Welcoming the Stranger

Welcoming the Stranger The New York Times Looks at Churches and Afghan Refugees   What do Afghan refugees and churches like CHS have in common? As our faith community has prepared to ease the path of Afghan refugees to their new homes so have other faith communities across the U.S. In the usually secular pages…

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Outreach work with Afghan Refugees

Vashon Afghan Resettlement Team (VART) Holy Spirit’s Outreach Committee, working with other island faith groups, is responding to the needs of Afghan Refugees settling in the Seattle area.  Called the Vashon Afghan Resettlement Team (VART), the team is working with the Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office and islanders to help Afghan families create their…

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Outreach to the Hispanic Community

About a year and a half ago in the annual meeting there was a discussion of how the church could help the greater Vashon community.  I suggested swimming lessons for those unable to afford them.  John Bean told me there was interest in the idea, we met to discuss the next steps and then COVID…

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A Covenant to Root Out Racism

A Covenant to Root Out Racism We lament the Church’s role in the subjugation, enslavement and genocide of societies of indigenous peoples, including Native Americans and Pacific Islanders. Lord, have mercy upon us. We lament the Church’s role in profiting from the selling, trading, and genocide of people of African descent and the lasting effects…

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A Covenant to Root Out Racism, Kay Pieringer

Anti-black racism ~~ anti-Asian racism ~~ hordes of desperate foreign families at the southern border of the United States What do they have to do with us here on Vashon Island? What do we have to do with them? It is too easy to tell ourselves that there’s not much we can do here on…

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Great Vigil of Easter

Christos anesti! Alethos anesti! Try it again… Christos anesti! Alethos anesti! “Mortal, can these bones live?” “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” Christos anesti! Alethos anesti! “Mortal, can these bones live?” “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see…

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