V&M Celebrations
@ 5623 Rainier Ave S.
4:00pm every Sunday
11:00am on the 1st and 2nd Sundays of each month

All Welcome!

This Sunday at 11 and 4 pm!


11 am & 4:00pm @
The Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S

What makes you tick?  What is the thing that drives the identity of you?Passions is our focus for the month of August.  Come ready to co-create in a passionate way at both 11 am and 4 pm!

*Come 30 minutes early to practice singing or playing with the leaders*

Women’s Fab First Friday Potluck (tonight!)
Our monthly firstFriday potluck istonight, Friday, August 5, beginning at 6:30 PM at Kelle’s house. Please call/text her for her address and so she knows how many people to expect:  213-268-9018. You’re welcome whether you bring food or not! The V&M Women’s Group activities are open to anyone who identifies as a woman and to those who don’t relate to the gender binary and feel drawn to this feminine space.
A couple dozen folks gathered on Friday, July 8th for a rapid response gathering in the wake of the yet another day of violence against Black brothers and sisters. We prayed, sang, processed, and began brainstorming for concrete actions we could take as individuals, as well as on a neighborhood and policy level. The work continues, this Sunday and beyond.
Exciting Evolution for our choir
Didn’t know we had a choir?  We’re starting one!  As the vision has evolved, we’re becoming more and more excited about the possibilities!  Want to know more – Know someone that would be interested?  Know someone that would be an amazing accompanist?  Talk to Yasmin Andresen!
Although our 2-week pledge drive push is over, new pledges keep coming in! Thank you to the V&M community for pooling your resources to help us fulfill the mission and vision we are called to!
If you intended to make a recurring gift (or one-time offering) and didn’t get to it, click here to set it up!
Our Morning Celebration has been meeting twice monthly for 4 months now. If you’ve been part of this gathering, we’d love your feedback. Click here for a 4-question feedback survey on how we’re doing with our goals of being: family-friendly, multicultural/multi-ethnic, and spiritually transformative.
Several folks from V&M attended a kick-off event to support hotel workers in advocating for their physical safety and economic opportunity. Stay tuned for more ways to support this cause!
Farewell Party for Jon U
Our summer associate from Duke University, Jon U, will be sharing his last day with usthis Sunday.  Come send him off with well wishes and a pint after the 4pm service onAugust 7th at Flying Lion Brewery just down the road from the Collab from 7-9 PM.
V&M camping trip is only five weeks away!!!! Aug 19-21 at Lake Easton State Park. Contact Amanda to register: potter.amanda@gmail.com
There is a great deal around restorative justice, mass incarceration and related social change issues happening at the Collaboratory right now. Some are:
(1) The Hillman City Restorative Justice project beginning to meet. This group envisions using restorative circles in the local area instead of punitive or festering solutions, led by a youth steering committee. V&M is the fiscal sponsor. Contactmarileejolin@gmail.com if you want to learn more.
(2) Creative Justice: a group of teenagers and mentors and artists gathers 3x/week at the Collab to help youth who are in the criminal justice system to find a creative outlet for their emotional struggles.
(3) Freedom Project: this group assists prisoners with finding interior freedom, personal liberation, and social-political conscientization and meets here weekly.
Aug 5: First FridayPotluck. A monthly potluck open to all women of the Valley & Mountain community.

August 10: Kubota gardens picnic dinner. Hostess-Coordinator person: Hiroko Spees.  details to the the right in this email.

August 24: Farmer’s Market Potluck. Meet in the park behind the library for a women’s potluck. Bonus points if your contribution is entirely sourced from farmer’s market that day! Hostess-Coordinator person: Amanda

September 2: First FridayPotluck. A monthly potluck open to all women of the Valley & Mountain community. Location: Freddie’s house, 4610 S. Ferdinand St.

September 7: Something artsy- Hostess-Coordinator person: TBD

September 21: Fall Equinox bonfire.

FALL CIRCLES BEGIN week of Sept 26

After community gatherings that have revealed the amount of fear, anger, and despair that people are feeling right now, some folks are beginning to plan for a short-term group that would meet for 4-5 sessions this August to read through Howard Thurman’s classic short book “Jesus and the Disinherited.” This book laid out much of the sociological and spiritual foundations for the civil rights movement. It is not namby-pamby. MLK reportedly carried with him wherever he went. Thurman was a mystic, a genius, and a lion, who mentored and advised many of the leaders of that movement. The book is as relevant as ever.

It begins with Thurman saying he’s tired of hearing about religious appeals to do charity for the less fortunate. He asks “does this religion of Jesus have anything to say to those whose backs are up against the wall?” By “the religion of Jesus” he means the spirituality that Jesus practiced as a dispossessed person. Thruman interprets Jesus as a liberated person despite being fully awake to the occupation of the Empire. He sees him as essentially the same as a Black man living in the USA.  He’s interested in this man who seemed to live a liberated, constructive life while overcoming fear, deception, and hatred– the “hounds of hell” that every disinherited person is assailed by.

Women’s Picnic at Kubota Garden
V&M Women’s Group picnic at Kubota Garden

Date: Wednesday, August 10
Time: 7-9 pm (The park will close at 10 pm)
Location:  Kubota Garden
*Address:* 9817 55th Ave S, 98118
Picnic place: Terrace at Kubota Garden
Parking entrance is on Renton Ave. which is between MLK Jr. and Rainier
Ave. south of Henderson St. Renton Ave. is under construction so be
careful not to miss the entrance.

Hiroko will be there by 6:30 pm. If you would like to stroll around,  come

What to bring: food to share, your own beverage (we will have water),
straw mat or blanket to sit on or folding chair

If you have any questions, contact Hiroko Spees at hspees2000@gmail.com,
call her at home 206-723-6223, or on the day 206-393-8935.


Chef T hosted a cooking camp over  2 weeks.  If you were a food judge you know these kids made some amazing food. Thanks for helping co-create and make this space available for amazing things like this!
To date we have received pledges from 21 households for over $46,000 in 2014!  We are getting into good shape to meet our 2014 need of $65,000 in participant contributions to the common pool of resources that helps empower our mission and vision work. For those who have not yet pledged, there are several ways to do so to help us plan for the year ahead:
1. Mail your Community Commitment Card to V&M at: 5623 Rainier Ave S/ Seattle, WA 98118
2. Bring your Commitment Card to an event and give it to a Financial Sustainability Team member (Gina, Kelle, Dick, Jenny, Mari, Nathan, or John).
3. You can also make a pledge online now by visiting our secure online donation system with Vanco Services (this is a link).


Are you decent with numbers? Have you been itching to get involved in our awesome community center, but been unsure where to begin? We need your help! One of the volunteers who has been helping with our books has started graduate school and has less time, right at the moment when we need a little more help because of the Restorative Justice grant we got (see blurb above). Our books are really quite simple, you would not be expected to know it all, and the commitment is probably 1-2 hour/week, but we do need someone for it who is trustworthy and dependable. If you are interested in helping in this cool, meaningful, crucial role, contact john@valleyandmountain.org.

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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