Jun
24
6:30 PM18:30

Wild Church

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 wild church gathering each month.

The theme of reWild will echo through the fir trees, the lake’s edge, the crow’s call, the moss’ movement, the rivers’ rise, calling to us to listen and reflect on the reality of Christ, present in all things. WildChurch 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.

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather. Bring a short chair, a blanket, journal or other creative materials that will help you have a conversation with nature.

Location: Lake Whatcom Park
3220 Northshore Road, Bellingham, WA 

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Jul
1
6:30 PM18:30

Wild Church

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 wild church gathering each month.

The theme of ReSist will echo through the fir trees, the lake’s edge, the crow’s call, the moss’ movement, the rivers’ rise, calling to us to listen and reflect on the reality of Christ, present in all things, challenger of all things that oppress Wild Church 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.

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather. Bring a short chair, a blanket, journal or other creative materials that will help you have a conversation with nature.

Location: TBA, check back!!

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Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

Bellingham PRIDE!!

This is the event where it all began: six years ago Echoes’ very first public event was hosting a table at Bellingham Pride. We’ve done it every year since. It’s who we are: all are welcome, and all means all.

Come by the table, we’ll have some fun swag and treats this year!!

The Pride Parade starts at noon, and the festival is hopping shortly after that. It’s always located at the Market Depot Square - look for our table!

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Jul
15
6:30 PM18:30

Indoor 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 one indoors, and one outdoors (aka Wild Church). 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.

The general flow for indoor church: 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.

This month’s theme is ReSist, so all of our gatherings in June will explore this topic spiritually, creatively, and communally.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.
Location: 2117 Walnut St, Bellingham, WA

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Jul
18
to Jul 19

Service Church: Project Homeless Connect

This is one day event that requires HEAPS of volunteers to pull off. Echoes people will be volunteering in different capacities. Project Homeless Connect has all kinds of opportunities to serve: from setting up the day before, to meal servers, to guides for the guests, there is something for everyone.

It’s intense, but it’s rewarding! Come help make a difference in our county!

Volunteer sign-ups for specific roles at this link (you must be registered) and note your t-shirt size

An intro to the larger goals of the event, from the website:

Bellingham/Whatcom Project Homeless Connect (B/WPHC) is a volunteer-based collaborative effort to assist people toward improved health, stable housing, and greater prosperity. Our goal for the next annual PHC event is to offer high-value services and generous hospitality for neighbors in Whatcom County who are unsheltered or experiencing a housing crisis.  This one-day, one-stop event will mobilize community volunteers, service providers, and the donor community in order to: 

  • Invite and welcome people who are homeless

  • Reduce barriers to service

  • Provide immediate service outcomes

  • Create sustainable and long-term service partnerships

  • Track and publicize results that connect to the Whatcom County Plan to End Homelessness.

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Jul
22
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church, featuring Bob Almond, jury foreman for the Rodney King trial

Each month Echoes hosts 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? how can we learn from them? Past guests have included a ‘hamster who shared reflections about moving to the Southern border, a beloved WWU instructor who continues to live with the effects of brain trauma, three women who shared about being Muslim in Bham, an iconic drag queen, and a Lummi filmmaker.

In July we will be having a dialogue with Bob Almond, who served on the jury for the federal trial of the police involved in the 1991 Rodney King beating in Los Angeles. The widespread riots that followed the first trial’s acquittal of all four officers resulted in the deaths of 63 people, and thousands of injured.

Bob co-wrote a book about the experience of being the foreman of the 1993 trial, “Moral Uncertainty: Inside the Rodney King Juries,” published in 2017. We’ll hear first-hand about what it was like to be on that jury and the process of the trial that found two of the officers guilty.

Location is the Old Parish Hall, 2116 Walnut St, which is provided by St Paul’s Episcopal Church

A variety of snacks will be available; feel free to contribute!

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Aug
5
6:30 PM18:30

Amber Darland @ Indoor Church!!

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We’re stoked to have Amber Darland (of the Sweet Goodbyes) join us for Indoor Church! Amber is a local music phenom who has recently come out with an album of spiritual songs that she has written. It’s good, y’all.

This gathering will include a lot of music, some of which will be group sing, and some solo performance.

Put this on your calendar; it’s going to be awesome.

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Aug
17
5:00 PM17:00

reWilding Workshop

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Celebrate the heart of Summer with a deep reconnection with the Wild Earth and your own Wild Soul. Explore with nature as your guide, what is longing to ripen through you.

Participants will engage in an outdoor workshop experience that involves deep interaction with nature. It is recommended you wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes to allow free access of movement in the forest and along the lake.

Facilitator: Victoria Loorz

Echoes Collaborative Team Leader, Pastor of Church of the Wild, Convener of the Wild Church Network and Director of the Sacred Ground Initiative, Victoria is a lover of connecting people who are called to restore kindred relationship with the land as spiritual practice. She will lead this unique workshop in north Bellingham, to help ignite your wild soul.
Contact her with any questions! victoria@echoesbellingham.org

Location: Lake Whatcom Park
3220 Northshore Road, Bellingham WA

Cost: $30

Registration: Use the form below!
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email bellinghamworkshops@gmail.com

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Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Church

  • 2116 Walnut Street Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States (map)
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What is the connection between spirituality and the arts? This monthly event explores this important question, and offers an opportunity to engage our own creativity.

As we explore our June theme of ReWild, we will let nature provide our materials! We will natural materials to create individually and collectively as we prepare ourselves for the summer solstice.

We believe that we are created in the image of the creator and artistic practices can be a spiritual experience of creation, of freedom, and of messiness. All levels of artistic engagement are welcome!

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Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Service Church: Creating Tote Bags for the Paddle to Lummi, Canoe Journey

This year the monumental canoe journey has its destination at Lummi Nation. Tens of thousands of visitors and relatives will flock to this 5,000 person-strong nation. One of the honored traditions is gift-giving, and Lummi, as the host nation, has a LOT of gifts to give.

This gift that we’ll be helping to work on is a cloth tote bag. No sewing experience is necessary! Most of the work is cutting out patterns. This project is ongoing; we’ll be joining in on work that has already been underway for some time.

Come be a part of the canoe journey in a behind-the-scenes opportunity to serve.

Location: BRUNA press + archive, 211 Prospect St

NOTE: the time may change; check back to verify

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Jun
10
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church featuring Althea Wilson, Lummi filmmaker

Each month Echoes hosts 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? how can we learn from them? Past guests have included a ‘hamster who shared reflections about moving to the Southern border, a beloved WWU instructor who continues to live with the effects of brain trauma, three women who shared about being Muslim in Bham, an iconic drag queen.

In June our guest will be Althea Wilson, a Lummi activist, movie maker, and organizer for the July 2019 Paddle to Lummi Canoe Journey. She’ll be sharing on topics related to this month’s theme, reWild.

Location is the Old Parish Hall, 2116 Walnut St, which is made possible by St Paul’s Episcopal Church.

A variety of snacks will be available; feel free to bring some to share.

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Jun
3
6:30 PM18:30

Indoor Church

  • 2117 Walnut Street Bellingham United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“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 one indoors, and one outdoors (aka Wild Church). 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.

The general flow for indoor church: 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.

This month’s theme is reWild, so all of our gatherings in June will explore this topic spiritually, creatively, and communally.

The gathering starts at 6:30, will last for about an hour, and there will be snacks available.
Location: 2117 Walnut St, Bellingham, WA

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May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Pub Church @ Illuminati Brewing

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We believe that Church has never been confined to a building, so why not meet in a brewery?
Each month, Pub Church, will engage in dialogue that engages both the head & heart in a relaxed informal setting. Solid answers are hard to come by, but good questions can be just as enlightening.

This month we will dig deeper into our personal understandings of church and how it informs the the communities we create. What draws people into beloved community? How have sacred communities gathered in the past and how will they form in the future? What are the barriers to cohesive community?

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: Illuminati Brewing Company, 3950 Hammer Dr, Bellingham, WA 98226

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

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May
20
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church, featuring Betty Desire!

Each month Echoes hosts 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? how can we learn from them?

In May our dialogue partner is Bellingham’s iconic drag personality, Betty Desire!

Betty has been performing and creating community in Bellingham for well over two decades. In a 2013 poll by KOMOBellingham, Betty was overwhelmingly nominated as “Bellingham’s Most Fascinating Person.” In an article in Cascadia Weekly, Betty’s creator, Matt Endrizi, “says he grew up wanting to be a pastor and graduated from Western Bible College in Clayburn, British Columbia. Somewhere along the line, Matt became Bellingham’s most iconic drag queen instead. And although her plans changed, Betty says she eventually realized she didn’t need to be in a church to have a congregation because her performances allowed her to connect with individuals in a way that hadn’t been possible before. 

“I wasn’t off track thinking that I should go into pastoral work,” Betty says. “What I didn’t realize at the time was that my pastoral work was my daily life. Every time I do a Betty show I want to leave the audience uplifted in some way—just like a pastor would. I really feel like my job is to do everything I can to spread joy and compassion because I believe we all need that. Especially right now.”

In this conversation you’ll get to know this joyful, compassionate figure who had generated a mountain of good in Bellingham. Betty is authentic, honest, and witty. We think you’ll be moved, delighted, and more motivated to love others.

The GOAL is of ‘Hamster Church 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!

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

Location: Old Parish Hall @ 2116 Walnut Street, across the street from St Paul’s Episcopal. Many thanks to St Paul’s for the generous use of this space.

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May
13
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Church @ Whatcom Land Trust

What is the connection between spirituality and the arts? This monthly event explores this important question, and offers and opportunity to engage our own creativity.

We are not aiming for perfection, but rather an experience of creation, of freedom, and of messiness.

Location is the Whatcom Land Trust @ 412 N Commercial St, right across the street from City Hall.

Some snacks will be provided!

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May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Wild Church and Hike

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 wild church gathering each month.

The theme of reSURGE 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. WildChurch 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: Meet at the parking lot for the N. Chuckanut trailhead on Chuckanut Drive.

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather. Bring a short chair, a blanket, and your journal. Bring a sack lunch if you want to stay and hike in the Larrabee Forest afterwards.

FOR THE HIKE: bring a sack lunch, and all the sensible gear and clothing you need for walking on trails. The hike will follow Wild Church.

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May
6
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.

This month’s theme is reSurge, so all of our gatherings in May will focus on this topic.

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
29
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church featuring local Muslim Women @ Old Parish Hall

Echoes hosts a monthly gathering in which we invite a member(s) 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? how can we learn from them?

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!

Photo by Aliko Sunawang on Unsplash

Our dialogue partners this month will be panel of Muslim women. We’ll learn a few things: what is it like to be a Muslim woman living in Bellingham, and how do they keep their faith active in today’s culture?

Panelists:

Iman: mom, practicing Nutrition Consultant, Holistic Health Coach as well as a certified Personal Trainer.

Erum: mom, recent resident of Bellingham, previously a Principal of an Islamic grade school.

Aneesa: mom, US veteran, convert to Islam.

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

Location: 2116 Walnut Street, Bellingham, 98225 (the Old Parish Hall across from St Paul’s Episcopal Church)

*Many thanks to St Paul’s Episcopal for the use of the Old Parish Hall.


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Apr
22
6:30 PM18:30

NO ECHOES

We’ve just had a wonderful and busy weekend planting trees, experiencing Easter and Wild Church, and sharing a meal together. We’re taking tonight off. See you next week for ‘Hamster Church!

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Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Wild Church Easter Walk, followed by lunch at Chuckanut Brewery

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Echoes is sort of known for the Easter Walk. Combining place and Scripture, local history and metanarrative, this event provides deeper meaning for who we are in Bellingham, and who we are in relation to the Biblical story of Easter. There’s nothing quite like it.

Starting in front of City Hall, we’ll stop at several locations en route to Maritime Heritage Park. At each stop we’ll read some of the Biblical story of the arrest, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and then weave it through our own local history. To finish we’ll gather around the Lummi-made totem pole of Salmon Woman to listen to this Coast Salish creation story, and then share communion.

In years past we have combined a service project with this event. This year we are instead having our annual “practicing resurrection” volunteer event the day before (Sat. Apr 20), joining with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for their Earth Day project (pretty nice how Easter and Earth Day are in tandem this year). Check out that event here.

At noon, following the Easter Walk, we’ll walk over to Chuckanut Brewery and enjoy lunch together. Because it’s Easter, and family-friendly, local breweries are a great place to spend Easter :-)

All Are Welcome. Seriously.

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Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

EARTH DAY / EASTER Service Church: tree planting with NSEA at Tenmile Creek in Everson

For several years Echoes has coordinated a service project in Maritime Heritage Park on Easter Day. It has been our participation in “practicing resurrection” - not just talking about the concept of resurrection, but actually bringing about some vital resurrection for our local ecology.

This year, instead of scheduling our Easter service project on actual Easter Sunday, we’re going to practice resurrection a day early by joining Nooksack Salmon Association and their efforts to restore the health of Tenmile Creek. It’s just icing on the cake that Earth Day and Easter are so close together in 2019.

NSEA’s website says this:

Celebrate Earth Day with NSEA, Whatcom Conservation District, and the Tenmile Clean Water Project, as we plant trees for salmon along Tenmile Creek.  This beautiful site is adjacent to agriculture lands and is home to salmon, birds, and an incredible view of Mt. Baker. The first 200 people will receive a free, limited edition t-shirt! 

Parking is available at Irene Reither Elementary School (954 E Hemmi Rd, Everson), look for the blue NSEA tent to sign-in.

We’ll bring the tools and gloves – all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

Light refreshments courtesy of The Bagelry and the Community Food Co-Op. Coffee provided thanks to NSEA’s official coffee sponsor, Tony’s Coffee.

Bring your friends, family, and enthusiasm and we’ll see you at the creek!

*Minors under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present or have a signed NSEA Youth Liability Form to participate.   

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Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Taize Church @ Our Saviors Lutheran (Fairhaven)

We will worship in a special location on April 15th, in a contemplative style, building community through prayer and song. Taizé is an ecumenical community in France that began as a place of hospitality and has become universally known for their contemplative style of worship. Our leader for this night is Echoes’ former worship leader, Rachael Weasley. She is a marvel when it comes to meaningful music and setting a tone that cultivates connection with God.

If quiet contemplation, repetitive choruses that become prayer, candles, Scripture readings, and communion are ways in which you can find peace and centering, then put this date on your calendar. 

Location:
Our Saviors Lutheran Church
(Basement Location, enter through door off main parking lot)
1720 Harris Ave Bellingham, WA 98225

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Apr
8
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Church @ Whatcom Land Trust

What is the connection between spirituality and the arts? This monthly event explores this important question, and offers an opportunity to engage our own creativity.

This month we’ll be considering the values of Echoes and our own identity/identities. We are not aiming for perfection, but rather to engage in the process of creating together in community!

As we explore our April theme of Re-Vive, we will let nature provide our materials! We will utilize seeds, beans and other natural materials for a creative group process that will go beyond just our evening’s gathering. If you have seeds to share, feel free to bring them, but materials will be provided!

We believe that we are created in the image of the creator and artistic practices can be a spiritual experience of creation, of freedom, and of messiness. All levels of artistic engagement are welcome!

Location is the Whatcom Land Trust @ 412 N Commercial St, right across the street from City Hall.

Some snacks will be provided!

Find out more info on the Facebook Event Page.

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Apr
1
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.

Our theme this month is reVive, which will be our focus for each gathering in April.

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

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
18
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church with special guest SEAN DWYER @ downtown Community Co Op

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? how can we learn from them?

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!

Our dialogue partner for March is Sean Dwyer, a Senior Instructor of Spanish at Western Washington University. A nine-year resident of Bellingham, he is the author of a forthcoming memoir, A Quest for Tears: Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury. He will discuss facets of his life he has had to release, others he has chosen to release, and insights he has gained into life.

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

Location: The Connections Classroom at the downtown Community Co Op Bakery, Suite 103 at 405 E Holly St.

PLEASE NOTE regarding PARKING and CLASSROOM ACCESS: do not park in front of the bakery or in the Co Op’s main parking area. You can park on the street or in the parking lot behind the bakery in the lot that is accessible from the alley off of Holly Street. The classroom is accessed through its dedicated, separate entrance, suite 103, which faces Holly Street.

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Mar
11
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Church

What is the connection between spirituality and the arts?

This monthly event explores this important question, and offers and opportunity to engage our own creativity.

Location is the Whatcom Land Trust @ 412 N Commercial St, right across the street from City Hall.

Some snacks will be provided!

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Mar
6
5:30 PM17:30

Wild 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’s Wild 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. We will gather around a fire, participate in an act of reLEASING, and have an imposition of ashes to mark this season of rePENTENCE.

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)

After our Ash Wednesday service, we will head to Stones Throw Brewery (Address1009 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225) for Pub Church around 7pm!
All are welcome for conversation and community around the fire as we discuss mortality and what it means to RElease those things which are keeping us from authenticity with self, God and others. Can’t make it to the service beforehand, we will have ashes for you to receive at the brewery!

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Mar
6
11:45 AM11:45

Ashes to go! Downtown!

Get your ash over here!

Come to the Bellingham Downtown Bus terminal this Wednesday @ 11:45 to 12:45ish to receive the ritual of ashes. We’ll be out there with ashes and blessings, right in the middle of downtown. That’s how weird we are. Come find us to get some ashes on your forehead, be reminded of our mortality, and connect with God.

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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 Wild 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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Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church featuring NATALIE WHITMAN

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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!

Location: the Whatcom Land Trust (412 N Commercial; near City Hall)

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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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
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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