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March for Marriage Equality

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
Location: Olympia, WA

Suquamish UCC joined our friends from Vancouver's First Congregational UCC in the final leg of their march on Olympia.
More about the march…

We carpooled to the United Churches of Olympia, across from the State Capitol, where we met up with others at about 4 pm.

We all walked together to the Capitol steps for a concluding march rally,and then returned to The United Churches for a celebratory potluck.


Our Pastor Tom Thresher and Rev. Ed Evans join the march on the steps of the State Capitol







Trip to Korea


Since 1995, the Pacific Northwest Conference has had a partnership relationship with the East Seoul Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK).

The purpose of the partnership has been to build a global awareness and understanding through short- or long-term face-to-face encounters for learning, sharing, and growing in awareness of our different societies, cultures, and churches.

Over the years the partnership has flourished largely through visits back and forth between clergy and laity. Our churches are different. Our theologies are different. Our exchange visits have provided an opportunity to become exposed to the work, culture, and commitments to social justice of our respective partners.
In May, Ed Evans joined a UCC-PNC delegation in a visit to Korea. Our partners in Korea treated the delegation as special and honored guests. Many new friendships were developed and celebrated.
UCC-PNC delegation to Korea
Our delegation visited a number of significant social justice programs supported by the church, including a vibrant Migrant Worker's Center, a preschool for special needs children, a ministry helping women out of the sex-trafficking trade, a visit to the seminary that trains PROK clergy and a trip to the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Staffer at 'My Sister's Place'
The trip to the DMZ was especially timely, given the heightened tensions surrounding the sinking of a South Korean Navy ship by (apparently) a North Korean submarine. Border between North and South Korea
In that context, the presentation of the Peace Candle from our Suquamish UCC church to the Song Pa Presbyterian Church had profound meaning. The candle is inscribed with the words "Imagine Peace" in both Korean and English.

The pastor was deeply moved by the gift from Suquamish. (Ed learned after the presentation that the pastor's email address is "peaceyoung@korea.com.")

Ed Evans presenting our peace candle to Song Pa church
That kind of awareness cannot be experienced through books. Song Pa church — and now Suquamish UCC — is keenly aware that we are walking and praying together in supporting Korea in its struggles for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

That's why partnerships like this and visits to experience other countries and cultures are important.

Such relationships are richly and abundantly blessed by God.

Mission is to the church what fire is to flame.



In the Chogaejong Buddhist Temple in Seoul


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