UCC church in Seattle hosts totem pole blessing

TPJ UCC articleUniversity Congregational United Church of Christ, an Earth Ministry Greening Congregation, hosted the Seattle leg of the 2017 Totem Pole Journey. The totem pole stopped in Seattle on October 14. University UCC opened its doors to more than 350 people who came to learn more about the totem pole, the Lummi Nation, and their 2016 victory in defeating a proposed coal terminal in Cherry Point, WA. Earth Ministry’s Jessie Dye and Meighan Pritchard were also interviewed for this article. Learn more about the Totem Pole Journey, and University UCC’s role in hosting this event, in the article below. 

UCC church in Seattle hosts totem pole blessing

October 19, 2017 

United Church of Christ News

Written by Meighan Pritchard 

An environmental victory in the Pacific Northwest has been marked by a totem pole blessing at a Seattle UCC church. 

University Congregational UCC hosted “Kwel’ Hoy Totem Pole Journey,” which gathered members of the Lummi Nation, other Pacific Northwest tribes, environmental groups, and people of faith on Saturday, Oct.14, to bless a new totem pole en route to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. 

“For the UCC, which launched its Three Great Loves campaign at General Synod this past summer, this gathering was an example of what love of neighbor and love of creation look like at their best,” said the Rev. Meighan Pritchard, UCC environmental curriculum trainer and pastor of Prospect Congregational UCC, also in Seattle. 

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