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Faith Communities for Peace

Faith Communities for Peace is the new initiative in partnership with the Peacemaking Coordinating Team and Point One North Consulting. In this initiative, we introduce and guide churches through the process of supporting the Peacemaking Circle process that works with court-involved juveniles in King County.

Did you know that King County Juvenile Court is currently piloting Peacemaking Circles as an alternative and community-based way to resolve some of its juvenile felony cases? This reduces incarceration, fosters healing for both victims and offenders, and affords a profound opportunity for transformation. This is the Gospel in action and it’s unfolding right here in our own backyard. Faith communities are needed to expand our network of circle providers. Would your church like to be involved? We’ll begin by transforming ourselves using this tool.

QUESTIONS?

Contact for Protestant and Interfaith Communities: Rev. Terri Stewart, (425) 531-1756 or YCC-Chaplain@thechurchcouncil.org

Contact for Catholic Communities: Joe Cotton, (206) 382-4847 or joe.cotton@seattlearch.org

Schedule of Meetings:

January 25: Ebenezer AMEZ, Union & 23rd, Seattle (confirmed)

March 29: Sky Urban Ministries; 879 Rainier Ave N A-100, Renton (confirmed)

May 17:

July 19: Bryn Mawr UMC, 8016 S 116th St, Seattle (tentative)

September 20:

November 22: Federal Way UMC, 29645 51st Ave S, Auburn (tentative)

Schedule of Trainings 

January 25-27: Church of the Ascension, 2330 Viewmont Way, Seattle, WA 98199 (confirmed)

February 23-25:

March 23-25: Sky Urban Ministries, Approved, 879 Rainier Ave N A-100, Renton, WA 98057 (confirmed)

April 13-15 (Keeper Training):

April 26-28:

May 24-26: 

June 22-24:

August 3-5 (Advanced Keeper Training):

September 27-29: 

October 19-21:

November 16-18: 

December 7-9 (Keeper Training):

 

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Human Relations Day Grant Awarded to Pacific Northwest Conference Agency

A grant to fund MAP: My Action Planning for Incarcerated Youth has been awarded to Rev. Terri Stewart and the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition by the General Board of Church and Society. The Coalition, which is a task force of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, works with incarcerated youth in King County and Washington State detention facilities. With the MAP program, Rev. Stewart envisions training volunteers to mentor youth so that they transition out of detention with the skills and confidence they need to stay out and build productive lives.

MAPs allow youth and a trained mentor to come together and see where the youth has come from, who they are now, and who they want to be. Pictured is an exercise that shows an actual map of important life events illustrating who a youth was. We train mentors to be mirrors for the youth so they can see the absolute sacred worth that they have as children of God. Mentors also reflect and identify gifts and talents for youth who are often labeled worthless. These youth are not their crime.

Our goal is to recruit 30 new mentors and to create a solid 12 hour program that can be taught in a retreat format or in one-on-one mentoring. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Rev. Stewart at 425.531.1756 or YCC-Chaplain@thechurchcouncil.org.

The grant allows for the time, travel, and recruiting efforts of new volunteers. The Youth Chaplaincy Coalition still needs additional funding in order to pay for the supplies that mentors and youth will use. We plan on mentoring 120 youth this year. That is a supply cost of about $25 per youth. If you feel like sponsoring a youth, please contact Rev. Stewart at 425.531.1756 or YCC-Chaplain@thechurchcouncil.org or mail a donation to the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition, PO Box 18467, Seattle, WA 98118.

The materials and experience resulting from this pilot program can be used in other facilities across the US. Funds for Human Relations Day Grants come from the United Methodist Special Sunday offering received on Human Relations Day in January.