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Sat April 22, 2017, Registration begins 9 am, program starts at 10 am and ends 3:30 pm, at Fauntleroy UCC Church, 9140 California Avenue SW, West Seattle;  see maps and details at http://www.fauntleroyucc.org

Western WA FOR 19th Annual Spring Assembly.  Theme “FROM OUTRAGE TO OUTREACH: SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS ”.  

Come help us discuss together and thus discover healthy and helpful responses to our current troubling political, social, and economic situation. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD FLYER AND REGISTRATION FORM

OBJECTIVE Every year, WWFOR brings grassroots folks together grassroots folks for a Spring Assembly to share ideas and strengthen the movements for social justice, nonviolence, and peace. This year’s Assembly will continue on last year’s format of emphasizing interactive participation.

CONFERENCE THEME & ACTIVITIES

Have you been feeling shocked, angry, fearful, hopeless, traumatized in the past few months? For most of us, no matter what our political orientation or worldview, recent events, and our ability to maintain a strong sense of hope and persistence for at least the near future for our country, and perhaps in the world, has been seriously challenged. Our response has also taxed our ability to maintain the necessary emotional and physical stamina to work together collectively for social justice and peace.  Today’s workshops and other activities, have been planned to address these needs and concerns, and we hope you will experience the day as quite stimulating, valuable, and inspiring.

The Western Washington FOR’s 19th. Annual Spring Assembly on April 22 leads off with small group participation where people will share stories about this year’s theme: “Beyond Our Outrage To Outreach.” You may choose one of two theme-related workshops in the morning and one of two different ones in the afternoon. We’ll be joined during lunch by some members of the Seattle Labor Chorus who will provide a brief performance. Please bring issue-based information, handouts, petitions, etc. to display and distribute on our Information Tables, as well as announcements to post on our Announcement Wall.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO:
-RECONNECT WITH OLD FRIENDS AND MAKE NEW ONES!
-PARTICIPATE IN WORKSHOPS
-GAIN AND SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL
-EXPERIENCE A SENSE OF RENEWAL
-NETWORK WITH OTHER ACTIVISTS

Donation:  It costs WWFOR approximately $15 per person to put on this Assembly. We welcome participants regardless of ability to pay and hope those who can afford more will balance those who can afford less. Your registration donation includes a catered lunch.

info http://www.wwfor.org or David Lambert (253) 759-2280  lambertdavid39@gmail.com 

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LAST YEAR’S ASSEMBLY (Spring 2016)

“Acting On Our Values to Overcome Fear”

Western Washington FOR
18
th Annual Spring Assembly

Saturday April 16, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fauntleroy UCC Church, 9140 California Avenue SW, West Seattle
See maps at www.fauntleroyucc.org

Click on this link to view the 2016 Spring Assembly flyer and pre-registration form.

Every year WWFOR brings grassroots folks together for a Spring Assembly to share ideas and strengthen the movements for social justice, nonviolence and peace. Our 2016 Spring Assembly on Saturday April 16 will stimulate grassroots participation.

This year’s theme and activities: Fear is widespread in our society. Fear is a normal human emotion. But some politicians deliberately provoke fear of terrorism, Muslims, Mexicans, refugees, LGBT people, etc. Other people are legitimately afraid of nuclear weapons, climate disruption, economic collapse, etc. Some of us are afraid of taking bolder steps in working for peace and social justice.

Fear – even well-justified fear – can cause people to feel powerless and dissuade them from taking thoughtful and constructive action. At a time when thoughtful and humane boldness is needed, fear holds people back.

A good remedy is to ground ourselves in humane, compassionate values for peace, social justice, and nonviolence. For 100 years the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) has been supporting these values and urging people to act on them.

The Western Washington FOR’s 18th Annual Spring Assembly on Saturday April 16 will help us do that. Instead of a keynote speaker, we’ll begin the day in small groups briefly sharing our experiences acting upon our 2016 theme, “Acting on Our Values to Overcome Fear.” You may choose one of four theme-related workshops in the morning and one of four different ones in the afternoon. We’ll enjoy a catered lunch and a brief performance by the Seattle Labor Chorus.

-> Please bring announcements to post on our Announcement Wall.
-> Please bring issue-based information, handouts, petitions, etc., to display and distribute on our Information Tables.

You will enjoy a stimulating and positive day as you:

-> Connect with old friends, and meet new friends
-> Participate in exciting workshops
-> Gain and share knowledge and skills about issues and grassroots organizing
-> Lift your spirits from the day’s social and informational energy
-> Network with other activists to build stronger movements
-> Browse information tables for handouts, petitions, etc.
-> Post and read information on our Announcement Wall

 We’ll even serve you lunch!

Sponsor: Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (206) 789-5565 wwfor@wwfor.org www.wwfor.org

Information: This is posted on www.wwfor.org Contact Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glenanderson@integra.net

Pre-Register by April 7 if possible because this helps us plan. But even if you don’t pre-register, come anyway!

Donation: It costs WWFOR approximately $15 per person to put on this Spring Assembly. We welcome participants regardless of ability to pay, and hope those who can afford more will balance those who can afford less. Your registration donation includes a delicious catered lunch.

Your special bonus for inviting 3 or more persons who attend the Spring Assembly is a $10 gift certificate for the national FOR’s bookstore.

Arrive as early as 9:00 a.m. for social time and refreshments. The program will start promptly at 10:00. We’ll end at 3:30.

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Content of PRIOR ASSEMBLIES follows:

Join us on Saturday April 11, 2015 for the WWFOR Spring Assembly at the Fauntleroy UCC (9260 California Ave SW, Seattle)

The theme for 2015 is “Nonviolent Solutions for Structural Oppression”

Click on this link to view the 2015 Spring Assembly flyer and pre-registration form.

This year’s event will be very much more participatory than in any of our past years, and it will be profoundly multi-issue. It will also generate solutions rather than merely obsess about problems.

Each year the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Spring Assembly brings together grassroots folks from throughout Western Washington to share ideas and network with each other to strengthen the movements for social justice, nonviolence, and peace.

Martin Luther King, Jr., an FOR member, never called any individuals evil, but he did recognize three systemic evils (racism, poverty, and militarism). He also sharply criticized our economic system’s injustices to people. Today big business corporations als0 hurt our environment and climate, so if King were alive now he might include this fourth systemic evil. Fortunately, people are nonviolently resisting these four systemic evils.

Info at 206-789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org.

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In 2014, our theme was “Resisting Systemic Evil”.
Glen Anderson’s brief keynote on “Resisting Systemic Evil” helped us connect the dots and promote nonviolent solutions. Three workshops in the morning and three in the afternoon gave participants an opportunity to learn, share, and explore.
Missed it? You can still see the wonderful Seattle Labor Chorus who inspired us: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnejFIe8xJ0

You can read more about the exciting workshops that you missed by clicking on this link.

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In 2013, our theme was “Challenges of Nonviolence & Sustainability.” The Seattle Labor Chorus provided us with a special treat after lunch. (Thanks to them, and to Todd Boyle for videoing.)

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