Family Housing Network

Saturday, June 4, to Friday, June 10

For the first full week of June, Urban Grace will be providing dinner and a place to sleep for several families with the Family Housing Network. To make this happen, we need to enlist your cooking skills! We are hoping for 7 volunteers to cook dinner (one for each night of the week) and 14 volunteers to serve as overnight hosts who will spend the night at the church. If you are interested in volunteering, please call or e-mail Reilly Rosbotham (253-272-2184 x6, rrosbotham@urbangracetacoma.org).

James Alison Discussion Group

Every other Wednesday 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 7pm, Urban Grace Library

James Alison is a Catholic theologian and author whose work has influenced many in our community. He was a student of the late Rene Girard, an anthropologist noted for his work on mimetic theory. You may have heard this term from the pulpit or in conversations around Urban Grace. Please note: The first meeting, on 4/20, will be in the Chapel instead of the Library. If you need childcare, please RSVP to info@urbangracetacoma.org.

The Sequel to the Citizen Book Club

Every other Wednesday, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11, 5/25, 7pm, Urban Grace Library

This past winter, a group at Urban Grace met for five weeks discussing race and identity, studying Claudia Rankine’s book, Citizen. The conversations were thoughtful and honest and we all had more to say, so we will be staring a new study this April. This will be a great jumping on point if you missed the last study. Stay tuned for us to announce what we’re reading. If you need childcare, please RSVP to info@urbangracetacoma.org.

James Alison Discussion Group

Every other Wednesday 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 7pm, Urban Grace Library

James Alison is a Catholic theologian and author whose work has influenced many in our community. He was a student of the late Rene Girard, an anthropologist noted for his work on mimetic theory. You may have heard this term from the pulpit or in conversations around Urban Grace. Please note: The first meeting, on 4/20, will be in the Chapel instead of the Library. If you need childcare, please RSVP to info@urbangracetacoma.org.

The Sequel to the Citizen Book Club

Every other Wednesday, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11, 5/25, 7pm, Urban Grace Library

This past winter, a group at Urban Grace met for five weeks discussing race and identity, studying Claudia Rankine’s book, Citizen. The conversations were thoughtful and honest and we all had more to say, so we will be staring a new study this April. This will be a great jumping on point if you missed the last study. Stay tuned for us to announce what we’re reading. If you need childcare, please RSVP to info@urbangracetacoma.org.

Weekly Bible Study & Fellowship

Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Parlor

Sean Dean teaches our long-running Bible study and potluck. They are currently studying the book of Genesis. Dinner starts at 6pm and everyone brings a dish to share. The Bible study starts at 6:30pm. Everyone is invited to both or either part of the night.

Men’s Bible Study & Breakfast

Thursdays, 7am, Parlor

This group meets for breakfast and a discussion of the lectionary texts. The diversity of voices and long held friendships make for a very lively and fascinating conversation.

Vespers at Harbor View

919 S. Fawcett, Tacoma

Join others from Urban Grace on the First Sunday of each month for a vespers service for the residents and friends of Harbor View Manor Retirement Center on Fawcett right around the corner from Urban Grace! Vespers begin at 5:00 p.m. in the main lounge area. We’d like for others from UG to share in the worship experience and meet and greet new friends and neighbors of Harbor View. Please note: Vespers happen every Sunday evening but Urban Grace leads the service on the first Sunday.

Weekly Dance Classes are offered at Urban Grace by Sound Movement Arts Center. Check out their classes!

Volunteers Needed

Pregnancy Aid of Tacoma is looking for part time volunteers to help out in their office at Urban Grace (902 Market Street) on Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30am-2pm. There is no experience necessary for this position and training is available beginning in May. Inventory and organizational skills preferred.

If you are interested in volunteering and helping to provide a wonderful service to our Pierce County families, please contact Judy Peterson at 1-253-852-1201.

Queer People of Color Retreat 2016

Saturday, May 21, 9am-8pm, Oasis Rainbow Center (2215 Pacific Ave.)
A committee of LGBTQ community leaders and advocates have planned and will facilitate the workshops for this event which is sponsored by the Rainbow Center. Registration is $15 and for those in financial hardships there is a fee waiver that they can apply for. Lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided for this day long event. Registration is limited!. Registration available online here: http://goo.gl/forms/wLByMqygsn

The Exiled Palestinians: Stateless Palestinians from the Camps in Lebanon

Thursday, May 26th at 7:30 pm, Fircrest United Methodist (6308 South 19th)On May 14, 1948, as Zionist leader David Ben Gurion was proclaiming a Jewish state in Palestine, his heavily armed troops seized the ancient Palestinian Arab town of al-Zeeb and drove out most of the inhabitants. Eighteen-year-old Mariam Fathallah was one of them. She and her young husband and their families were forced to flee to Lebanon, along with most of the town. By the end of the year, the 4,000 year old community had been leveled to the ground. More than half the Arab Palestinians in Palestine were killed or expelled and more than half of the cities, towns and villages of Palestine were made to disappear, a crime that Palestinians call al-Nakba (the Catastrophe).

Mariam, now 86 years old, wants to meet you and tell her story in person.  So does Amena Ashkar, the granddaughter and great granddaughter of other Nakba survivors, who has known no other home than refugee camps. COME AND HEAR THEIR STORIES.  COME AND ASK YOUR QUESTIONS. Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/256713268013638. Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace (Tacoma chapter) and The Rachel Corrie Foundation. Questions?  Tacoma@JewishVoiceForPeace.org