Bystander Intervention Training

Sunday, September 30, 1-3:30 p.m. at University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16th Ave NE (U-District)

[Note: registration is likely to fill soon.]

Not sure what to do when someone is being harassed at the bus stop? Want to increase your comfort and competence in helping out when someone is being targeted because of race, immigration status, or religion?

Last summer, UUC’s Immigrant Justice group hosted a Bystander Intervention Training that was offered by the Washington Initiative (WAI). It was well-received and registration filled. Then, in the fall, some UUC congregants attended the same training hosted at Temple Beth Am. In September, University Congregational Church, in the U-District, is offering the training. A few spots remain – UUC congregants are invited to register.

Considering the likelihood that any of us may observe an incident wherein someone is mistreated, abused or harassed by another, the need for this training may be stronger than ever. Link to more details and registration information.
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Goals for this training include:

  • Raise awareness of helping behaviors
  • Increase one’s motivation to help
  • Develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns\
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of self and others.

Space is limited to the first 30 who sign up. To register, email your name and list UUC as your congregation to Bystanderucucc@gmail.com. Priority is given to congregations, like UUC, involved in the U-District Rapid Response & Sanctuary Hub.

About the Washington Initiative (WAI):
The Seattle branch of an international grassroots volunteer organization known as The Initiative Collective, the Washington Initiative seeks to engage everyday citizens in addressing community issues. The Washington Initiative and its Team Leader/Trainer, Krystal Marx, are leaders in the fields of bystander intervention and self-defense training in the Seattle area.

4 Responses

  1. Sharon Victor says:

    I would like to participate in this Bystander training. Not clear if this is the correct place to do it. You can call me at 206 782 0402. or e-mail

    • Janine Larsen says:

      Hi Sharon – not sure if you got a response to this already, but just in case here is the registration info (from the article on the front page of uuchurch.org): To register, email your name and list UUC as your congregation to Bystanderucucc@gmail.com. Space is limited to the first 30 who sign up. Priority is given to congregations, like UUC, involved in the U-District Rapid Response & Sanctuary Hub.

      Thanks for asking, Sharon. Hope it’s not too late for you to get in!
      – Janine Larsen

  2. Marcia P Helme says:

    I would like to register for the September 30th training on bystander intervention.  I am a long-time UU, and I currently attend the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church.

    I once observed a man on a crowded bus intervene very successfully when people were telling a handicapped person she couldn’t board because there was no room.
    The man who chose to intervene was sitting next to  me.  He dumped his laptop in my lap, moved to the front of the bus, engaged the bus driver, and asked one  seated woman if she would be willing to move to the back of the bus.  She did.  It all worked out, all some of the initial grumblers continued to grumble.

    I thought at the time that I’d like to do that sort of thing (intervene, not grumble).

    Marcia Helme
    425-640-9224
    marcia0417@gmail.com

    • Dear Ms. Helme,

      I just forwarded your request to the registration email address. I trust you will hear from them shortly.

      Sincerely,
      Susan St. John
      UUC Communications Coordinator