality room. Be renewed, refueled, reinvigorated for the week, by the grace of God in growing Beloved Community. All are welcome.
ReWA Preschool Head Start Program
For toddlers to pre-K, Half Day and Full Day
Seattle Young People’s Project (SYPP)
SYPP and Black Out, led by Nyema Clark, Aimee Josiane and Denechia Powell along with Laura Haldane and Senait Brown.
Working for social justice from our Beloved Bethany Church’s modular/annex (aka: The EPI Center).
AA Community Meetings, 7:30 pm
Leadership Training for Youth and Young People
Youth Undoing Institutionalized Racism (YUIR)
Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) meet in the church annex.
YUIR and EPIC led by Marcel Purnell and James Williams.
Refugee Womens’ Alliance (ReWA)
Friday and Saturday
Headstart Toddler/Preschool available to children offering free half-day and full day with sliding scale, based on income.
Buddhist gathering for teaching and meditation, 7 pm
Falun Gong, Buddhist and Taoist teaching and meditation.
Church and Community Meetings, Gatherings, Discussions and Public Forums
In 2017, our Seattle Young People’s Project (SYPP) celebrates 25 years of transformative youth-led, adult supported, anti-racist community organizing. Youth from historically oppressed communities need a space to call their own, more than ever. Over the past year, SYPP has shared space and built partnerships with other people of color and youth-led, anti-racist community groups based out of the Black Power EPICenter Cooperative in Beacon Hill, on the Bethany United Church of Christ campus. Our current programs include organizing around food, justice, and cooperative economics at our Nurturing Roots Garden, and an intergenerational black, trans and queer organizing project - the Queer and Trans Pan-African Exchange. Support our young people now.
About (in Brief)
Bethany United Church of Christ’s vision in seeking to be God’s Beloved Community on earth, come from the prophetic words of Micah:
What does God require of You? To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.
You are Beloved! I am Beloved! We Are Beloved! All Are Beloved of God!
Each and every one is needed in growing Beloved Community. Please support our social justice and ministry at Beloved Bethany with a donation of any amount to: Bethany United Church of Christ. You and your generosity and kindness are making a difference in our community and around the world. Thank you for giving generously.