What is Celebration like?
Celebrations take place in 3 movements. First, we gather together with song, open sharing, and a reflection (usually from our Convener, Rev. John). Second, we break into groups that do different spiritual practices together. You can choose from options like: meditation, yoga, arts, or making sandwiches for the homeless (these are just a sampling of what we do). Third, we gather around tables for discussion and fellowship over fresh soup and bread.
When and where does Celebration meet [look here for directions]?
We meet from 4:00-5:30pm on the FIRST & THIRD Sunday of every month in the Hudson Building (look for Rookies Sports Bar) at 3820 S. Ferdinand St., Seattle WA 98118. This is a space we rent on Sunday afternoons from a church called Light for Life (you’ll see a hanging sign above the entrance). You enter the building from the parking lot behind the building.
If you’re driving south on Rainier Ave S., turn left (East) on S. Ferdinand Street. The intersection is in the heart of Columbia City, and Geraldine’s Counter and Lottie’s Lounge are two of the landmark businesses on the corners of the intersection. Drive half a block and it’s on your left through the little parking lot. There is street parking in the neighborhood and a lot immediately across the street ($1 for 2 hours)
If you’re coming on public transit. It’s steps from the #7 and #9 bus lines and just four blocks from the Columbia City Link Light Rail station.
What should I wear?
Whatever makes you comfortable! Most people dress casually to any and all V&M events.
What about my kids?
Celebrations were designed to be interactive and fun, so kids are very welcome in the space. That said, we know that parents often need a break so we provide professional childcare for children ages 1+. In a room immediately adjacent to the Celebration space you’ll find our Valley Mountain Kids program with stories, learning, and play led by our experienced and background-checked leaders.
Do I have to give money?
If you want to you are more than welcome, but please as our guest, please do not feel obligated to give anything financially.
Can I bring my friends?
Yes! In a world full of division, hierarchies, and litmus tests for belonging, we seek to be the opposite– a radically hospitable, open, and inclusive community.