Join us for Celebration!

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, Seattle WA 98118.

Introducing Our New Intern!

We have a new intern for the coming academic year (September-May)!  Sarah will be learning some of the ropes at V&M and assisting all of our teams (Celebration, Financial Sustainability, Building, and Creative Liberation Mobilization) by helping to implement their visions. Some of you will have already met Sarah, as she has been participating for a little while now, but to everyone else, here is her introduction.

“Hi, my name is Sarah Bailey and I’m excited to be interning at V & M this coming school year! I moved from Michigan two years ago to begin studying pastoral ministry at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and it’s time for me to get my head out of the books and my feet on the ground somewhere real.  When I’m not doing schoolwork I frequently find myself wondering and talking about faith and
doubt, theology and justice, good books and random TV shows, and what it is that makes Seattle’s weather different from Michigan’s. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and learning from you as a community and as individuals!”

Please extend a warm welcome to Sarah when you meet her, and assure her that she has not made a terrible mistake.  We are excited to have you with us, Sarah!

Community Cookouts at 5pm this Summer

In years past we have altered our Celebration format from July-mid September to roll with the rhythm of the summer.   The Celebration Team has met with our collaborators from Community Arts Create and ROAR, and decided that we’ll co-host community cookouts on Sunday afternoons this summer. This Sunday, after our second movement, we’ll re-gather, sing, have announcements, and bless the meal before heading outside to participate/co-host a community cookout.  Feel free to spread the word widely! This is a chance for us to continue building community with each other, but also to engage our neighbors and partner with Collaboratory amigos.  Also, ROAR will also be hosting a mini farmers market (pictured above)!  Celebration will be 4-5pm, the cookouts will start at 5:00pm.  If you want to help with this, and we do need help with set up and running the grill, email john@valleyandmountain.org

Set Up, Greeters, and Clean Up Managers Needed

Celebration is a co-creation!  If you would like to help with space set up, greeting, or clean up, email Angela at clementisti@gmail.com.

Making Dinner for Operation Nightwatch Tonight

For several years now we have been making sandwiches for Operation Nightwatch, a sheltering and food ministry for people living on the streets.  They’ve asked us to come and make dinner at their place on Friday, July 18th. We need 6-12 people to help.  We’ll be serving about 150 people from 8:45-10:00pmthat night (arriving between 7-7:30 depending on what we decide to make).  Email Jaime Rodriguez at jairodr@yahoo.com if you want to help make the meal!

Small Groups
Next Biweekly Mens Group:
Monday, 7/21, 7:00-9:00pm
Contact bryan_lindwall@yahoo.com

Next Biweekly Womens Deep Listening Circle:
Wednesday, 7/30, 7:30-9pm.  Contact Kelle atrosekm@bardicgrove.org or Catherine atcatherinelivaudais@gmail.com

Next Biweekly Womens Gathering:
Wednesday, 7/23 @ 7pm.  On the 23rd the activity will be poetry and wine on someone’s back porch. This is a drop-in group that welcomes anyone anytime for community building and fun social events.   Email fhelmiere@gmail.com for more info.

Cool Stuff @ the Collab

  • Seed Saving Workshop, Sat, July 19th, 6:30-8:30pm.  Contact racheltefft15@gmail.com
  • “To Be Brave: Overcoming Body Shame,” Gallery Exhibit Closing Event, Sat, July 26th, 5:30-8:30pm: Artist Chloe Allred writes: “Many women have experiences of body shame and histories of eating disorders and sexual assault.  Art is my place to reconsider the beauty ideals I have been given, and to create new ones.” Read more at: http://tobebraveproject.tumblr.com/
  • Kitchen Work Party, Sun, July 27th, 9am-2pm.  Contact chef.ariella@gmail.com with questions.
  • Yoga for All Bodies, every Tuesday 4:00-5:15pm.  Donation-based with wonderful teachers!
  • Check out other events on the collab website:www.hillmancitycollaboratory.org

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.

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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