5449 Ballard Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107
How do you even begin to make sense of this giant, thousands of years old collection of poems, essays, songs and stories? Is it still relevant? What’s the point of the whole thing? How is it possible that people have used it for centuries to rationalize both terrible atrocities and great compassion? Let’s talk about it!
What is prayer? Is it that voice inside us that reaches out to God? The universe? The unknown? A request? Is there a right way to do it? What happens to us psychologically and biologically when we pray? What are some of the tired (and often damaging) cliches that get used over and over with prayer? Let’s talk!
If Jesus decided to stick around and start a church — what would it look like?
Jesus spent roughly half his time meeting people where they were at (primarily telling stories — about 40 of them). He created environments where people could learn more about what it means to be human, ask questions, argue, doubt, celebrate, and mourn.
He spent the other half of his time actually, physically, litertally helping people primarily performing miracles — about 40 of them. He seemed just as concerned about helping people in their present as he did about their future. We figure if it’s good enough for the man Himself, it’s probably a decent model.
We meet in a bar because bars don’t suck. Bars are already where important conversations are happening. It’s where we talk through things we don't understand. Bars are our confessionals. Where strangers become friends. Where people celebrate, relax, laugh, argue, process and grieve. Isn’t this what a church should be?
We talk about real shit — priorities, busyness, stress, anxiety, our phones that we can’t put down. We talk about shit that’s uncomfortable — politics, race, sex, death, violence. Not because it’s fun but because we’re committed to confronting reality.
Sundays are a church’s most valuable asset. We committed from day one that we would use much of our Sundays to be generous with both our time and money. We are far more interested in making a big impact than being a big church. With that in mind, we dedicate around half of our Sundays to tangibly making the world better by either:
01 — Action
Doing something beneficial for the world together (making lunches for the homeless, gathering household items for charities, clothing drives for foster kids).
02 — Education
Inviting non-profit leaders and experts to share what they do and educate us on HOW to best help (investing in vulnerable youth, how to support refugees)
We don’t think you need to believe all the same things to belong at Bar Church. We’re fine with people seeing things differently. In fact, we prefer it.
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