Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Service Church: Orca Recovery Day

Each month we gather in service to our community and for the month of October we will celebrate our theme of REkindle by restoring critical salmon habitat on Orca Recovery Day!

Salmon are an essential food source for our critically endangered Puget Sound Southern Resident Killer Whales. Join NSEA and Whatcom Conservation District to celebrate orcas by restoring critical salmon habitat through planting native trees along the Nooksack River in Ferndale. Parking is located at the Northwest Indian College library parking lot (2522 Kwina Rd. Bellingham.) where you can sign in at the blue NSEA tent and catch a shuttle to the site.

We’ll bring the tools and gloves – all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Snacks courtesy of The Bagelry and the Community Food Co-Op. Coffee provided thanks to Tony’s Coffee.

Bring your friends, family and enthusiasm, and we’ll see you at the creek! All ages are welcome. Volunteers under 18 years old must bring a Youth Liability Release Form. Minors under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
https://www.whatcomcd.org/orca-recovery-day

October 19, 2019, 9 AM- Noon
Please park at the Northwest Indian College: 2522 Kwina Rd. Bellingham, WA 98226

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Oct
21
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 in a worshipful setting.

We will explore how the written word can RE/kindle a connection to ourselves and to the Holy One.
Be prepared to play and experiment. Let’s discover what stories we have to share.

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: 2116 Walnut St, Bellingham, WA 98225

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Oct
21
8:15 PM20:15

Doctober: Gay Chorus Deep South (Echoes sponsoring)

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For the Doctober series at the Pickford, this year Echoes is sponsoring Gay Chorus Deep South. This movie is meaningful and rich, “...proving just how raw the emotion behind the issues of church, family, and sexuality is" (The Daily Beast, May 2019).

There are only two showings (Oct 6th @ 2:30pm and Oct 21st @ 8:15pm), so get your tickets early!

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance, to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation.

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Oct
28
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 has multiple avenues for spiritual exploration each month. Indoor Church is our way to connect communally with song, prayer and communal reflection. 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 REkindle, so all of our gatherings in October 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: 2116 Walnut St, Bellingham, WA

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Nov
4
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church with Adrien Converse

  • 2116 Walnut Street Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States (map)
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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? This month’s guest is Adrien Converse!

Adrien Converse is a surreal artist, musical performer, and co-founder of the local agency Overthink Group. Adrien also happens to be neither a man nor a woman, and writes articles about what it’s like to navigate society’s gender norms without a gender. (You can find that stuff at Deconforming.com.) When they’re not rummaging around for their misplaced keys, you can probably find Adrien hanging out in a very planty part of the woods.

Adrien has an engrossing story, which challenges our understandings and expectations around gender and identity. You won’t want to miss this.

The event is free and open to all; donations are welcome.

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 contribute!


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Nov
22
to Nov 24

Echoes Retreat!

This is one event that Echoes people say is their favorite, year after year. We’re again returning to Lutherwood, on the shores of Lake Samish. There will be storytelling, dreaming, laughing, talking, and lots of eating.

There will be more details as things unfold, but for now put these dates on your calendar.

Approximate cost will be $50, which includes food and lodging. We’re near enough to Bellingham that it’s easy to just come for the gatherings, too.

Drop us a line if you have questions!

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Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Bowling Church

  • 1411 North State Street Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States (map)
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Anytime community gets together, we call it church, at Echoes!

Join us Friday 10/11 for a special bowling church outing at 20th Century Bowl, in downtown Bellingham!

We'll bowl a few games, enjoy some curly fries and intergenerational community out on the lanes!

Bowling Rates:
5:00 pm – close – $4.75 per game/per person
Shoe Rental $3.00 per person

This is an all ages event, please let us know if you have any questions! info@echoesbellingham.org

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Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Pub Church @ Twin Sisters Brewing Company

  • 500 Carolina Street Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States (map)
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We believe that Church has never been confined to a building, so why not meet in a brewery, pub, taphouse or bar?
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.

Come join us at Twin Sisters Brewing Company, as we discuss ideas around our October theme of REKINDLE!

Choose your favorite beverage* and enjoy some interesting, helpful dialogue with a community of of folks with unique viewpoints. We're really welcoming, not high-pressure, or interested in pushing an agenda, so feel free to come check it out. 

Location: Twin Sisters Brewing Company, 500 Carolina St, Bellingham WA 98225

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

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Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church with Joanna Schmidt

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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? This month’s guest is Joanna Schmidt, an animal communicator and Shaman.

Joanna Schmidt has a wild passion for exploring rooted-in-your-bones intuitive and energetic practices and ways to weave the sacredness of embodied intuition into everyday living. She has been lovingly shaped and molded by Spirit and Earth to communicate ways of navigating and mending disconnections between body and energy. She brings these gifts to her work as a practitioner of the intuitive-shamanic arts, and as a mentor and animal communicator. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her beloved husband, Steve, and their house cat extraordinaire, Miss Kitty Sassy-Pants, who offers daily reminders of the importance of bravery, playfulness, and gratitude.

You can find more about Joanna’s exquisitely grounded offerings including her books and session options in energy work, shamanic healing, energetic boundaries and animal communication, at her website, www.joannaschmidt.com.

The event is free and open to all; donations are welcome.

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 contribute!

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Oct
6
2:30 PM14:30

Doctober: Gay Chorus Deep South (Echoes sponsoring)

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For the Doctober series at the Pickford, this year Echoes is sponsoring Gay Chorus Deep South. This movie is meaningful and rich, “...proving just how raw the emotion behind the issues of church, family, and sexuality is" (The Daily Beast, May 2019).

There are only two showings (Oct 6th @ 2:30pm and Oct 21st @ 8:15pm), so get your tickets early!

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance, to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation.

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Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Blessing of the Animals / Wild Church

  • 3424 Meridian Street Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States (map)
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In recognition of World Animal Day, in conjunction with St Francis of Assisi Day, we’re celebrating by blessing animals of Bellingham!

Come join us at Cornwall Park on Saturday, Oct. 5th, to offer a blessing to your animal companion(s). The blessing will be led by the found of the Wild Church, Victoria Loorz, and will entail a short ceremony followed by a personal blessing for each critter.

This is the fifth Animal Blessing hosted by Echoes. We've had dogs, cats, bunnies, a giant lizard...what will show up this year? ALL animals are welcome!

LOCATION: the large shelter at Cornwall Park, next to the kids water park and playground. A good working address is 3424 Meridian St. Map link here.

(Note: if your animal companion would be frightened by this event, please bring a photo instead so they can receive a blessing from a distance!)

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Sep
30
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 in a worshipful setting.

As we explore our September theme of REmember, we will tap into our core personal values as we remember the artist in each of us. Each month we explore a different medium and this month will find us getting our hands dirty with clay. Stay tuned for more details!

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: 2116 Walnut St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Questions about Creative Church?
Contact Pastor Emma pastoremmad@gmail.com

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Sep
23
6:30 PM18:30

Indoor Church

  • 2116 Walnut Street Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States (map)
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“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 has multiple avenues for spiritual exploration each month. Indoor Church is our way to connect communally with song, prayer and communal reflection. 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 REmember, so all of our gatherings in September 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: 2116 Walnut St, Bellingham, WA

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Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

reWilding Workshop

  • 3220 North Shore Road Bellingham, WA, 98226 United States (map)
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Celebrate the Fall Equinox and the harvest season, with a deep reconnection with the Wild Earth and your own Wild Soul. Explore with nature as your guide, what is longing to transition within 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.
Cost: $30
Workshop Location:
Lake Whatcom Park, 3220 Northshore Road, Bellingham WA
Registration: Use the form below!or email bellinghamworkshops@gmail.com

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

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Summer Starr
Opportunity Council, Member of the Stillpoint at Beckside Discernment Team.
Summer is deeply dedicated to the healing of the human and earth relationship. She has worked in international development in several countries and this has given her a wide perspective of the challenges facing both humanity and the earth. You can learn more about her healing work at wlotusliving.com

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Emma Donohew
Echoes Collaborative Team Leader, Creative Church Pastor, Itinerant Preacher. Gardener.

Emma is a lover of exploring artistic practices in nature in order to deepen our relationships with all of creation. Coming from the United Methodist tradition, she has consistently worked as an advocate for sustainable living and a healthier future. She has helped create and restore urban community gardens seeing the communal transformation they can bring.

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Danielle Humphreys
Production Assistant at Cloud Mountain Farm Center Danielle is passionate about the intersection of eco-spirituality, social justice, and personal growth. Holding an MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary, she has previously worked in youth and family ministries and enjoyed planning retreats and camps over the past 15 years spanning between crazy & contemplative. She loves creativity, music, and talking about the Enneagram.

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Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Pub Church @ Bellingham Cider Company

  • 205 Prospect Street #4403 Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States (map)
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We believe that Church has never been confined to a building, so why not meet in a brewery, pub, taphouse or bar?
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.

Come join us at one of Bellingham’s newest Cider Taproom, Thousand Acre, as we discuss our September theme of REMEMBER!

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: Bellingham Cider Company, 205 Prospect St #4403, Bellingham WA 98225

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

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Sep
16
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church with Brad Lockhart

  • 2116 Walnut Street Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States (map)
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Each month Echoes hosts ‘Hamster Church, a 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 participants have included an iconic drag queen, a panel of local Muslim women, local artists, and more. Bellingham harbors a lot of colorful characters!

This month features Brad Lockhart!

Brad is Bellingham's local flag prodigy. This public conversation will focus on flag design and his stories around flag making. You may be familiar with the recent nail-biting drama around a new Seattle flag? We'll hear about that, how the whole Bellingham flag thing got its start, as well as other design that Brad has done and is planning. It's an excellent story, and we're excited to share this conversation with Bellingham! There will be time for Q&A at the end. You can peruse the extent of his work at lariatcreative.com and prepare some questions!

Bradley James Lockhart is a graphic artist, musician, and animator from Whatcom County. Brad is a graduate of Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University with degrees in visual art and digital design. In 2015 he had the opportunity to design a flag for Bellingham as part of an unofficial contest. The flag grew and grew in popularity across the community until it was officially adopted by the Bellingham City Council in April of 2017. Brad’s unique style blends meaningful imagery and ionic design which can be seen throughout his many logo, poster and flag designs. In addition to design, he works as a freelance animator through his own studio, Lariat Creative. Animation has afforded Brad the opportunity to record songs, voice act and animate characters for media companies and independent artists, authors and filmmakers.

Our conversation facilitator is Charis Weathers, founder of Echoes, and a pastor on the Echoes collaborative team. She has a deep love for this region, and thinks 'hamster church is a great way to BE church.

The event is free and open to all; donations are welcome.

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 contribute!

For more information contact Charis Weathers
charis@echoesbellingham.org

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Sep
9
6:30 PM18:30

Wild Church @ Lake Padden Park

  • 4822 Samish Way Bellingham, WA, 98229 United States (map)
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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 ReMEMBER will echo through the rocks, trees, mountains and ants, calling to us to listen and reflect on the reality of Christ, present in all things, holder of our stories and memories.

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: Lake Padden Park 4822 Samish Way, Bellingham WA 98226

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Aug
26
6:30 PM18:30

Wild Church

  • 640 Marine Drive Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States (map)
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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 RePAIR will echo through the waves, the hillsides, the seabirds and rocks, calling to us to listen and reflect on the reality of Christ, present in all things, holder of our stories and memories. We will gather at Little Squalicum Park (and walk down to the beach) to get closer to the gorgeous waters. 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.

Little Squalicum Park
640 Marine Dr. Bellingham, WA 98225

The parking lot is located above the park and will be where we gather until 6:40pm, then we will walk down to the beach together. The trail is accessible and walkable, but will include up to .75 miles walking, please plan accordingly. We highly recommend bringing a chair if you cannot stand for long periods of time.

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Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Pub Church @ Stemma Brewing

  • 2039 Moore Street Bellingham, WA, 98229 United States (map)
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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.

Come join us at one of Bellingham’s newest brewery, Stemma Brewing Co. as we discuss our August theme of REPAIR!

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: Stemma Brewing, 2039 Moore St Bellingham WA United States 98229

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

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Aug
19
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Church

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 in a worshipful setting.

As we explore our August theme of REpair, we will let our memories and individual stories guide us in artistic exploration. Each month we explore a different medium and this month’s cut and paste technique will take you back to childhood! Art can be a healing & therapeutic experience and allow us to tap into parts of ourselves that can be less accessible in our busy lives. We will participate in the art of Soul Collage as a way to repair our hearts and souls. Come give your brain a rest, and let your spirit create in a safe and inviting community!

Paper and magazine/book/art materials will be provided! If you have any magazines you would like to bring for artistic re-use please do so!

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: 2116 Walnut St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Questions about Creative Church?
Contact Pastor Emma pastoremmad@gmail.com

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Aug
12
6:30 PM18:30

'Hamster Church with Christen Mattixx

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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, a Lummi filmmaker, and the jury foreman for the Federal Rodney King Trail.

“Mahalia,” by Christen Mattixx

“Mahalia,” by Christen Mattixx

Our August speaker will be Bellingham Artist, Christen Mattixx
Our primary discussion topic is the healing power of art, with related emphases on art as spirituality, and art as vocation. Through Christen’s many forms of art, from knitting a half mile skein to connect her neighborhood to Bellingham Bay, to painting, social sculpture and poetry booths, to curating the Malissa Perry project, Mattixx has touched the lives of scores of Bellinghamsters.

Christen Mattix is a writer, artist and connector. She makes paintings, sculptures, performance art and catalyzes community engagement. Mattix has exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationally. She received a BFA from Western Washington University and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Mattix grew up in Thailand and currently resides in Bellingham, WA. christenmattix.com

The event is free and open to all; donations are welcome.

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 contribute!

"On Earth as it is in Heaven," by Christen Mattixx

"On Earth as it is in Heaven," by Christen Mattixx

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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.

LOCATION: 2116 Walnut St; right across the street from St Paul’s.

Event space made possibly by St Paul's Episcopal Church.

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Jul
29
6:30 PM18:30

REsist Movie Night: Whale Rider!

Come join Echoes for a movie night! If the month brings us 5 Mondays, we usually try something a little different for our weekly gathering (taize, movies, walk and talk, atc.)

July’s theme of REsist provides our context for the film and discussion to follow.

Film : Whale Rider (2003)
A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Location:
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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Jul
22
6:30 PM18:30

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

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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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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
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 July 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
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
11
7:00 PM19:00

Pub Church @ Gruff Brewing

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.

Come join us at Gruff brewing this Thursday to discuss Pride's origins in REsistance (this month's theme) and how its evolution continues today. Also we hope to have our Pride zine finished and could use some help folding! Look for me (Emma) out on the back patio with questions, markers and coasters!

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: Gruff Brewing, 104 E Maple St #101, Bellingham, WA 98225

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

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Jul
8
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Church

In anticipation of Bellingham's Pride Celebration (July 14th) we are utilizing our Creative Church time to craft a zine! Together we will create the individual pages of our special Pride edition zine which will be given out at our Echoes Booth! This is a great way to let the community know what we stand for, and to express God's love for all in unique ways! Come write, craft, draw and get witty with us (no experience needed!)

Tie Dye!!!!!!
We will also have an opportunity to tie-dye shirts together that we can wear at Pride and at future Echoes community events! And who doesn't love tie dye in the summer! We are asking for a $10 donation for the t-shirts which will help cover our Pride goodies, booth rental and outreach flair! Let your inner artist come play at Creative Church!

Can’t make it to Creative Church, but still want a tie dye shirt, we have extra! Email info@echoesbellingham.org or stop by our Pride Booth!

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Jul
1
6:30 PM18:30

Wild Church

  • 6906 Goodwin Road Everson, WA, 98247 United States (map)
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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 soil, the seedlings, the kale, the compost and the berries, calling to us to listen and reflect on the reality of Christ, present in all things, challenger of all things that oppress. We will gather at Cloud Mountain Farm to get closer to the land! 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: Cloud Mountain Farm,

6906 Goodwin RD, Everson WA

https://www.google.com/maps/search/6906+Goodwin+Rd,+Everson?entry=gmail&source=g

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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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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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