Video: Kol HaNeshamah and Alki UCC celebrate partnership

On the surface, it’s just a little sign outside a not-too-big church here in our unassuming corner of the city. But take a bigger look, through the prism of the world’s woes: It’s a Christian congregation and a Jewish congregation, finally declaring to the world that they share a building, and not in an “uneasy truce” sort of way. Listen through this video to the end of the Bible passage that Kol HaNeshamah president Eric Orlin read at last night’s dedication ceremony:

Also speaking at the ceremony, Alki UCC Board chair Gail Christianer (with the church’s Rev. Diane Darling at her left):

As we showed you last month, Alki UCC is celebrating its centennial this year; Kol HaNeshamah, as you heard Eric Orlin say in the first clip, is six years old. The synagogue’s sign was designed by artist Michael Dupille, who is a member of KHN.

5 Replies to "Video: Kol HaNeshamah and Alki UCC celebrate partnership"

  • sarelly June 20, 2009 (11:43 am)

    Beautiful words.

  • brittany June 20, 2009 (1:52 pm)

    fantastic. i’m always so proud of the ucc. :)

  • Phillip June 20, 2009 (2:43 pm)

    Your Kol Haneshamah link is to a congregation in New Jersey.

  • WSB June 20, 2009 (3:05 pm)

    Thanks, was missing a dash, fixed.

  • Diane Darling June 20, 2009 (8:43 pm)

    As the pastor of Alki United Church of Christ, I was surprised to see how serious I look in the pictures/video because my heart was overflowing with joy! Maybe it’s because I know first-hand how difficult it has been for all of us to learn how to share, and how long it has taken to get us to this moment. But Friday night it was all worth it. Together, in our own little corner of the world, we part of a greater purpose – God’s purpose – to bridge divides and mend the world. Surely God has brought us together to be a sign of Shalom/Peace in West Seattle. May we continue to be! I am so grateful to have the people of Kol HaNeshamah in my life.

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