In just a few days, sometime on June 21st, Steve kelly will – quite literally, for the first time in fifteen months – walk out of SeaTac Federal Detention Center into the light of day. I visualize Steve closing his eyes and lifting his face toward Heaven and feeling the warmth of the Sun (should our Northwest weather oblige) on his skin.
This faithful servant of the nonviolent Jesus has done his time at Caesar’s decree. That same decree continues to demand the proverbial pound of flesh, which Steve has steadfastly refused to give, and continues in faithful refusal. Steve’s noncooperation with the edicts of the state while in SeaTac prison slowly but surely chipped away at the walls of the solitary cell (and the very system) in which he was held for so many months.
(this from Steve) Steve felt with care such as he received from you as individuals and groups that he could be sustainfully supported these 15 months. His exit on Solstice/Summer is a singular, Discreet one. He pleads to go incognito, not draw any attention or knowledge of his whereabouts. He’s refusing, as Judge Settle was told, to comply with supervised release.
Essentially, Steve wishes to walk out of SeaTac with no fanfare, and make his own way to where it is he wishes to go.
May we celebrate the spirit that moves people of such deep faith to follow the path of nonviolence with such unwavering devotion. And may each of us find our path…