Join us for Easter Celebrations this Sunday, April 20th!

Easter Sunrise Service

6:45am @ Seward Park (south facing beach on your right when you enter the park).  Simple, short, and beautiful service with poetry, bluegrass music, communion, and a reflection

Easter Mid-Morning Service

10:30am @ The Collaboratory (5623 Rainier Ave S) A more traditional morning service with prayers, poems, music, communion, a reflection, and tasty treats and baked goods to follow!

Easter Rejoicing Party

3:00-7:00pm @ The Helmiere Home (4610 S Ferdinand St.).  Easter should be a time for rejoicing and fun.  Come over for the second international PEEP-a-LYMPICS party.  Exploding peeps, dodge peep, and more fun games shall be played.  Feel free to bring some food and drinks.

*after Easter we will return to our normal schedule of 4pm Celebration services every Sunday at the Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Ave S.*


*4/18, Good Friday Ecumenical Service, 7pm @ Columbia City Church of Hope( 3818 S. Angeline St. 98118).  A solemn service of music, readings, and prayer with 4 local congregations.

Solidarity with Muslim Brothers and Sisters
Link to Seattle P-I article

The imam of a mosque in our area was kicked off a plane for using the bathroom in a “doubtful way” and has asked for faith leaders to support him in asking the airline to investigate the occurrence and other discriminatory reports.  John participated by speaking at a press conference calling for Delta and the federal transportation agency to investigate a growing list of reported complaints (and as-yet-unreported instances) of Muslims being ejected from planes for purely discriminatory reasons.  He called on Christians who claim discrimination when cashiers fail to say “Merry Christmas” to look at this case of religious prejudice and join in solidarity with Muslims who face this kind of treatment on a regular basis.

Small Groups
Next Mens Group:
Monday, 4/28, 7:30-9:30pm.  @ Davidson’s home.  Contact bryan_lindwall@yahoo.com

Next Womens Deep Listening Circle:
Wednesday, 4/23, 7:30-9pm.  Contact Kelle at rosekm@bardicgrove.org or Catherine at catherinelivaudais@gmail.com

Next Womens Gathering:
Wednesday, 4/30, 7:00pm at a nearby spa! Contact Linda at peacepass@gmail.com
Organic Gardening Basics Class at the 

At the Collab

Garden Work Party (4/19)

Did you know we’re turning the vacant lot behind the Collaboratory into a pocket park and urban farm? We’ve already started growing the food, and soon we’ll be building a greenhouse, stage for performances, picnic tables, and art walls.  This summer we’re partnering with a new social justice focused farmers market who will launch in the garden too! 

Community Yoga for All Bodies

Several yoga teachers in the neighborhood have come to the Collab and will start teaching and “All Bodies” community yoga class on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:15pm.  It will be donation-based to make it free for people with few means.  If you want to help teach, prepare the space, or assist us in reaching out to the supportive/subsidized housing units in the area, email Julie Andres atjules.black@gmail.com.  

Collaboratory Drop-in Center Now Open

Starting this week the drop-in center is open from 10am-2pm on Monday through Friday!  Part of the vision for The Hillman City Collaboratory, our creative liberation project, has been to build a drop-in center/neighborhood living room in the front reception area of the space.   The vision for this part of the Collab is a cross between:
(1) A Neighborhood Living Room that provides a games, puzzles, art and space for people in the area where strangers can turn into friends (or at least friendly neighbors), and
(2) A Drop-in Center that offers basic services to low-income folks and a ministry of listening to people who are unseen and overlooked.
But to truly create this would require a bunch of committed volunteers, so it seemed far off until the Seattle Catholic Worker house (an intentional Christian community that serves the poor and resists injustice) showed up to offer their time and commitment to the cause.  Several V&M’ers and Hillman City residents have also offered to help.  We now have a strong core but could certainly use more.  Email scwhouse@gmail.com if you want to help or have questions.

Life Together: Be included in the V&M Directory!

Part of our V&M vision and mission is building a radically hospitable community and sharing life together.  A V&M directory can help foster community organically, beyond scheduled V&M events.  We’ve also included some boxes you can check if you want to volunteer in some capacity. So click here now before you forget!  It takes less than 1 minute.  If you don’t live in Seattle, we still invite you to fill out the contact info on the link.  This will help V&M be in touch from time to time.

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5 Responses to home

  1. beacon hillite says:

    I just saw your article in the 12/15/10 issue of the South Seattle Beacon. This was the first I have heard about your fellowship. As a person who has been uninterested in traditional churches for pretty much my whole life, I have to say that I was pretty impressed and even a little excited about what you are doing. Celebrating creativity and working to stop injustice in the world are two of the most divine things that humans can do; I’m pleased to see that you have made this so important to your mission! Keep it up!

  2. Jud Hendrix says:


    You rock! Glad things are going well! I need to come hang you with you!

  3. Shira Nahari says:

    My Dear Brother-in-Peace John,

    I just read your incredible report of how you were beaten and arrested in Seattle recently.
    I intend to share it widely to enroll people in following your advice issued on the heels of this unprovoked abuse:
    · Listen deeply.
    · Get upset.
    · Generate Love.

    Among the recipients of your repoert will be the Mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn and some City council members.

    You are a sterling template for unconditional Love and I am very sure Jesus would be proud to call you a disciple! You are spreading His message in a very pure form by BEing Peace.

    Blessed be
    in Love and Light,
    Shira Nahari, Everson WA

  4. Polly Burns says:

    I have just read your account of the happenings in Seattle…as I prepare to visit the city. I was there in October when the Occupy protest began and spent time with protesters. I am only there two days this time…I will be holding you in prayer and I will be publicizing your report.
    God bless you and thankyou for your challenge
    Polly in the UK

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