Navigating diversity, unity in small towns, organizers bring ‘Live the Change we Seek’ event to Snoqualmie Valley

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now,” said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr so many years ago.

This week organizers of a local event event aimed at thoughtfully celebrating the impact of Reverend King, hope to bring the community together and inspire others to live the change they might seek.

Organizers say this is the first time in Snoqualmie Valley history when musicians, writers, activists, artists, families and neighbors from throughout this region (and beyond) will gather to celebrate the national holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Live the Change we Seek event happens on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 2PM – 3:30PM at United Methodist Church (UMC) in historic downtown Snoqualmie, 38701 River Street.

In addition to local artists and activists, the event features Washington State poet laureate Tod Marshall, along with Rebekah Demirel and Sinan Demirel, contributing journalists at Seattle-based non-profit news website, Crosscut.  Gary Schwartz, founder of Valley Center Stage, and  Seattle songwriter/storyteller Reggie Garrett will also be part of the inaugural event

United Methodist’s Chancel Choir will perform one of Dr. King’s favorite hymns, and be joined by Soundfalls director Maren Van Nostrand with members of Carnation’s Tolt Congregational Church choir to lead a community sing-along. Food will also be featured – with a Melting PotLuck Tasting menu prepared and donated by local chefs.  

Event organizers explained,   The menu, along with this entire program, is specifically designed to reflect the unique and vibrant diversity that defines America’s communities.  Our goal with this event is to embody the culture of inclusion we want for our community and to inspire ongoing promotion of socio-cultural understanding and diversity in the Snoqualmie Valley.  This event is all about actually living the kind of change we seek for our community and world.”

For more details about this event, and the grass root campaign that inspired it, visit

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