Using the arts and skills of local organizing to
transform the world
When & Where
We’re back for in-person camp! Seabeck Conference Center is located on the Kitsap Peninsula, about a couple hours by car and ferry.
Camp begins at 4p.m on Sunday, July 10 with check-ins, dinner and a campfire. Camp ends after lunch on Friday, July 15.
Seabeck registration is now open
Thanks to everyone who participated in events last month! Registration is now open Printed forms are available at the Seattle campus. If you want a registration form mailed to you, please request one from the office.
Our Theme: Community-Centered Spirituality
We begin our time by looking at what it means to be a community that is spiritually centered, place-based, and explicit in working toward justice. With a weaving of scripture and story, we will learn how these lenses have shaped other communities and the gifts they bring to UCUCC.
We are invited to discover our “why” – why do we care about the things that we value, where does this passion line up with others in our congregation and our community. We will be given tools to learn about the passions of others. We will look for ways to cultivate relationships that are unlikely and uncommon.
We will examine the way things get done in the world and how to make sure our voices and values shape the decisions that impact our community. We will reflect on this within our church and throughout the neighborhood and city.
We will introduce an action-reflection praxis rooted in the faith-based community organizing model. The components of the framework move participants from reflection personally and interpersonally with others to individual actions that join communal actions.
Practical tools include learning how to have relational one-to-one conversations, follow the sacred spiral of organizing, have theology inform practices and practices inform theology, use evaluative tools to assess the impact of racial and economic justice intentions, and see each member of our community – including ourselves – as essential to building the beloved community.
We are called to the holy work of participating in God’s transformative power. This leads us to these
- from fear to hope
- from isolation to relationship
- from inertia to action
- from self-denigration to self-love
Our Speaker is Sister Kelly Marciales, BA (she/they)
Kelly Marciales (she/they) serves as Community Organizing Program Coordinator for the ELCA and Director of Organizing For Mission Network (OFMN). OFMN is an ecumenical network of individuals, congregations, synods, non-profit organizations, and community organizers who convene trainings and build cohorts across the United States which support local and statewide grassroots organizing efforts.
Their previous appointment was as Executive Director of Valley Interfaith Action (VIA), a faith-based community organization in Alaska. Serving as VIA’s director and lead community organizer for 5 years, they built ecumenical partnerships that addressed statewide issues of affordable housing, senior healthcare, and equitable access to transportation.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Polytechnic University Pomona, a Master of Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and earned a certificate in Design Thinking from Cornell University. Kelly lives in Palmer, Alaska with their partner and four children. Kelly enjoys science-fiction and fantasy novels, making the perfect karaage, and is currently learning American Sign Language.
Children and Youth Programming
Our children and youth programming will follow the camp theme in age appropriate ways.
Nursery Childcare is available for infants—3-year-olds during the adult program.
Preschool & Elementary Programs
In the morning program for preschool and elementary children, we will enjoy making friends while engaging in fun lessons with hands-on indoor and outdoor activities with the theme of building community. We hope to see you and your children there. Contact Carolyn Johnson Davis, Children’s Ministry Coordinator for more information at email@example.com.
Middle & High School Youth Programs (grades 6-12)
The Youth Program is open to youth currently in 5th through 12th grade. The morning time will focus on the theme Community-Centered Spirituality. We will explore the elements of community organizing – listening, learning, activating and evaluating – to equip youth to feel empowered to activate change and advocate for justice.
Anna Van Pelt will be our Children’s & Youth Ministry Seabeck Program Coordinator while Margaret is away on maternity leave. You can contact her with questions at Anna.firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions about our children and youth programming, please contact Anna Van Pelt.