Healing & Justice Ministry

Tell the Truth; Proclaim the Dream; Follow Jesus’ Way of Love; Repair the Breach
Church of the Ascension Seattle rests on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish people. We acknowledge the ancestors of this place and understand that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. By recognizing these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants.

What is the Healing & Justice Ministry?

Healing and Justice Ministry. What is it? It’s a ministry whose premise is that the worship of God calls us into a servanthood that works to build a beloved community. That is a future world transformed by non-violence, healing relationships and justice. Many of you are familiar with Becoming Beloved Community presentations given by Laurie, Kristine, Linda and Don on Civil Rights Pilgrimages, city initiatives around houselessness and affordable housing and Book Clubs on anti-racism. You may have participated in the 2020-2021 Sacred Ground anti-racism curriculum with us. Yet, something new is happening among us. A new ministry that doesn’t exactly fit under Outreach Ministries or Adult Formation Ministries. Rather  
a new ministry that explores the interaction of our own faith and justice. 

The Healing and Justice Ministry will be creating events for our community, as well as advertising other local opportunities, so that we may continue to learn, engage in discussions, and to be a part of creating a more just society. 

A calendar will be shared with you here, and be sure to check our updates in Ascension’s weekly e-News as well. 

Contact: Laurie Weckel, laweckel@gmail.com
Monthly Themes
Community Prayers
Upcoming Events

Monthly Social Justice Themes

We have curated a collection of prayers, books, films, events and websites that focus on a topic that changes monthly. Please visit these links to dive deeper into topics that will range from Hispanic and Native American Heritage, to Immigration and LGBTQ issues.
Just click the icon below for the month you'd like to review the Theme material.

Hispanic Heritage Month


Native American Heritage Month


Coming Soon!


Did you know?

Month of OCTOBER: 

Latinx Ministries/National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • 4 in 5 Latinos are US citizens
  • Fastest growth in Latinx immigration since 2010 has been among people with origins in Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Guatemala & Honduras
  • There are 5 Spanish-speaking congregations in the Diocese of Olympia
“…the growing presence of Latinos in the US…presents possibly the greatest missionary challenge to the churches in the US in their history. It also holds great promise.”

Fr. Juan Oliver
"O God of all nations and peoples: We live in a nation of immigrants and one in which the diverse gifts of many peoples have contributed to our energy and our strength. Yet it is one in which some immigrants are discriminated against because of the color of their skin, their language, or the country of their origin. Help us, by your grace, to offer hospitality to all strangers, as our Father Abraham did in the desert. Grant us the wisdom and skill to enact just and merciful immigration reforms so that the hospitality and access to this great land may be offered equally to people of all colors, and races and nations. Amen."

from the Diocesan Commission to End Racism, of West Virginia

Action: Upcoming Events

Just click on the icon below for the month you would like to view upcoming events for!





Sacred Ground

This is a race dialogue series designed for these times. It is an attempt to be responsive to the profound challenges that currently exist in our society. It is focused on the challenges that swirl around issues of race and racism, as well as the difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue we need to have with each other about them. It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, and to do so in a personal way, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story. It holds the vision of beloved community as a guiding star – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing.

Episcopal Church of the Ascension
2330 Viewmont Way West
Seattle, WA 98199
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