Paul Houston Blankenship
Paul Houston Blankenship is the interim pastor at North Seattle Friends. A new Quaker, Paul’s leading is is to help our church continue growing into healing friendship with Jesus and the world. Having grown up living and working with people experiencing homelessness in San Diego, Paul’s heart is to understand how Friends in Seattle and beyond can respond effectively to the intersectional crisis of homelessness so that everyone has access to a safe, humanizing, and affordable home. Paul is a recent PhD graduate of Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, has taught at a number of universities, and published his writing widely.
Director of Quilting
Patty Federighi’s ministry of quilting is a gift to us all. North Seattle Friends Church has a rich history of quilting, including: Stone Soup Quilters, who make quilts for cancer patients in hospitals (meeting Monday mornings at 10am) and the “Peace Through Pieces” a ministry that offers quilt making as one means of trauma healing for central African women’s support groups. In December 2005, Patty and Carolann Palmer went to Burundi to research starting a quilting ministry. In December 2006, they returned and taught classes in quilting. In April 2007, Patty returned to see how they were doing, and they exceeded all expectations.