Join us at 4:00pm every Sunday
for our Celebration services
@ The Hillman City Collaboratory
(5623 Rainier Ave S. 98118)
This Sunday at Celebration:
“Back To Our Roots”
Reflection by Dimitri Groce
Our current series is called “Back To Our Roots.” April is a month of springtime blossoming, resurrection, and fresh possibilities. This month we’ll be exploring the intersection of our personal spirituality, the environment, and the social crises going on around us.
Hillman City Neighborhood Conversation Series Kicks-Off @ the Collab on the 23rd
A neighborhood group wants to help ensure that residents are organized and part of the dialogue as the neighborhood changes, likely at an unprecedented rate. The kick-off event will be from 6-9pm at the Collab! Learn more at:
OTHER NEWS & EVENTS
Remember the super fun community cookouts we hosted with Community Arts Create last summer after Celebration (in lieu of the indoor Love Feasts)? Well, the Celebration Team has met with CAC and decided we should do it again, from June through mid-September! This year we have more time to prepare and would love to improve the experience. If you are interested in helping in some way with the cookouts, contact Rachel Tefft (email@example.com) and John Helmiere (firstname.lastname@example.org). For example, Maybe we could reach out to various ethnic community centers andhave Sundays where they co-host the cookout and we could build some more bridges! Or we could have sack races! Or [fill in the blank with your good/odd idea here]!
Tai Chi/Qigong Classes Begin!
Hillman City Collaboratory now has free Tai Chi/Qigong classes every Wednesday morning, 8:30-9:30am. The class is taught by George Draffan. The class is appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners of diverse physical abilities. And it’s offered by donation, thanks to the co-sponsorship of the Hillman City Collaboratory and Patacara Community Services.
The mystical, subversive theology class is up and running now. There is 1 class left. If you are interested in participating in future classes (no commitment is necessary) or if you want to receive the readings each week, email@example.com.
The outline is:
Class 1: The Point of Theology– from Being Right to Coming Alive
Class 2: God– from Big Being to Ground of Being
Class 3: Jesus– from God’s Press Secretary to Subversive Performance Artist
Class 4: Sin/Evil– from Naughty By Nature to Mass Zombie Delusion
Class 5: Salvation/Liberation– from Great Escape to Great Plunge
Class 6: Sanctification/Enlightenment/Love– from Being Human Perfectly to Being Perfectly Human
Class 7: Church/Community– from Fortress of Dogma to Spiritual Compost Bucket
Beautiful Music Party Success!
With special thanks to lead organizer Mari Kim and chief coordinator Marilee Jolin, along with their incredible team of uber-volunteers, the dancing and feasting party last Friday was a raging success!
One eyewitness reports: “On Friday March 13th, the Hillman City Collaboratory was filled with cheerful people hugging, shaking hands, filling up a plate with delicious food andsipping on Flying Lion beer. But this wasn’t just any old Collab party. It was a celebration in response to the sad events of a few weeks previous when every piece of our sound equipment was stolen. This theft was a heart-breaking loss but we chose, in classic Collab fashion, to overcome harm and hurt with stronger affirmations of caring community. In other words, we get robbed… so we have a feast, music, and dance party!
YMCA Youth Program Starting on Mondays
The YMCA has become a new partner at the Collab and will be offering after-school programming for youth on Mondays from 3-5pm. The first classes will be on technology usage. Email Kevin Loyal at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Spanish Storytime on Tuesdays
Families of Color Seattle is now offering Tuesday Spanish-language Storytime at the Collab. 10:00-10:45am (start time10:15am) with a requested $5 drop-in donation. Emailamy@focseattle.com with questions.
Collab Garden and Chicken-Keeping Help Needed
Isn’t the Collab garden outrageously awesome? Isn’t it great how we get to have picnics and cookouts and meditation sessions out there? Wouldn’t it be even better if we had chickens laying eggs that we can cook with and share with local kids and other neighbors? This wonderful garden is only possible because of the hardwork of committed volunteers. The Collab Garden Coordinator, Rachel Tefft, is seeking a V&M representative for the garden. Someone willing to water the plants or feed the chickens, or other projects. It could be once a week (perhaps Sunday since you’ll be there anyway?) or some other commitment. Please email@example.com with interest and questions.
First Day in Court
Alongside baggage handler Socrates Bravo and City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, John had his first day in court on Thursday after the recent protest in front of Alaska Airlines HQ. The hearing was simply to set a time for the actual jury trial, which is now scheduled for the last week of April. Alaska Airlines has fought against their lower level workers attempts at forming a union and even after voters approved a $15 minimum wage (a campaign led by airport workers) they have blocked the law in court on technicalities. Despite making over half a billion dollars in profit last year they continue to pay their cleaners, handlers, and fuelers poverty wages. Also you can see John speak at the press conference on a video Ryan took before the hearing on the V&M facebook page here.
Life Sentence Commuted
Solidarity with Muslim Brothers and Sisters
Link to Seattle P-I article
The imam of a mosque in our area was kicked off a plane for using the bathroom in a “doubtful way” and has asked for faith leaders to support him in asking the airline to investigate the occurrence and other discriminatory reports. John participated by speaking at a press conference calling for Delta and the federal transportation agency to investigate a growing list of reported complaints (and as-yet-unreported instances) of Muslims being ejected from planes for purely discriminatory reasons. He called on Christians who claim discrimination when cashiers fail to say “Merry Christmas” to look at this case of religious prejudice and join in solidarity with Muslims who face this kind of treatment on a regular basis.
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