Many Voices, One Song



• The Seattle Kokon Taiko Drummers, Acclaimed Japanese American Drum Performance Group

• The Mount Zion Baptist Church Inspirational Choir, Under the Direction of Phyllis Byrdwell

• Captain Smartypants, An Ensemble of the Seattle Men’s Chorus 

• Tiferet, Jewish Vocal Ensemble

• Bailadores de Bronce, Mexican Folkloric Dance Group

Kevin Gallagher, Sign Language Interpreter
Rev. Debra Jarvis, Emcee

THURSDAY • APRIL 24th • 7:00 PM
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue (Harvard & Union on First Hill)

Tickets are $15.

All tickets are eligible for a drawing on an original quilt or a free massage from Caruh Salon and Spa.

This “New York Nights” quilt was designed and created by Multifaith Works volunteer, Martha Thompson (All Pilgrims Christian Church AIDS CareTeam) It is 75” x 56” and valued at $850. The winner of the quilt will be chosen by drawing at “Many Voices, One Song” on April 24th.

Multifaith Works Announces Transition for Executive Director

Dear Friends of Multifaith Works:

After eleven-plus years at the helm of Multifaith Works, the time has come for us to thank Rabbi Anson Laytner for an outstanding period of service to the agency, and to wish him our congratulations upon a new venture: Anson will become the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (Seattle Chapter) beginning February 1, 2005.

As Executive Director of the Seattle Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, Anson will have ever increasing opportunities for writing, teaching, interfaith dialogue, policy and cultural studies. The American Jewish Committee may be best known, locally, for organizing the annual Jewish Film Festival, and you may learn more by visiting The motto of the AJC is, advancing democracy, pluralism and mutual understanding. Anson will bring a wellspring of gifts to this mission, and we wish him the very best!

You will, of course, be interested to know about transition planning. Although it is a difficult time of year for such measures, the Executive Committee of the Board is moving quickly to appoint a small Transition Task Force to shepherd Multifaith Works in two critical arenas: (1) to recruit, interview and hire an Interim Executive Director for a period of 3-6 months of service, a period which will include a search process for a new Executive Director; and (2) to organize a Celebration & Farewell Event to honor the great work of Rabbi Laytner over the past eleven years. We are making plans to do the latter in conjunction with the Americal Jewish Committee (Seattle Chapter) in order to honor Anson and to feature both organizations with which he is so connected.

Multifaith is now also partnering with in a program to help young adults take charge of their lives through personal development. You can visit here.

News of this scope is never easy. Still, we are fortunate to have enjoyed the stability of two executive directors over a 16 year history. I am confident that our next steps will be positive for the future of Multifaith Works. Please join me in wishing Anson congratulations and best wishes!

With every good wish I am,


The Rev. Peter Drury
Board President, Multifaith Works
Co-Pastor, All Pilgrims Church

Dear Friends,

I am writing to let you know that, after eleven extraordinary years as Executive Director of Multifaith Works, the time has come for me to move on to new challenges in our community. In February, I will become the Executive Director of the Seattle Chapter of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), a Jewish public affairs organization that safeguards the Jewish community by advancing democracy, pluralism and mutual understanding. AJC may be best known locally for organizing the annual Jewish Film Festival. You can learn more by visiting the organization™s website:

It is not without regrets that I leave my position here, because this organization™s mission fits me like a tailor-made suit. The combination of interfaith relations and hands-on service is as compelling to me today as it was when I first heard about it from the late Rev. Gwen Beighle™s lips.

My years with Multifaith Works have been a remarkable period of my life. I am honored to have had the opportunity to nurture the fragile sapling of Gwen’s vision, then-called Multifaith AIDS Projects, and to see it grow into the sturdy tree that Multifaith Works is today. I am also honored to have met and worked with so many dedicated people – clients, staff, donors, and volunteers – from so many different kinds of spiritual perspectives and backgrounds.

Here at Multifaith Works, we talk about the mutuality of all that we do, that clients help us as much as we help them. I can only hope that my contribution to Multifaith Works comes close to matching all that I have gained from the organization and the many people associated with it. I want you to know that I will always remember the good will, spirited commitment and the incredible compassion shown by everyone associated with Multifaith Works. It truly has been a wonderful decade.

Multifaith Works, along with other AIDS service organizations, will be facing significant challenges in the years ahead. It will continue to need your support regardless of who is at its helm. I plan to continue my involvement with the agency. Please let Multifaith Works know that it can continue to count on you as well. The work of building a community of compassion is as urgent as ever.

Thank you for the support that you have shown me and Multifaith Works over the years.

With best wishes,

Rabbi Anson Laytner
Executive Director, Multifaith Works


ahura_smallAhura Peace Necklaces 
“Ahura” is derived from the Zoroastrianism meaning, “Good Spirit” or “Angel.” 16″ pewter chain with 4″ extension, 11 pewter faith symbol charms. $25 each. Click on image for a larger photo.


hozho_thumbHozho Peace Necklaces 
Hozho is the Navajo work for “A way of life.” Eleven pewter faith symbol charms dangle from a black waxed cotton cord that adjusts from 16″ to 14.” $25 each.



cpinjpinChristian and Jewish AIDS Pins  

Show your support of people living with AIDS in the context of your faith. Christian pin is white with white cross & red ribbon. Jewish pin is gold with a red Star of David. $5 each, and $4 each with orders of 50 or more.

mugs.thumbMultifaith Works Mugs  
These handsome mugs feature 11 faith symbols and the Multifaith Works logo. White with dark forest green lettering. $10 each. 


Multifaith Works Tshirts & Hats  
Our Multifaith Works Tshirts are a cheerful red color – with our home page design on the back, and the Multifaith Works logo on the front left. $15 each.

Multifaith Works hats are our newest clothing item! They are tan, sporty, and available either with the Multifaith Works logo, or the Multifaith Works AIDS CareTeam logo. $12 each.

Challenging Myself, Deepening My Faith:
A Curriculum Challenging Faith Based Homophobia

This curriculum is a collection of four lesson plans addressing attitudes toward homosexuality in different faith communities. The lesson plans are written from the Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist traditions, as well as a session appropriate for any faith tradition. The curriculum is accompanied by a four-segment video focusing on personal stories. Cost is $20 for the curriculum and video.

Ariel MS House: Multiple Sclerosis Joint Housing Venture

First in the Nation
Together, Multifaith Works and the 
Multiple Sclerosis Association of King County (MSA) and have developed one of the first housing and supportive services programs in the country for people moderately disabled by multiple sclerosis. The joint venture capitalizes on the expertise of both agencies: Multifaith Works’ experience in providing supportive housing for people disabled by AIDS and the MSA’s experience in caring for people with MS.

Until our joint venture, people disabled with MS had no alternative to moving into nursing homes or other congregate care facilities, despite their young age and the fact that they remain mentally alert for most of the disease’s duration.

A generous donor contributed a house for the joint venture after touring several of Multifaith Works’ Multifaith AIDS Projects houses. Making the house wheelchair accessible came next. Major contributors include the National MS Society Greater Washington Chapter, the Boeing Employees Community Fund, the Seattle Foundation, and other corporate and individual donors. Named “Ariel House,” the West Seattle home opened in January 2002, and is jointly owned and managed by Multifaith Works and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of King County. 

The Need
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system, and is a chronic condition with no known cause and no known cure. It is not fatal or contagious. It is estimated that there are between 3,000 and 6,000 people in King County alone living with MS, 73% of whom are women. Although people with MS strive to live as independently as possible despite the disease, approximately 20% still end up needing to live in some assisted care facility.

Until our joint venture, people disabled with MS had no alternative to moving into nursing homes or other congregate care facilities, despite their young age and the fact that they remain mentally alert for most of the disease’s duration.

Your Support
The donation of Ariel House was just the beginning. Although the renovations are complete, the house still needs to be maintained, volunteers are regularly needed, and support staff need to be hired. A reserve fund for repairs is also needed.

Living in Ariel MS House
The goal of Ariel House is not just to provide a house, but to create a sense of community and mutual support among the residents. Living in a house designed to be barrier-free, individuals suffering mild to medium effects of MS will support one another, along with the supportive services of the Multiple Sclerosis Association and Multifaith Works.

  •  Ariel MS House houses five residents, with some rooms large enough to house couples.
  • Located in West Seattle, the home is close to shopping and bus lines, a park, and other amenities.
  • Supportive services are provided both through state-funded caregivers and volunteers.
  • The MSA provides case management, rehabilitation and social work services, as well as personal assistance and support.
  • Multifaith Works provides the house management and facilitates resident relations. A special Multifaith Works MS CareTeam of volunteers assist residents of the house.
  • One-to-one emotional support volunteers from Shanti, a program of Multifaith Works, are also available.

Multifaith Works Upcoming Events

2007 Multifaith Works World AIDS Day Luncheon

2007 World AIDS Day Luncheon – Save the Date!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Registration: 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Washington State Convention & Trade Center

To register for the luncheon or to learn more about the event, click here!

 Shanti and CareTeam Trainings

CareTeams will be holding a training on Saturday, October 13th

Seattle First Baptist Church

8:45 am – 4:45 pm

Shanti training will be October 20, 21, 27, and 28. For more information, please contact Brian Halcomb, Volunteer Program

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World AIDS Day Benefit Concert

Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir presents a Gospel Concert of Hope and Healing

Saturday, December 1, 2007

3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Sanctuary of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

An offering will be taken to benefit Multifaith Works

 Fourth Thursday Listening Seminars

A second series of inclusive, interactive spirituality seminars drawing from diverse faith perspectives and our own deeper awareness. Creating a circle of honesty and trust in which participants can reflect, speak, listen and learn with like-hearted companions.

7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. -  Fourth Thursdays of the month.

October 25:        Listening for Spiritual Practice—finding dynamic expression for our deepest yearnings and newest beliefs

November 29:     Listening with Wholeness—containing and integrating pain and joy, rest and activity, soul and body

Facilitator: Trudy James, MRE, hospital chaplain, AIDS CareTeam Specialist for Multifaith Works in Seattle. Trudy has worked with CareTeams for people living with AIDS for 18 years and has facilitated seminars, trainings, small groups, and retreats for volunteers, congregations, health care professionals, people living with AIDS, and  others..

Cost: $30.00 for each seminar/$100 for all four seminars.

Class size limited.

 Swedish Medical Center Spiritual Care Day Seminar

Swedish Medical Center and Multifaith Works present:

What the Dying Teach Us:

Witness to a Naked Journey

Presentations by Megan Cole, Actor and Lecturer and Thomas McCormick, M.Div., D.Min.

Friday, October 19, 2007

8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill

Course description
This interactive seminar will offer opportunities for participants to hone communication skills and empathic presence with the ill and dying through the dialogue and exploration of one’s own mortality, transcultural themes of dying and ethical issues that arise at the end of life.

Course objectives

• Recognize how one’s awareness of one’s own mortality connects to one’s interaction with the dying and impacts empathic patient care

• Identify transcultural themes of dying and ethical dilemmas and their significance for patient-centered care

• Articulate three ways that compassionate care and physical comfort can support the ill and dying

• Identify the stages of loss and grief and their significance for the journey through death

Target audience
The annual Spiritual Care Day Seminar is planned for community pastors and outreach ministers, physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, health-care workers and volunteers.

2007 World AIDS Day Luncheon

Friday, November 30, 2007

Registration: 11:30 a.m. – Lunch and Program: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Washington State Convention & Trade Center


Rev. Debra Jarvis, author of “It’s Not About the Hair” and “Journey Through AIDS”


Megan Cole, Actor and Public Speaker with a Theatrical Presentation

Megan conducts workshops on empathic physician/patient communication and since 2000, has been the artist-in-residence and visiting professor at the University of Texas Medical School of Houston. Megan has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has in recent years made television guest-appearances on “Seinfeld,” “ER,” and “The Practice.” Megan originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer-Prize winning drama “WIT,” a play depicting a woman’s journey through cancer treatment and ultimately death. She now tours with “The Wisdom of WIT,” her solo version of the play. Recent tours have included Johns Hopkins University, Mayo Clinic, Georgetown University and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, among others. Megan leads classes on literature and medicine, and gives numerous public talks on the human face of medicine for health-related and end-of-life care organizations.

Special Awards Ceremony

HIV/AIDS Heroes Award Recipient:

Pat Benson

We honor Pat Benson, a Multifaith Works client who has embraced our Shanti and CareTeams Programs and has made choices  to improve the quality of her life and gain independence.

Corporate Leader Award Recipient: Ben Bridge Jewelers

Recognizing Ben Bridge Jewelers for their event sponsorship, corporate philanthropy and commitment to helping better the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Gwen Beighle Prestigious Committed Service Award Recipient:

Rabbi Anson Laytner, former Multifaith Works Executive Director.

This award is named in honor of the Multifaith Works founder, Rev. Gwen Beighle whose vision and leadership played a vital role in inspiring members of diverse faith communities to unite in service bringing compassion and dignity to those living and dying with HIV/AIDS. The award recognizes Rabbi Laytner for his vision, leadership and commitment to helping people living with HIV/AIDS.

One-to-One Program

Listening is Compassion

Shanti is an organization of volunteers providing emotional support to people affected by HIV/AIDS and other life threatening illnesses. People call Shanti for a variety of reasons: Many need a listener or just someone to talk to; others feel alone or afraid of burdening friends and family. Some people want to share their fears or feelings of grief or loss at the death or illness of a loved one.

We all need a good listener — someone to talk to on a regular basis. Feelings of grief, loneliness, anxiety and anger can be overwhelming when facing illness.

To request a volunteer, please contact Shanti. A staff person will listen to your needs and preferences. We’ll do our best to match you with a volunteer quickly, while respecting your privacy and dignity. Shanti services are completely confidential.

Q: What is a Shanti relationship like? As a client, what can I expect when I contact Shanti?

A: Each relationship is unique and depends on YOUR needs. You and your Shanti volunteer can meet in person or talk on the phone. You will arrange your meeting times and places with your volunteer. You can meet for coffee or go for a walk. Or you might just get together to talk wherever you are. It’s up to you.

To Apply for Services:

  • To apply for services, please contact Shanti.
  • Our staff will listen to your needs and preferences. We will try to match you with a volunteer quickly, while respecting your privacy and dignity.  
    • A staff member will call you and give general information about a potential volunteer match. Likewise, they will also call the volunteer. If everything looks like a good match, phone numbers are exchanged.      
  • You and your new volunteer will then schedule a time to meet. Shanti relationships can be very comforting, supportive, dependable, and stress-free.  
  • All volunteers are carefully screened and receive in-depth training. Peer groups and staff provide on-going support and supervision for our volunteers.

    Shanti welcomes clients and volunteers regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or physical ability.

    Click to learn more about Seattle Shanti volunteer opportunities!