Olympia Charter for Compassion

The Olympia community has experienced acts of physical and verbal violence against persons of color, gay, lesbian, and transgender persons, and those of different religious traditions. These acts erode the spirit and purpose of true community.

We seek to reach out to all members of our community, including those who are most vulnerable, to make sure that needs are met, shelter is provided and access to services is guaranteed.

As representatives and members of faith communities, we are rooted in spiritual traditions and teachings about how we are to be in this world, and we bring our spiritual values to bear on these and other civic issues, and we urge others to do the same.

To that end, we, the faith communities of Olympia, submit our statement of shared values that we hope the larger community will adopt as a standard of behavior and as a tool for dialogue as we seek to live together in a way that nurtures the well-being of all people.

  • As a community, we recognize the inherent worth and dignity of all persons. In doing so, we strive to practice respect and compassion towards one another, engage in civil dialogue, honor each individual as we ourselves would like to be honored.
  • As a community, we recognize our interdependence. In doing so, we strive to work collaboratively, bringing all voices to the table to solve community issues for the benefit of everyone.
  • As a community, we believe we must create a society where all people are able to live into their best selves. In doing so, we use our best efforts to work together for the common good. This means that public officials and citizens speak out with one voice against bigotry, racism, and religious prejudice.
  • As a community, we strive to live our shared values as we work to build a community that welcomes and respects the unique gifts brought by all those who make up our diverse Olympia community.
Rev. Amy Walters LaCroix
Rabbi Seth Goldstein
Rev. Carol McKinley
Rev. Thomas Perchlik
Rev. Terry Murray
Rev. Amy Elizabeth Hessel
Rev. Robert C. Laird
Rev. Howard E. Ullery
Rev Ed Lovelady
Rev. Donald Maddux
Rev. Wendy Taylor
Rev. Resa Eileen Raven
Rev. Nancy Yount
Rev. Dr. William Hardwick
Rev. Kathleen Bellefeuille-Rice
Pastor Elizabeth Ullery Swenson
Rev. Katherine Keough
Rev. Tammy Stampfli
Rev. Peter K. Perry
Corey Passons, Interfaith Minister
Pastor Doug Dornhecker
Rev. Molly Knutson-Keller
Rev. Doug Knutson-Keller
Rev. Terri Lolcama
Rev. Sandy Ward
Rev. Emily Melcher
Rev Melinda E Holloway
Rev. Dr. John Van Eenwyk
Rev. Dr. Diane S. Whalen
Olympia City Council
Mayor Cheryl Selby
Jessica Bateman
Nathaniel Jones
Clark Gilman
Julie Hankins
Jeannine Roe
Jim Cooper
Olympia City Officials
E.J. Zita, Commissioner, Port of Olympia
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Communities of Faith

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Statements

A Letter of Support for Deschutes Parkway Encampment Residents

This letter was submitted to the Thurston County Commissioners ahead of their meeting on January 11, 2021. To the Thurston County Commissioners and County Manager: We, the members of the Concerned Clergy of Olympia, are writing to you today to voice support for the persons currently receiving shelter after being displaced from the Deschutes encampment […]

Response to the Death of Vaneesa Hopson

We, Concerned Clergy of Olympia, express our sadness at the death of Vaneesa Hopson on February 7, 2018, who died after being chemically restrained. We send our condolences to Vaneesa’s family and friends and offer our prayers of healing for our community. “As a community, we recognize the inherent worth and dignity of all persons”, […]

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Statement on Black Lives Matter

June 16, 2020

Concerned Clergy of Olympia is firmly in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the pursuit of racial justice in our community. The death of George Floyd, which sparked the recent demonstrations in Olympia and across the country, is not just an individual tragedy, but further evidence of a long history of systemic violence, oppression, and murder of People of Color in the United States.

We are also troubled about the presence of armed militia groups that have begun to appear in Olympia in response to the BLM demonstrations. While everyone has the right to peaceably assemble, rights need to be balanced with responsibilities. The presence of those representing hateful ideologies and openly carrying weapons of violence is destabilizing and threatening, and undermines the important work of peacemaking and the pursuit of justice that is at the heart of the recent BLM protests.

In keeping with the spirit of the Olympia Charter for Compassion, we call on city leadership to examine how the City of Olympia can further the cause of racial justice, including how to best pursue matters of public safety. We ask that the city take any and all action that can be taken to limit the presence of armed civilians, and affirm that ideologies of white supremacy, hate, and oppression of those most marginalized are not welcome here.

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Concerned Clergy of Olympia

Concerned Clergy of Olympia is a coalition of religious leaders collaborating on social and civic issues impacting the greater Olympia community. Rooted in the shared understanding of our inter-connectedness, we gather in solidarity across religious traditions to uphold the values of our faiths in the public square.

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