Columbia City Church of Hope

A progressive faith community rooted in God’s grace and acceptance where we work together toward justice, love, and wholeness!

We are a progressive new church in the Lutheran tradition (ELCA) forming in the Columbia City neighborhood of southeast Seattle. Grounded in the hope of living in a world infused by God, we seek to reach out to connect with our neighbors and build meaningful relationships in the community.

We live in a world of so much contradiction, so much joy and beauty, and yet so much pain and confusion. The stories of God’s presence in the world—through the wonder of creation, the wisdom of prophets, the life of Jesus, and the stirrings of the Spirit—encompass the extremes of our experience and reveal as sacred all the stuff of everyday life in between. As we gather to awaken to the presence of God in ordinary life we grow into a community that celebrates life, extends compassion, and unites people to work for justice and wholeness.

In the fall of 2010 we began gathering in a church building near the heart of Columbia City, which was previously home to Bethlehem Lutheran Church. They closed in the summer of 2010, giving their blessing to the new church start and their property to Compass Housing Alliance, with the hope that the site will one day provide apartments for limited-income seniors and veterans, plus space for a new sanctuary. Church of Hope began meeting weekly on Easter Sunday in April 2011, and continues to meet every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. We also gather for monthly yoga retreats, semi-regular potlucks in local homes, service projects in the community, and visioning meetings to discern how we are going to be church.

Everyone is welcome at all of our events: old, young, gay, straight, believers, doubters, fence-sitters, activists, scientists, poets, and slackers. There is a place here for you!

Sunday School Volunteers Needed!

We are delighted to have so many little ones in our community! Kids are always welcome to stay in the service, but we will also have special classes for them during the middle part of the service. We currently have 2 age groups: preschool and early elementary. Parent volunteers are needed for both classes. Please contact Chandra (, Tessa ( or Jenny ( to help.

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Sermon Recordings
If you missed a Sunday, were volunteering with Sunday School, or just want to hear a sermon again, Tu has created an online audio archive where you can download and listen to them. Thank you, Tu! Church of Hope recordings and files

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our reflection this week is on Micah 6:8, a text that may be familiar from one of our favorite songs (We Are Called). God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does God require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? In celebration of Dr. King’s bir...

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Faith Action Network

Interfaith Advocacy Day
Thursday, February 9 in Olympia
Along with partners at Faith Action Network, we bring to our elected leaders the voice of compassion and justice. We partner for the common good with people of all faiths—and with people of no faith at all—who stand up boldly to challenge the powerful. Register at Faith Action Network (FAN) is a statewide interfaith advocacy 501(c)3 non-profit organization through which thousands of people and over 70 faith communities across Washington State partner for the…

Seattle Public Schools Should Shelter High Poverty Schools from Budget Cuts

Seattle Public Schools are facing $74 million dollars in budget cuts. Please read this article and sign the petition asking the school board to shelter high-poverty schools from these cuts. (This is Becca's article that she mentioned on Sunday.) If you are in North Seattle, it is especially important for your school board member to hear from you! by Rebecca Chase-Chen One afternoon in late November, as I was cleaning my classroom and preparing materials for the next day’s lessons, an email arrived. Unlike the colorful advertisements for cla…

Kids & Race: Changing the Narrative

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Saturday, Jan 21, 9:30am—noon @ Central Lutheran Church
Featuring Pastor Darla and early childhood educators Sharon Chang and Jason Frelot on how narratives and counter-narratives shape our children's racial identity development. Includes childcare with racial justice program for young kids. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets - The first and only fair trade ticketing company!




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