The Social Justice Committee is active in out community and this page will keep you informed about events and opportunities in our area.  For more information contact Kathy Baros Friedt.  kbfriedt@comcast.net 

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This is part of a message  9/8/17 from Olympia Superintendent Patrick Murphy to district staff……. 

“…..Students who have significant barriers to overcome in our system include those from undocumented immigrant families. If there is no legislation to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program/executive order, then thousands of students across the nation in our K-12 schools will be impacted. DACA was necessitated because the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act, failed to pass the U.S. Congress in the past. It was brought up before the U.S. Congress again this summer. I want you to know we will be signing a petition, along with other area district leaders, urging our congressional leaders to immediately pursue and approve decisive, bipartisan legislation that will ensure all the children we serve continue to have the same constitutional rights, no matter their immigration status. 

 Thanks again for your dedication to the students and families of Olympia.

 Patrick C. Murphy, Ed. D.  Superintendent, Olympia School District”

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St Benedict hosted the Faith Action Network (FAN) Gathering on Sept 24.  

FAN is a statewide network of advocating faith communities. Their advocacy to the legislature, to Congress, and to local government is on behalf of the poor and vulnerable.  At the national level, they call to action around such issues as cuts in Medicaid, food stamps, education. Within Washington State, FAN tracks legislative actions on human trafficking, gun safety, mental health, criminal justice reform, and economic and environmental justice.
At the recent gathering, we heard what other faith communities are doing in the realm of advocacy and outreach.  FAN’s work is possible through building relationships in faith communities for more effective impact on public policy issues which affect those without power and voice. www.fanwa.org
Attending from SBC were Jody Keys, Fran Frodsham, Jeff Zahir, Peggy Carmichael, Judy Lindsay, and Kathy Baros Friedt.  SBC is asked to consider joining the Faith Action Network. In particular there are two initiatives, one on reducing carbon emissions and the other on reforming police standards and accountability (I940.) . In casting the net of educating the populace about these policies, church leadership is encouraged to make these petitions available for signature within the facility. 

Interfaith Works Newsletter:  Click here

 

You are Invited

September's Race in Film, "Straight Outta Compton," is set in 1986 Compton CA. 

The film depicts the career of gansta rap group N.W. A, focusing on members Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre, a disc jockey intrigued by Ice Cube's reality raps reflecting on the crime, gang violence, and police harassment that they and other African Americans encounter daily. 
Discussion follows the showing.  As always, refreshments will be available. 
The year-long series is sponsored by the Black Alliance of Thurston County, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and the United Churches of Olympia. 

The RACE IN FILM series’ final three films are:  
October 19, “Loving;” 
November 16, “The Butler;” 
December 21,“Hidden Figures.”  
Showings are the 3rd Thursday of each month through December, 6:30-9 pm, at OUUC.
 

St Benedict Church members who are interested in exploring our Social Justice Ministry, make note on your calendars for 9:15 on Sunday October 15.

 We will meet in-between services.  Though we are young as an SBC official ministry, we have already explored a bit about the challenges of undocumented immigrants and have joined forces with other faith communities to move from awareness to action.  I know many congregants are and have been involved in social justice issues locally and nationally for a long time. Thank you!  
For this meeting, I do not have a predetermined agenda.  I want us to explore more this question of our role as witnesses, eager to espouse the sanctity of every human in order to carry our faith outside church walls.  To borrow a prayer from The Social Justice Bible Challenge,    
 “Inspire in me the courage and strength to step forward and offer what I can.  Let me see the poor and needy through the lens of your compassion and mercy. “

 Kathy Baros Friedt, Social Justice Ministry Lead


We had a wonderful event at Good Shepard Lutheran in Olympia. A total of $5700 was given to help families. St. Benedict presented a check for $1500 from our outreach funds.  It was greatly appreciated.
We invite you to contribute to the fun to help immigrant families at risk for deportation.  
See photos of the event in our gallery.

Make checks payable to Cielo and mail to: Cielo 1601 North Street SE Olympia 98501

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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:  www.aidnw.org    St. John’s just completed an activity to gather specific back pack items for those coming out of the Center. 

CIELO and Strengthening Sanctuary    strengthening-sanctuary@googlegroups.com  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 www.immtrain.org/video-skits/     The primary site is www.immtrain.org . 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.

 

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. www.interfaith-works.org  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     kbfriedt@comcast.net

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 www.olympiafor.org.  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.