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Events

Echoes gathers every Monday evening! There is also at least one service project/month, scheduled on the 3rd Sat of the month. As with all Echoes events, anyone is welcome to join! Most Monday gatherings are located at the WHATCOM LAND TRUST, but click on the event just to make sure. 

Our 2017 gathering rhythm is:

1st Monday: dinner + listening

2nd Monday: worship

3rd Monday: theology pub (Greene's Corner, until further notice)

3rd Saturday: service project/volunteer (making B'ham better for all!)

4th Monday: worship

5th Monday -if there is one- flexible fifth (all kinds of cray cray)

Click on the event for details, and for the option to automatically add the event to your calendar.

 

Aug
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

3rd Monday: Theology Pub @ Greene's Corner

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: we'll be gathering at Greene's Corner, on James St. It's a pretty new business, and has a nice atmosphere.

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

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Aug
26
8:30am 8:30am

Service Project: new trail at Lake Whatcom!

We're switching our regularly scheduled volunteer to a later Saturday in order to have the opportunity to help build a brand-new trail at Lake Whatcom! It'll require most of a day, and I presume that some Echoes people will hang out afterwards as well.

Registration is REQUIRED, so please follow the link to sign up.

From the website info:

Lake Whatcom Park Volunteer Work Party Sponsored by REI

Dig into new trail with local REI staff and volunteers. Activities may include clearing brush, debris and logs, digging out trail tread and building a variety of rock and wood structures as needed.

Hiking Information:  The project site is close to the road and only a short hike over moderate terrain is necessary.

Schedule:

8:30 am - Meet at the trailhead, gather for a safety briefing and then head to the work site.

Noon - Bring your own lunch and we will eat on the trail

3:00 pm - Wrap up

For safety and access reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed. Please plan to stay all day

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Aug
28
6:30pm 6:30pm

4th Monday: Worship

BELIEVING FIRMLY THAT ALL OF LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WORSHIP, ECHOES GENERALLY HAS ONLY TWO EXPLICIT WORSHIP GATHERINGS PER MONTH. SAFE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO VISIT, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, WE WELCOME ANYONE TO THE GATHERING AND TO THE COMMUNION TABLE - EVERYONE 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. We start with a little bit of silence, recognition of 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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Aug
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

2nd Monday: Worship

BELIEVING FIRMLY THAT ALL OF LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WORSHIP, ECHOES GENERALLY HAS ONLY TWO EXPLICIT WORSHIP GATHERINGS PER MONTH. SAFE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO VISIT, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, WE WELCOME ANYONE TO THE GATHERING AND TO THE COMMUNION TABLE - EVERYONE 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. We start with a little bit of silence, recognition of 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.

THIS WEEK we will be discussing the recent events in Charlottesville alongside the Biblical story of the selling off of Joseph by his brothers. It’s an appropriate melding of old and new, with the hope of recognizing similarities, differences, and a way forward.

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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Aug
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

1st Monday: Dinner & Listening

Every first Monday of the 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.

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
4
to Aug 6

ECHOES GOES CAMPING!

Echoes regularly enjoys outdoor activities (and we choose to take care of the outdoors, too), and this summer we'll be embarking on a camping trip! 

S’mores, stars, walks, hikes, laughing, “roughing it

Location will either be in the North Cascades, or at Manning Park in BC. Have a preference? Let us know!

We will get enough sites to accommodate all who want to come, so be sure to let us know if you're planning to join the festivities.

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Jul
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

4th Monday: Worship

BELIEVING FIRMLY THAT ALL OF LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WORSHIP, ECHOES GENERALLY HAS ONLY TWO EXPLICIT WORSHIP GATHERINGS PER MONTH. SAFE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO VISIT, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, WE WELCOME ANYONE TO THE GATHERING AND TO THE COMMUNION TABLE - EVERYONE 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. We start with a little bit of silence, recognition of 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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Jul
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

3rd Monday: Theology Pub @ Greene's Corner

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: we'll be gathering at Greene's Corner, on James St. It's a pretty new business, and has a nice atmosphere.

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

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Jul
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

PRIDE Worship!

This week we are having PRIDE worship! With LGBTQ leadership and an emphasis on God's fierce love for all (not that that isn't a common theme at Echoes...), you are invited to join us for this worship event. Feel free to bring a friend for companionship!

BELIEVING FIRMLY THAT ALL OF LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WORSHIP, ECHOES GENERALLY HAS ONLY TWO EXPLICIT WORSHIP GATHERINGS PER MONTH. SAFE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO VISIT, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, WE WELCOME ANYONE TO THE GATHERING AND TO THE COMMUNION TABLE - EVERYONE 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. We start with a little bit of silence, recognition of 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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Jul
3
5:30pm 5:30pm

Baptism and cookout!

It's summer and it's time to enjoy both spiritual renewal and warm weather! (The two do often go hand-in-hand!)

One the smallest persons in the Echoes community is getting baptized and we want to celebrate, and have a cookout! This will be a potluck, so bring cookout-y things to share.

Location is at the home of the parents! Contact us for an address if you'd like to come!!

We'll be gathering earlier than normal, at 5:30. Come join!

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Jun
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

4th Monday: Worship

BELIEVING FIRMLY THAT ALL OF LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WORSHIP, ECHOES GENERALLY HAS ONLY TWO EXPLICIT WORSHIP GATHERINGS PER MONTH. SAFE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO VISIT, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, WE WELCOME ANYONE TO THE GATHERING AND TO THE COMMUNION TABLE - EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REALLY.

In each worship gathering we follow the pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we usually have some time set aside for personal reflection as well. We start with a little bit of silence, 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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Jun
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

3rd Monday: Theology Pub @ Greene's Corner

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: we'll be gathering at Greene's Corner, on James St. It's a pretty new business, and has a nice atmosphere.

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

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Jun
17
10:00am10:00am

Volunteer project @ Bham Parks and Rec

Every third Saturday of the month Echoes is engaged in some kind of volunteer project. Come join us in our attempts to make Bellingham a better place for all life.

This Saturday we'll be helping Bellingham Parks and Rec spiffy up their own plant nursery. Location is at their offices (near the intersection of Woburn and Lakeway), address of 1400 Woburn St., Bellingham, 98229.

We hope to see you there!

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Jun
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

2nd Monday: worship

BELIEVING FIRMLY THAT ALL OF LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WORSHIP, ECHOES GENERALLY HAS ONLY TWO EXPLICIT WORSHIP GATHERINGS PER MONTH. SAFE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO VISIT, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, WE WELCOME ANYONE TO THE GATHERING AND TO THE COMMUNION TABLE - EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REALLY.

In each worship gathering we follow the pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we usually have some time set aside for personal reflection as well. We start with a little bit of silence, 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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Jun
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

1st Monday: Dinner & Listening

Every first Monday of the 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.

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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May
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

4th Monday: Worship

BELIEVING FIRMLY THAT ALL OF LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WORSHIP, ECHOES GENERALLY HAS ONLY TWO EXPLICIT WORSHIP GATHERINGS PER MONTH. SAFE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO VISIT, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, WE WELCOME ANYONE TO THE GATHERING AND TO THE COMMUNION TABLE - EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REALLY.

In each worship gathering we follow the pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we usually have some time set aside for personal reflection as well. We start with a little bit of silence, 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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May
20
10:00am10:00am

Volunteer: Bellingham Sock Monkey Project!

This Saturday we will be doing something different than working to preserve our County's ecosystem! Instead we'll be helping children who are entering the foster care system. This is a great opportunity to support our community, and the excellent work of Skookum Kids.

From the event's description on Facebook: The Bellingham Sock Monkey Project provides sock animals to children in our community who are about to enter the foster care system. The monkey/puppy/kitty is given fully dressed with a homemade backpack containing a pair of pajamas made with love to children who find a soft landing at Skookum Kids, an emergency home for children in need. Regardless of your sewing skill level we will have a job for you at the workshop! From stuffing, hand sewing, machine sewing, embroidery face work, cutting backpacks from a pattern - it's a fun filled event! Coffee, tea and lunch provided.

The Location is 429 E Laurel Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226. 

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May
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

3rd Monday: Theology Pub @ Greene's Corner

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: we'll be gathering at Greene's Corner, on James St. It's a pretty new business, and has a nice atmosphere.

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

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May
12
to May 14

Annual Echoes Retreat

Keeping up our tradition of doing church a bit differently, Echoes doesn't invite a speaker to our annual retreat. Instead we enjoy the opportunity to hear from one another and learn about our lives. Last year's retreat took us all by storm - it was surprising how meaningful and important the weekend was to each of us. We're trying to not have expectations that this year's retreat will be as fantastic, but we are surely hoping so. Count on laughter, depth, good food, and quality time with good people.

Like most retreats the schedule includes meals, group time, and some down time. There is a kitchen on-site, and we take turns preparing and cleaning up the meals (food sensitivities are taken into account). During down time it's possible to get out for a walk (solo or with others), play games, read, nap, or ?

Our facility is the 11 bed Lakewood Lodge (a house, really) at Lutherwood, on Lake Samish. Being a twenty minute drive from Bellingham, it's easy to commute here if one does not want to sleep at the lodge.

Cost is on a sliding scale, but in general it's approximately $60 for those sleeping at the lodge, and $50 for commuters. This includes meals, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. (We invite those who can contribute a bit more to do so in order to help reduce the expense for others.)

This is a great way to get to know the Echoes community in a short time-span. Please feel free to join us for this meaningful weekend. If you'd like more information just send us a message and we'll try to answer any questions you may have.

REGISTRATION/SIGN-UP HERE.

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May
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

2nd Monday: Worship

BELIEVING FIRMLY THAT ALL OF LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WORSHIP, ECHOES GENERALLY HAS ONLY TWO EXPLICIT WORSHIP GATHERINGS PER MONTH. SAFE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO VISIT, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, WE WELCOME ANYONE TO THE GATHERING AND TO THE COMMUNION TABLE - EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REALLY.

In each worship gathering we follow the pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we usually have some time set aside for personal reflection as well. We start with a little bit of silence, 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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May
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

1st Monday: Dinner & Listening

Every first Monday of the 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.

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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Apr
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

4th Monday: worship

BELIEVING FIRMLY THAT ALL OF LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WORSHIP, ECHOES GENERALLY HAS ONLY TWO EXPLICIT WORSHIP GATHERINGS PER MONTH. SAFE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO VISIT, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, WE WELCOME ANYONE TO THE GATHERING AND TO THE COMMUNION TABLE - EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REALLY.

In each worship gathering we follow the pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we usually have some time set aside for personal reflection as well. We start with a little bit of silence, 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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Apr
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Faith & Nature, episode 6

Instead of Theology Pub, this week Echoes is teaming up with the Whatcom Land Trust to host the 5th episode of the Faith & Nature series! This one is well-time to come the day after Easter, literally revealing how come followers of Jesus have embodied the practice of resurrection.

During each episode representatives from various faith traditions such as Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Native American spirituality, Judaism, Atheism, and Unitarianism, share an evening of dialogue. Charis Weathers, of Echoes, is the facilitator. The format is more talk show than lecture, with an opportunity for audience Q&A at the end. Light refreshments will be available.

Location: Mt Baker Theater's Encore Room (use the Champion St entrance)

In this episode we are delighted to present Leah Kostamo. Conversation with Leah is like talking with an old friend. She is friendly, thoughtful, down-to-earth, and honest. We expect this to be yet another fantastic episode of Faith & Nature. 

Leah Kostamo is the author of Planted: a Story of Creation, Calling and Community. She works alongside her husband Markku to show God’s love for all creation through the work of A Rocha. Together they started the first Christian environmental center in Canada, which over the past thirteen years has welcomed thousands of visitors and interns who have rolled up their sleeves to grow organic vegetables, restore salmon streams and inspire school children.

Margaret Atwood, writing in Sojourners, said of Leah and Markku, “If all Christians were like them, ours would be a radically different world.”

Leah shares life with six other families (and a myriad of chickens) on Kingfisher Farm near Vancouver, BC.

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Apr
16
10:00am10:00am

EASTER @ Lake Padden

This year we'll be meeting at Lake Padden for a liturgical walk. Meet at the tennis courts at 10am; we'll start the loop walk from there. Stopping periodically for a reading, we'll take this walk at a leisurely pace, appreciating the outdoors, the significance of Easter, and each other's company. 

We like to get outside on Easter in order to experience first-hand this planet that Jesus came to, walked on, and for which he gave his life and death. This whole thing, the people, the plants, the animals, the deserts and mountains, ALL of it was made by God, deemed and redeemed as good, worthy of blessing. We'll remember this on Easter, and acknowledge where we've seen resurrection, and where resurrection still needs to occur. 

This is a great time for newcomers or one-comers to take a look at what we do and who we are at Echoes, so please do come. (The ending time of 11:45 is an estimate; feel free to join for only part of this time if needed.)

Afterwards there will be a meal at Charis' for any who want to continue the celebration!

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Apr
15
9:00am 9:00am

3rd Saturday VOLUNTEER: Maritime Heritage Park

For our April volunteer opportunity we'll be joining Bham Parks and Rec and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association as they continue work in Maritime Heritage Park. We've done a lot of work here through the past several years, and it'll be great to be back here, especially during Easter week (we've done service projects here for a few Easters).

We will be removing invasive vegetation and mulching native trees and shrubs along Whatcom Creek at Maritime Heritage Park in order to create better salmon habitat along this urban creek.

Location: Parking is available at the north end of C Street near the Bellingham Technical College Fisheries campus; access from Holly Street - look for the blue NSEA tents!

NSEA always has some finger food on hand. Dress for being outdoors.

 

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Apr
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

2nd Monday: Worship

BELIEVING FIRMLY THAT ALL OF LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WORSHIP, ECHOES GENERALLY HAS ONLY TWO EXPLICIT WORSHIP GATHERINGS PER MONTH. SAFE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO VISIT, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, WE WELCOME ANYONE TO THE GATHERING AND TO THE COMMUNION TABLE - EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REALLY.

In each worship gathering we follow the pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we usually have some time set aside for personal reflection as well. We start with a little bit of silence, 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
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

Faith & Nature, episode 5

Instead of Theology Pub, this week Echoes is teaming up with the Whatcom Land Trust to host the 5th episode of the Faith & Nature series!

During each episode representatives from various faith traditions such as Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Native American spirituality, Judaism, Atheism, and Unitarianism, share an evening of dialogue. Charis Weathers, of Echoes, is the facilitator. The format is more talk show than lecture, with an opportunity for audience Q&A at the end. Light refreshments will be available.

Location: Fairhaven Library Auditorium

This evening's dialogue partners are Elkah Katz (Jewish), and Yisrael Bisman (Spiritual Yogi)

Elkah Katz is a seminary student working towards ordination as a Jewish chaplain.  As a child, her religious experience was synagogue-focused and urban, but she has always been drawn to the quiet beauty of the woods to experience the closeness of G’d.  

She graduated from Swarthmore College, where she focused her studies on the interplay between religion, nature and language.  She then studied with various Rabbis and teachers who emphasized the eco-spiritual aspects of Judaism.  Her learning encompassed wisdom tales, mysticism, and an innovative approach to prayer and text study.   

Elkah is a spiritual leader of the Shir HaShalom (Song of Peace) community.  She draws on her understanding of nature as a precious, rich source of connection to the Holy One of Blessing.  She enjoys sharing Jewish mystical teachings that bring us into a deeper harmony with ourselves and with all of creation.

Yisrael Bisman was born in Texas, but has lived in California, New York, Israel, Greece, London, Idaho, Arizona, Indiana, and Washington State. He spends his time now going between Everett and Bellingham.

He considers himself to be a Boundary Crosser and has followed a more eastern tradition of sitting with many teachers, shamans, gurus, masters, and lamas. This path has been called many things, but Yisrael refers to it as simply Sanatana Dharma or the Eternal Path. This encompasses an understanding that the Earth itself is a living organism and that the Divine Feminine is to be cherished.

After travelling the US, Europe, and the Mediterranean after high school, he returned and spent 7 years in business as a Gallery owner and Theatre producer. He also spent 3 years doing Psychological research and interventions and resumed formal studies in Psychology and Middle East History at the University of Houston and The University of Judaism. Then, after 7 years as a Systems Analyst he returned primarily to the Spiritual journey.

This year he launched a creative Podcast called Dharma Review.

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Mar
18
9:00am 9:00am

3rd Saturday VOLUNTEER: parks and rec

This month we will be assisting Bellingham Parks and Rec with potting! As a group Echoes has done a LOT of planting here in the Bham area, but never have we participated in the behind-the-scenes work of getting plants readied for work of restoring important local systems. It's nice to have firsts, hey?

From their website: "Help the Parks Volunteer Program gear up for another season of planting and restoring a native urban ecosystem. We have hundreds of new bare root plants that need to be potted over the course of these six work parties."

This link has all the necessary info. We'll be joining in for the morning work crew, 9am-noon. Wear weather and work-appropriate clothing :-) 

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Mar
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

2nd Monday: Worship

BELIEVING FIRMLY THAT ALL OF LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WORSHIP, ECHOES GENERALLY HAS ONLY TWO EXPLICIT WORSHIP GATHERINGS PER MONTH. SAFE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO VISIT, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, WE WELCOME ANYONE TO THE GATHERING AND TO THE COMMUNION TABLE - EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REALLY.

In each worship gathering we follow the pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we usually have some time set aside for personal reflection as well. We start with a little bit of silence, 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
6
6:30pm 6:30pm

1st Monday: Dinner & Listening

Every first Monday of the 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.

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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