A Cathedral’s Complicity in Redlining and Restrictive Covenants

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The Rev. Canon Carla Robinson
Canon for Multicultural Ministries and Community Transformation, Diocese of Olympia

Multicultural Ministries and Community Transformation



Sophie Betz
Research Associate, The University of Washington

Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project



E.N. West
Lead Organizer, The Church Council of Greater Seattle 

Faith Land Initiative



The Very Rev. Steve Thomason
Dean and Rector, Saint Mark's Cathedral 

Affordable Housing on the St. Nicholas Site


WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2024, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family)

A Cathedral's Complicity in Redlining and Restrictive Covenants 

Telling the Truth for a More Just Future

As Saint Mark’s Cathedral considers redeveloping the St. Nicholas property for affordable housing, there is an opportunity to reflect on the history of North Capitol Hill in which racial redlining and restrictive covenants discriminated against people of color. Segregation suppressed homeownership and wealth building opportunities for people of color and has contributed to ongoing impact of housing inequities. Join to learn more about Seattle’s unique civil rights history and racial segregation and consider how church communities have responsibility to honestly face this and respond in just ways in our time.

A complete video, links, and resources are now available below: 


The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

from Leading Racial and Public History Projects: Lessons from Faith, Race, and the Lost Cause:

from The Episcopal Church:

from the University of Washington:

from Zooniverse.org:

from The Church Council of Greater Seattle:

4 Responses

  1. Kathy Dawson
    | Reply

    I’m interested in this event, but may have to attend online. What is the url for the session?

  2. Emily Meeks
    | Reply

    Hi, Kathy – thanks for your interest in attending. Yes the event is available online. The URL is included in the description above (see “online via Zoom” and copy or click the link).

  3. Leanne Skooglund
    | Reply

    I’m sorry that I’m not able to attend this evening in person or by zoom. Will you be providing a recording? Thank you.

    • Saint Mark's Cathedral

      Thanks for your interest, Leanne. YES, a video will be posted on this page a few days following the event.

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