For more quotes, please see our Inspirational Quotes: 2016 || 2017
- “Certainly there are very real differences between us of race, age, and sex. But it is not those differences between us that are separating us. It is rather our refusal to recognize those differences, and to examine the distortions which result from our misnaming them and their effects upon human behavior and expectation.”
- Audre Lorde from her essay, “Age, Race, Class and Sex:
Women Redefining Difference” (1980)
- “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”
- Harvey Milk in his speech “You’ve Got to Have Hope,”
originally given on June 24, 1977.
Also cited in Mallon, 2010, page 172
- “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even sinners do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others?”
- Gospel According to Matthew 5:46
- “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God."
- Romans 15:7
June, Gay Pride Month
Chalk it up to LGBT Pride
Keep the Affordable Care Act - A WIN, for now
Earth Day Lights Out
To see details on these equality and justice activities,
in which you can participate, go to our articles here:
“Concrete Actions of Faith and Social Justice”
Hats off to Mo!, Jill Mangaliman and our community partners, Got Green.
Our Youth People’s Green Pathways Resolution passed by the whole City Council allowing young people of color paid entry level positions and apprenticeships that are good for our environment and our communities.
- Sunday, June 25 - 10:30 am
Worship and Celebrate PRIDE. with our Beloved Bethany Singers. Celebrate our ministry and social justice throughout our community, including Black Out of our Black Power Epicenter Cooperative and the 9th anniversary of My World Dance and Fitness. Worship led by Suzanne Simmons, John Hansen, The Reverend Angela Ying and the Bethany Church Community. A special Mediterranean meal follows worship, thanks to Jenny Rullan and her husband, “chef” Kamal. Seattle’s Gay Pride Parade and festivities begin from downtown to Seattle Center.
- Saturday, July 1
Welcome our newest community parter, Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool to our Bethany Church campus.
- Sunday, July 2 - 10:30 am
Worship and the Celebration of Holy Communion.
- Sunday, July 9 - 10:30 am
Worship in Beloved Community with Dan Kramlich, Annaliza Torres, The Reverend Angela Ying and the Bethany Church Community, where all are beloved of God.
- Sunday, July 16 - 10:30 am
With musician, Jasper Tollefson.
- Sunday, July 23 - 10:30 am
With the Bethany Beloved Singers led by Michele Storms
Immigrants, Refugees, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ.
All Are Welcome. All are Beloved of God.
Nusaiba, Rev Angela, Merna, Soykayna, 2016-12-11
Image by Mack Funk
Pray without ceasing. Bethany Church prays, as we grow beloved community, for all in our community of faith, our neighborhoods, city and country, others countries and all of God’s Creation.
We pray for peace amidst war, love amidst hate, compassion amidst despair, courage amidst fear. We pray for all of our sisters and brothers here and around the world, especially all who are sick, lonely, anxious, fearful, struggling, homeless, unemployed and healing and wholeness, grace and strength for the day.
Prayers for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that will run through and destroy Native American burial landmarks and sacred spaces of our First Nation People.
Special prayers for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, Cuba, Florida and the Atlantic Coast affected by Hurricane Matthew causing deaths, massive infrastructure damage and numerous people needing to evacuate their homes. Prayers for our sisters and brothers in Syria, especially in war-torn Allepo.
Sunday - 10:30 am
Worship and Music followed by a Shared Meal in the church sanctuary and hospitality room. Be renewed, refueled, reinvigorated for the week, by the grace of God in growing Beloved Community. All are welcome.
ReWA Preschool Head Start Program
For toddlers to pre-K, Half Day and Full Day
Seattle Young People’s Project (SYPP)
SYPP and Black Out, led by Nyema Clark, Aimee Josiane and Denechia Powell along with Laura Haldane and Senait Brown.
Working for social justice from our Beloved Bethany Church’s modular/annex (aka: The EPI Center).
AA Community Meetings, 7:30 pm
Leadership Training for Youth and Young People
Youth Undoing Institutionalized Racism (YUIR)
Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) meet in the church annex.
YUIR and EPIC are led by Marcel Purnell and James Williams.
Refugee Womens’ Alliance (ReWA)
Friday and Saturday
Headstart Toddler/Preschool available to children offering free half-day and full day with sliding scale, based on income.
Buddhist gathering for teaching and meditation, 7 pm
Falun Gong, Buddhist and Taoist teaching and meditation.
Church and Community Meetings, Gatherings, Discussions and Public Forums
In 2017, our Seattle Young People’s Project (SYPP) celebrates 25 years of transformative youth-led, adult supported, anti-racist community organizing. Youth from historically oppressed communities need a space to call their own, more than ever. Over the past year, SYPP has shared space and built partnerships with other people of color and youth-led, anti-racist community groups based out of the Black Power EPICenter Cooperative in Beacon Hill, on the Bethany United Church of Christ campus. Our current programs include organizing around food, justice, and cooperative economics at our Nurturing Roots Garden, and an intergenerational black, trans and queer organizing project - the Queer and Trans Pan-African Exchange. Support our young people now.
For our neighborhood, the homeless, and for
our sisters and brothers at Standing Rock. 2017-01-14
About (in Brief)
Bethany United Church of Christ’s vision in seeking to be God’s Beloved Community on earth, come from the prophetic words of Micah:
What does God require of You? To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.
Refugees and immigrants welcome here.
No ban. No wall. Stop the deportations.
You are Beloved! I am Beloved! We Are Beloved! All Are Beloved of God!
Each and every one is needed in growing Beloved Community. Please support our social justice and ministry at Beloved Bethany with a donation of any amount to: Bethany United Church of Christ. You and your generosity and kindness are making a difference in our community and around the world. Thank you for giving generously.
Throughout the year, Bethany Church will be leading in “Share the Gift of Love,” providing for our neighborhood children. Please bring new, or lightly used, men and women’s gloves and scarves. Please let pastor Angela Ying know if you are willing to participate and help.