Feb
25
8:30 AM08:30

Snowshoeing!!

We're trying again with snowshoeing! Weather was not cooperative in January (one does not really want to go snowshoeing in the rain....), so this will be our third try. 

For carpooling we'll meet at the Sunset Safeway parking lot at 8:30am. Bring all the necessary stuff: LUNCH; water; warm, waterproof layers; snowshoes

If you don't have snowshoes we may have some you can borrow if you give us enough notice. Just send us an email through the contact page and we'll see if we have something suitable. 

This has been a super fun outing in years' past - do join us!

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Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

Theology Pb @ 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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Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Land Trust

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

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

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

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

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Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

MOVIE NIGHT: Jesus Christ, Superstar

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

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

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

 

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Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Land Trust - CONTEMPLATIVE FOCUS

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

Photo by Shane Stagner on Unsplash

Photo by Shane Stagner on Unsplash

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

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

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

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Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner & Listening @ the Land Trust

Generally once a month Echoes enjoys a potluck, and we all get to practice some listening. Our very name embodies a form of listening (echoes reverberate - you either hear or feel them), so we want to be good listeners. Specifically we'd like to be better at listening to others, to God, and to our local communities. At these dinner gatherings we often listen to a speaker, discuss a relevant topic, or engage in an interesting listening exercise.

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

Location is at the Whatcom Land Trust.

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Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Land Trust

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

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

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

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

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Jan
29
6:30 PM18:30

Theology Pub @ Greene's Corner

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

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

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

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

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Jan
22
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Land Trust

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

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

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

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

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Jan
20
8:15 AM08:15

Snowshoeing! - POSTPONED!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner & Listening @ the Land Trust

Generally once a month Echoes enjoys a potluck, and we all get to practice some listening. Our very name embodies a form of listening (echoes reverberate - you either hear or feel them), so we want to be good listeners. Specifically we'd like to be better at listening to others, to God, and to our local communities. At these dinner gatherings we often listen to a speaker, discuss a relevant topic, or engage in an interesting listening exercise.

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

Location is at the Whatcom Land Trust.

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Jan
8
6:30 PM18:30

Worship @ the Land Trust

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

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

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

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

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Jan
1
6:30 PM18:30

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

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

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

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

Location is the Whatcom Land Trust.

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

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Dec
25
6:30 PM18:30

Echoes Christmas: Readings, Art, & Carols

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

Father John Battista Giuliani, Guatemalan Madonna

Father John Battista Giuliani, Guatemalan Madonna

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

Ample snacks and warm beverages will be available as well. 

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

Please send us a message if you have any questions.

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Dec
18
6:30 PM18:30

3rd Monday: Worship @ the Land Trust

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

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

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

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

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Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Dec Volunteering: letter writing

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

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

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

Photo by Freddy Castro on Unsplash

Snack-bringing is welcome!

Location: Whatcom Land Trust (412 N Commercial)

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Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

Echoes Annual Subverting Consumerism

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

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

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

Come join us. It'll be fun. 

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

Location: Whatcom Land Trust

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Dec
4
6:30 PM18:30

1st Monday: Worship @ The Land Trust

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

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

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

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

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Nov
27
6:30 PM18:30

Fourth Monday: Theology Pub @ Greene's Corner

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

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

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

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

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Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

Third Monday: Worship @ The Land Trust

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

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

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

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

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

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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
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.

View Event →