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Last Sunday we learned from some local experts about their experiences working with our houseless neighbors. This Sunday for our “Do Something Sunday” we will be putting together hygiene kits for our friends at Compass Housing Alliance that they will distribute to people in their shelters and drop in centers! We’re buying the supplies in bulk to make 150 kits — each kit will cost ~$3.50. If you’d like to chip in (which would be awesome) you can donate directly to Bar Church here. We’ll put these together Sunday and get them over to Compass Housing Alliance!
Maybe you’re one of the 5 million plus people that have seen Seattle Is Dying — “KOMO’s segment on the most visible part of our homelessness crisis: unsheltered chronically homeless people” (Crosscut). Or you heard about it. Either way, guessing you have an opinion on it.
But beyond the sensationalism — what’s the big picture? Where are we really at as a city in how we engage with and support our vulnerable community members?
We’re inviting some local experts from a variety of areas to continue the conversation and share their experiences. What’s working? What are some hopeful surprises? What isn’t working? Most importantly — what does compassion in action look like for us as individuals?
Jen Manlief, Director at The Bridge Care Center, Andrew Lyon from Compass Housing Alliance and Sergio Garcia — a Seattle Police Officer who’s running for city council (Sergio Garcia For Seattle District 6) will be graciously sharing and helping us wrestle with these hard questions.
Let’s talk. Come hang.
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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