COMMUNITY MATTERS

We Heal Not in Isolation

A supportive community is vital to a healthy society, and community wellness is equally important to individual wellness.

Community Matters programs are an opportunity for people of all cultures, races, faiths, and gender identities to connect and converse about wellness and everything that entails; personal wellness, family wellness, and wellness in the world. How do we foster a vision of a wellness community that cares for all, with an understanding of our deep and profound connection to each other? Our intention is to create forums for real-talk, in-person conversations in a space that is safe and respectful.

Together, we can make the difference within ourselves that we wish to see in the world, by taking responsibility and showing up, one conversation at a time. It is through direct, willing engagement we can be the change we wish to see toward building a nation of neighbors.

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Move&Groove With Community!
Saturday, September 16 at 6:30-8pm
Bellevue Family Y: 14230 Bel Red Road, Bellevue, WA
RSVP/more info on Facebook

For this year’s annual Welcoming America Week, the Wellness Professionals Network and Bellevue Y are sponsoring a free community dance party to connect new and long-time residents in a spirit of unity. All are welcome to this family-friendly event, and no dance experience needed. DJ music with Diana Ruiz, freestyle dance, and some instructor led dances (Bellydance, Bollywood, Bulgarina, Zumba, and more),

Through the universal language of music and movement, we build connections, strengthen a sense of belonging for everyone, celebrate our richly diverse community, and have a great time together. Your dance. Our dance. Join us

Full calendar of Welcoming America Week events HERE


COMMUNITY MATTERS: You Belong
Tuesday, Sept 19, 6:30-8pm
Redmond Library: 15990 NE 85th Street
Free community event. Save your spot here!

You belong. Whether you’ve lived somewhere your whole life or just recently arrived in your new home, a sense of belonging can be hard to come by. This sense of belonging isn’t just good for personal health and happiness; it’s critical for community health as well. How can we create a stronger sense of belonging for ourselves and others?

Join us for an evening of conversation exploring how to overcome challenges that can keep us isolated and even divided from one another. We hope to:
· Bring people together who may not normally get a chance to know each other
· Engage in meaningful conversation that honors our diverse perspectives
· Inspire small, but powerful actions that strengthen our sense of belonging and the health of our community

This event is sponsored by the Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition (ERIC), the Wellness Professionals Network and the Redmond Library as part of Welcoming Week, a national celebration that brings together U.S. born residents, established immigrants, and newcomers to increase awareness and to build stronger unity across differences. Free event open to all ages. Registration recommended but not required.

Full calendar of Welcoming America Week events HERE


COMMUNITY MATTERS
What We Have In Common: Three Faith Traditions

Tues PM, Nov 28: 7-8:30pm
Redmond Library: 15990 NE 85th Street
Free community event. Save your spot here!

A supportive community is vital to a healthy society. Community Matters gatherings are opportunities for people of all cultures, races, faiths, and gender identities to connect and converse about wellness and everything that entails; personal wellness, family wellness, and wellness in the world.

Join us for a conversation related to the lives and faith of three friends - a Muslim interfaith leader, a Christian Pastor, and a Jewish Rabbi. At a time of growing divisiveness and misinformation in our country, share in this opportunity to learn more about the commonalities of three faith traditions, and how they are driven by their faith toward good works, unity, and justice for all.

Interfaith Leaders:
Aneelah Afzali, Attorney, Interfaith Leader, Director, at Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
Rev. Ellie VerGowe, Pastor at First Covenant Church
Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick, Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Am

This event is sponsored by Wellness Professionals Network, Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition, and the Redmond Library, in an effort to support community wellness and build stronger unity across differences.

All are welcome. Registration recommended but not required.