Kathleen Gathercoal on “Choosing Your Tools”

“Love mercy, do justice and walk humbly with our God,” the prophet Micah commands us. We don’t need to be perfect at this – only willing. God will mold us if we are open to it. But how do we stay willing and open, fully engaged in mercy and justice with our hearts and minds?  Especially in these troubled times? 

Kathleen will speak on the new wisdom of current research on how to recover and re-connect with each other and with our work out in the world. Ironically, it’s the same as the old wisdom that our culture encourages us to forget. Empowered by these old/new ways, we won’t stay overwhelmed; we can use whatever advantages we have in society to raise up those who are in the margins. 

Together, we create hope. 


Ellany Kayce on “Cultivating Equity”

Ellany Kayce is an enrolled tribal member of the Tlingit Nation, Raven Clan. She has life-long experience working with Alaska Native, Native American, First Nations communities, and is a trainer, traditional drummer, singer, and dancer, and activist, including work with the American Friends Service Committee.

Ellany is on King County, Washington’s Metro Mobility Equity Cabinet and Open Space Equity Cabinet. She’s also on the board of the Nakani Native Program. “Nakani” is a Tlingit word for a person or entity which serves as a connector and go-between for different people, places and cultures. Ellany is a nakani. 

What do we need to cultivate equity? From her own deep roots and personal experience, Ellany Kayce will offer us a range of tools to begin understanding each other’s cultures and belief systems and diagnose the obstacles, to discern and resist colonialism in all its forms, and build a community where equity and honesty are heartfelt realities.

Leann Williams and Julie Peyton on “Discerning the Light”

How do we answer the quandaries of our time from a well-grounded place? To be effective out in the world, we must begin from a  place of authenticity, humility, love — what do you count on to bring you to that place? 

In the ambiguity of our times, what does your soul trust as true and solid? The clues will be in our own stories, and the stories of others that may be so very different from our own. 

In all of the mess and muck of our gardens, we keep on going. We pull weeds, we toss out rocks. We keep learning what grows well in our soil and light conditions – which may be very different from gardeners with other soils, in other climes. What do we make of these differences? How does perseverance produce hope and harvest from the compost of our lives?

Leann and Julie will provide a presentation and activities to help us wonder on these questions.