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Peacemaking Circle: Final Sentencing

The Peacemaking Coordinating Team and PointOneNorth Consulting LLC cordially invites you to:




King County Juvenile Court, Lobby 1211 East Alder Seattle, WA 98122

Please join us and bear witness to our second case using the Peacemaking Circle Process as an alternative to the traditional punitive sentencing process.

This is the result of collaboration and partnership between families, communities, and the Justice system to address harm, heal, promote accountability, and build community. For more information please contact members of the Peacemaking Coordinating Team of King County at PCTteam@kingcountyPCT.org

PDF Flyer: 2017 07 07 Final Sentencing

2017 07 07 Final Sentencing

Creating Healing Congregations Training

Creating Healing Communities: Walking with those affected by Incarceration

The Youth Chaplaincy Coalition, a task force of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, invites you to “Creating Healing Communities: Walking with those affected by incarceration” on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at First AME Church, 1522 14th Ave., Seattle 98122.

Healing Community congregations will build teams with other congregations in Washington and work to build an effective and powerful movement to change the criminal justice system at both the state and federal level.

Come hear how to bring awareness to your congregation about the issues of incarceration and recovery, reducing the sense of stigma and shame. Learn how to connect with those currently incarcerated, and how to provide support through support groups and pastoral counseling for the family and mentoring for returning citizens. Connect your congregation with community resources to better serve returning citizens.

Register and RSVP to the Rev. Terri Stewart, YCC-Chaplain@thechurchcouncil.org or 425.531.1756.

Healing Communities Flyer (PDF)


Testify! A trip to Olympia and the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee

Here’s the testimony I provided today (this is similar to the testimony):

Hi! I’m Rev. Terri Stewart of the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition, representing the Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Faith Action Network.

On this evening of Rev. Dr. King’s 86th birthday. Let us remember his desire to create a beloved community where all people have the supports and opportunities they need to thrive. Let us remember, the lost, the least, and the lonely.

The kids I work with are these kids. Kids affected by incarceration. These are kids with a trauma problem, not a crime problem and they need us to increase investment in their lives and the structures that support them – JRA, education, health, mental health, and other vital services.

You have a tough job. But these kid’s lives are tougher.

I spent Christmas Day in detention. Each youth got three items. Shoes, hoodie, and a ball or a purse. For many kids, this was the best Christmas they have ever had.

One kid said, “This was only my second Christmas ever.”

Another said, “I have not had Christmas in five years.”

And another said, “I cannot begin to tell you the overwhelming joy and happiness that came over me.”

Then the buzzer went off and I had to stop talking. I wanted to say…

By investing in JRA, YOU did that. YOU changed lives that morning. We can see YOUR priorities by how you prioritize spending for these kids.

FAN and the Church Council of Greater Seattle ask you to invest in our kid’s future by funding and increasing revenue in the vital service areas that affect youth.

The Capitol Building in Olympia, WA by Josh at flickr.com CC (BY-NC)

Responsible Gun Ownership in Washington

The Youth Chaplaincy Coalition endorses the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s efforts to reduce gun violence by running an initiative on universal background checks (Initiative 594).

Universal Background Checks

We all agree that violent criminals and other threats to society should not possess firearms. That’s why licensed dealers are required to conduct background checks on all their sales. However, there is a hole in our laws that allow criminals and other dangerous people to go to “private sellers” at gun shows, on the Internet, and elsewhere to buy guns with no background check and no questions asked. Law enforcement agencies and public safety officials agree that this loophole promotes illegal gun trafficking and enables individuals with criminal intent to purchase firearms. This initiative will simply ensure that a background check is conducted for every gun purchase.

The time to act is now. The Youth Chaplaincy Coalition stands with the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility.

If you would like to endorse I594, please visit the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility.

Youth Opportunities Act

The Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) is sitting in the House Rules Committee. We are hoping it will move to the House Floor today, and be ready for a vote in the next few days. It is very important that we get as many representatives to vote for it as possible. Overwhelming support shows that it is a priority that the Senate must take seriously. Bills that do not get voted out of the House by Tuesday are dead.


So, please take a moment today to contact Representatives and urge a yes vote when HB 1651 reaches the floor. House Republicans are especially critical for this vote, so we would suggest you focus your efforts on them if your time is limited. PLEASE NOTE: We have attached a letter from the a national conservative policy organization, Right on Crime, which explains why the YOA is good fiscal and public safety policy. Please feel free to quote from it or use it however you feel useful.


The list of House members are here: https://dlr.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail/Default.aspx?Chamber=H. You can send them emails directly from this page.


In addition, please see this article in the Seattle Medium by Ed Prince, the Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs, about the YOA: http://seattlemedium.com/the-youth-opportunities-act/.  And again, please feel free to refer to this excellent Crosscut series on the YOA: http://crosscut.com/2014/01/27/rights-ethics/118384/washingtons-never-ending-punishment-of-juveniles/