a new congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was started in the Rainier Valley on Findlay Street. In a 1967 pictorial directory were these words: what will happen in the next sixty years no one knows but we may confidently say that all leaders are concerned that our church fulfill its responsibility in our changing world.
Findlay Street was the Disciples first “open and affirming” congregation, welcoming persons of different sexual orientation “just as God has welcomed us.” Now we are eager to grow into a deeper understanding and practice of inclusiveness.
From 2006 to 2013
the congregation grew devoted to situating ourselves for the 21st century, creating a vision for sacred space and mission for us, our children, and our children’s children. We sold our building on Findlay Street in 2006 and were graciously housed in Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church.
We bought land in the urban village of N. Beacon Hill and started work to build a sanctuary and three apartments.
no longer on Findlay Street, we changed our name to Welcome Table—eager to grow into what that name will ask of us.
Welcome Table started worshiping in the new building on Beacon Hill in May of 2016. We also initiated a partnership with Plymouth Healing Communities to manage our apartments in a way that is aligned with our community’s values. We move to Beacon Hill as listeners and learners, discovering new ways to serve.
with the help of God, we want to be:
- a people of prayer, listening for God’s leading and celebrating God’s transforming grace;
- a community of storytellers, giving witness to how we have seen God at work in creation;
- a congregation of mission, especially dedicated to a ministry of reconciliation in a world so divided by racism, violence, and economic disparity;
- a people of repentance, who give thanks for the forgiving love we have known through Jesus Christ; and
- a community of hope, who, without minimizing the tragedies of life, also affirm that suffering and death do not have the final word.