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Books to Prisoners Seattle Seeks New Home

Books to Prisoners Seattle is a nonprofit organization that has sent free books to prisoners since 1973. For most of our history, we have been located in church basements, but these are becoming increasingly scarce. Due to the congregation selling its building, we moved out of the University Christian Church in late 2018, after 8 years in the building. Unfortunately, our new home in the Crown Hill United Methodist Church has faced similar pressures and the regional conference has decided that the congregation will be leaving and the space put to a different use by the end of 2019.

This means, unfortunately, that we must be out of our space by the end of September (less than three months from now). Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to locate a new home that fits our needs for the amount of space and accessibility for volunteers.

We truly appreciate any assistance or referrals which you might be able to provide, as we are growing increasingly panicked at the very real prospect of losing a base for operations–and our incarcerated patrons losing these vital services–after 46 years.

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Companions in Franciscan Spirituality for 2019

Free Ten Day Residential Immersion Programs in Franciscan Spirituality offered by The Community of St. Francis in San Francisco for women over 18. The program includes studying Franciscan spirituality and living out of that spirituality by sharing in community life, worship and ministry in the church and wider community.

Dates: Summer – July 19-29; St. Francistide – Sept. 27-Oct. 7

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Learn to speak Spanish in the Diocese of Cuernavaca (Mexico)

August 8-17 | $2,000 plus Airfare

Two week Spanish language immersion program hosted by the Diocese of Oregon.

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Priory Spiritual Center

Lacy, WA

The Priory offers retreats, spiritual direction, and workshops; fees are charged for their programs.

  • July 6: God the Artist: We the Co-Creators
  • July 27-31: 11th Step Silent Centering Prayer Retreat
  • August 18-22: Iconography Workshop and Retreat

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Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

Calvary Lutheran Church, Federal Way | October 14-18 | $895 Registration; $695 Registration by September 13

You are invited to attend Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), a practical workshop for clergy and other church leaders that teaches participants how to deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict.  This outstanding inter-denominational training event will be hosted by Calvary Lutheran Church in Federal Way, WA (Seattle–Tacoma area) from 8:30am-5:00pm daily on October 14-18, 2019.  Early-birds who register no later than September 13, 2019 can save $200 (non-discounted rate is $895). 

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