Musical Benefit for Gaza - Sat., Sept. 14

Caulkins Guitar Duo

Tamara & Neil Caulkins

Benefit Concert for Palestinian Cultural Palace Project in Gaza

Reception Following

This Saturday, September 14th, 7-9 p.m.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia

Suggested donation $25, but all are welcome!

For advance tickets see the RCF ticketing page or contact the Rachel Corrie Foundation office at (360) 754-3998 or at

The evening will include music retrieved by Tamara and Neil Caulkins from archives in Paris. In keeping with early 19th century tradition, the Caulkins will improvise preludes and cadenzas into charming early Romantic pieces written when the guitar was at the height of popularity as a parlor instrument. Tamara will perform on an original instrument built around 1830 in Mirecourt, France, and Neil on a German instrument by Zumstegg from 1840. The program will also feature Sunrise in the Woods written for the Caulkins by Peruvian composer Virginia Yep and inspired by her ride over Washington’s Snoqualmie Pass as dawn was breaking. To see the full concert program, scroll down here.

The Caulkins have played together since meeting at an ensemble rehearsal at Whitworth College, after which they went on to earn Masters' degrees in guitar performance at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and to complete extensive musical studies in Spain. The couple plays regularly with the Musica Antigua series at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where they have also founded the Guitar in the Gallery concert series. Through archival musical research and study of historically informed performance practices on early instruments, the Caulkins bring 18th and 19th century repertoire for two guitars to life. For more information, follow the Caulkins Guitar Duo on Facebook and at

The event is hosted by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice (RCF) and will benefit the Palestinian Cultural Palace in Gaza. This RCF Gaza project provides a cultural, developmental, and social gathering place for youth that aims to sustain and celebrate Palestinian culture and to support the hopes and dreams of young Gaza participants. To learn more about the project, scroll down on the event ticketing page .

For further information, please contact the Rachel Corrie Foundation:

(360) 754-3998

Meaningful Movies: Transgressing Gender in the Bible, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.


Peterson Toscano has shaken up Bible academics and received high praise for his ground-breaking, genre-bending, gender blending Bible scholarship. By unearthing the stories of gender-variant people in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Toscano’s film deepens well-known (and lesser-known) Bible stories and presents an array of Bible characters with an array of genders.


Toscano brings a deep reverence for the Biblical text with him into his exploration of gender transgression. This play is mesmerizing and compels the viewer to see well known Bible stories in a brave new light.
~ Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

In a word, Peterson is phenomenal. I was hooked in fifteen minutes. I sat there, watching him bring moments of scripture to life in ways I had not considered, and scrambled to figure out how soon I could bring him to my campus. It turns out, he’s even more delightful in person. His compassion matched by conviction and a wickedly smart sense of humor, a rare combination, make interactions with Peterson memorable, uplifting, and often life-changing.
~ Dr. Jennifer G Bird, PhD, Bible scholar, speaker, and author.

As a Jewish Studies scholar, educator, and activist for TBLG inclusion in Jewish communities, it was a thrill to see confident transgender characters from the Hebrew scriptures given flesh via the performance activism of Peterson Toscano –and, more importantly, to recognize through his performance that those characters fulfilled social roles in Jewish communities as gender variant folk. Bring Transfigurations to your shul and create an opportunity to dialogue about present-day transgender people in Jewish communities.
~ Noach Dzmura, Editor, Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, and Director, Jewish Transitions

Toscano’s excellent theater chops morph characters and identities in that world-changing way only performance allows. His writing and philosophy educate and loosen the tightest knots of queer and religious entanglements. But it’s his heart, which his engaging presence radiates, that will pull you in, warm you up, and leave you pleading for an encore.
~ Scott Turner Scofield, Transgender actor, artist, solo performer & diversity speaker.

Peterson Toscano’s work combines astute readings of the Bible with great story-telling and comedy. He offers interpretations of the texts and insights that even experienced biblical scholars haven’t seen before. When portrayed by Toscano, Bible stories and characters come to life with wit, sympathy, and humor.
~ Dale Martin, PhD Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University. Author of Sex and the Single Savior

More about the film on Peterson Toscano’s website:

Transfigurations free Study Guide (PDF format)

Social Justice Survey Results

During July an opportunity was presented for members to say what they thought of the Social Justice topics and presenters which have taken place at SBC. Responses could have been anonymous. I am sharing what was received in response to that request.

Five persons responded. In common among these few responses was people’s interest in housing and homelessness, as well as immigrant challenges.

One person was opposed to churches who harbor illegal persons to avoid deportation.
One couple responded that they do not attend Social Justice ministry presentations, being protective of their time on Sunday mornings, though generally support the concepts.
Comments about the role of SJ within their faith in action:

  • One cited that social justice is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society.

  • SJ is central to my faith. I try to live out the commandment of loving my neighbor, including as my neighbor those who are different from me.

  • It’s opened my eyes on several issues and given me several volunteer options. Now I need to go beyond donations.

In recent months, SBC has had presentations about CIELO (organization assisting immigrant families); AIDNW (organization assisting individuals and families at the NW Immigrant Detention Center; Economic Pressure for Justice in Palestine; Housing & Tiny Homes; Justice not Jails. Do not overlook that weekly there is new information on the SJ bulletin in the community hall. Information rotates through, such as about troubled youth, Lacey food bank, Meaningful Movies on challenging topics with discussions; Pear Blossom Family Shelter, Community Care Center, Interfaith Works newsletter and activities and flyers about upcoming rallies.

The Ways of Peace: Sept. 21

Peace Day Festival: To remember the wisdom and practice the ways of peace

Saturday, Sept. 21 Sylvester Park, Olympia WA

1:30-4:30pm - Booths and activities

3:00pm - Interfaith Vigil 

Sponsored by Concerned Clergy of Olympia and Interfaith Works. Sept. 21 is the UN International Day of Peace.

Invitation for faith communities and peace/justice focused community groups to staff a booth or table at the event with *peace-building activities for all-ages.  Must provide own table, chairs, canopy, and activity materials. *Suggestions: peace flags, painted rocks, face-painting, peace themed coloring pages. Anyone at St Benedict’s interested? Contact


Please contact Interfaith Works for more information and to register your faith community/group: 360.357.7224.   Lisa Gosiaco ,Co-Executive Director for Interfaith Relations

How to Help Mississippi Raid Victims


Wednesday, ICE ripped apart hundreds of families in Mississippi. It was the first day of school in many of the cities raided, and many kids returned to empty homes to discover their parents had been swept up in raids. The Trump administration’s years-long practice of separating children from their parents — both at the border wall and within the country — was on full display in Mississippi. We reject outright these racist immigration policies and President Trump’s xenophobic, anti-immigrant comments.

Thanks to donors like you, RAICES is in a position to help.

As part of the National Bail Fund Network, we work with bond funds around the country to end the violent practices and harmful effects of immigrant apprehension and detention. Our Bond Fund is primarily geared towards covering bonds for people who are detained in or heading to Texas. But we also have funds set aside for people who don’t fall within our geographic scope, and your support has helped us pay for over 400 bonds so far this year.

In light of this terrifying attack on our community, we can’t sit idly by as more children are separated from their parents. We’re opening up our bond fund to individuals and families affected by the raids in Mississippi who might be in need of financial support towards bond.

Donate to our bond fund today to help those affected by workplace raids.

We are working closely with organizations on the ground in Mississippi, and we are accepting referrals from those organizations to help those that have been detained as a part of the ICE raids there. You can also support those affected in Mississippi by donating to this group fund.

We are in a unique position to help those affected by the raids, because of the ongoing generosity of supporters like you. Please stand with these families in Mississippi, RAICES, and the many organizations helping by making a donation today. With your help, we will continue to reunite families.

In solidarity,

Nathan Roter
Bond Fund Program Director, RAICES


Interfaith Works Council meeting: June 18, 2019

1.      IMMIGRANT FAMILY FUND:  Nearly two years ago SBC participated with many other faith communities in a successful fund raiser for CIELO. The proceeds were to be used for passports for citizen children of undocumented immigrants and other immigrant support needs.  CIELO is a local nonprofit focused on immigrant services, education and support. Now CIELO has submitted an intent to expand the uses of the Immigrant Family Funds. They wanted earlier donors to be aware of the areas of expansion. As such, IFW members are to relay this information, which CIELO firmly believes is in keeping with the original spirit of the fund, back to our faith communities.   The Immigrant Family Fund uses will now also be expanded to cover items below:

USCIS filing fees necessary for urgent, humanitarian, or family reunification purposes. These fees would include, but are not limited to, application fees associated with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status, and U/T Visas. (Citizenship filing fees also will be included if the fee waiver is dropped as expected.)

 The case for expanding the use of the fund is based on learning of situations where at individual at risk requires help to pay a filing fee for a document that would give them legal status and make a huge difference in their life, safety, and security (e.g. DACA status, U/T visa, green card renewal).

  2.      Since there will be no IFW council meetings again until 9/17/19, here are some upcoming dates of interest!

·         The Detention Lottery. An immersive theater experience. Content as shared from immigration attorneys. July 27. Food noon. Staged Reading 1:00. Peace Lutheran Church. 2106 S Cushman Ave. Tacoma. Free. Donations in support of AIDNW encouraged.

·         Interfaith Festival and Vigil for Peace – 9/21/19.  1:30 -4:30 . Faith communities are encouraged to think about some activity while attending. Location TBD

·         All Soul’s Service – 10/27/19  Mills & Mills in Tumwater.  This is coordinated with the coroner’s office and is a time to honor those who died in our community in  2019 who were nameless.

·         Interfaith Thanksgiving – 11/24/19. 2:00  United Methodist Church. Gretchen and Nancy attended last yr and can share ideas about SBC participation.

Information from Interfaith Works meeting on May 21, 2019

May 21 was the annual mtg of Interfaith Works.  Kathy Baros Friedt has been attending the IFW Program Council meetings on behalf of SBC.  But now SBC will have even greater involvement because both Karen Fraser and Christine Rasmussen-Barsanti have been selected as members of the IFW Board of Directors! Good news!   At the meeting Meg Martin, IFW Homeless and Shelter Manager,  talked about the development of a new 24/7 shelter facility and 50 units of permanent supportive housing for the most vulnerable homeless. This is planned for 2828 Martin Way, Lacey. She reviewed a 4 stage campaign to build and fund this project. Other topics covered at the meeting were: planning for an Interfaith Vigil and Festival for Peace on Saturday Sept 21 (UN International Day of Peace);  and an IFW group to work on an emergency safety plan to respond to what has been an increasing pattern of violence against faith structures and communities. Faith communities are also invited to attend the annual IFW Garden Party.  This is a time to appreciate volunteers that are critical to the IFW work. June 20 5:30 at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Social Justice Budget will cover the cost of individuals who want to attend this event.  Some materials from the mtg will be shared with the BC.

Interfaith Works is seeking a 30 hr/week Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

About Interfaith Works:

Interfaith Works is a non-profit association of faith communities and individuals of diverse faith traditions. We have a long-standing history in Olympia of bringing the resources of our members together to meet needs in our community. We have four main program areas of concentration: Homeless Services, Interfaith Understanding, Social Justice and Sacred Service.

Position Description:

The Interfaith Works Administrative Assistant reports to the Co-Executive Director for Interfaith Relations. This position is responsible for essential operations support for our four program areas listed above. The position is currently 30 hours per week, Mon-Thu 8:30am-4:15pm.  An additional hour to be worked remotely during the weekend to monitor the volunteer email account, responding to any inquiries. The office is located in a church in downtown Olympia.

Essential Duties:

•         Act as a public point of contact for the organization via phone, email and in-person visits
Collect and distribute mail 

•         Provide administrative support to Co-Executive Directors and program staff

•         Coordinate volunteers for emergency overnight shelter and Community Care Center, assisting in recruitment

•         Maintain WordPress-based website, expand web platform, e-newsletter, social media and email tools serving our members and supporters

•         Support marketing, publicity and outreach with design and production of promotional materials and public statements

•         Assist bookkeeper with accounting support tasks, including preparing the deposit

•         Assist with donor recognition

•         Provide administrative support for Board of Directors 

•         Weekly, or as needed supply purchases (use of personal vehicle may be needed on occasion)

•         Other tasks, as assigned by supervisor

Required Qualifications:

•         Respect, appreciation and curiosity for all faith traditions

•         Respect for and a desire to aid the most vulnerable adults in our community

•         Two or more years of experience in an office support environment

•         Ability to manage time with great efficiency

•         Ability to maintain a structured schedule for any recurring tasks

•         Knowledge Microsoft Office Suite

•         Ability to quickly adapt to new technology and programs

Desired Qualifications:

•         Knowledge of Quickbooks, WordPress, MailChimp, and a variety of web platforms

•         Understanding of the intricate web of services available to homeless and low income members of our community

Please include the following in your application:

•         A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position

A resume outlining your professional experience

•         Professional references to be contacted

Compensation: Salary $18.00/hour with stipend for employee purchased benefits, paid vacation and sick leave.  

To apply send resume and cover letter to: 

The Social Justice Ministry had updates on Jan. 20 on the following Homelessness/Shelter topics:

·         Plum Street Tiny House Village.  City and Faith Community Pilot Partnership

·         Faith Network for Immigrant and Refugee Support

·         Affordable Housing and Homelessness Mitigation Efforts in Lacey

For information contact

A prayer by Cesar Chavez called, Prayer of the Farm Workers' Struggle. In light of the current need to speak out so that ALL humanity flourishes, I am quoting the last section.

"....Let the spirit flourish and grow; so that we will never tire of the struggle. Let us remember those who have died for justice; for they have given us life. Help us love even those who hate us; so we can change the world." 
Cesar Chavez, MLK, Jesus----the charge to us is an ancient command. Even if social justice moves in increments too small, we must not tire.”

Please read 28th amendment

This will only take 1 minute to read! 28th Amendment, 35 States and Counting. It will take you less than a minute to read this. If you agree, please pass it on. It's an idea whose time has come to deal with this self-serving situation:


Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans. Staffers of Congress family members are also exempt from having to pay back student loans. Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term. Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live. For example, they are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment. And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects.

We must not tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public servants and then putting themselves above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever. The self-serving must stop. Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states.It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the Citizens of the United States ..." This is an idea that should be passed around, regardless of political party. Congressional Reform Act of 2017

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office. And, no more perks go with them.

2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress must purchase their own retirement plan, just as ALL Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people (i.e. NO MORE INSIDER TRADING!!!).

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts by and for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor and privilege NOT a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work … not get all kinds of freebies.

Social Justice Ministry notes from May 21, 2017 

Eight interested SBC members held their first discussion exploring what a social justice ministry might look like at SBC.  Father Ed opened the conversation with prayer and urging that as Christians we are called upon to act out Christ’s values, to effectuate change on behalf of those most vulnerable in our daily lives. Others talked about the desire to apply our own humanity when we see injustice. 

Ministry leader, Kathy Baros Friedt, acknowledged that many SBC individuals are certainly  involved in social justice issues one-by-one or in small group efforts.  There is a list at the end of this article.

Many folks have heard about Interfaith Works but don’t really know what it does and how SBC connects to its activities.  Kathy shared IFW pamphlet which among other things listed the nearly thirty member faith communities.  At that same website, IFW’s May-June 2017 newsletter, Interfaith Connection includes an article looking at what kinds of activities Interfaith Member Congregations are interested in doing.

Some talked about how social justice activity is not only about resisting systems but more about advocating for how things should be carried out in love and justice--- promoting the Holy Spirit.

Current immigration and deportation fears is on the agenda for the 9:15 mtg on June 11, but because there was such interest in the topic, the group spent some time hearing about what currently is going on locally and asking what kinds of actions can be taken.  More on the topic of Immigration and what local faith communities are considering as ways to be involved, will be dealt with specifically on June 11. Interested SBC members are invited to attend!  Questions?  Kathy Baros Friedt

St Benedict Episcopal Church honors all those members who volunteer their time to make our community strong

  • Monthly provide community dinner – mostly Oxford House attendees but open to homeless,. 3-4 church members are involved in this

  • 4 SBC members volunteer as overnight hosts at the Sacred Heart (next door) men’s shelter.  Several shifts Nov-March.

  • Two members are SBC delegates to InterFaith Works and report back to the congregation

  • One member reports regularly on his participation in Jail Ministry.  Congregation participates in cookie and sock campaigns during the yr

  • SBC does have an Earth Ministry

  • Several members chair Easter Baskets for homeless children and the congregation is generous in providing dozens of baskets

  • Participated in the Pride Parade in the past.

  • Individual members participated in the Women’s March this yr

  • One member  is lead on  gathering of hundreds of calendars for SeaFarers ministry

  • One member is lead on gathering of volunteers to participate as part of a veterans event in the summer.

  • Individual church members belong to or participate in various nonprofit organizations as individuals, not representing SBC.

  • One member isactive in promoting communication, safety and peace in the Gaza Strip

  • Current Vicar involved in ministry in the Philippines

Information through local TV

  • Fear is UP! Immigration is a major issue for all those concerned about protecting a very vulnerable population: Local TV station, TCTV will be showing during the month of May, interviews by Glen Anderson from Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation on the topic of immigration with local activists. Those who have cable TV can watch it on TCTV cable channel 22, available at three times a week during May. Every Monday at 1:30 p.m. * Every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and *Every Thursday at 9:00 p.m.

  • The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s May 2017 interview…”Protect Immigrant Rights” can also be viewed through the “TV Programs” part of Next to that link for watching the program is a Word document that summarizes what is said during the interview. There are many other links available for more information.

CIELO and Strengthening Sanctuary

A local nonprofit which has provided services to immigrant communities for decades. CIELO has especially been called into action around educating families about their rights under the Constitution to remain silent if not represented by an attorney and to not have ICE enter their homes without permission,  unless there is a warrant signed by a judge. Families are put at risk.  Frequently even those with lawful immigrant status, or even citizens, are swept up into detention. The NW Detention Center is in Tacoma. There were many questions about the Detention Center:    St. John’s just completed an activity to gather specific back pack items for those coming out of the Center. 

CIELO and Strengthening Sanctuary  are providing “Know Your Rights” workshops for immigrant and ally communities.  If individuals want to see what these KYR workshops might contain, you might like to view the slides or video-skits at     The primary site is . Follow the links. These were created locally and “star” Charo!

What can St Benedict’s do?  You may already have seen reference in the Vicar’s announcements that SBC, as part of the Interfaith Works planning, is weighing in with several other faith communities to participate in an AUGUST 20 potluck.  2-4:00. At Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd .  Holy Wisdom Inclusive Catholic Church (our spiritual tenant!) has taken lead. More information to follow. 

Kathy Baros Friedt provided a handoutwith details on several of these efforts.  Contact Kathy if Immigration and Refugee Protection Proclamation from Governor Jay Inslee.