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!

More than a Single Story & May 14 Potluck

Living Water, Art and Perspective & May 14: POTLUCK! For the Sundays in May, we will explore a single Bible story, John 4:1-30, from a variety of perspectives. Join us this week as equity educator Jondou Chen offers insights into the story of “living water” and the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well. Jondou invites us to consider: What does it…

9th Annual Mother's Day Vigil 2017

Mothers Day Vigil at NW Detention Center in Tacoma
Saturday, May 13, 12-1:30pm
with Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
Join people of faith for radical accompaniment in difficult times, standing up for justice for immigrants. Vigil takes place at the front gate and includes music, special speakers, testimony and action. Also a kids creative area and taco truck for food purchase. Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice

Community Garden

Need to feel some dirt in your hands as these spring days finally begin to warm up? The backyard garden at Church of Hope is ready for planting and open to anyone who’d like to try growing some food or flowers or other green things! Talk to Naomi Cooper to get involved with gardening or other yard work.

Mary's Place

Thrilled and so SO grateful for this amazing gift of a permanent home in downtown Seattle with our family! What an incredible gift!!


Introducing: A New Church Giving App!

We are so grateful for all the support that makes our community possible, and we’re excited to announce a convenient new way to give. To get started, download GivePlus Church for free from the App Store or Google Play. Simply search for “GivePlus Church.” Then, you can easily make donations directly from your smartphone using your debit/credit card or checking/savings account. You can choose to donate as a guest or set up an account that allows you to securely and conveniently schedule recurring donations and manage and review your giving history. We hope you enjoy this new way to contribute to our ministry, and thank you for your support.

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Exploring Gender Justice and Faith

Discussion Group this Spring; meeting times TBD

Our church, the ELCA has created several social statements, bringing Scripture and Lutheran theology into dialogue with social analysis on a particular social question. Social statements also set policy for this church and guide its advocacy and work as a public church. The church is currently working on a new social statement, “Faith, Sexism, and Justice” and inviting local communities to enter into discussion and offer feedback. This is a great way to learn more about the Lutheran approach to the Bible and social issues as well as exploring issues of gender justice from sexual violence to economic sexism to images of God. If you’re interesting in being part of a discussion group, please let Darla know your preferred meeting times (weekend afternoon? which weeknights?) and whether childcare would be helpful.

Becoming an Official Congregation
For the past 6 years (starting with Easter Sunday 2011), Church of Hope has been gathering every week as a new mission start of the Lutheran Church (ELCA). We’ve received grant funding, training, and oversight from the national and regional church as well as support from other local Lutheran churches.
This year of 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Church, which traces its birth to the day (October 31, 1517) when a Catholic monk named Martin Luther posted a list of 95 Theses (points for discussion) to the door of his church in Germany. 500 years later, here at Church of Hope we continue in the Lutheran tradition of discussing hard questions, sharing meals together, gathering weekly to pray and sing and celebrate communion, working for justice for all God’s people, and living as “saints and sinners”--accepted by God’s grace and transformed by God’s love to live in freedom and hope.
Celebrating this 500th anniversary presents a great opportunity for us to explore more deeply what it means to be Lutheran (though there will always be a place for everyone here at Church of Hope--whether or not you consider yourself Lutheran!). As we learn about taking the step of officially organizing as a congregation, we will have time this year for study, conversation, and questions.
One great way to explore the ELCA is through participating in the study on forming a new social statement, “Faith, Sexism, and Justice.”

Sermon Recordings: There is a new link on our website!
If you missed a Sunday, were volunteering with Sunday School, or just want to hear a sermon again, we have an online audio archive where you can download and listen to them. (I don’t know if Tu have updated it yet--so far it only has one)

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Sermon Reading Group
May 7 & 21 (1st and 3rd Sundays) 9-10am
We meet twice a month to read and reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon to root ourselves in wisdom, spirituality, and curiosity for the work of racial justice. This week we are reading the sermon “Transformed Nonconformist” from the book A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings.

Living Water, Art, and Perspective

Living Water, Art, and Perspective For the next four Sundays, we will explore a single Bible story, John 4:1-30, from a variety of perspectives. Why are we doing this? When we try to make sense of the stories of the Bible, we are not looking for the one right answer. Lutheran Christians celebrate a variety of viewpoints, each reveali...




3818 S Angeline St
Seattle, WA
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