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. 

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Interfaith Works Community Calendar      Click and download the calendar.

Unmasking Suicide

March 29, 2018, 6–8 pm, Capital Region ESD 113
6005 Tyee Dr. SW, Tumwater, WA 98512

Featuring Kevin Hines  Filmmaker Author  Activist

In Washington, suicide is the second leading cause of death for children and youth between ages 10—24. In 2016, 38% of 10th graders in our ESD felt so sad or hopeless for 2 weeks or more that they stopped doing their usual activities, 24% seriously considered suicide, and 11% actually attempted suicide.

Please join other leaders and community members who are making a commitment to take action by joining us for an evening with Kevin Hines. Kevin is an award- winning global speaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival on his attempt to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall.

Today, Kevin dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope and sharing his art of living mentally well. He is one of the most respected and admired voices of lived experience. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to
the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.

This event is the kickoff for a series of action planning and community mobilization efforts throughout the spring.
For more information call: Erin Riffe, 360.464.6849

Community in Crisis; We're watching them watch us.


Article: Finding Freedom From Fear



In solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, Olympia residents are organizing March for Our Lives Olympia onMarch 24, 2018, 11 a.m. on the steps of the Capitol building. Earlier the time was listed at 10:00 a.m. Note the time change. 
On that date, kids, families and supporters will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. There will be sister events all over the country and the world, including Olympia. 
The Olympia event begins at 11 a.m. on the steps  of the Washington State Capitol.  We will hear from area residents (mostly students) and then march down Capitol Way to Sylvester Park for more speakers, entertainment and booths.  If you are not able to join in the march itself, just wait for the walkers about noon at the end of the march, Sylvester Park.

Students from many area schools are organizing this event -- Olympia High , Capital High, North Thurston High, Black Hills High, Reeves Middle School and South Puget Sound Community College.
Adults involved are our very own Mayor Cheryl Selby, School Board member Scott Clifthorne, members of Thurston Gun Sense (local gun violence prevention organization) and many other concerned parents and community members.


Interfaith Advocacy Day.   

February 20, 2018 was the day for Faith Action Network’s annual day of advocacy at the legislature.  Kathy Baros Friedt attended on behalf of SBC. Kathy did not bring legislative issues before SBC this year but next year, she will try to introduce broad policy issues in the late fall, so that if any individuals who want to join up with other faith members from across the state, the issues will be clear as well as how to connect.   It is unlikely SBC will weigh in on any particular piece of legislation but certainly individual members may decide to. Here are examples of FAN’s this year’s top categories with one or two example legislative issues under each:

Advocating for a More Human and Equitable Washington:  Advocating for restoring funding for the Civil Legal Aid Program. Repeal of the Death Penalty .  Supporting the Voting Rights Act.

Promoting Safe and Just Communities:  Support juvenile justice sentencing reforms. Support gun responsibility legislation, such as enhanced Assault Weapon Background Checks.

Protecting Housing and Preventing Homelessness: Pass the zoning regulations for faith communities (HB 1987). Prohibit discrimination based on a renter’s source of income.

Sustaining Washington’s Environment:  Support carbon pollution pricing bills. Pass the Pesticide Notification bill.

You can find FAN’s full list of legislative agenda items as well as budget priorities at The legislative process is still underway, so if after looking over the list, you want to know more about a specific policy or piece of legislation. Contact FAN at or ask KBFriedt.

Here is the 2018 budget. If you have questions or ideas please contact Kathy Baros-Friedt


Ministry Name:          Social Justice Ministry (SJM)

Ministry Leader          Kathy Baros Friedt      360-943-6139   

Expenses – Estimated Budget for 2018 . This is new. There is no existing budget for this ministry.

1.     Support for any congregant who may want to accompany any religious leadership within the Diocese of Olympia should there be a mission to another country or disaster assistance mission within the USA. I believe if such a trip were offered, that a congregant would normally have to pay their own expenses. This request is to set aside funds to cover that person’s expenses.              Estimated cost for up to two persons                             $2000

2.     The SJM may decide to provide financial support to any vulnerable or targeted  population within the area. This would generally be through another established church or organization, with  assurance that the target audience and purpose would be honored. Eg: Recently released detainees of the detention center;  support to a warming center or shelter for the homeless; support to refugee(s) in our community; victims of a hate crime or violence are some examples.             Estimated amount to be available                 $1000

3.     Support to any person involved in the SMJ  to attend a forum, symposium or workshop whose focus is on social justice issues, with the intent that person would bring back to SBC the training information .              Estimated amount to be available.                           $500

4.     Ability to purchase or rent material (books, DVDs )   related to SJM to bring back for SBC discussion                                     Estimated amount to be available.                             $100

5.     Purchase 100 hard plastic St Benedict Episcopal Church (Thurston Co) badges so that when any of us attend any community rally, service, protest, function – that this congregation’s participation is more visible.         Estimated amount to be available.                            $250 

Total 2018 Social Justice Ministry budget request____________________  $ 3850


St Benedict will be sponsoring a table at this year's Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter.  This is a 42 bed nightly shelter for the most vulnerable single adults.  Currently 81% are living with "tri-morbidity"meaning multiple chronic conditions simultaneously. Their average age is 51 yrs old. This is a dinner called " Eye to Eye" on February 2, 5:00, St Michael Catholic Church. Hear their stories, meet the shelter guests sharing a meal with us. SBC HAS PAID FOR A TABLE OF 8! Interfaith Works thanks the faith communities for their support of people experiencing homelessness.
Sign up to be one of the 8 by notifying Kathy Baros Friedt.m360-943-6139 or


When Deportation Is a Death Sentence


Strengthening Sanctuary group is making a run to the Tacoma Detention Center in Mid January.  See their request below.  If anyone has items they want me to take to the Jan. 8 mtg, contact Kathy Baros Friedt asap.  Please read carefully.

NEEDED ITEMS: For detainees exiting the Tacoma Immigration Detention Center. Specifically, we need clean jackets in Men’s sizes Small, Medium, & Large--especially Men’s Small! XL’s or Women's jackets, please.
Sharp and fashionable is a plus! Most of those exiting are young men between the ages of 20-35; appearance is very important to them. Besides jackets, other items needed are lightly used sweaters and sweatshirts, pullover long-sleeve shirts, “stocking-style” caps (especially with sports-team or college logos!), belts size 34 & under, gloves, and, as always, backpacks.
If you have any such items and can bring them to the next Strengthening Sanctuary meeting on January 8th, I will take them to the AID NW van in Tacoma. We have limited storage space at the van, and so ask that you please do not donate any of the following: heavy parkas, women’s clothing, anything appearing tired & worn, XL sizes, used socks, short sleeve shirts, button-front shirts, pants, or shoes.Many thanks,Scott Goddard. Strengthening Sanctuary


Court rules Trump’s sanctuary executive order is unconstitutional

November 20, 2017November 21, 2017 by S.F. City Attorney's Press Office

After earlier victories brought a temporary reprieve, Herrera wins permanent ruling that removes threat to federally funded programs across the country

City Attorney Dennis Herrera at a press conference Jan. 31, 2017 announcing his lawsuit against President Trump for his unconstitutional executive order targeting sanctuary cities.

SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 20, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today released the following statement on the U.S. District Court issuing a permanent injunction prohibiting the federal government from enforcing President Donald Trump’s unconstitutional executive order that sought to strip federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions:

“This is a victory for the American people and the rule of law. This executive order was unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry.

We live in a democracy. No one is above the law, including the president. President Trump might be able to tweet whatever comes to mind, but he can’t grant himself new authority because he feels like it. When you have a president who describes our judicial system as ‘a joke,’ the value of three equal branches of government becomes even clearer. This case is a check on the president’s abuse of power, which is exactly what the framers of the Constitution had in mind.

The only way to stop a bully is to stand up to him. That’s what San Francisco has done.

I’m grateful that we’ve been able to protect billions of dollars that help some of the most vulnerable Americans. We’re talking about low-income families, seniors, foster children and people with disabilities. This is money that helps provides food, health care and a roof over their heads. It’s money that pays for bridges and public transit. Those are the programs this administration targeted in its misguided attempt to vilify immigrants.

Let me be clear. San Francisco follows federal immigration law. The federal government has always been free to enforce immigration law in San Francisco, just like it can anywhere else in the country. We do not harbor criminals. The federal government knows who is in our jails. If they think someone is dangerous, all they need is a criminal warrant.

But our teachers, doctors and police officers cannot be conscripted into becoming immigration agents. San Francisco’s sanctuary policies make our city safer by encouraging anyone who has been a victim or witness to a crime to tell police. We are a safer community when people can report a crime, bring a loved one to the doctor or take their kids to school without worrying it could lead to a family member being deported.

This president and his administration have been trying to twist facts, stoke fears and demonize immigrants to score cheap political points. The American people are too smart for that. From the framers of our Constitution to the hardworking families in our cities and towns, we are a nation of immigrants. People come here to help build America and build a better life for their families. They’re fighting for the American dream. It’s time for this administration to stop trying to divide our schools, our neighborhoods and our country. The federal immigration system has been broken for a long time. Building a wall is not the answer. It’s time for bipartisan reform that recognizes the contributions immigrants make to our communities and our economy. They have built families, businesses and homes here. Tearing that apart doesn’t make sense for anyone.”


San Francisco on Jan. 31, 2017 became the first entity to sue Trump over his executive order to strip federal funding from “sanctuary jurisdictions.” Santa Clara County and other local governments soon followed. San Francisco had about $2 billion at stake. That included $1.2 billion in annual operating funds, or about 13 percent of San Francisco’s budget; and another $800 million in multi-year federal grants that are not part of the annual operating budget and used primarily for large infrastructure projects, like bridges, roads and public transportation.

That lawsuit is the first of two that Herrera has brought against the Trump administration over federal funding for sanctuary cities. The second lawsuit, filed Aug. 11, 2017, seeks to invalidate grant conditions that U.S. Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III separately sought to place on a group of U.S. Department of Justice grants for local law enforcement. Those conditions came after the court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of the executive order in April. San Francisco’s case that challenged the executive order is about limits on what the president can do. San Francisco’s case challenging the grant conditions is about limits on what the attorney general can do. That case is ongoing.

Today’s order also discussed San Francisco’s claim for relief that its sanctuary laws comply with federal law. The court did not rule on this claim, and instead stated it will consider that issue in the Sessions lawsuit.

The cases are: City and County of San Francisco v. Donald J. Trump, et al., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case No. 3:17-cv-00485, filed Jan. 31, 2017. City and County of San Francisco v. Jefferson B. Sessions III, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case No. 3:17-cv-04642, filed Aug. 11, 2017. Additional documentation from the case is available on the City Attorney’s website at:

Annie Benson,

Senior Directing Attorney


Social Justice Ministry October 15, 2017—Attendees

At this recent meeting, there were many examples of what social justice activity looks like. 

Opportunities for participation could be one person at home; one person attending a single event; a group project;  seeking direct service opportunities; on-going volunteering for a single cause; connecting with others of like interest; witnessing and representing our faith in the community!

 If you want to talk to any SBC member who attended this session, I’ve listed them here in event you wanted to talk to one of  them.

Kathy Baros Friedt, Kathleen Bruner, Peggy Carmichael, Spencer Daniels, Mary Eberling, Mike Flothe, David Kindle, Karen Knudson, Judy Lindsay, Martha Liska, Gretchen O’Conner, Paul Seabert, Trisha Shaw, Brenda Sloan, John Van Eenywk


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”


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.


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.