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I am in your midst as one who serves

These words from the Gospel of Luke, inscribed in the oculus high over the altar of St. James Cathedral, speak to our mission to carry out Christ’s teaching in our community. Every day, St. James volunteers reach out in love to the needy of First Hill and Downtown Seattle.

OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER 

At the beginning of each month, a digital newsletter is sent out with news, information and stories about the Life, Peace and Justice ministries of the Cathedral. Recently, we’ve highlighted our work with immigrants, mental health services and encounters with our neighbors who are homeless. If you’d like to receive this newsletter, please send a message to outreach@stjames-cathedral.org  and ask to subscribe to the newsletter.

ONLINE LEARNING AND SHARING OPPORTUNITIES

Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege
 
Mondays beginning August 3, 6:30pm-9:00pm on ZOOM
an 8-week program sponsored by JustFaith Ministries

 
"We can disagree and still love each other, unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist." -- James Baldwin
 
The St. James Cathedral Life, Peace, and Justice Commission invites you to participate in Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege.  This is an 8-week module that awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. The series will introduce participants to a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege, and will then dive into specific issues, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation.

Eight 2.5-hour sessions will include prayer, dialogue, active listening, and relationship-building.   There will also be a retreat to build community and Scriptural grounding. Reading materials cost approximately $40. Scholarships available.

For information, registration, and financial assistance, email Patrick Barredo, Director of Social Outreach & Advocacy, or call 206-619-2879.

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Book Discussion: Seattle in Black and White

The July reading recommendation, Seattle in Black and White by Joan Singler, will be the focus of a virtual book discussion on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00pm.  Sister Judy Ryan of the St. James Life, Peace, and Justice Commission will host this in-depth examination of Seattle's own racialized history.  This is a story that must be continually told.
 
To register or for more information, contact Patrick Barredo.
 
"Seattle needs this book. Part memoir, part history, it tells the remarkable story of the activists who pierced the veil of complacency in the early 1960s and forced the city to begin dismantling its systems of segregation."
- James N. Gregory, author of The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America
 
Order a copy on Amazon here.


ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

For the latest volunteer opportunities, please send us an email. The list below describes volunteer roles that are always needed.

Catholic Community Services/Catholic Housing Services (CCS/CHS) are inviting St. James Cathedral parishioners to help with meals for those in need.
 
CCS/CHS now supports a just-opened 30-bed women’s shelter in Burien and a Federal Way drop-in center that welcomes 75 people each day. Both programs need hot casseroles, although sandwiches are also accepted. Contact a restaurant to deliver food or provide food yourself. Please coordinate with Patrick Barredo (pbarredo@stjames-cathedral.org).
 
The St. Martin de Porres men’s shelter needs volunteers to prepare meals in their kitchen. If you’re interested, contact Jeff Cathey, the Operations Supervisor at St. Martin de Porres (206.323.6341 or jefferyc@ccsww.org).

As more meals are brought to CCS/CHS, they will need to be delivered. If you can help transport food, contact CCS Network Builder Erin Maguire (ErinMa@ccsww.org).
 
These are difficult times we live in. Any meal support you can provide for those experiencing homelessness is greatly appreciated. However, please do observe our state’s directive to stay in your home, especially if you or anyone in your household is in a high-risk group.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT 

Exemplar of service offers love, welcome, food to St. James community - with endless smiles and optimism
 
Kathy Dugaw has done it all.

From her start at St. James Cathedral in the early 1970s as a young adult, Dugaw has been living out the cathedral's mission of welcoming the stranger with untiring vigor - and in multiple capacities - for nearly 50 years. It seems there is nothing this Capitol Hill native hasn't done to make Christ known to her neighbors in Seattle.

Currently, Dugaw spends as much of her time outside as she can. A regular core volunteer for the cathedral garden, she can be seen several times a week at the corner of Terry and Madison weeding, watering, planting, or chatting with passersby. When she is not assisting with the latest garden project for St. James, she's in the P-Patch in Magnuson Park, where she has had a plot for years. There, she coordinates the small slices of land available for her neighbors and community members in the ongoing mission to provide food for the hungry.

"Fortunately," she said, "I am not an introvert, so I will chat with anyone who stops by."

This sense of hospitality has never wavered. A long-time host during the Sunday coffee and hospitality hour, as well as an usher for Cathedral concerts and events, Dugaw is a constant friendly face at St. James for anyone who walks through the doors.  While in-person services are still restricted in the restructured world of Covid-19, her work of serving and inviting people in to the faith carries on.  Dugaw regularly cooks and offers food for Catholic Community Services for folks in need, and is sponsoring a young woman who will be baptized into the faith on August 1.  She couldn't be more excited.
What keeps her going in these tough times? Prayer, a computer, and the garden.

"I'm so happy to have...internet access. I don't feel totally cut off," she says of the ability to participate in the live-streamed masses. "I also spend many hours in the garden. I can come to the cathedral garden [after a time away], and look back at our small start, and where we are today, and feel so good about what we've done in such a short time."



 

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