Feb
18
6:30 PM18:30

(NOT MEETING on President's Day)

Echoes is not meeting on President’s Day. One might think it’s a protest, but it’s actually because we’re meeting on Saturday morning this weekend for our first ever outdoor church! And people might want to take advantage of the three day weekend. We will.

See you next Monday, Feb. 25, for our first ‘Hamster Church!

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Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church featuring NATALIE WHITMAN

For yet another new endeavor, Echoes will be hosting a monthly gathering in which we invite a member from the larger Bellingham community to share about their life - why are they here? what are they doing to make life better here in the ‘ham?

The goal is to create better networks here in Bellingham. We’ll be recording these sessions in hopes of launching a podcast that seeks to give voice to even more Bellinghamsters, developing a broader web of neighbors who know each other. We live in an amazing place with amazing people - it’s worthwhile to get to know others!

Some conversations in ‘hamster church may delve into spiritual topics, many will not. Regardless, there is incredible value in getting to know our neighbors.

Snacks: feel free to bring some. Abundant snacks for all!

Our February ‘hamster church will feature Natalie Whitman, with a focus on reFraming

Natalie lived in Bellingham for many years before moving to Southern Arizona. While here, Natalie raised a son, served in several professional roles, and became an integral part of Bellingham life. In Arizona Natalie has marveled at the diversity of life (human and otherwise), and has volunteered with an agency that seeks to make life safer for immigrants. Moving away from Bellingham has been difficult, and yet it has brought some unique perspective, a reFraming, to this place that, while challenging, can be helpful for ‘hamsters to hear.

In addition to her relocation, we will also be talking with Natalie about her work. In Arizona she had dissatisfying professional work. She is now employed as a custodian. In addition to building an awesome fitness level, Natalie has gained hard-fought, reFraming insight into the ethics of work and class. A deep thinker who communicates exceptionally well, Natalie is engaging, insightful, and leaves her listeners with much food for thought.

Back in town for just a short time, this conversation is not to be missed!

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Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Serving Church: Cornwall Park with Bham Parks and Rec

Church works best when it gives - this is why we have regular volunteer opportunities.

This month join us for a service project at Cornwall Park, where we had our Outdoor Church in February. Bellingham Parks and Rec is hosting this work party; they’ll bring all the necessary gear like gloves and tools.

Facebook event link

The info on their website: Volunteer Opportunity at Cornwall Park

Mar 2, 2019 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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We need your help in giving Cornwall Park some love! Please join us to help improve wildlife habitat by improving trails and removing invasive species. 

All ages welcome, no experience necessary.  Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to have a completed Liability form and bring it to the event.   

We provide the gloves and tools but make sure you have long pants, close-toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Don't forget your water and a snack.

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Mar
6
5:30 PM17:30

Outdoor Church / Ash Wednesday @ Marine Park

From ancient times it has been widely acknowledged that there are Two Books from which we can know God: Scripture and Nature. Echoes is newly affiliated with The Wild Church Network, and we’ll be practicing at least one outdoor church gathering each month.

This month Outdoor Church will coincide with Ash Wednesday, a meaningful, ritual-heavy time of reflection. The theme for Echoes in March is reLEASE, which we’ll focus upon for this gathering. Bonus: we’ll likely have fire.

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather. Bring a short chair, a blanket, and your journal. Bring, also, your open heart to experience God in nature, as a community.

Location: Marine Park in Fairhaven, near the Greyhound and ferry terminal (link to location map)

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Mar
11
6:30 PM18:30

Indoor Church @ Whatcom Land Trust

“Indoor Church”? Yep. Because sometimes we’re indoors and sometimes we’re outdoors for church.

Because all of life can be lived within the context of worship, Echoes generally only has two explicit worship gatherings per month (starting in Feb 2019, one will be indoors, and one outdoors). Safe enough for anyone to visit, straightforward enough to know what's going on, casual enough to wear whatever you want, we welcome anyone to the gathering and to the communion table - every one is welcome, really.

In each worship gathering we follow the ancient pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we often have some time set aside for personal reflection. After a little bit of silence, we recognize this as Coast Salish land, sing some songs, read and converse about scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voices being offered and shared.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! It's easy to find because it's right next to City Hall. There is a lot of street parking, and the building has a great feel (the Land Trust does amazing work!). Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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Mar
25
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church (with expanded snacks)

For yet another new endeavor, Echoes will be hosting a monthly gathering in which we invite a member from the larger Bellingham community to share about their life - why are they here? what are they doing to make life better here in the ‘ham?

The goal is to create better networks here in Bellingham. We’ll be recording these sessions in hopes of launching a podcast that seeks to give voice to even more Bellinghamsters, developing a broader web of neighbors who know each other. We live in an amazing place with amazing people - it’s worthwhile to get to know others!

Speaker and location TBD

Snacks: feel free to bring some. Abundant snacks for all!

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Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Inaugural Church of the Wild!

NEW INFO: Bring shoes that can handle slush!

From ancient times it has been widely acknowledged that there are Two Books from which we can know God: Scripture and Nature. Echoes is newly affiliated with The Wild Church Network, and we’ll be practicing at least one outdoor church gathering each month.

The theme of reFRAME will echo through the fir trees, the rainfall, the owl’s call, the deer’s stare, the rivers’ rise, calling to us to listen and reflect on the reality of Christ, present in all things. Church of the Wild is an opportunity for us to develop spiritual practices that draw us deeper into relationship with the sacred in our own untamed hearts, in our watershed and with our undomesticated God.

Location is Cornwall Park, under the NORTH covered picnic shelter. Park in the main parking lot.
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There are three entrances to Cornwall Park; Use the entrance on Meridian at the light at Squalicum Parkway to access the North Picnic Shelter). 
Address:
3424 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Link to a map of the Park

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather. Bring a short chair, a blanket, and your journal. Bring, also, your open heart to experience God in nature, as a community.

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Feb
12
3:00 PM15:00

Walking with Isaiah text study - inaugural gathering

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"The Bible is a collection of books that includes codes of law, compilations of proverbs, hymns and songs, history, poetry, letters and visions across roughly 2,000 years of human history.

Come join us on Tuesdays as we explore the Bible informally with one another. Experts and beginners, introverts and extroverts, optimists and doubting Thomases are all welcome!

We will journey each week with a section of the Old Testament book of Isaiah, sometimes called the “fifth gospel.” Our approach to navigating the text will be based on the Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina, or “Divine Reading.” We begin by reading the text aloud, spend some time in quiet to savor what we hear, and then share what stood out for us from the reading.

Our first meeting is Tuesday February 12th at 3:00PM @ St. John’s Lutheran Church (2530 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA.)

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Feb
11
6:30 PM18:30

Indoor Church @ Whatcom Land Trust - SNOW CANCELLATION

SNOW DAY! It’s been coming down like crazy! Stay safe and enjoy, and consider coming to Tuesday’s inaugural Text Study at 3pm, as well as Saturday’s first-ever Outdoor Church!

“Indoor Church”? Yep. Because sometimes we’re indoors and sometimes we’re outdoors for church.

Because all of life can be lived within the context of worship, Echoes generally only has two explicit worship gatherings per month (starting in Feb 2019, one will be indoors, and one outdoors). Safe enough for anyone to visit, straightforward enough to know what's going on, casual enough to wear whatever you want, we welcome anyone to the gathering and to the communion table - every one is welcome, really.

In each worship gathering we follow the ancient pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we often have some time set aside for personal reflection. After a little bit of silence, we recognize this as Coast Salish land, sing some songs, read and converse about scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voices being offered and shared.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! It's easy to find because it's right next to City Hall. There is a lot of street parking, and the building has a great feel (the Land Trust does amazing work!). Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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Feb
4
6:30 PM18:30

CANCELED- Indoor Church @ Whatcom Land Trust

We are canceling this week’s indoor church due to snow and potentially unsafe road conditions in the evening on 2/4/19.

We will reconvene next week on Monday February 11th at 6:30pm at the Whatcom Land Trust!

In the meantime, however, I'd like to emphasize that we'll be touching on the theme of "RE-FRAME" for the whole month of February. Last night myself and several Echoes people had the opportunity to hear Nadia Bolz Webber speak about the topic of sexuality and faith. Wow, that was certainly a re-framing!

A few things I heard that were re-framing:

- a serious loathing of the word "inclusive" because when it's used as "we're inclusive!" it means that the group considers itself dominant/normative and anyone who would normally be uncomfortable in that setting is the "less than." It's as if the term perpetuates an "us" and "them." I'd like to give this more thought and figure out possible changes for how we communicate our "inclusiveness" to others.

- shame comes from the snake in Genesis; God is not the origin of shame. Entities other than God (esp those who claim to speak for God) are the ones who demand/form shame.

- church should be a key place that we DON'T have to pretend that everything is okay

She mentioned interviewing Lance Armstrong, and her opening line to him was so good that I looked up the video. It's short, but give it a listen: https://www.facebook.com/nantucketproject/videos/340530633422279/

Is Lance Armstrong "the cancer Jesus" or a cheater?
As we learned at #tnp8, the truth is infinitely more complex...

Also, Eli mentioned in the car ride a podcast that includes a lengthy interview with Nadia about her new book!
If you were unable to come last night and are interested, this podcast might be worth listening to.

https://player.fm/series/a-tiny-revolution/ep-80-making-sex-shameless-w-nadia-bolz-weber

Emma suggest this Mary Oliver poem about First Snows

https://journalverse.com/poem-of-the-month-first-snow-mary-oliver/

Also, I found an excellent article about "framing" within the church, especially as it relates to "conservative" and "liberal." It's kind of dense, but it's a good read in terms of thinking about how we frame things in general. A quote:

"Thinking about frames—and the act of framing our stories well—goes beyond politics, far beyond the old world of “liberal versus conservative” constructed by our ancestors. Indeed, if framing has political consequences it also has spiritual ones. Reframing is a healing act as well as a social one."

https://alban.org/archive/reframing-as-spiritual-change-transforming-hopelessness-into-wholeness/

So that's that, my friends. We'll miss being together this week, but look forward to many more gatherings together. Be safe, warm, and nourished tonight.
And pray mightily (and possibly provide for?) those who are not (human and otherwise).

Peace and love,
Charis

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Jan
28
6:30 PM18:30

Echoes at the Biergarten

Gather around the table with us for good beers for a good cause, and the opportunity to explore the spiritual practice of Praying in Color, together!

Echoes will meet at Schweinhaus this week, to support the work of the Whatcom Land Trust (for Every Oakshire beer purchased all month long, Schweinhaus will be donating 1$ towards the Whatcom Land Trust) as they get ready for the new year and working toward protecting even more of our most vital resources & natural habitats. Since the Whatcom Land Trust is an organization we love to support, this seemed like a perfect spot!

There is so much going on in the world today, and sometimes we need new ways & practices to connect with our spiritual lives. Pens, Markers and Paper will be provided as together we try Praying in Color.

Why Pray in Color?
1) You want to pray but words escape you.
2) Sitting still and staying focused in prayer are a challenge.
3) Your body wants to be part of your prayer.
4) You want to just hang out with God but don’t know how.
5) Listening to God feels like an impossible task .
6) Your mind wanders and your body complains.
7) You want a visual, concrete way to pray.
8) You Need a new way to pray.

All are welcome to this eclectic outdoor gathering!

Please note Schweinhaus is an outdoor space, equipped with heat lamps, so bring extra layers to stay warm and cozy for our gathering!

*Note to non-drinkers: plenty of us do not order alcoholic beverages, so you're good.

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Jan
21
7:00 PM19:00

Joining the MLK gathering at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

Instead of hosting worship this week, Echoes will be joining the larger Bellingham community at an event honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

We expect it will fill up rather quickly, so if you can come a bit early in order to sit together, that would be great.

The event description:

In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Community Food Co-op hosts Keeping the Dream Alive! On this evening, we celebrate Dr. King’s notion of a “Beloved Community,” with ceremony, song, presentations, and community sharing. King envisioned the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings.

As this annual event continues to evolve, we are excited to move to Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship to better accommodate presenters, musical performances, informational tabling, and increased attendance.

As always, we invite the community to share a poem, story, or song focused on diversity, human rights, or related issues. Please limit your presentation to three minutes or less, to leave time for others to share. Contact karlm@communityfood.coop to sign up.

THE PARTICIPANTS
We are extremely grateful for all of the talented and inspirational people participating in this year’s event.

Host Amanda Grelock
Amanda is the Co-op’s Equity Diversity and Inclusion coordinator, a position designed to assist and enable the Co-op to make healthy food accessible to all and to create a more inclusive community hub. Her passions include waging peace through a combination of creative thinking, community building, conversation, social justice standing, and more.

Opening Song – Joshua Olsen
Joshua is from the Nooksack Nation and works at the Co-op bakery. We are fortunate to have Joshua share the Nooksack Honor Song with us tonight.

Welcoming Presentation – William L John (Xwelwelat’se)
William is a Lummi Elder, storyteller, and retired Lummi language teacher from Ferndale High School and Northwest Indian College. He will share a cross-cultural experience welcoming all to the territory of the Coast Salish people.

Special Musical Guest – Checo Tohomaso
Checo Tohomaso has previously toured with Motown legend Marvin Gaye playing keyboards, percussion, and singing background vocals. He has performed with Lionel Richie and the Commodores, Celine Dion, New Kids on the Block, and Reba McEntire, among others. Checo keeps busy as the musical director of the Vancouver Outreach Community Sweet Soul Gospel Choir and the Victoria Soul Gospel Choir. He is spirited, authentic, and true to the music as he pursues his talents. His current focus is to communicate the positive, healing qualities of soul music to as many people as possible. Checo has a goal of uniting people of different cultures and beliefs to deliver a message of love, joy, peace, hope and healing through singing. Checo selected four well-known songs to sing with audience participation —Everyday People, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, People Get Ready, and Love Train. We are extremely grateful for his contribution to the progression of this event.

Keynote Presentation – Terrance Morris
Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing by Terrance Morris, diversity advocate, founder of A Connection, co-facilitator of Black Lives Matter Bellingham, and Whatcom Human Rights Task Force Board director. Terrance is passionate about leading conversations about diversity and inclusion. You can see his work in action with the Bellingham Juneteenth event and the Unity Ball on January 19. He brings community together by diving into hard conversations and willingness to lean in.

Open Mic Community Sharing
Share a poem, story, or song focused on diversity, human rights, or related issues. We look forward to continuing this traditional part of the evening. Presentations limited to three minutes or less, to leave time for others to share. Contact karlm@communityfood.coop to sign up.

Other participants – Edgar Franks, Civic Engagement Program Coordinator at Community to Community Development; Christelle Fotsing, Black History Month Celebration Coordinator; Peter Ali, Native American flute; The 60-voice Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Chalice Choir; and Peace and Justice community information tables.

The Community Food Co-op would like to thank event co-sponsor, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship’s Social & Environmental Justice Committee.

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Jan
14
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner & Listening: experimenting with church

Tonight we’ll be watching some short videos on funky churches across the globe. Increase imagination for what church could be, and help us dream and plan for Echoes in our new collaborative team model.

Generally once a month Echoes enjoys a potluck, and we all get to practice some listening. Our very name embodies a form of listening (echoes reverberate - you either hear or feel them), so we want to be good listeners. Specifically we'd like to be better at listening to others, to God, and to our local communities. At these dinner gatherings we often listen to a speaker, discuss a relevant topic, or engage in an interesting listening exercise.

Dinner is super casual, just bring a little extra of whatever you'd like to eat. A few people are vegetarian, a few are gluten free. We figure it out. And if you are unable to bring some extra eats, then no worries, please do come anyway!

Location is at the Whatcom Land Trust.

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Jan
7
6:30 PM18:30

First worship of 2019! Meet the new Echoes team! @ Whatcom Land Trust

NOTE: this particular worship gathering will be shorter than usual in order to accommodate extra time at the end to introduce ALL THREE of the new team members for Echoes! We’ll hear from Jory, Emma, and Victoria and begin to get acquainted with who they are and what they bring to Echoes. They are so awesome, and we’re super lucky to form this collaborative team at Echoes.

Because all of life can be lived within the context of worship, Echoes generally only has two explicit worship gatherings per month. Safe enough for anyone to visit, straightforward enough to know what's going on, casual enough to wear whatever you want, we welcome anyone to the gathering and to the communion table - every one is welcome, really.

In each worship gathering we follow the ancient pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we often have some time set aside for personal reflection. After a little bit of silence, we recognize this as Coast Salish land, sing some songs, read and converse about scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voiced being offered and shared.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! It's easy to find because it's right next to City Hall. There is a lot of street parking, and the building has a great feel (the Land Trust does amazing work!). Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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Jan
1
9:00 AM09:00

New Year's Day snowshoe!!

Normally we’d be meeting on Monday night, but since it’s New Year’s Eve and most people have New Year’s Day available, let’s go SNOWSHOEING! Ring in the New Year with exercise and companionship in the beautiful outdoors.

We’ll head toward Mt Baker and opt for a trail that meets everyone’s comfort level. We hope to either see a gorgeous creek, or Komo Kulshan herself. If the weather doesn’t cooperate we’ll have a Plan B in our back pocket (stay tuned - we’ll update this page if the weather looks uncertain).

Bring snowshoes, and all the appropriate winter weather gear. And a lunch!

Meet in the Safeway parking lot in Sunset Square, near Taco Bell, in order to carpool.

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Dec
25
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Night: worship

Instead of gathering on our regular Monday, we’re going to instead meet on Christmas night for a brief yet meaningful time of worship. With the busy-ness and hurry that this season often brings, slow down with some hot apple cider, some reflection on this important day of Christmas, and some time with enjoyable folk.

All. Are. Welcome.

Location is the Whatcom Land Trust @ 412 N Commercial St. Use the door on the right side of the building. Parking is typically easy.

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Dec
17
6:30 PM18:30

The Filling Station (weather is cancelling the labyrinth!)

WEATHER UPDATE: because it’s raining and super windy, we’re going to skip the labyrinth portion and head straight to The Filling Station. See you there!

It’s getting close to winter solstice; the day of the year with the least amount of daylight. This can be a profound time to acknowledge where we need the darkness and where we need the light, both personally and in our larger communities.

This Monday evening we’ll be walking the labyrinth at Fairhaven Park. For some this exercise in slowing down is an excellent opportunity for reflection and peacefulness. Walking a labyrinth when it’s dark outside adds a unique characteristic.

Afterwards we’ll gather at the Filling Station to talk about our experience in the labyrinth, and discuss what thoughts and feelings this season brings up for us.

ALL. ARE. WELCOME.

LOCATIONS:

  • Fairhaven Park Labyrinth is in the upper part of the park. When you go in the entrance from Chuckanut Drive (107 Chuckanut Dr N), drive past the playground and park in the upper parking lot. The labyrinth is located at this exact dropped pin.

  • The Filling Station is also in Fairhaven (1138 Finnegan Way)

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Clothes for whatever weather we’ll have!

  • Flashlight (preferably one with a red light option, if you’ve got one)

  • An open heart and spirit

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Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Whatcom Land Trust

Because all of life can be lived within the context of worship, Echoes generally only has two explicit worship gatherings per month. Safe enough for anyone to visit, straightforward enough to know what's going on, casual enough to wear whatever you want, we welcome anyone to the gathering and to the communion table - every one is welcome, really.

In each worship gathering we follow the ancient pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we often have some time set aside for personal reflection. After a little bit of silence, we recognize this as Coast Salish land, sing some songs, read and converse about scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voiced being offered and shared.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! It's easy to find because it's right next to City Hall. There is a lot of street parking, and the building has a great feel (the Land Trust does amazing work!). Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Postcards to Prisoners @ Whatcom Peace & Justice Center

This December our volunteer project will be joining with others to give a little encouragement to persons in our prison systems. From the Facebook event page:

Imagine No Kages is proud to host our third annual holiday card writing and decorating party to support incarcerated LGBTQ and HIV+ people! December can be a dark and cold time for many people behind bars and we consider it an honor to bring some light into these folks' lives. 

Join us for five minutes or the whole two hours. Cards, addresses, and materials to write and decorate will all be provided. We'll pipe in some tunes and bring some vegan-friendly snacks for people to chow down on (though we never mind if people bring more snacks to share!). 

Note that we are graciously hosted by Whatcom Peace and Justice this year. The space is first floor and accessible to most, but we'd love to make sure it's accessible to you if you have any concerns. All ages and backgrounds welcome!

For any questions: ImagineNoKages@gmail.com

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Dec
3
6:30 PM18:30

Christmas potluck and gift re-purposing

In year’s past Echoes has hosted an annual craft making night, and yet we all have stuff that very well might be another’s treasure as a GIFT TO GIVE someone else. Let’s BUY LESS any chance we can, hey?

Bring some tasty food to share (Christmas-ey food welcome, but not required!), and bring some AS NEW condition items to offer to others. We’ll lay out the items and figure out a system for perusing the table. You very well may end up with the perfect gift for someone!

We’ll also assemble a low-key advent wreath and light the first candle.

Location is the Whatcom Land Trust @ 412 N Commercial St.

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Nov
26
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ Whatcom Land Trust

Because all of life can be lived within the context of worship, Echoes generally only has two explicit worship gatherings per month. Safe enough for anyone to visit, straightforward enough to know what's going on, casual enough to wear whatever you want, we welcome anyone to the gathering and to the communion table - every one is welcome, really.

In each worship gathering we follow the ancient pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we often have some time set aside for personal reflection. After a little bit of silence, we recognize this as Coast Salish land, sing some songs, read and converse about scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voiced being offered and shared.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! It's easy to find because it's right next to City Hall. There is a lot of street parking, and the building has a great feel (the Land Trust does amazing work!). Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Theology Pub! @ The Local!

Have some theological wonderings? So do we! Each month we engage in some dialogue that engages both the head and heart. Solid answers are hard to come by, but good questions can be just as enlightening.

Choose your favorite beverage* and enjoy some interesting, helpful dialogue with a small community of unique individuals. We're really welcoming and not high-pressure, so feel free to come check it out. 

Location: The Local, a new institution downtown!

*Note to non-drinkers: plenty of us do not order alcoholic beverages, so you're good.

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Nov
12
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner & Listening @ the Whatcom Land Trust

Generally once a month Echoes enjoys a potluck, and we all get to practice some listening. Our very name embodies a form of listening (echoes reverberate - you either hear or feel them), so we want to be good listeners. Specifically we'd like to be better at listening to others, to God, and to our local communities. At these dinner gatherings we often listen to a speaker, discuss a relevant topic, or engage in an interesting listening exercise.

Dinner is super casual, just bring a little extra of whatever you'd like to eat. A few people are vegetarian, a few are gluten free. We figure it out. And if you are unable to bring some extra eats, then no worries, please do come anyway!

Location is at the Whatcom Land Trust.

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Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer! Orca Recover Day at Butler Creek

For October we thoroughly enjoyed sponsoring two Doctober movies at the Pickford. This month we’ll again be lending extra hands for a local work party that aims to improve the health of our ecosystem. There are THREE agencies heading this one up, and with an emphasis on restoring orcas, why wouldn’t all of Whatcom County show up?

From the Facebook event:

Join this family-friendly event, designed for everyday people to help address the known factors that directly impact the health of our local orca whale population. Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Killer Whales are critically endangered. The single biggest threat to our local orca whales is lack of their primary food source, Salmon! 80% of the orca diet is salmon, and because of loss of habitat and increasing pollution, local salmon populations are a fraction of what they used to be. Join Whatcom Land Trust, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, and Whatcom Conservation District in improving riparian cover and enhancing salmon habitat on Nov 10th!

This ~20-acre piece of hidden paradise is located just northeast of Lake Terrell. The previously farmed property contains a mix of meadows, small wetlands, about 1/3 mile of Butler Creek, and an alder dominated forest. Join Whatcom Land Trust, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, and Whatcom Conservation District in improving riparian habitat by planting various trees along Butler Creek and protecting them from beavers and deer browse.

~~ Directions: From Bellingham, head North on Interstate 5 and take the exit for Slater Rd (Exit 260). After about 6 miles, turn right onto Lake Terrell Road. Travel about 1.5 miles, and the parking lot for Alcoa Rifle Range will be on your left hand side just after Douglas Road. NSEA will then shuttle you to the site from here.

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Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ Whatcom Land Trust

Because all of life can be lived within the context of worship, Echoes generally only has two explicit worship gatherings per month. Safe enough for anyone to visit, straightforward enough to know what's going on, casual enough to wear whatever you want, we welcome anyone to the gathering and to the communion table - every one is welcome, really.

In each worship gathering we follow the ancient pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we often have some time set aside for personal reflection. After a little bit of silence, we recognize this as Coast Salish land, sing some songs, read and converse about scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voiced being offered and shared.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for a bit more than an hour, and there will be snacks available.

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! It's easy to find because it's right next to City Hall. There is a lot of street parking, and the building has a great feel (the Land Trust does amazing work!). Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Theology Pub: teaming up at Chuckanut Brewery

BONUS! This month we are joining up another Theology Pub! The good folks at Garden St United Methodist will be our partners. The more the merrier!

Have some theological wonderings? So do we! Each month we engage in some dialogue that engages both the head and heart. Solid answers are hard to come by, but good questions can be just as enlightening.

Choose your favorite beverage* and enjoy some interesting, helpful dialogue with a small community of unique individuals. We're really welcoming and not high-pressure, so feel free to come check it out. 

Location: find us in the back at Chuckanut Brewery! It's outdoor seating with a covered awning, so dress appropriately and bring sunglasses :-) Address is 601 W Holly Street, Bellingham.

*Note to non-drinkers: plenty of us do not order alcoholic beverages, so you're good.

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Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ Whatcom Land Trust

Because all of life can be lived within the context of worship, Echoes generally only has two explicit worship gatherings per month. Safe enough for anyone to visit, straightforward enough to know what's going on, casual enough to wear whatever you want, we welcome anyone to the gathering and to the communion table - every one is welcome, really.

In each worship gathering we follow the ancient pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we often have some time set aside for personal reflection. After a little bit of silence, we recognize this as Coast Salish land, sing some songs, read and converse about scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voiced being offered and shared.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! It's easy to find because it's right next to City Hall. There is a lot of street parking, and the building has a great feel (the Land Trust does amazing work!). Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

Focus on Film: The Heretic

It’s documentary time! This evening we will watch the new film on the ouster of Rob Bell. The Heretic has been receiving good reviews. After the movie we’ll have some discussion questions to dig into it a little more.

If you’re so inclined, feel free to bring some snacks to share! Come one, come all!

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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Oct
8
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner & Listening: Video Series

Generally once a month Echoes enjoys a potluck, and we all get to practice some listening. Our very name embodies a form of listening (echoes reverberate - you either hear or feel them), so we want to be good listeners. Specifically we'd like to be better at listening to others, to God, and to our local communities. At these dinner gatherings we often listen to a speaker, discuss a relevant topic, or engage in an interesting listening exercise.

Since it went so well this summer, we’ve decided to have a longer series that focuses on videos from the sold-out conference, "Why Christian?" It's a good question in these times - why would anyone want to align with the institution of church? During dinner we'll watch the video, then take some time to discuss is a group. The talks are excellent, and help to feed the head and heart.

Dinner is super casual, just bring a little extra of whatever you'd like to eat. A few people are vegetarian, a few are gluten free. We figure it out. And if you are unable to bring some extra eats, then no worries, please do come anyway!

Location is at the Whatcom Land Trust.

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Oct
1
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Whatcom Land Trust

Because all of life can be lived within the context of worship, Echoes generally only has two explicit worship gatherings per month. Safe enough for anyone to visit, straightforward enough to know what's going on, casual enough to wear whatever you want, we welcome anyone to the gathering and to the communion table - every one is welcome, really.

In each worship gathering we follow the ancient pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we often have some time set aside for personal reflection. After a little bit of silence, we recognize this as Coast Salish land, sing some songs, read and converse about scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voiced being offered and shared.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! It's easy to find because it's right next to City Hall. There is a lot of street parking, and the building has a great feel (the Land Trust does amazing work!). Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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Sep
28
to Sep 30

Annual Retreat!

Come join us for a weekend retreat on the shores of Lake Samish! It's possible to stay at the retreat center, or, because it's close-by, just commute from home.

In the Echoes' tradition of believing that all people have awesome things to say and share, we don't hire a main speaker - WE are the speakers. There will be storytelling, game playing, walks, reflective times, and some pretty great food.

Cost is only $65. Let us know if you want to come!

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Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ Whatcom Land Trust

Because all of life can be lived within the context of worship, Echoes generally only has two explicit worship gatherings per month. Safe enough for anyone to visit, straightforward enough to know what's going on, casual enough to wear whatever you want, we welcome anyone to the gathering and to the communion table - every one is welcome, really.

In each worship gathering we follow the ancient pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we often have some time set aside for personal reflection. After a little bit of silence, we recognize this as Coast Salish land, sing some songs, read and converse about scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voiced being offered and shared.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! It's easy to find because it's right next to City Hall. There is a lot of street parking, and the building has a great feel (the Land Trust does amazing work!). Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

LOCATION CHANGE! Theology Pub @ STONE'S THROW

BONUS! This month we are joining up another Theology Pub! The good folks at Garden St United Methodist will be our partners. The more the merrier!

Have some theological wonderings? So do we! Each month we engage in some dialogue that engages both the head and heart. Solid answers are hard to come by, but good questions can be just as enlightening.

Choose your favorite beverage* and enjoy some interesting, helpful dialogue with a small community of unique individuals. We're really welcoming and not high-pressure, so feel free to come check it out. 

Location: find us in the back at Stone’s Throw Brewery in Fairhaven (1009 Larrabee Ave)! Bring layers for cooler weather since some of the seating is somewhat exposed to the elements (covered, of course!).

*Note to non-drinkers: plenty of us do not order alcoholic beverages, so you're good.

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Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Whatcom Land Trust

Because all of life can be lived within the context of worship, Echoes generally only has two explicit worship gatherings per month. Safe enough for anyone to visit, straightforward enough to know what's going on, casual enough to wear whatever you want, we welcome anyone to the gathering and to the communion table - every one is welcome, really.

In each worship gathering we follow the ancient pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we often have some time set aside for personal reflection. After a little bit of silence, we recognize this as Coast Salish land, sing some songs, read and converse about scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voiced being offered and shared.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! It's easy to find because it's right next to City Hall. There is a lot of street parking, and the building has a great feel (the Land Trust does amazing work!). Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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Sep
3
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner & Listening: video series

Generally once a month Echoes enjoys a potluck, and we all get to practice some listening. Our very name embodies a form of listening (echoes reverberate - you either hear or feel them), so we want to be good listeners. Specifically we'd like to be better at listening to others, to God, and to our local communities. At these dinner gatherings we often listen to a speaker, discuss a relevant topic, or engage in an interesting listening exercise.

Since it went so well in June, this week we will again be listening to a talk from the sold-out conference, "Why Christian?" It's a good question in these times - why would anyone want to align with the institution of church? During dinner we'll watch the video, then take some time to discuss is a group. The talks are excellent, and help to feed the head and heart.

Dinner is super casual, just bring a little extra of whatever you'd like to eat. A few people are vegetarian, a few are gluten free. We figure it out. And if you are unable to bring some extra eats, then no worries, please do come anyway!

Location is at the Whatcom Land Trust.

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Aug
27
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Whatcom Land Trust

Because all of life can be lived within the context of worship, Echoes generally only has two explicit worship gatherings per month. Safe enough for anyone to visit, straightforward enough to know what's going on, casual enough to wear whatever you want, we welcome anyone to the gathering and to the communion table - every one is welcome, really.

In each worship gathering we follow the ancient pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we often have some time set aside for personal reflection. After a little bit of silence, we recognize this as Coast Salish land, sing some songs, read and converse about scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voiced being offered and shared.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.

Our location is at Whatcom Land Trust! It's easy to find because it's right next to City Hall. There is a lot of street parking, and the building has a great feel (the Land Trust does amazing work!). Address is 412 N Commercial; look for the Whatcom Land Trust sign.

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