The Calvary Task Force at its Oct. 1 meeting showed support for the continuation of the SHARE shelter located in the old Calvary Lutheran Church on the condition that changes are made to the screening process to keep sex offenders, such as the one recently removed from the shelter, out of the neighborhood.
The task force is comprised of neighbors, SHARE representatives and representatives of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, who operate the shelter.
Neighborhood members of the task force presented a survey they had taken of the neighborhood that showed some residents want SHARE to implement sex offender background checks when screening for new shelter residents, a practice they have previously refused to do.
According to notes from the meeting provided by Our Redeemer's, there was disagreement within the task force over whether or not the survey fairly represents the opinion of the neighborhood as a whole.
The task force's neighborhood members also dropped off copies of a petition before the meeting. The petition, signed by neighbors, states that SHARE and Our Redeemer's have a choice between conducting sex offender checks or shutting down the shelter.
It is part of an ancient tradition - a tradition that ranges from the maze that held the Minotaur, to the floor of the Chartres Cathedral, to the hopscotch painted on your neighborhood playground. It symbolizes life, and pilgrimage, and wisdom. And you can find it at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Ballard.
It’s the prayer and meditation labyrinth on the church’s north lawn, officially opened and dedicated on Sept. 13, 2009. Located at 6512 12th Ave. N.W., just east of Ballard High School, St. Paul’s has long worked to make its grounds a welcoming, healing, and reflective space, open to the whole community.
Its Serenity Garden, designated an official Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary, provides a peaceful, shady respite to all who enter it.
Its monthly pancake breakfast nourishes bodies as well as souls. And now, with the addition of the labyrinth, St. Paul’s offers a space for walking prayer and meditation, one of humanity’s oldest spiritual traditions.
Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church pastor Steve Grumm said he was deeply saddened that a Level III sex offender was discovered living in Calvary Lutheran Shelter, which is located on property owned by Our Redeemer's.
"We are bothered and disturbed that this happened," he said.
Grumm said he is relieved that the shelter, which is operated by SHARE, has a protocol in place for screening prospective shelter residents. But, he said that protocol is flawed.
Our Redeemer's will be meeting with SHARE this week to discuss a new method for shelter admission, Grumm said. SHARE has agreed to disallow new shelter residents until that meeting happens, he said.
Grumm said he hopes a new admissions process will be employed by SHARE sooner than later.
SHARE does not conduct background criminal checks on possible residents. Instead, potential residents are interviewed by members of the shelter.
SHARE was made aware of a Level III sex offender living in the shelter at the old Calvary Lutheran Church building Sept. 12. They removed the man and his belongings the same day.
Peace activist Cindy Sheehan will speak at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 25 at 7 p.m.
Sheehan, who, after her son oldest son Casey was killed in Iraq in April 2004, camped out, along with a contingent of Veterans for Peace, on President George W. Bush’s doorstep in Crawford, Tex.
Called “Camp Casey," in honor of her son, it soon burgeoned into a whole village of supporters.
Since then she was a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has received several peace awards from around the world, and has written three books: "Not One More Mother's Child," "Dear President Bush," and "Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey through Heartache to Activism."
She ran against Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi in 2008, and now has her own boat-rocking radio show called Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox (click here).
Now Cindy comes to Seattle, on tour with her latest book, "Myth America: 10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution." Her new book can be ordered for a minimum $10 donation here.
Alki Kid's Place, located downstairs in the United Church of Christ, 6115 S.W. Hinds St. offers an after school program and has begun its summer camp program for kids ages 4 through 14.
The school celebrated its one-year anniversary with a pizza party. Nearly as many beach balls as children appeared, which was fine with the kids.
For more information call Cheryl Snyder at (206) 938-0145.
Each year the graduating eighth grade class of Our Lady of Guadalupe follows the tradition of prior graduating classes and presents a gift to the school as a thank you for the years of education they received. This year's class of 2009 wanted to do something that was a gift to the school, the parish, and the community.
They decided to create a beautiful and inviting entrance for their school and church.
Through bingo games and other fund raisers they saved up $1,571 for their project. There are two parts to their gift. One was replacing unattractive grass and a some scraggly trees with beautiful new landscaping.
The second part of the gift was to construct a 30 square foot handmade tile mosaic sign that proudly identifies their parish and school. In addition to stating the name of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and School, the sign also includes a mosaic image of Mary (Our Lady of Guadalupe) and Juan Diego's tilma cloak with roses tumbling out of it.
Holy Rosary School will say goodbye to Kris Brown, its principal for the past 23 years, in a special celebration event tonight.
Parents, students, parishioners and alumni are invited to the school's Lanigan Hall at 7 p.m. to "toast and roast the one with the most."
Brown announced in early April that she will be leaving to lead St. Catherine School in Maple Leaf.
Brown has been at Holy Rosary for 25 years, teaching third and fourth grade her first two years and leading the school as principal for 23 years.
While the principal was not actively looking for a new job, the opportunity at St. Catherine intrigued her. The school is just two miles from Brown's home and half the size of Holy Rosary.
"It's been the hardest decision I've made in my life," said Brown. "But through change comes new life and new energy and I feel that for Holy Rosary and for myself."
Holy Rosary, a Catholic K-8 school, has grown and changed significantly under Brown's leadership. The student body has doubled with two classes at each grade level and the faculty has nearly tripled.
On Thursday, July 2 Peace Lutheran Church will host a potluck-presentation block party from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring the Tour de Revs, a trio of Lutheran pastors travelling cross country on a bamboo bicycle built for three to promote wellness and raise awareness and funds to end hunger.
This will be stop 39 of 65 in their 13,000 mile journey traveling on their custom bamboo bicycle created by Craig Calfee from a design originally created for local production in the developing world.
The cycling Revs will share about their trip, the bike, and their mission to end hunger. Cycling youth from Peace Lutheran, St. Luke's in Bellevue, and Our Savior's in Issaquah will be cycling in that evening from a local cycling and service trip and will also share about their experience.
West Seattle and White Center Food Banks along with other local charities and community agencies will be represented, the grills will be grilling and the people chilling.
Bring a non perishable food item for the West Seattle and White Center Food Banks and something to share.
Ride your bike and end the evening with a sunset ride in beautiful West Seattle with the Revs.
The Peacemakers’ Task Force at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church is inviting the public to hear Yael Maritz, an Israeli woman who will share her story about growing up in the small town of Ramat –Yishai in the Jezreel Valley.
The event is on Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m., at Our Redeemer's, on the corner of 24th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 85th.
"Continuing in our effort to see the many perspectives of Middle East life (in March, we heard from a Palestinian woman), we feel these are opportunities to gain knowledge first-hand from people who have experienced this part of the world," said church organizers.
Refreshments will be served and all members of the public are welcome to attend.
Maritz was born in 1982 (during the first Lebanon war) on a Kibbutz named Dovrat, attended a Kibbutz high school, was on an Israeli national team in Karate, winning 3rd place in Europe at age 16.
Maritz joined the Israeli Defense Force at 18. She spent an extra year in the military by taking a Military Intelligence officers’ course; Maritz is still technically a 'Senior Lieutenant Reserve.