Apr
30
6:30 PM18:30

Theology Pub @ Chuckanut Brewery

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! There are ample heat lamps out there, but maybe bring a warm jacket "just in case". 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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May
7
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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May
14
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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May
21
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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May
28
6:30 PM18:30

Theology Pub

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: check back for May's location!

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

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Jun
4
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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Jun
11
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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Jun
18
12:30 PM12:30

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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Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Earth Day: A Dialogue with Sr Alexandra Kovats @ St John's Lutheran

 Photo by  paul mocan  on  Unsplash

Photo by paul mocan on Unsplash

Alexandra is well known in the United States and internationally as a teacher and lecturer on ecological and creation spirituality, spirituality and cosmology, eco-feminism and religious life. She is Executive Director and Founding Member of GreenHearth Collective, a non-profit organization that focuses on urban ecology and eco-spirituality. She is also Adjunct professor in the field of spirituality for the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Seattle University, and involved in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreat facilitation.

This event, hosted by Echoes, is a public conversation in which Sr Alexandra will share stories and some of the key thought processes that led her on the paths of ecospirituality and ecofeminism. She is warm-hearted, fascinating, and enjoyable to hear. There will be a question and answer time at the end. This event is ecumenical and open to everyone! 

LOCATION: St John's Lutheran Church, 2530 Cornwall Ave

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Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ Whatcom Land Trust

BECAUSE 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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Apr
9
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner & Listening @ 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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Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

Easter Worship @ Whatcom Land Trust

BECAUSE 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.

This week's emphasis is Easter!!

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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Apr
1
4:30 PM16:30

Easter Walk, place-based event

This is a fantastic, unique place-based Easter experience. Graduate-level classes have traveled to Bellingham to go on this walk, and 'hamsters can enjoy it this Sunday.

During this event we explore some of the history of Bellingham - who was here first, how it was settled, what happened in the region of Whatcom Creek and Maritime Heritage Park - and how these stories dovetail with the arrest, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It's memorable and meaningful, a unique way to experience Easter.

We'll start in front of City Hall at 4:30pm, then walk along Whatcom Creek, ending up in Maritime Heritage Park. There are some stairs and a bit of uneven ground; it is about 1/2 mile one-way. The walk takes 45min-1 hour, and participants are invited to read selected readings (no pressure).

No church experience, church affiliation, or love of church required!! All really are welcome.

Additional Opportunity: if you'd like to practice resurrection on Easter, join Echoes for their annual work party in Maritime Heritage Park from 2-4pm. Facebook event here.

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Apr
1
2:00 PM14:00

EASTER: Resurrection work @ Maritime Heritage Park

Do something resurrection-y on Easter!!!

At Echoes we typically choose to practice resurrection on Easter. This will be the fourth year that we meet at Maritime Heritage Park in downtown Bellingham to add to the countless volunteer hours that have resurrected this former garbage dump into a life-giving park.

We will most likely be spreading mulch, which helps to keep at bay all the invasive species that were removed on MLK Day.

Join us near the outdoor circular fish pens, next to the Perry Fish Hatchery (1600 C Street). There is ample parking. 

BRING appropriate clothes for the weather and closed-toe shoes. Work gloves will be provided. Hopefully it won't rain, but.....it's Bellingham.

Echoes will provide water and some snacks. 

After the walk, feel free to join us for the Easter Walk, which synthesizes the history of Bellingham with the death and resurrection of Jesus. It's unique, it's funky, it's Bellingham, it's Echoes. Facebook event here.

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Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Theology Pub @ Chuckanut Brewery

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! There are ample heat lamps out there, but maybe bring a warm jacket "just in case". 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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Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ Whatcom Land Trust

BECAUSE 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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Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

MOVIE NIGHT: Jesus Christ, Superstar

It's LENT, which is a great opportunity for reflection. For our monthly Dinner & Listening in March we will be watching and discussing Jesus Christ, Superstar. This musical has been influential in its portrayal of Jesus - what do we think about it now?

Instead of our usual potluck, bring your favorite movie snacks!

Location is at Michael and Nadene's, contact us for the address and info.

 

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Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Land Trust

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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Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

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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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Small hike instead of snowshoeing...and date change...

Weather has again cancelled our snowshoe plans, so we're changing gears by changing the date and activity. Instead of snowshoeing on Sunday, we'll instead head to Larrabee State Park for a short hike to a lovely beach. 

LET'S CARPOOL to take advantage of Discover parking passes, and reduce some gas fumes. MEET UP tomorrow at 10am at the first parking lot to the right in Fairhaven Park.

Here's the location for carpooling: https://goo.gl/maps/hRb7EGwWFA82

Terrain for the hike: it's mostly level ground, with several uneven areas. There is one small section with some slick-ish rock on a good slope. It's helpful to have some shoes with decent traction. If there is snow it could be even slipperier. We should be able to handle it, though, if everyone looks out for each other. There is also a railroad crossing where we have to be very alert. The beach itself is sandy and rocky. It should only be a few hours of exploring and walking; if you want more exercise you'll be set up perfectly to head up to Fragrance Lake afterwards.

BRING: warm layers of clothes! Should include a hat, gloves, maybe scarf. It doesn't *look* like rain at the moment, but bring a waterproof coat just in case. 

Other things to consider bringing:

- A thermos with warm beverage

- something to sit on (like a few plastic bags; not a whole chair unless it's uber tiny)

- a Discover Pass if you have one

- trekking poles if you feel unstable on uneven terrain

- a snack (particularly if you need regular food intake)

This should be fun and way more doable than snowshoeing on Sunday. I'm so sorry for the last minute changes; hopefully this will be super fun. If you're planning to come, do let us know via our contact page so that we can look for you. Even if you've never been to any Echoes events, you are welcome!!

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Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Land Trust - CONTEMPLATIVE FOCUS

NOTE: This Monday we will be emphasizing a contemplative focus. This is the season of Lent, and there is great need to slow down, have some quiet, and find a resultant strength to engage ourselves and this world. There will be no sermon, just contemplative prayer and music. Even if you've never been to Echoes, this is a great opportunity to enter into some peace, in order to go back out in the world as an agent of change.

 Photo by  Shane Stagner  on  Unsplash

Photo by Shane Stagner on Unsplash

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.

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
12
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner & Listening @ the 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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Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Land Trust

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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Jan
29
6:30 PM18:30

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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Jan
22
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Land Trust

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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Jan
20
8:15 AM08:15

Snowshoeing! - POSTPONED!

IMPORTANT NOTE: We made a scheduling error in planning this event for the same time as the 2nd Women's March. Echoes will be participating in Bellingham's march, so we'll head to Baker a bit later in the winter. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date!!

And, for the women's march info, go here.

 

Echoes has gotten out in the snow for several years. This time we're not going to gain as much elevation so it'll be a more accessible trek.

Meet us at 8:15am in the Safeway parking lot, at Sunset Square. We'll be in the parking lot area that is near Taco Bell; look for Charis' orange Honda Element with the tall white roof.

Bring snowshoes and stuff for the cold! Waterproof outerwear and footwear, hat, gloves, etc. We'll likely be having lunch on the trail, so also bring food and water, and something waterproof to sit on (like a little foam pad, or a piece of cardboard wrapped in a plastic bag). If you have questions on what to bring, just contact us and we'll be glad to help.

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Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner & Listening @ the 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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Jan
8
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Land Trust

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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Jan
1
6:30 PM18:30

New Year's Day: multi-colored elephant gift exchange

You've (maybe) survived a busy December and you've got even more stuff now. How about sharing the love? New Year's Day is a great opportunity to start the year with laughter, friendship, and giving. 

Bring something new or used-and-still-very-functional in some sort of wrapping paper, bag, or box. We can't guarantee you'll go home with a delightful item, but it will be amusing.

If you've got leftover Christmas-y foods, feel free to bring those, too. Who wants to keep eating all those decorated sugar cookies? Share more love!

Location is the Whatcom Land Trust.

*note: this is in no way harmful to multi-colored  elephants. We would love for an multi-colored  elephant to attend.

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Dec
25
6:30 PM18:30

Echoes Christmas: Readings, Art, & Carols

Christmas is on a Monday this year, and Echoes is glad to offer a reflective opportunity to the larger community. It is tragic and ironic that Christmas has become the most commercialized day of the year, with enormous pressure to be together with people who are important to us. Sometimes this season is filled with sadness, sometimes we long for something more than perfunctory gift-giving, sometimes we want a break from the harried "feel" that the holidays has become. This evening is designed to be somewhat of a response to these feelings, acknowledging the deeper meaning of God choosing to be born to an unwed, young woman, in poverty, while temporarily homeless.

 Father John Battista Giuliani, Guatemalan Madonna

Father John Battista Giuliani, Guatemalan Madonna

In the vein of traditional "Lessons and Carols," we will share a time of Readings (includes Biblical story, and poetry/readings from traditional, queer, and communities of color), Art from across centuries, and Carols (both sung and heard). This experience brings in the visual, the auditory, and the imagination to reflect upon what has happened, what is, and what can be.

Ample snacks and warm beverages will be available as well. 

The setting is the Whatcom Land Trust (412 N Commercial, in downtown), which is a warm, casual atmosphere, where we will sit in a large circle. Come as you are, there's no need to dress up, and no need to put on a "Christmas-y" persona. 

Please send us a message if you have any questions.

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Dec
18
6:30 PM18:30

3rd Monday: Worship @ the Land Trust

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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Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Dec Volunteering: letter writing

For December we will be doing some letter writing to advocate for various causes/issues. Emailing is also an option if you bring your own tech to do so. The atmosphere will be casual, with some snacks on hand.

Do please bring an idea of who to contact about what. We'll have some suggestions of who to write and about what, but do bring other topics to address.

Bring all your extra random postcards you've never sent, as well as cards. If you've got some stamps to donate, that would be super helpful as well.

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Snack-bringing is welcome!

Location: Whatcom Land Trust (412 N Commercial)

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Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

Echoes Annual Subverting Consumerism

As we've done for the past few years, Echoes is recognizing the need to reel in consumerism, particularly around the holidays. Many of us (and most of whom we know) have all the "stuff" we need, and yet the act of giving can create healing and joy.

In answer to this lovely proclivity to GIVE, we are hosting a craft-making night. And, hey, it's a way more sustainable practice.

There will be several craft options (very low skill level required!) to choose from, along with great instruction. If you've got $10-15 to chip in for supplies it would be most welcome, but don't worry about it if it's a hardship (seriously).

Come join us. It'll be fun. 

And, please, apart from this awesome event, give the gift of soul-honoring love as much as you can this season. There's no doubt that everyone needs it.

Location: Whatcom Land Trust

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Dec
4
6:30 PM18:30

1st Monday: Worship @ The Land Trust

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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Nov
27
6:30 PM18:30

Fourth 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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Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

Third Monday: Worship @ The Land Trust

Note: Normally on the third Monday of the month Echoes is having Theology Pub. We're switching things up and shifting to the 1st and 3rd Mondays for worship each month. Welcome to change! :-)

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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