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A note from Phil Owen, SideWalk Executive Director: March of last year heralded a frightening and lonely time for us all. It impacted people experiencing homelessness in a fierce way. Restaurants and retail shops closed. Windows were boarded up. Pedestrians disappeared from the sidewalks. People experiencing homelessness witnessed the world disappear.Answering to the closure of critical services for our most vulnerable neighbors, SideWalk mounted a response. We doubled our operating hours. We set up a bank of phones and computers for people to use for accessing services. We converted our backyard to a day center. We worked quickly to create a remote system for our volunteers to provide housing services. And finally, our hard-working team of housing case managers continued to provide wrap-around services to those with the greatest need.Despite all the challenges that a global pandemic brought us, SideWalk helped 226 people safely move off the streets and into homes in 2020.I'd personally like to thank our community partners, fellow social service providers, and donors. We owe you an enormous debt of gratitude for the outpouring of support that allowed us to expand services.And to our amazing volunteers, interns, and staff, thank you for seeing us through these difficult times. You persevered. You served others with more dedication and compassion than humanly possible. In service and with deep gratitude...Phil ...
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Third night of the 72 Hours of Easter ...
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First Night of the 72 Hours of Easter... ...
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Candle-lit chapel after the foot washing ...
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Ready to begin the 72 Hours of Easter and foot washing... ...
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Join with Olympia UU’s and other faith groups around the globe in launching a Green Faith Initiative, “Sacred People, Sacred Earth” on March 11 at noon. During this virtual gathering, faith groups will make demands and take action for our collective social and environmental well-being. March 11 will begin eight months of advocacy in the name of love and equity to prepare for the global November 2021 Climate Conference. The Olympia launch will include mindful prayer, song, and a listing of demands by different faith groups, as well as a call for concrete actions. Registration is preferred, but not required. Register by e-mailing olympiagreenfaith@gmail.com. You can join us by Zoom with meeting ID: 899 8077 5923, and passcode: 258381. ...
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Fasting - Almsgiving - Prayer The Great 100 Days ...
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On March 25th, we will celebrate the 27th annual World Day of Prayer for Women's Ordination with "digital greetings" to vocations directors, bishops, and USCCB representatives with the message from the day's Feast of the Annunciation:"Nothing will be impossible with God."More details coming soon. ...
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Valarie Kaur's Prayer on 1/7/21 ...
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Beginning this afternoon... ...
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Happening Monday ...
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#WOC45 Prophetic Voices: A Celebration of WOC ...
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“This is still a pending fight within the Roman Catholic Church, and that's why it's so important that the women who have a clear consciousness that this is an injustice and contrary to the witness of the Gospel do not disappear, do not leave the Church.” — Sr. Teresa Forcades, OSB youtu.be/zBKnD8CCe0M #WOC45 ...
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“We look forward to continuing to work with you until such time as women have their rightful place at the table.” — We Are Church Ireland youtu.be/axX_I9xosYA #WOC45 ...
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“The mission of the Women's Ordination Conference is critical, not only for those women with a call for ministry, but for all of us who need to be represented in every single place where decisions about our lives are being made.” — Lilian Medina Romero youtu.be/DWGyv3IiI9E #WOC45 ...
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“You’ve lived through hard times, through dark times...but you were not intimidated, you did not kowtow or bow down. You kept speaking your message loudly and clearly and for that you deserve great credit.” — Fr. Tony Flannery youtu.be/atdEZvWrhoU #WOC45 ...
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“I know personally what it's like to be prejudiced, excluded because of a biological characteristic of race, and so whenever biology is used to exclude, it is an act of injustice and needs to be called out.” — Nontando Hadebe youtu.be/6r6bMmFOB2E #WOC45 #OrdainWomen ...
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“When Pope Francis said ‘the door is closed to women priests,’ Bishop Erwin Krautler responded, ‘As long as a door is there, it should be open.’”— Fr. Luke Hansen, SJ youtu.be/ulnYFxUU4Gs #WOC45 #OrdainWomen ...
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“You've shown generations of women that remaining prophetically Catholic is possible and necessary.” — Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee youtu.be/3WhkzuDhOXs #WOC45 ...
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“Who are we as men to say that our call from God is authentic, but God's call to women is not? As the Catholic priest, I have to face the truth: the problem is not with God, but with our all-male clerical culture that views women as lesser than men and as a threat to their power.” — Fr. Roy Bourgeois youtu.be/DYT-VlYPdbI #WOC45 #OrdainWomen ...
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“The Church is a superspreader of sexism. This hugely influential institution is saying to the world that women need to be restricted and ring-fenced and they need to let the men get on with the business of running the show.”— Miriam Duignan youtu.be/6ffRlpV7KrM #WOC45 ...
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Our first #WOC45 Prophetic Voices video is live! Watch our Board president Jen O'Malley and her wife Liz Carlin kick off the day with a warm welcome and a shoutout to our sponsors. #WOC45 youtu.be/2IeYK7aPedE ...
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“This weekend is not about closed doors but about being protagonists in the renewal of our Church.” — WOC Executive Director Kate McElweeyoutu.be/kYmSny11Vus #WOC45 ...
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