Building a Racially Just Parish

Saturday, August 28, 2021, 9:00 AM to Noon, Our Lady of the Lake Jubilee Hall or via Zoom

Join with fellow parishioners and others to learn about and discuss the evil of racism, and identify concrete ways we can build racial justice in our community life and the society around us.

Featuring Pax Christi National Council Chair, Isaac Chandler. Mr. Chandler, who teaches high school biology, has been a member of Pax Christi for many years and has worked with the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team (PCART) for the last decade,the Youth and Young Adult Forum, and served on the Planning and Programming Committee for the 2012 National Assembly in Atlanta, GA. He was also a workshop presenter at the 2010 and 2012 National Assemblies.


Sign up HERE for this Saturday morning event on August 28th from 9 AM to noon. The event will be held on Zoom as well as in person in Jubilee Hall. Sponsored by OLL's Pax Christi group and members of the Justice and Peace Committee.

For specific questions about the event, please contact Barbara McGrath at or Deacon Denny at 206-548-6292.


Year-Round Homeless Shelter at Aurora Oaks

After 14 years of providing winter shelter to people who are unhoused in North King County, OLL joins with Lake City Partners and the City of Shoreline to operate a 24/7 Enhanced Shelter at the Oaks in Shoreline at 16357 Aurora N. The facility can serve 60 unhoused single adults and couples with psts in private rooms with meals provided by community volunteers. This new location is intended to serve as a springboard for residents to move to permanent housing. King County and the Cities of Seattle, Shoreline, Bothell, Kenmore and private donors all contribute funding to this effort. Over 600 community volunteers help make this program a success.

Here are the signup links for all the volunteer opportunities:




Working with Lauren in the kitchen


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We've all heard this mantra many times, but how often do we really think about it? Look beyond what is recycled in your curbside bins and consider re-use or re-purposing items, both for the good of the planet and to help those in need.

Check out these creative and fee internet sites if you would like to give away or swap your extra goods...,,
Consider exchanging home decor or clothing with friends or neighbors for a cost-free update. Or, bring your gently used extras to the bins at church for St. Vincent DePaul, Tent City, The Baby Corner or St. Francis House. Finally, save energy by cutting down on your demand for new products.

Simpify your life - Stop Junkmail

U.S. consumers receive 19 billion catalogs each year. It takes 53 million trees and 56 billion gallons of water to produce them, and most end up in landfills. Visit or to put a stop to unwanted mailings.

Simplify - Stop the shop!

Give up shopping this week, except for necessities. Replace recreational shopping with meaningful Sabbath time with your family and friends.
Eliminate impulse buying. Try the 30-day rule: wait 30 days after the first time you decide you want to buy a product, then see if you need it.

Saving transport energy to save our planet

Go local-and not just with food. It's simple: goods need to be transported to market. Transport uses fuel. The shorter the distance, the less energy required. Look for products made and grown close to home. For listings of local farmer's markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food delivery, check here:
Also, for products that don't need to be shipped from overseas.

Don't whitewash it-Reach for Unbleached!

Chlorine-free paper is an environmentally preferable alternative to paper bleached with chlorine. Chlorine and its derivatives (such as chlorine dioxide, the most common bleaching agents used by the pulp and paper industry) are quite harmful to the environment, particularly the aquatic environment.

There are very few sources of information identifying chlorine-free papers available for purchase. One known source is Conservatree's Paper Guide, which identifies some PCF and TCF printing and writing papers.
Chlorine-Free Products Association: The Chlorine Free Products Association is a unique trade association representing companies dedicated to implementing advanced technologies, and/or, groups supporting products free of chlorine chemistry.
Conservatree's "Chlorine Free Processing": A comprehensive information source about chlorine used in the paper manufacture process.

Be a good neighbor to our salmon

Salmon are the ultimate in loyal neighbors. They swim thousands of miles through the ocean, past predators and fishing nets, around locks and other barriers, to return where they hatched and spawn a new generation, right in our backyards!
Whether your garden is two feet or two miles from the nearest stream, lake or Puget Sound, it affects salmon. Everything that runs off your property into storm drains eventually washes through their habitat. Better garden design and care can reduce runoff, conserve water, preserve habitat and keep harmful chemicals out of the water. Every time we plant, mow, fertilize, water or control pests in our gardens we can choose methods that aid salmon recovery. Every Seattle gardener can make a difference! For more information go to and search for "Salmon Friendly Gardener".

Healthy yard tips

Want to reduce your yard's carbon footprint? Five steps you can take...
  • Reduce the size of your lawn.
  • Consider replacing areas or the entire lawn with a native wildflower meadow.
  • No watering neccessary after your plants are established.
  • Use hand tools instead of power equipment.
  • Use materials with low embodied energy.
  • Use recycled brick for the patio, or wood chips or leaf mulch in the garden for weed control.
  • Reduce heating and cooling bills for your home by planting native trees and shrubs where they will block winter winds and provide shade in the summer.
Having a garden that goes easy on the atmosphere requires changing some routine practices, but ultimately is both better for the environment and less trouble to maintain.

Healthy yard tips

Want to reduce your yard's carbon footprint? Five steps you can take...
  • Reduce the size of your lawn.
  • Consider replacing areas or the entire lawn with a native wildflower meadow.
  • No watering neccessary after your plants are established.
  • Use hand tools instead of power equipment.
  • Use materials with low embodied energy.
  • Use recycled brick for the patio, or wood chips or leaf mulch in the garden for weed control.
  • Reduce heating and cooling bills for your home by planting native trees and shrubs where they will block winter winds and provide shade in the summer.
Having a garden that goes easy on the atmosphere requires changing some routine practices, but ultimately is both better for the environment and less trouble to maintain.

Healthy Soil = Healthy Lawn

Maintaining healthy soil through organic lawn practices is the most important step in pest and weed control.
  • Thorough infrequent watering, soil building, ph balance and reduction of rainfall runoff will reduce pest problems.
  • Raise your mower blade 1.5 to 3" to shade the root system and hold moisture in the roots.
  • Pull those weeds!
Healthy soil = healthy lawn and garden = great environment for beneficial insects and wildlife!

Stay Hydrated...Stay Green!!

Three simple points on why a re-re-usable water bottle is best:
  • It's better for the environment. Producing one bottle takes fewer resources and creates less pollution than the production of bottled water. Each refill saves a disposable plastic bottle from being made.
  • A reusable bottle costs less over a relatively short amount of time. If you are buying bottled water each time you could be refilling a reusable bottle with tap water, you're throwing money away.
  • Drinking from a reusable bottle is just as healthy as bottled water. With tap water being tested by local, state, and federal agencies, there is no reason to believe that it is less safe or clean than bottled water.
  • Questions on how to choose a bottle? Go to and search for "Water Bottle".

Winterize for Comfort and Savings

Each winter, much of the heat in older homes is lost through cracks and crevices. Take note of the spaces in your home where you see cracks of light or feel cold air coming in. Check areasaround recessed lighting, dryer vents, water pipes exiting the home, the atic door, and other exhaust and heating pipes for space around the outside of the line. As appropriate, use caulk, weather stripping or insulaiton to seal the spaces. Consider heavier curtains or insulated shades to cut down on window heat loss. Winterizing your home can keep you comfortable and promote energy savings during winter heating months.

The right de-icer for your sidewalk and driveway

They are not all alike. Salts and nitrates in them quickly run off the streets and sidewalks where they kill soil life, grass, trees and other plants, and aquatic life in runoff to waterways. (Salt water can also cause concrete to "spall".) Instead of using salt this winter, choose a de-icer made from calcium magnesium acetate (CMA), potassium chloride (KCl), or calcium chloride (CaCl2) to melt the ice around your home or business. Some of these products can be applied right before a snowstorm to help prevent build-up of ice and snow. They are considered non-toxic and non-corrosive, so if used as directed they won't harm people, pets or property. With the right de-icer, safe winter travel means streets and sidewalks that are clear of snow and ice and free of harmful chemicals, too!


Legend of the Quetzel Bird

A long time ago, there was a great fire in the forest that covered the Earth. People and animals started to run, trying to escape the fire. The owl, Tecototl, was running away but noticed a small bird hurrying back and forth between the nearest river and the fire, picking up small drops of water in its beak, then returning to the fire to throw that tiny bit of water on the flame. Owl approached the Quetzal bird and yelled, "What are you doing? Are you stupid? You are not going to achieve anything by doing that. You must run for your life."

Quetzal bird stopped for a moment, then looked at the owl and answered, "I am doing the best I can with what I have."

At that, Owl went to the river & took up water into its beak. Others followed.

It is remembered by our grandparents that a long time ago the forests that covered our Earth were saved from a great fire by a small quetzal bird, by Owl, and by many other animals and people who got together to put out the flame.

An Aztec story

While we parishioners may have diverse thoughts on what the most urgent injustices are in our world, and different views on how to bring about justice, all of us recognize that life is threatened on our planet and we thirst for justice.

We as the OLL Justice and Peace Committee have come to realize that we can and are called to act for justice using whatever resources we have - our voice, our money, our physical skills, and our inner energies of compassion and solidarity, expressed in prayers from heart and head.

Recently, our committee has studied how we can use investments - individually and collectively owned - to move our world towards justice. In the process, we studied Principles for USCCB Investments and opened a conversation with our Seattle Bishops about how the Archdiocese works with these. (Letter is on OLL website.) Bishop Mueggenborg replied for the Bishops. In his comments, he affirmed that this indeed is a field and opportunity for Catholic witness, advocacy and action.

Ways investments can be used for the common good

1. Invest in companies that support Catholic Social Principles. (Some are listed below.)
  • Ask your investment manager what screening is done to avoid investing in companies with unethical practices. (This action alone raises consciousness!)
  • Direct your investment manager to use Catholic Social principles as a guide in selection.
  • Invest in a particular corporation because of its ethical practice; write to inform the company of your choice.
2. Practice shareholder activism.
  • Vote your shareholder resolution (If you don't, your vote goes with management.)
  • Support a group (NWCRI, ICCR - see back resources.) which advocates for justice by developing shareholder resolutions and bringing them to shareholder meetings.
  • Ask an organization to which you belong about their investments, what guidelines they use, whether they have considered being the sponsor of a shareholder resolution to effect change within a corporation.
3. Philanthropic investing
Invest (with an expectation of return) in deserving people or groups that will use your loan to improve lives and protect the planet.
  • Community Development Loan Funds
  • Groups involved in microfinancing.
4. Divest.
If a corporation engages in practices contrary to Catholic Social Principles and refuses to dialogue about policy change, consider divesting and informing the company about your decision.

1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person
2. Call to Community and Participation
3. Rights and Responsibilities
4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
5. Dignity of Work
6. Solidarity
7. Care of God's Creation


Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment (NWCRI)
Based in Seattle, NWCRI acts for corporate chage through dialogue with companies and shareholder resolutions.

Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility
(Umbrella entity for faith-based shareholder activities)

Grameen Foundation
(One of the first micro-loan groups; lots of partners)
(Loan as little as $25 to create opportunity around the world.)

US SIF: Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
(Learn about sustainable, responsible, impact investing.)



Raise Awareness
  • Ask a retailer what the working conditions are where their goods are manufactured.
  • Ask a store to carry fair trade / direct trade products.
  • Write the CEO or board of a corporation asking questions about: work conditions; wage standards; health/safety policies; efforts to make "sustainable" products, or produce them in sustainable ways; gender equity on boards and in leadership.
  • Ask your health care provider, insurer, pharmacist what they know about the availability of the medication you use to people in need of it globally.
  • If you are not purchasing a particular product, tell the merchant why.
Get Educated
  • Do a web search on "impact invexting", "shareholder activism"< Catholic Social Principles".
  • Research a fund, manager or company to determine if it aligns with your values. (Eg: can tell you if a mutual fund invests in companies that manufacture weapons.)
Try voting a shareholder resolution.
  • A vote NOT cast by the shareholder is considered support for the management point of view. Many shareholder resolutions are non-controversial, but practice with some of these! Then, when something substantive comes along that could make corporation policy more just, you'll be ready!
  • Encourage groups which exercise shareholder activism/advocacy (NWCRI, ICCR) by donation, reading their materials, a word of encouragement.

  • OLL Parishioners have taken on the praying the following prayers daily for peace:

    Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

    Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
    where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master,
    grant that I may not so much seek
    to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood as to understand;
    to be loved, as to love;
    for is is in giving that we receive,
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    and it is in dying that we are born
    to eternal life.

    Muslim, Jewish, Christian Prayer for Peace
    By Joan Chittister, OSB
    From Pax Christi USA/Fellowship of Reconciliation

    O God, you are the source
    of life and peace.
    Praised by your name forever.
    We know it is you who turn
    our minds to thoughts of peace.
    Hear our prayer in this time of war.

    Your power changes hearts.
    Muslims, Christian, and Jews remember,
    and profoundly affirm,
    that they are followers of the one God,
    children of Abraham, brothers and sisters;
    enemies begin to speak to one another;
    those who were estranged
    join hands in friendship;
    nations seek the way of peace together.

    Strengthen our resolve to give witnesss
    to these truths by the way we live.

    Give to us:
    Understanding that puts an end to strife;
    Mercy that quenches hatred; and
    Forgiveness that overcomes vengeance.

    Empower all people to live in your law of love.