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

Our gathering rhythm is:

1st Monday: worship

2nd Monday: dinner + listening

3rd Monday: worship

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

4th Monday: theology pub (Greene's Corner, until further notice)

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

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

 

Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer: Beach Clean-up!

For November Echoes will be joining Students for the Salish Sea for a clean-up at Locust Beach! This dynamic group of Western WA Univ students has been working hard to preserve and restore the ecological health of local waters, and we're happy to join their efforts on this Saturday. 

Facebook event and pertinent details here

Getting there: look for the parking area on your right as you head here.

 

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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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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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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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Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

2nd Monday: Dinner & Listening

Every second Monday of the month Echoes enjoys a potluck, and we all get to practice some listening. Our very name embodies a form of listening (echoes reverberate - you either hear or feel them), so we want to be good listeners. Specifically we'd like to be better at listening to others, to God, and to our local communities.

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

Location is at the Whatcom Land Trust.

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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
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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Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ The Land Trust

[Note: Normally on the third Monday of the month Echoes is having Theology Pub. Because of special events in October (Coast Salish People's Day/Canadian Thanksgiving, and hosting the Pickford movie Quest), worship has been changed to the third Monday this month.]

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
6
6:30 PM18:30

1st Monday: Dinner & Listening: Reformation

Every first Monday of the month Echoes enjoys a potluck, and we all get to practice some listening. Our very name embodies a form of listening (echoes reverberate - you either hear or feel them), so we want to be good listeners. Specifically we'd like to be better at listening to others, to God, and to our local communities.

THIS MONDAY we have the opportunity to listen to Todd Hains speak about the history of the Reformation. Oct. 31st was the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, so this is a good opportunity to learn about what happened back then, and why it's important both in terms of how it helped to get us to where we are, and in terms of what it might mean for the future.

Todd Hains is an academic editor for Lexham Press and PhD candidate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). He specializes in Reformation readings of the Bible, specifically Martin Luther's preaching and teaching. His wife Veronica and he moved to Bellingham from Chicago. They have a ten-month-old son, Franko.

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

Location is at the Whatcom Land Trust.

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Nov
5
3:15 PM15:15

Quest Movie @ The Pickford

Echoes has the privilege to sponsor the movie Quest in this year's Doctober series at the fantabulous Pickford non-profit theater.

The movie is an intimate look at one family in North Philadelphia, filmed over four years. They bust their a**es to make a living, they raise a family, they face medical crises, they experience tragedy and find community in the danger/safety of their neighborhood.

This is a movie that stays with you. Do see it. And share it.

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Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

REFORMATION: 13th Movie @ The Land Trust

On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed what is known as the "95 Theses" to the door of the cathedral in Wittenburg, Germany. The 95 statements were an indictment to the ruling religious powers that the oversight of their historic faith had gone astray. While there were many other forces at play, this act is commonly referred to as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, which dramatically changed the way the Church was using its power at the time.

In honor of this 500th anniversary, instead of retelling the story of the Reformation, Echoes is choosing to show a movie that invites us into the need for another, radical reformation - the reformation of our prison and judicial system in the United States. Join us as we watch and discuss 13th, a movie to which we need to heed and respond.

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The movie will start very shortly after 6:30pm in order to have time to watch the 100 min movie, and have a discussion. Location will be at the Whatcom Land Trust (412 N Commercial), right next to City Hall, and two blocks from ourovercrowded county jail.

About the movie, from Wikipedia

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).

The documentary opens with an audio clip of former President Barack Obama stating that the US has five percent of the world's population but twenty-five percent of the world's prisoners. DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated in practices since the end of the American Civil War through such actions as criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weigh more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States. She examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, demonstrating how much money is being made by corporations from such incarcerations.

13th has garnered acclaim from film critics. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Quest Movie @ the Pickford

Echoes has the privilege to sponsor the movie Quest in this year's Doctober series at the fantabulous Pickford non-profit theater.

The movie is an intimate look at one family in North Philadelphia, filmed over four years. They bust their a**es to make a living, they raise a family, they face medical crises, they experience tragedy and find community in the danger/safety of their neighborhood.

This is a movie that stays with you. Do see it. And share it.

 

 

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Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ The Land Trust

[Note: Normally on the third Monday of the month Echoes is having Theology Pub. Because of special events in October (Coast Salish People's Day/Canadian Thanksgiving, and hosting the Pickford movie Quest), worship has been changed to the third Monday this month.]

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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Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Coast Salish People's Day / Canadian Thanksgiving LOCATION CHANGE!

Echoes is again celebrating both Canadian Thanksgiving and Indigenous People's Day (specifically Coast Salish People's Day in this region) with a potluck and educational time. We will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal (thanks to the Canadians who celebrate this day much earlier than Americans!), and honor the first peoples of this region, the Coast Salish.

This year we are thrilled to have Dr Natalie JK Baloy with us for a conversation about the culture of the Salish Sea. Natalie will invite us to reflect on our responsibilities as settlers on Coast Salish territories and lands governed by the Treaty of Point Elliot. She completed her Masters and PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and is committed to facilitating place-based learning and connecting across borders and boundaries.

Since the Thanksgiving food fare is nearly identical to that of the U.S., people are signing up to bring their favorite Thanksgiving foods. We will have enough food for anyone who wants to come, but if you'd like to bring a dish feel free to choose something that isn't on this list. We are hoping that salmon will again be present, in recognition of this sacred and life-sustaining fish of Coast Salish peoples.

We are fortunate that this region (specifically Whatcom County) has officially recognized the importance of celebrating Indigenous People's Day. This is a redirection away from Columbus Day, and reorienting toward the peoples who were thriving here long, long before European settlers arrived. Tonight we honor those who sustainably inhabited this land for thousands of years before settlers arrived. 

Please join us for this festive occasion. 

Because we needed a bit more space for the meal, we are changing our location to 4915 Samish Way, which is near the intersection of Samish and Yew, across from Lake Padden. Follow the signs to the clubhouse. 

You do not need to bring a dish as we will have plenty! Food that is being brought: salmon, turkey casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, glazed carrots, squash or sweet potatoes, guac & chips, apple cider, pumpkin pie, and the show-stopper jello dessert.

 

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Oct
2
6:30 PM18:30

1st Monday: CHANGE! Worship

Typically we are having a potluck Dinner & Listening on the first Monday of the month, but because of Coast Salish People's Day/Canadian Thanksgiving the following Monday, we are switching things around this October. So come this week to WORSHIP!! :-)

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

In each worship gathering we follow the pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we usually have some time set aside for personal reflection as well. We start with a little bit of silence, sing some songs, read and converse about Scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voices being offered and shared.

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

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

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Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

4th Monday: Worship, sermon by Rachael Weasley!

THIS WEEK, Sept. 25th, we have the privilege of hearing from Rachael Weasley for the sermon! You won’t want to miss!

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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Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Volunteer: International Day of Peace

For our monthly service project in September, Echoes will be assisting with the International Day of Peace, which is hosted by the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center.

Below is the information for the event, which we highly recommend! Echoes will be helping to set up, greet, and tear down. If you'd like to volunteer with Echoes, send us a message, OR you can directly contact the volunteer coordinator at nataliejeankeiserbaloy@gmail.com 

2017 International Day of Peace: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All

6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Majestic on North Forest (1027 North Forest in Bellingham)

Hundreds in Bellingham gather every year on International Day of Peace in solidarity with people around the world. In 1982, the United Nations declared this day an annual worldwide 24-hour cease-fire to envision what our world can look like without weapons, violence, and oppression.

Keynote speaker Harsha Walia

Harsha Walia is an author and activist trained in the law. She is a cofounder of the migrant justice group No One Is Illegal in Vancouver, B.C., author of award-winning book Undoing Border Imperialism, and Project Coordinator at the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. For the past two decades she has been involved in anti-racist, feminist, Indigenous solidarity, and anti-capitalist grassroots community organizing. Harsha has made numerous presentations on race, gender and poverty to the United Nations and across campuses and media outlets in North America and Europe. Harsha is a recipient of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives Power of Youth Award, Westender's Best of the City in Activism Award, and been named "one of Canada's most brilliant and effective organizers" by Naomi Klein.

Community dinner from 6-7

New this year! We're serving up a buffet from 6-7. Sliding scale for a plate runs $5-20, including dessert. Proceeds benefit the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. Come and break bread with your community.  

Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award

Awarded annually since 2005 to a local peacemaker whose life's work is in the spirit of Howard Harris, one of the founders of Bellingham's peace vigil.

Music by Meghan Yates & more

The program also features music by Meghan Yates (of Meghan Yates & the Reverie Machine), reflections on this moment from Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, and time to remember those we've lost this year. 

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Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

3rd Monday: MOVIE SCREENING!

Instead of Theology Pub this Monday we are going to screen the movie that Echoes will be sponsoring at the Pickford in late October/early November! We'll have the chance to see the movie and discuss how we want to promote it to Bellingham. Do join!

Location is at the house of some Echoites, over near the Haggen on Meridian. Message for address and details. 

Feel free to being savory snacks and beverages of all kinds!!

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Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

2nd Monday: Worship

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

In each worship gathering we follow the pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we usually have some time set aside for personal reflection as well. We start with a little bit of silence, sing some songs, read and converse about Scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voices being offered and shared.

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

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

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Sep
4
6:30 PM18:30

1st Monday: Dinner & Listening

Every first Monday of the month Echoes enjoys a potluck, and we all get to practice some listening. Our very name embodies a form of listening (echoes reverberate - you either hear or feel them), so we want to be good listeners. Specifically we'd like to be better at listening to others, to God, and to our local communities.

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

THIS MONDAY, SEPT 4TH, is Labor Day and therefore the crowd might be a bit smaller. But it's still happening :-)

Location is at the Whatcom Land Trust.

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Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

4th Monday: Worship

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

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

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

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

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Aug
26
8:30 AM08:30

Service Project: new trail at Lake Whatcom!

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

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

From the website info:

Lake Whatcom Park Volunteer Work Party Sponsored by REI

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

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

Schedule:

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

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

3:00 pm - Wrap up

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

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Aug
21
6:30 PM18:30

3rd Monday: Theology Pub @ Greene's Corner

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

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

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

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

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Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

2nd Monday: Worship

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug
7
6:30 PM18:30

1st Monday: Dinner & Listening

Every first Monday of the month Echoes enjoys a potluck, and we all get to practice some listening. Our very name embodies a form of listening (echoes reverberate - you either hear or feel them), so we want to be good listeners. Specifically we'd like to be better at listening to others, to God, and to our local communities.

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

Location is at the Whatcom Land Trust.

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Aug
4
to Aug 6

ECHOES GOES CAMPING!

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

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

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

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

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Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

4th Monday: Worship

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

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

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

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

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Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

3rd Monday: Theology Pub @ Greene's Corner

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

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

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

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

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Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

PRIDE Worship!

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by /react-text Peter Hershey react-text: 2006 on /react-text Unsplash

Photo by /react-text Peter Hershey react-text: 2006 on /react-text Unsplash

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Jul
3
5:30 PM17:30

Baptism and cookout!

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

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

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

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

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Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

4th Monday: Worship

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

In each worship gathering we follow the pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we usually have some time set aside for personal reflection as well. We start with a little bit of silence, sing some songs, read and converse about Scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voices being offered and shared.

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

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

View Event →
Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

3rd Monday: Theology Pub @ Greene's Corner

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

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

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

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

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Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer project @ Bham Parks and Rec

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

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

We hope to see you there!

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Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

2nd Monday: worship

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

In each worship gathering we follow the pattern of "gathering, Word, meal, and sending," and we usually have some time set aside for personal reflection as well. We start with a little bit of silence, sing some songs, read and converse about Scripture, pray, and share communion. It's a relaxed time, with multiple voices being offered and shared.

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

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

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Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

1st Monday: Dinner & Listening

Every first Monday of the month Echoes enjoys a potluck, and we all get to practice some listening. Our very name embodies a form of listening (echoes reverberate - you either hear or feel them), so we want to be good listeners. Specifically we'd like to be better at listening to others, to God, and to our local communities.

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

Location is at the Whatcom Land Trust.

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