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Four churches act to support Black Lives Matter:

1. Two UCC churches join in vigil and rally in Everett

At 2 p.m., Sunday, June 14, Everett and St. Paul’s UCC churches joined the Penn Northeast Conference UCC churches mobilizing on Flag Day “to let our presence be testimony to the freedoms proclaimed in our revolution and our becoming a nation, said the Rev. Brigitta Remole, interim pastor at St. Paul’s UCC.

Folks gathered in the church parking lot, using appropriate protection guidelines, to “stand in solidarity with our siblings of color who have been subjected to systems of white supremacy and racism for centuries,” she said. “We gathered to demonstrate our willingness to change and act in faithfulness to the way of Jesus.

They also recognized words of the U.S. founders: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The vigil included a reading, prayer, eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence, and a commitment to next steps.

In addition, the community was invited with the words, “Don’t wonder what you would have been doing during the civil Rights Movement, you’re doing it right now,” to a rally and march from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, June 12, at the Everett Courthouse Plaza, co-hosted by the Everett UCC, with Pastor Jermell Witherspoon of Everett UCC and Liberation UCC speaking. After speakers, there was a silent march through the streets and back to the Courthouse Plaza.

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2. Mercer Island UCC sent 10 dozen cookies for marchers

There was a march June 12 on Mercer Island. Mercer Island Congregational UCC did not participate, but delivered 10 dozen chocolate chip cookies, which rode along in a little red wagon that accompanied the marchers, said the pastor, Roberta Rominger.                            Photo courtesy of Roberta Rominger


3. Prospect UCC members join in one-hour silent vigil

Prospect members stand on corner near church. Photo courtesy of Meighan Pritchard.

Prospect United Church of Christ organized a one-hour vigil on the afternoon of June 12 near the church building, which is on the corner of E Aloha St and 19th Ave E on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

A dozen participants held signs and the church banner in support of Black Lives Matter, prior to the Silent March in Seattle.

“Most drivers coming through the intersection honked in support, waved or gave a thumbs up,” said Meighan Pritchard, the pastor.

For information, call 206-322-6030 or email


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