West Seattle religion – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:20:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 VIDEO: First Lutheran Church of West Seattle commemorates 500th anniversary of the Reformation http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/video-first-lutheran-church-of-west-seattle-commemorates-500th-anniversary-of-the-reformation/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 02:06:27 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=899130

(Video and photos by Leda Costa for WSB)

Just north of the West Seattle Junction, another celebration this afternoon – this one, at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The movement began in Germany, so today FLCWS hosted German folk dancers from Enzian Schuhplattler, a club founded in 1965 by German and Austrian immigrants in Seattle:

And of course there was beer.

Also today, the church dedicated a plaque in honor of the anniversary:

FLCWS pastor Rev. Ron Marshall (above), designed the plaque, sculpted by Rita Marie Kepner, made from 65 pounds of bronze at the Port Townsend Foundry, and installed by Dale Korsmo. As noted on a banner outside the church, its commemoration of the Reformation’s half-millennium anniversary continues all year.

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West Seattle scene: Hate-Free Delridge’s pro-DACA demonstration http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/west-seattle-scene-hate-free-delridges-pro-daca-demonstration/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/west-seattle-scene-hate-free-delridges-pro-daca-demonstration/#comments Thu, 12 Oct 2017 01:45:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=897320 (WSB photo)

If you drove/rode/walked along the north stretch of Delridge Way SW earlier this evening, you might have seen Hate-Free Delridge‘s demonstration on the pedestrian overpass. They were there to express support for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the program that has postponed deportation for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children. As this federal webpage notes, the program is ending, though members of Congress are working on alternative plans.

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West Seattle weekend scene: 2017 Blessing of the Animals @ St. John’s http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-2017-blessing-of-the-animals-st-johns/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-2017-blessing-of-the-animals-st-johns/#comments Mon, 09 Oct 2017 02:39:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=897072

16 dogs and their people showed up for this afternoon’s Blessing of the Animals, presented in the West Seattle High School parking lot every fall by neighboring St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. It’s always held on a Sunday near the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, and the faith leaders offering blessings usually include a Brother from the Order of Saint Francis – this year, Br. Paul Dahlke:

Also blessing the animals in attendance, Rev. Kate Wesch, on her first Sunday as St. John’s new Rector:

Her daughter Avery was there too, with Riley, who she’s been dog-sitting:

This was the 10th year for the blessings at St. John’s, dating back to 2008.

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VIDEO: Fauntleroy vigil seeks healing and hope in ‘the light of love,’ while mourning ‘so many lost’ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/video-fauntleroy-vigil-seeks-healing-and-hope-in-the-light-of-love-while-mourning-so-many-lost/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/video-fauntleroy-vigil-seeks-healing-and-hope-in-the-light-of-love-while-mourning-so-many-lost/#comments Sun, 08 Oct 2017 05:02:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=897006 (WSB photos and video by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

~60 people sang, prayed, and pondered in a candlelight circle tonight outside Fauntleroy Church, during an emotional vigil that went beyond mourning the 59 lives lost in the Las Vegas massacre.

Leading them, above, were West Seattle’s three United Church of Christ pastors, from left, Rev. Diane Darling of Alki UCC, Rev. Leah Atkinson Bilinski of Fauntleroy UCC, and Rev. Andrew Conley-Holcom of Admiral UCC. Their voices rang clear in the night with grief and anger – and even a prayer of confession, that “I confess I believed things would get better on their own, and I confess that I was wrong.”

There were questions – including those raised in Bob Dylan‘s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” the first song led by Bronwyn Edwards and Leann Conley-Holcom, with readings between the verses:

As the names of those who died in the massacre were read – “so many lost” – there were a few words about each. Someone celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary. Someone celebrating their 28th birthday. A father there with his four grown children. Off-duty law enforcers. The mother of a 6-week-old baby. A 67-year-old woman. And when Seattle resident Carrie Parsons‘ name was read, Rev. Atkinson Bilinski noted that Ms. Parsons was the “close friend of the granddaughter of a Fauntleroy Church parishioner.”

A chime sounded after each name and description … and the last name read was that of the killer, noting that he left behind his family, as well as a nation “confused and heartbroken.” And it was noted that the massacre took the spotlight from others around the world who are in pain and suffering, from hurricane and earthquake victims to those in our country experiencing racism and other social injustice daily. Gun-violence statistics were read, including the fact that “most gun deaths are suicides.”

Ultimately, however, the vigil’s message was that of hope, with the candles representing “the light of love” – hope that with action, with collaboration, change can be made. In that spirit, the final song was “Somewhere to Begin” by T.R. Ritchie:

As the vigil ended, participants were invited to continue lighting candles and to write notes of appreciation to local first responders.

We are told the notes will be taken to a local fire station on Sunday.

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VIDEO: West Seattle churches host Jeff Renner for ‘Laudato Si’-inspired climate-change talk http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/video-west-seattle-churches-host-jeff-renner-for-laudato-si-inspired-climate-change-talk/ Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:11:23 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=895252

This past Wednesday night, Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLG) and Holy Rosary churches co-sponsored an evening with meteorologist Jeff Renner, best known for the many years he spent at KING 5 television. The discussion at OLG’s Walmesley Center was centered on Pope Francis‘s 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si,” addressing care for “our common home” – the planet. We recorded it on video, and you can watch it above (Renner takes the microphone at 9:30 into the video, preceded by introductions from emcee Mark Stoelinga, a meteorologist and Holy Rosary parishioner, and a prayer from OLG’s Father Jack Walmesley).

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WEST SEATTLE CHURCHES: New leader for St. John the Baptist Episcopal http://westseattleblog.com/2017/06/west-seattle-churches-new-leader-for-st-john-the-baptist-episcopal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/06/west-seattle-churches-new-leader-for-st-john-the-baptist-episcopal/#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:18:46 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=887131 After six years without a permanent rector, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church will have one starting this fall. And she has served this church before, according to the official announcement:

The Vestry of Saint John the Baptist Episcopal Parish today announced that the Reverend Kate E. Wesch has been called to serve as Rector of the parish. Rev. Wesch will join St John’s on October 2, 2017 and will deliver her first sermon as Rector on Sunday, October 8, 2017 during services at 8 and 10:15 a.m.

Rev. Wesch is no stranger to St John’s; she was ordained at this parish in 2007 and served as Associate Priest alongside the parish’s former Rector, the Very Rev. Peter DeVeau. Rev. Wesch and her family have called West Seattle home since moving to Washington State in 2006. Most recently, Rev. Wesch has served at Epiphany Episcopal Parish in Madrona in the capacity of Associate Priest.

Of her new parish, Rev. Wesch notes, “According to its history, St. John’s Parish was established ‘for a broad-minded and liberal churchmanship, which should not only develop the spiritual side of life, but also encourage the social welfare in the most thoughtful and progressive minds of this community.’ This parish has done that now for generations in a community that continues to grow and thrive on this peninsula across the bay. The holy ground at the corner of California Avenue and Hanford is a gracious and serene place to gather to praise God, share your lives, do good works, and study the Gospel.”

The community is invited to meet Rev. Wesch at a special welcoming event on Sunday, October 8, 2017 (details will be made available closer to the date). St. John the Baptist is an Episcopal Parish is celebrating its 125th anniversary in West Seattle, and is a member of the Diocese of Olympia of the Episcopal Church.

The previous rector, Rev. DeVeau, left in late 2011 for Kansas City.

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VIDEO: First Lutheran Church of West Seattle Pastor Ron Marshall’s Quran class still going strong http://westseattleblog.com/2017/06/video-first-lutheran-church-of-west-seattle-pastor-ron-marshalls-quran-class-still-going-strong/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/06/video-first-lutheran-church-of-west-seattle-pastor-ron-marshalls-quran-class-still-going-strong/#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:50:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=886899

In our first year of reporting West Seattle news full time via WSB, we received a calendar announcement from First Lutheran Church of West Seattle Pastor Ron Marshall, about a class he had been teaching for years:

Not a class about the Bible, nor anything related to his denomination. It’s a class about Islam’s holy book, the Quran (or Koran).

As far as Rev. Marshall knows – and, he says, others have researched to verify this – he’s the only Christian minister in the U.S. regularly teaching a course on the Quran.

So we interviewed him about it in 2008, and since then, we’ve included the quarterly announcements in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. With nine years having passed – and Islam remaining much-discussed – we decided to talk with him again before the next four-session class begins July 6th (one week from next Thursday). First, here’s the entirety of our half-hour interview, recorded on video, unedited:

As Rev. Marshall explains, this is a class he’s taught for 14 years now, in this format – he first took an interest in Islam in the ’80s, but getting people interested in a class didn’t happen until after 9/11, and since 2003, he has taught it quarterly. It’s now a four-Thursday format, usually taught four times a year, 7-9 pm each session, this time starting July 6th, $50 for the course, which includes a book and handouts.

He clarifies that he doesn’t promote the Quran’s message – “I’m a Christian minister” – but neither does he “bash the Quran.” The point of the class is to “compare and contrast between the Bible and the Quran … we’re on a fact-finding mission.” Questions explored include whether one part of the Quran means that it is intended to replace the Bible – scholars disagree, and it leads to “spirited discussions” in his classes, says Rev. Marshall. The class uses one of three authorized English translations of the Quran. The class is not “what (he) thinks about the Quran” – he points to “this is what the best Muslim teachers say the Quran is saying.”

He summarizes, “I want to try to provide a way to appreciatively, kindly, rationally approach a book that you may not like. Is there a way to do that? … I don’t think we have many models for this today.”

MORE INFO … is on his church’s website. He says the class has been taken by people aged 12 to 90+, and the students teach him as well as vice versa. “I have never taught the class without learning something.”

P.S. For groups interested in an abbreviated version, you can contact him about setting up an all-in-one-day course, as long as you have at least 20 people (who will be charged $20 each) – he’s done this all around Puget Sound.

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West Seattle Sunday: Easter events and more http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/west-seattle-sunday-easter-events-and-more/ Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:04:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=880177
(Photo by Chris Frankovich – the Olympic Mountains’ Brothers)

Good morning! Since the day begins with sunrise Easter services, we’re publishing the list early. First, from our Easter & More page:

UCC CHURCHES’ ALKI BEACH SERVICE: 6 am on Alki Beach, with Admiral UCC, Alki UCC, and Fauntleroy UCC. (Fire-pit area near Alki SW/59th SW)

SUNRISE SERVICE AT FOREST LAWN: 6:30 am at Forest Lawn Cemetery & Funeral Home (WSB sponsor) with the West Seattle Ministerial Association. (6701 30th SW)

OTHER SERVICES, SOME WITH SPECIAL EVENTS: See our Easter & More page, with listings sent by 10 local churches, some with events in addition to the services, such as egg hunts for the kids and breakfast or brunch

EGG HUNT AT WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: The market is open 10 am-2 pm as usual, in the heart of The Junction, with a holiday extra:

Kids, search for Easter Eggs hidden all over the market, tell the manager where you found the eggs for a special farmers market prize!

(California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

EGG HUNT IN ARBOR HEIGHTS: Arbor Heights Community Church is hosting an Easter egg hunt for the community at 11:45 am at ARK Park. (SW 102nd St & 42nd SW)

JAMTIME: Old-time music, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)

Though we don’t have an open-and-closed list for Easter, here are a few notes we did happen to collect:

WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: It IS running today, its first Sunday of the 7-days-a-week spring/summer schedule.

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED: The home of West Seattle’s history won’t be open today.

LIBRARIES OPEN: Seattle Public Library branches will be open today (1-5 pm as usual).

EARLY CLOSING: According to the Trader Joe’s website, it closes early today – 5 pm.

Any other open/closed/different-hours notes for today, please text us (206-293-6302) or comment – thanks!

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LAST CALL: Anything to add to Easter & More page? http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/last-call-anything-to-add-to-easter-more-page/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:44:29 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=879891 As we do every year, we’ve continued to update our seasonal-events-and-services West Seattle Easter & More page as info comes in, and the list keeps getting longer as the weekend approaches – egg hunts on both Saturday and Sunday, and religious services all week through Sunday. If you have something coming up tomorrow through Sunday, it’s not too late for us to add it – just e-mail the information to editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks! (The page is here as well as linked from our main navigation bar/menu.)

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West Seattle Easter, Passover, and more: This year’s list http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/west-seattle-easter-passover-and-more-this-years-list/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/west-seattle-easter-passover-and-more-this-years-list/#comments Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:00:22 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=879270

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With some spring activities happening this weekend, and Passover and Holy Week just days away, it’s time for our annual one-stop-shop list for egg hunts, services, and more, and it’s up now – see it here. Happy to add whatever your organization/center/church/synagogue/etc. is up to, so please send us the info ASAP and we’ll continue to update – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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Fauntleroy Church ‘Worship Without Walls’ substitutes service for sermon http://westseattleblog.com/2017/03/fauntleroy-church-worship-without-walls-substitutes-service-for-sermon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/03/fauntleroy-church-worship-without-walls-substitutes-service-for-sermon/#comments Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:15:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=876901

Thanks to Judy Pickens for the photo and report:

Some 140 members of Fauntleroy Church, United Church of Christ, left the sanctuary shortly after arriving Sunday morning for the congregation’s first “worship without walls” event.

Adults, children, and youth headed to four service projects: Packaging at Food Lifeline for area food banks, creating art kits for the parent-child home program at Southwest Youth & Family Services, assembling education supplies for distribution by Church World Service to refugee camps [photo], and training for Friend to Friend America’s program linking West Seattle volunteers with lonely elders.

According to education director and event coordinator Karyn Frazier, the morning was “a way to act out our love all at once by engaging in worshipful service in the wider community.”

P.S. In case you’ve been wondering, the church’s next Recycle Roundup is April 23rd – when it’s closer, we’ll publish the list of what will and won’t be accepted.

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West Seattle scene: ‘Ashes to Go’ on Ash Wednesday http://westseattleblog.com/2017/03/west-seattle-scene-ashes-to-go-on-ash-wednesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/03/west-seattle-scene-ashes-to-go-on-ash-wednesday/#comments Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:43:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=875903

The Christian observance of Lent began today with Ash Wednesday. That meant special services – and they weren’t all within the walls of churches. This morning, Katy Lloyd photographed Admiral Congregational Church pastor Rev. Andrew Conley-Holcom in The Junction this morning, where, she explained, he was offering “ashes to go.” Online research before we published the photo revealed that this is a worldwide movement involving clergy taking the Ash Wednesday tradition to the streets.

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Members of West Seattle church, mosque meet for dinner http://westseattleblog.com/2017/02/members-of-west-seattle-church-mosque-meet-for-dinner/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/02/members-of-west-seattle-church-mosque-meet-for-dinner/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:57:57 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=874700

Thanks to Brian Callanan for the photos from Our Lady of Guadalupe, which hosted visitors from the nearby High Point mosque for a potluck dinner on Friday night.

That’s Father Jack Walmesley and Imam Osman Yusuf. Hundreds of people came for fellowship.

The church and mosque are just blocks apart.

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Concert Across America to End Gun Violence: Tibbetts UMC participating in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2016/09/concert-across-america-to-end-gun-violence-tibbetts-umc-participating-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/09/concert-across-america-to-end-gun-violence-tibbetts-umc-participating-in-west-seattle/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:30:33 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=858681 This was announced long before five people were shot and killed last night in Burlington, just an hour north of here, but it’s suddenly and tragically all the more timely: Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle is participating in tomorrow’s Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. Here’s the church’s announcement from early September:

On September 25th there is a nationwide series of live concerts brought together by social media. Please join us at Tibbetts United Methodist Church [3 pm Sunday] as we take part in this important event, and experience the power of music to heal and inspire in the midst of the terrible epidemic of gun violence in our country.

One of the featured musical groups at the concert at Tibbetts will be West Seattle’s own Christy McWilson and the West Seattle 2, along with Seattle Flash Choir, “Lady A,” Pacific Northwest Blues Diva, Tibbetts United Methodist Church Choir.

At the end of the concert, all performers and the audience will join in singing two specially-selected songs together.

Attendance is free, but we are asking for donations to support Everytown for Gun Safety. Please give if and what you can! For more information on the nationwide concert event, please (go here).

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West Seattle scene: Peace Lutheran builds a ‘tiny house’ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/07/west-seattle-scene-peace-lutheran-builds-a-tiny-house/ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/07/west-seattle-scene-peace-lutheran-builds-a-tiny-house/#comments Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:20:38 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=852769

Someone will have a roof over their head soon, thanks to volunteers and donors at Peace Lutheran Church, carrying out an idea from the church’s most recent confirmation class (14- and 15-year-olds). Today is the second of four days that they’re spending building a “tiny house” to be donated to the Low-Income Housing Institute.

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One of the youth who came up with the idea, Katharine, told us that $2,200 was raised to buy the materials through a deal LIHI has with Home Depot. Now they have the kit and are assembling it right outside the church in Gatewood, also supported by a $250 grant from Thrivent that funded items like gloves, food for volunteers, and even the T-shirts they’re wearing.

Which of the city-sanctioned camps managed by LIHI will get it, that’s up to LIHI, the Peace Lutheran volunteers say; the nonprofit will pick it up once it’s ready to go sometime Monday.

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