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- “Dear Child of God, I write these words because we all experience sadness, we all come at times to despair, and we all lose hope that the suffering in our lives and in the world will ever end. I want to share with you my faith and my understanding that this suffering can be transformed and redeemed. There is no such thing as a totally hopeless case. Our God is an expert at dealing with chaos, with brokenness, with all the worst that we can imagine. God created order out of disorder, cosmos out of chaos, and God can do so always, can do so now — in our personal lives and in our lives as nations, globally. … Indeed, God is transforming the world now — through us — because God loves us.”
- Desmond Mpilo Tutu, South African Anglican Archbishop,
theologian, anti-apartheid and human rights activist.
From his book, “God Has a Dream:
A Vision of Hope for Our Time”
- New Day’s Lyric
“May this be the day
We come together.
Mourning, we come to mend,
Withered, we come to weather,
Torn, we come to tend,
Battered, we come to better.
Tethered by this year of yearning,
We are learning
That though we weren’t ready for this,
We have been readied by it.
We steadily vow that no matter
How we are weighed down,
We must always pave a way forward.
“This hope is our door, our portal.
Even if we never get back to normal,
Someday we can venture beyond it,
To leave the known and take the first steps.
So let us not return to what was normal,
But reach toward what is next.
“What was cursed, we will cure.
What was plagued, we will prove pure.
Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree,
Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee,
Where we weren’t aware, we’re now awake;
Those moments we missed
Are now these moments we make,
The moments we meet,
And our hearts, once all together beaten,
Now all together beat.
“Come, look up with kindness yet,
For even solace can be sourced from sorrow.
We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday,
But to take on tomorrow.
“We heed this old spirit,
In a new day’s lyric,
In our hearts, we hear it:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
Be bold, sang Time this year,
Be bold, sang Time,
For when you honor yesterday,
Tomorrow ye will find.
Know what we’ve fought
Need not be forgot nor for none.
It defines us, binds us as one,
Come over, join this day just begun.
For wherever we come together,
We will forever overcome.”
- Amanda S. C. Gorman, American poet and activist. She focuses on issues
of oppression, feminism, race, marginalization,
and on the African diaspora.
Weekly services held on Sundays at 10:30 am.
Worship is followed by a shared community meal.
All Are Welcome: Immigrants, Refugees, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ.
All are Beloved of God.
Peace, Shalom, Salaam.
Note from Rev. Angela Ying
On Sundays, our community will be together — via the computer program, Zoom — to worship God as a beloved Bethany United Church of Christ community, safely from your home. Thank you for staying home, and not coming to our church sanctuary. For Zoom instructions, please email email@example.com during the week.
Before we worship, here is what you can still do:
- Email your joys and concerns as prayer.
- Pray for yourself, your loved ones, and the world.
- Continue to be wise in keeping a safe distance, eating, sleeping, and staying well
- Call or email the church office if you need pastoral care, or assistance.
- Mail your contribution to Bethany to build community.
- Know you are Beloved.
- Give thanks you are alive through God’s gifts of music, meditation, dance, joy, reading, exercise, deep breathing, gratitude.
- Use your imagination and creativity.
Thank you Bethany United Church of Christ. Together, we will persevere in being the healthy, vibrant, strong, and loving congregation God calls us to be.
Grace and peace be with you, as we work together for good, knowing God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Pastor Angela Ying
- Sundays, 10:30 am
Worship and Communion.
Other Events of Note
None at this time
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.
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Our beloved Bethany Church community shines by standing in solidarity with our migrants, who have the human, and legal right, to seek refuge in America.
To reach all, call 206-725-7535, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
- South and Central Migrants Rapid Response Network
Faith and community leaders from around the city gather monthly at Bethany United Church of Christ to teach “Know Your Rights,” and to support immigrants, refugees, and migrants by standing up to every day injustices.
- Standing Alongside Our Muslim Sisters and Brothers
Bethany Partners with Muslim Association of Puget Sound
#Repeal the Ban. No Ban Act!
- Creating Cards
To send cards to our thousands of asylum-seeking neighbors who have recently fled extreme violence in Central America, to build new lives in the United States. -
Contact: Jared Howe
- Collecting Blankets, Gloves, Hats
Please help fill our boxes with new and lightly-used warm clothing, for our homeless sisters and brothers. - Contact: Jermecia Jackson
- Help 80 Seattle Families
Our Christmas Gifts program, in partnership with our sister church, University Congregational UCC. - Donations Contact: Pastor Angela Ying
- Renewing Pledges and Financial Support
Help promote justice, loving kindness, and to walking humbly with God, here in our church, communities, and around the world! - Contact: Bernice Cade
- Post-Worship Services Community Meals (Postponed until safe to meet again.)
Join us preparing our weekly meal. - Contact: Tate and Theresa Anderson
Further Immigration Resources
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project (NWIRP)
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. - We meet via the computer program, Zoom. For Zoom instructions, please email email@example.com during the week. No meal shared, at this time.
Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
ReWA Preschool Headstart Program
For toddlers to pre-K, Half Day and Full Day
Sliding scale, based on income.
Black Power Epicenter Cooperative
Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool
New Campus Partner working with Bethany
on Climate Justice.
Black Power Epicenter Cooperative (BPEC)
Led by Senait Brown and Gary Kinte Perry, as well as
many young community leaders, together with their
mentors from People’s Institute, Freedom School,
and Bethany United Church of Christ.
Leadership Training for Youth and Young People
Youth Undoing Institutionalized Racism (YUIR)
Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC)
Meets in the church annex.
YUIR and EPIC are led by Senait Brown,
community leaders and mentors..
Bethany United Church of Christ continues to work in community
Friday and Saturday
partnership with our Muslim brothers and sisters of Muslim
Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), alongside our Buddhists
brothers and sisters, and all people of faith, as well as no faith.
Falun Gong, Buddhist and Taoist teaching and meditation.
Samoan Choir practice
Church and Community Meetings, Gatherings, Discussions and Public Forums
Sign of the Times
About Bethany (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.
Refugees and immigrants welcome here. No ban. No wall. Stop the deportations.
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.
NOTE: Throughout the year, Bethany Church will be leading in “Share the Gift of Love,” providing for our neighborhood children. Please bring new, or lightly used, men and women’s gloves and scarves. Please let pastor Angela Ying know if you are willing to participate and help.
Painting by Kelly Simpson Hagen