March 11: Kids 4 Peace
The recipient of our 2nd Sunday/Share the Plate Offering for March 11 will be Kids4Peace, Seattle Chapter. Kids4Peace is a grassroots interfaith youth movement dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world. The organization brings together Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and other youth to learn about — and take action to improve — issues such as religious intolerance, racism, and homelessness & poverty. All programs focus on four key areas: interfaith education, dialogue & leadership skills, social change, and community building.
Kids4Peace Seattle is part of Kids4Peace International, with chapters across the United States and in Jerusalem. Some of the local programs are run jointly with other chapters, affording Seattle youth the opportunity to interact with peers from around the world, gaining both a local and global perspective on social change. Kids4Peace Seattle has led and participated in programs with East Shore Unitarian youth.
Jordan Goldwarg, Seattle Chapter Director of Kids4Peace, will join us on March 11 to tell us more about the organization.
April 8: University Beyond Bars
The April recipient of the Second Sunday offering will be University Beyond Bars (UBB). Local university professors and graduate students conduct classes at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe. Currently, they are serving 48 students, including 38 working toward an AA degree through Seattle Central College. A 2014 study found that prisoners who receive education while incarcerated are 43% less likely to return to prison. UBB gives these students a chance to fulfill their potential and transform both themselves and their communities.