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 

Click on the link for the Interfaith Newsletter for important events in our community:

Interfaith Works Newsletter


“In these dark times, it sometimes feels that we can not generate enough light to sustain us. But we know we are never in complete darkness, there is always a small vial of oil, of promise, of hope, even if we don't see it at first. And no matter what, when we find it, we light it, doing what we can in this moment, on this day, to bring about a new reality.”  Excerpted from Hanukkah: The Holiday of Right Now Rabbi Seth Goldstein

AIDNW Next Volunteer Training 
Saturday, November 10 

10am to 12pm 
RSVP at officevolunteer@aidnw.org 
Light Refreshments/$5 suggested donation

Welcome Center Report from October 17, 2018

We began our shift with a family of three adult women and three children - one a baby, all waiting for the father/husband/son to be released. They drove here from Pasco last night and got here at midnight. They told us the man had lived in Pasco for 30 years- never been in trouble and was just picked up two weeks ago...they were all tired, but in good spirits from the long drive; they had to pay $10,000 bond! They were told he would be coming out any minute at 3:30... a little after 5 he was released, and they began the long drive home; happy but still tired.

Also visiting us was a young woman from China who flew all the way here from Illinois to be here for her husband's release. She had a ticket back to Chicago for that night and she needed to buy him one on her flight as soon as he came out. When he came out, they got an UBER to a hotel.

A young Eritrean man came out with ASYLUM!! He told us he was waiting for anther countryman who had a plan for where they would stay. He gave us a piece of paper with the address of the place they planned to stay - it was OUR GUEST HOUSE!!

A young Chinese man came out speaking no English. Jayne called his relative who spoke English and got him set with a plane ticket to NYC later that night. She took him to the bus stop for his flight home.

Finally, a group of men were released: the father from Pasco , an Eritrean man who went right off with a friend and another young man from Nampa, Idaho. He is a painter there and was in his painter clothes. He used our phone to call  his family and they had a ticket for him to Nampa on the Greyhound bus. He did not want any clothes or food or money. He was so happy to be out and going home. He had been in detention 3 weeks and was astounded when the Eritreans told him they'd been in 7 MONTHS!

Janey took him to the Greyhound station, and Fran and I took the Eritreans to the guest house. ICE called about 5.45 to say they were done for the night.

So tonight, we assisted 2 Eritreans, 2 Mexicans and 2 Chinese men, as well as assorted wives/families/and friends....

Another great night of fellowship and caring.

In the month October we served  111 immigrants 
and their families from 19 countries

Meaningful Movies

·         Nov. 18, 3:00- 4:00. First United Methodist Church. 34th Annual INTERFAITH Thanksgiving Celebration. Storytelling. Music. Prayer. Drama. Join the interfaith community in sharing traditions of thanks. Light refreshments after the program. SBC will be called upon to join in the celebration, provide snacks, participate in the community!

 The SBC website and the Social Justice link provide access to the newsletter,  Interfaith Connection, for more detail and articles. Note an interesting update,  after one year in operation, from the Community Care Center.  On a side note, we hope SBC will consider providing support to the CCC during Lent as we did last year!! There was an amazing sharing of our abundance!       [Kathy Baros Friedt, SBC representative to IFW.]



Some photos of Memorial Day Poor Peoples' Campaign focus on Militarism and Gun Violence.  May 28, 2018. 

May 8

On behalf of the Family Support Center of South Sound, THANK YOU for your generous contribution at our ‘Inspire Hope-Ignite Change’ Luncheon on May 1. We are glad that representatives from St Benedict Episcopal Church were  able to join us at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club to learn more about the mission and goals of the Family Support Center. It is community members like you that make our work possible. Your gift ensures that hard working families like Karrie and Mike’s receive the resources and caring support they need to be safe, healthy, resilient, and most importantly - hopeful.

We are pleased to share that with your help we surpassed our fundraising goal, raising over $24,000. This funding will bring strength and hope to more than 2,000 local families in need this year! Your contribution helps the Family Support Center achieve our mission, Working Together to Strengthen ALL Families. We provide numerous services and community resources to families including advocacy, emergency financial assistance, homeless family shelter, affordable housing, parent education workshops, basic needs supplies, case management, mainstream benefits assistance, resource coordination, and more. The Family Support Center will continue to provide children and families the support they need because of you

We are incredibly grateful for you and our community; you continually bring us hope. The power of hope resides in each of us and all people are worthy of respect. Thank you for recognizing this and for supporting families in your community. On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and families like Karrie and Mike’s, we sincerely thank you.

If you would like to watch, ‘A Home to Call Our Own’ again you can find it here.

May 2

St Benedict's supported this organization’s excellent work on behalf of homeless families.  Pear Blossom talked to the Social Justice group at SBC on April 23.  Attending the event were: Paul Seabert, Lucy Rueter, Martha and Collie Liska, Fran Frodsham and Kathy Baros Friedt.

 

 

1. Raise the minimum purchase age to 21 for all semi-automatic weapons.

Mar 29, 2018

Thurston County has released the results of its 2018 Point in Time Count of Homeless People, which showed that the number of homeless people in the county has increased significantly.

On January 25, 2018, the day of the PIT census, 828 homeless people were counted. 324 of those were identified as unsheltered. Those numbers represent a 43 percent increase in Thurston County’s homeless population in one year.

According to the county, the recent PIT census resulted in the second highest number of homeless people counted since the census started 12 years ago.

“The results of the latest census are extremely alarming, and indicate that we are in the midst of a major homeless and affordable housing crisis in our community,” said Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Director Schelli Slaughter. “This is going to take a coordinated response effort and more resources than we currently have. The record numbers of those living outdoors without safe, stable housing is a great public health and humanitarian concern, and we know that the problem is likely even larger than we were able to capture in this survey.” 

The initial PIT report has a 3 percent margin of error. Final results, including demographic information and the causes of homelessness in the region, will be released in May of this year.

 

There aren’t really children among our local homeless, are there?

April 22, 9:15-10:15. Social Justice Ministry Guests will be here from PEAR BLOSSOM PLACE where a minimum of 36 parents and children find safety, warmth, and hope at shelter each night.  School aged children are guaranteed access to education. Just imagine a child living in a shelter and functioning in the classroom!  Come hear the stories and show a SBC welcome!!

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

http://www.chinookobserver.com/co/columns/20180306/community-in-crisis-were-watching-them-watch-usx2026#.WrEVm_CMirQ.faceboo

Article: Finding Freedom From Fear

MINISTRY BUDGET PROPOSAL 2018

Ministry Name:          Social Justice Ministry (SJM)

Ministry Leader          Kathy Baros Friedt      360-943-6139             kbfriedt@comcast.net

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

 

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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.