We look to Jesus' life of compassion, healing, and forgiveness to learn what it means that God's love is for all people, and that love sets us free to live life to the fullest.

We look to Jesus' life of compassion, healing, and forgiveness to learn what it means that God's love is for all people, and that love sets us free to live life to the fullest. Jesus' practice of challenging hierarchies, breaking taboos, and reaching across social barriers upset the order of his day enough to get him killed — yet the story of his death and resurrection breaks the cycle of retaliatory violence and shows how love can be stronger than death. His death also shows how compassionately God is present, even in suffering, even (and especially) where God seems to be most glaringly absent.

As people of faith, we eagerly study the advances of science to help us understand how the world works, yet we also treasure the mysteries of life that are beyond our understanding. We are more interested in asking good questions that in repeating pat answers. We are always learning, growing, changing, and awakening. Encountering God opens our lives to hope, joy, and freedom.

Communion at Columbia City Church of Hope in Seattle, WA.
Playing music at Columbia City Church of Hope in Seattle, WA.

We believe that all people are beautiful, lovingly created in the image of God.

Columbia City Church of Hope is a newly forming community in the Lutheran (ELCA) tradition. We believe that all people are beautiful, lovingly created in the image of God. We reflect the face of God to each other and have the honor of being God's hands and feet in bringing justice and renewal to the world.

God's promises of mercy, love, acceptance, and transformation shape our lives as individuals and as a community. We believe that God is everywhere in this world that God has made--within us, around us, beside us, beyond us.

We are changed by encountering God, and we are challenged to carry on the work for justice and renewal all around us.

Taking a moment to reflect and appreciate a local artist's work at Columbia City Church of Hope in Seattle, WA.

We value inclusivity, honesty, and grace.

Inclusivity. We are a radically welcoming community where each of us is accepted and embraced as our authentic selves.

Honesty. God can handle it. We can handle it. We are all works in progress, and we trust God and each other and ourselves enough to say what we really think and be who we really are.

Grace. God's love sets us free from doubt, shame, and fear in order to open our lives to greater generosity, courage, and joy.