Come enjoy sisterhood between faiths at this month’s interfaith women’s tea. This month’s tea will be hosted by Temple Beth El, discussing “Sarah and Hagar in Judiasm.”
“Standing United with Compassion” Compassion Month
October 13 – November 12
Where did the Compassion Month idea stem from? More than 30 Pierce County faith leaders came together earlier this year to express solidarity against hate speech and threats of violence directed at faith communities, particularly synagogues and mosques; they are now issuing a call to local congregations to declare their shared commitment to be agents of compassion and mutual support.
Associated Ministries welcomes Pierce County faith communities to take part in Compassion Month, with a kick-off weekend October 13th.
Activities During Compassion Month
**Compassion Weekend Kick-Off October 13-15th**
Interfaith Shabbat Service – hosted by Temple Beth El
Friday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Begin the weekend by attending an interfaith service with a compassion theme. Service will begin at 7:30 at Temple Beth El with fellowship time immediately following.
Read/Share the Statement of Compassion
Weekend of Oct. 13-15
A Statement of Compassion (click here to download) has been prepared that can be signed and/or read in worship services, ideally during Compassion Weekend. Feel free to share from the pulpit, maybe use as a responsive reading, or consider printing on a large piece of paper and having your congregants sign in support. You may use the statement as written or tweak to create what works within your faith tradition.
**The Entire Compassion Month (Oct. 13 – Nov. 12)! **
How does your faith community show their compassion? How do you get the youth in your community involved? What service projects do you do that reflect compassion?
Resources and suggested activities to help create a “Standing United with Compassion” observance or activity in your faith community have been compiled and are available to download here.
Please share with us how you express compassion as a faith community. We’d love to share your creative ideas!
If you have any questions, comments or would like to share your compassion activity ideas, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-426-1506. We hope to see you on Friday, October 13th at Temple Beth El here in Tacoma.
- Create a team to fill some homeless kits with useful items for families experiencing homelessness. Kits will be given to Catholic Community Services’ Family Housing Network.
- Give bus passes and socks to Shared Housing Services, a program that serves youth and young adults, ages 16 – 24, who are experiencing homelessness. These bus passes are essential, so youth can make it to and from important appointments.
These are just two of the many ways that people attending our Community Quarterly Meetings (CQ) have pledged to help support local agencies working with those experiencing homelessness. And we need your help as we take action on the crisis of homelessness in our community.
We hope you will join us at our next CQ Meeting on Thursday, September 21st, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 7410 South 12th Street, Tacoma, WA 98465. The goal of these meetings are to gather people of faith and goodwill to create an energizing space in Pierce County to share knowledge, and act on strategies to end homelessness.
Attendees will be informed and educated about homelessness in Pierce County, gain understanding of effective interventions, and discuss potential projects and solutions through presentations and discussions.
The lineup of speakers for our next CQ meeting includes:
Gerrit Nyland: Homeless Programs Data Administrator for Catholic Community Services. Gerrit will present a clear and compelling understanding of what homelessness looks like in Pierce County.
Tiegan Tidball Bradbury: Systems Analyst for the City of Tacoma. Tiegan will provide an update on where the City is at regarding its emergency declaration on homelessness.
Noah Baskett: Sr. Director of Community Engagement for the Rescue Mission, Tacoma. Noah will discuss potential projects in which people of faith and goodwill can take part.
This is a CALL TO ACTION for those representing a specific faith community (as a pastor or appointed representative) along with anyone else interested in helping to end homelessness. Multiple attendees from your faith community or organization are welcome to attend; we will have three different breakout groups, and you may want to have a person attending each one.
If you have any questions, please contact Valorie Crout at email@example.com or 253-426-1508.
Ramadan, the most sacred of months for Muslims, begins this year on May 27th (ending June 25th). Most people think of fasting when they think about Ramadan; however, it is so much more than that for those who practice the Islam faith. Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking; it is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on Allah (God), and practice self-discipline and sacrifice.
The annual act of fasting (sawm) during the month of Ramadan is considered one of the 5 Pillars of Islam. The other pillars, which shape a Muslim’s life, include daily prayer (salat), charity (zakat), professing one’s faith (shahaadh), and pilgrimage (hajj) completed at least once in a lifetime. Every year, Muslims take an entire month to observe this strict fast and rededicate themselves to worship and faith.
Each night of Ramadan, Muslims end their daily fast at sunset with a celebratory meal called iftar, literally translated as “break fast.”
In partnership with the Pacifica Institute and University of Puget Sound, Associated Ministries would like to invite you again this year for an interfaith iftar dinner on June 14th at UPS, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. This event and dinner is free; however, registration is required. Register at https://associatedministries.org/event/iftardinner2017/
We hope to see you there. Until then, salaam alaikum (peace be upon you)!
On Friday, June 2, 2017, Associated Ministries will be welcoming groups of youth from different faith communities to our first-ever “Skating for Homes” skate-a-thon. This free and fun event, will be from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Rollin’ 253 Skate and Community Center.
Through our partnership with Rollin’ 253 Skate & Community Center, and Help Us Move In, we are able to help educate youth about the issue of homelessness and help raise funds for youth who, along with their families, are experiencing homelessness. Youth will have the opportunity to seek donations for either each lap they complete within one hour, or a flat donation. All funds raised will be matched dollar for dollar by the generosity of Help Us Move In and will be used to directly assist clients with children who are in need of help with housing.
This is also a wonderful opportunity for youth leaders at our partner faith communities to help their youth understand the issue of homelessness and discuss ways they are drawn to help. For more information or to request a housing specialist to speak to your group, please contact Wendy Morris, Community Engagement Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-383-3056 ext. 117.
Registration for “Skating for Homes” closes on Friday, May 26th so make sure to turn your request for tickets and receive pledge cards in to email@example.com before the deadline.