Olympia's Community Calendar
Welcome to the South Sound Buddhist Peace Fellowship...
Several Thurston County groups are developing a community "hub" calendar for activists in the South Sound area. See the pilot
and read about the concept of a hub calendar
Actions Are Back
You can now get to Actions for South Sound Activists by clicking Action on the main menu and then selecting
South Sound Actions
off the drop down.
We are the South Sound chapter of the
Buddhist Peace Fellowship,
an international network of
BPF work includes sparking conversation at the intersection of Buddhism and social justice, training Buddhist political activists,
and mobilizing people to action from a Buddhist perspective.
We seek to bring peace, compassion, love and equanimity
to political and social activism, working in collaboration with other organizations and individuals.
We generally meet the first and third Sundays each month, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at 418 Percival St. NW, Olympia WA 98502.
Please contact us or check our
calendar to make sure there has not been a change.
Upcoming Local Events...
- For events held by like-minded local groups in the Olympia / Thurston County area visit the local calendar at
- To dive deeper into Nonviolent Communication there will be a Workshop on Wednesday September 6,
offered by the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County.
This will be a special community workshop presented by skilled trainer Liv Monroe
from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St NW, Olympia.
- On Tuesday, August 15, members of SSBPF attended the Interfaith Vigil to Stand with Charlottesville outside Olympia City Hall.
- On Sunday Brian Boyd provided Non-Violent Communication Training to about 15 members at Carolyn's house. For more on NVC, see Marshal Rosenberg's youtube
- On Tuesday July 11, 2017, we met at the City Hall for a rally to support the Resolution to Investigate Impeachment.
Setting an intention for the benefit of all beings was an
action on our blog. See positive messages by Robert
here, by Sharon and Claire
here and by Dayna's guest
- On Friday July 7, 2017 several of us attended the Open Hearts, Open Doors, First Friday for a wonderful interfaith visit to the Islamic Center of Olympia.
See Mary's photos and narrative about the visit on our
- On Thursday July 6, 2017, 7 pm to 9 pm, many people enjoyed a celebration of the Dalai Lama's birthday celebration at The Olympia Center. Stay tuned for more.
- On Sunday June 11, 2017, we joined the
Equality March for Unity & Pride
in Olympia. It started with entertainment and speakers in Sylvester Park. We then marched to the State Capitol for a rally there with many great speakers.
Here is a great speech by
Renata Collins. (Please send us links to videos if you recorded other voices at this event.)
- We had a small contingent in the
Capitol City Pride Parade on Saturday June 17, 2017.
Thank you, Honza Harcuba, from the Czech Republic for joining us. It was great showing you Pride in Olympia!
- Friday June 2, 2017:
Members of the SSBPF and friends joined up with the weekly Fellowship of Reconciliation Friday peace vigil at Percival Landing on a beautiful afternoon to protest Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
Go to our
to see photos.
Many of us were
wearing orange to observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day. For background on NGVA day and last year's event, click
- About 200 people gathered at the Capitol on Thursday May 11, 2017 to help deliver 1,000,000 statements from citizens to the Governor
urging him to stand up to oil in Washington State. For more information go to
Stand Up to Oil.
After the rally, organizers hosted a great lunch where we got to meet others from the various groups that participated.
The effort to defeat coal and oil transport through our state's waterways, roads and railways is succeeding.
Of 7 oil terminals targeted to oppose, 5 have been already defeated.
Take action to say no to the largest proposed oil terminal in North America headed for Vancouver, WA. Send a letter to decision makers to add your voice
. For more photos, go to our blog's
- Our team was the biggest fundraiser for the 37th Annual Thurston County CROP walk on Sunday May 7, 2017, bringing in more than $3200 to help end hunger. Thank you everyone, but especiaally Uli and Robert.
Watch a video about the event by The Olympian
with a nice group photo on their Facebook page
Proceeds from the walk are distributed to a variety of local, national and even international organizations.
- We attended the March for Science-Olympia on Saturday April 22 where an
4,000 to 5,000
marched from the Washington State Capitol to Heritage Park on Capitol Lake.
- Sharon and Robert took part in May's