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.