Join us for Celebration!
Every Sunday at 4PM
@ the Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S., 98118
All are welcome to our interactive, inclusive services that incorporate the arts, contemplative practices, fellowship, and social justice. We meet every Sunday at 4:00pm at the Hillman City Collaboratory (5623 Rainier Ave S).
V&M News & Happenings
Finding Refuge, Knowing Peace
Who do you turn to in times of trouble? What do you do when you feel lonesome and lost? Where do you go to find refuge when your world is thrown into chaos? Having focused for a season on the radical action and change that Liberation Theology calls for, we turn our attention this week to nurturing our souls. Ultimately the drive to discover and dismantle oppression, and replace it with loving alternatives, goes hand-in-hand with cultivating an interior peace and spiritual vitality. Join us at Celebration this Sunday at 4:00pm at the Collaboratory (5623 Rainier Ave S) as we reflect on soul care.
Ash Wednesday Joint Service,March 4th @ 7pm
This Wednesday we will gather at 7:00pm at the Collaboratory for a contemplative service with Columbia City Church of Hope. This gathering with candles, ashes, Taize songs, a short reflection, silence helps us reflect on the profound reality of our mortality– ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
Holy Table Turning MondayPlanning Group Starts at Celebration this Sunday
This Sunday at Celebration, one encounter group will be planning out our Table Turning action. For background: In our first year of existence, V&M made up a new holiday: Holy Table Turning Monday. We have gone to large banks, closed our accounts, and handed out fliers explaining where local credit unions and socially/environmentally responsible banks are located. It commemorates the day when Jesus walked into the temple and turned over the tables of the money changers. This symbolic act shed light on the oppression of the common people by the large institutions of the elite. The powerful were slowly taking over the land of the peasant farmers through outrageous loan rates and turning indebted into serfs or slaves. The debt records were kept in the Temple. We have had lots of interest in participating from congregations locally and all over the country. So this year we hope to plan the action early and get the word out so that others have time to participate or join in with our creative liberation action.
Mens Group A Holds Last Hurrah!
After 2 years of meeting together every other week to build community and seek spiritual maturity, the original V&M mens small group met for a last hurrah at Union Bar this past Tuesday. We took time to reconnect with those who hadn’t been around in a while and to say thank you to each other for a powerful group experience. The new-er mens small group continues on and is open to new members. The next meeting is 7:00pm this Monday, March 3rd. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Weekly Community Yoga Classes Begin on Tuesday
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 at email@example.com.
Kumbayawesome at the Collabthis Saturday, 6-9pm
Our Collab partners and friends of V&M at the Seattle Catholic Worker invite everyone to the open-mic “Kumbayawesome” event at the Collab this Saturday from 6-9pm. They’ll also be releasing the first copy of their new newspaper at the party! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Celebration Team Meeting,March 8th
The Celebration Team, which does the creative and logistical planning for Celebrations, will meet on Saturday, March 8th from 10am-Noon at the Collab. Emailnathan@valleyandmountain.org
Parentals Brunch, March 15th @ 10am
All parents and others who want to create a children-and-youth-inclusive environment at V&M are invited to brunch at the Collab on Saturday, March 15th from 10-11:30am. As we grow and seek to be more welcoming to families at V&M, it seems clear that we need to give more attention and intention to the experience of children in the V&M community, particularly at Celebration. Please RSVP email@example.com so we can arrange for enough food and childcare.
Childcare volunteers wanted for the brunch! Email John if you can help.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Small Groups Re-Start
Small Groups at V&M are bi-weekly gatherings designed to help participants build intimate community and mature spiritually. Email womens group conveners, Catherine (email@example.com) or Kelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mens group leaders, Julian (email@example.com) or Bryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more and get involved.
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