St. Peter's Episcopal Parish, Seattle

We are a resilient Episcopal community working together to build the kingdom of God in our neighborhood and city. Join us as we practice our faith in Jesus

At St. Peter’s, our story is one of our most precious gifts. It’s a story about a community of people who have strived to follow Jesus in good times and difficult times. It’s a story about perseverance, courage, hope, love and resilience.

Our story began in the late nineteenth century, when early Japanese pioneers immigrated Washington. Among them were a small number of Japanese Anglicans who eventually formed the Japanese Mission of the Episcopal Church in Seattle. In 1932, despite the Great Depression, a new church building was completed on South King Street, our present location.

St. Peter’s continued to grow and thrive until the onset of World War II. During the War, the church closed, and members of St. Peter’s were forcibly moved and incarcerated in desolate camps away from the West Coast. They found their faith in God and the United States sorely tested. Despite the oppressive conditions, pervasive racism, and badly impaired morale, church members and clergy worked through these challenges the best they could.

After the war, the mission for St. Peter’s was rebuilding and reclaiming damaged lives. The church became a refuge and center for the community, offering comfort and support for members who had been painfully scarred by their wartime experiences and continuing oppression. In 1962, a new church was built next to the original one, which was converted into a multi-purpose gymnasium.

By the 1980s, most parishioners had successfully created post-war lives. Some Nisei, and even more Sansei—second and third generations in America—found employment in mainstream positions, rather than in the ethnic economy. During this time, St. Peter’s discerned a more diverse and inclusive vision of church. While reverencing their history, members opened their doors and hearts to new people, including people from many different backgrounds.

Today at St. Peter’s, we strive to welcome people from all walks of life. Our community is diverse. It includes Japanese Americans and other Asian Americans, as well as African Americans and Anglo-Americans, LGBTQ people, people who do not have homes and people who do, refugees, people who struggle with addiction and live with mental illness, and many more. Week after week, we come to be nourished by holy food at God’s table, and then to be sent out as Jesus’ Body in the world.

Seeking the Common God | St. Peter's Episcopal Parish

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Father Edmund's sermon for the fourth Sunday of Easter is up. Read it here!

stpeterseattle.org Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10 In this morning’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we get some powerful glimpses of the early church. T...

St. Peter's Rememberance

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Friends, check out our album from the Threads of Remembrance commemoration last Sunday. Thank you to Katrina Shelby Photography for capturing this day!

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Meeting Jesus face to face

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It's BIG TAKE OUT time this weekend at St. Peter's! Join us Saturday anytime between Noon and 5 for our 44th annual BTO. Find out more in this week's Key.

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This promise is for you, your children, and everyone | St. Peter's Episcopal Parish

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"In the earliest days of my seminary education, I was taught to begin theological reflection by asking “Where is God in all of this?” Certainly, many Japanese American evacuees must have asked this question either silently in their hearts, or out loud to pastors like my father. Surely, there were feelings of abandonment, rejection and feelings of being unloved. On a day like today, it does not serve us to gloss over or ignore this kind of fundamental question."

If you weren't able to join us for our Threads of Remembrance commemoration last Sunday at St. Peter's, take time to read all of the Reverend Canon John Kitagawa's words here.

stpeterseattle.org Sermon preached by the Reverend Canon John E. Kitagawa at the celebr ation of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday, 30 April 2017 (Third Sunday of Easter, and Service o...

A few photos from our Threads of Remembrance commemoration today, remember the 75th anniversary of the last service at St. Peter's during the war on April 26th, 1942. What a beautiful, bittersweet, and also hopeful occasion.

A few photos from our Threads of Remembrance commemoration today, remember the 75th anniversary of the last service at St. Peter's during the war on April 26th, 1942. What a beautiful, bittersweet, and also hopeful occasion.

Teach us to remember

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This Sunday at St. Peter's, we will gather to remember. Join us for our Threads of Remembrance commemoration, including the service of remembrance at 10:30, followed by a community lunch at Noon. Find out more in this week's Key.

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Bearing Our Wounds | St. Peter's Episcopal Parish

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"Part of what makes us real—as Thomas and the other disciples discovered about Jesus—is our wounds. And part of what makes us Jesus’ Risen Body in the world is our willingness to bear our wounds. And hopefully, part of what makes us church is that we can be a place where others can bear their wounds too." This morning's sermon is posted. Check out it out here!

stpeterseattle.org John 20: 10-31 It’s been a week now since Easter Sunday, the day of Resurrection. Although our celebration of Easter is 50 days, the crowds have thinned out a b...

Final planning is underway for our Threads of Remembrance commemoration next Sunday, including this map, tracing the locations of St. Peter's people in 1942. The final day to RSVP to the lunch is tomorrow. Check out our webpage for more information.

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1610 S King St
Seattle, WA
98144

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Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 3pm
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