A CHURCH THAT WELCOMES YOU!
We are a living, breathing, growing, welcoming, progressive Christian community
right in the heart of Seattle's Alki beach neighborhood. We believe that faith is a journey, not a destination, and we are blessed to share the journey with each other. We are 90-somethings and 20-somethings, toddlers and infants, and a lot of us somewhere in between. We are single, married and partnered; introverted and outgoing;
LGBTQ+, cis, hetero and non-binary … bring your whole self. All are welcome here!
We don't believe Christianity is the only way, but it's the way we've been called to follow,
and we are trying to live it with as much integrity and joy as we can.
We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary,
and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.
"Growing together as disciples of Jesus Christ,
courageously sharing God's love with each other and the world."
— Alki UCC Purpose Statement
Alki UCC is an "Open and Affirming" Faith Community
Jesus welcomed everyone, and we do too. Jesus conveyed his and God's merciful and compassionate love for all of us - part of the one human family. We affirm everyone’s God-created uniqueness and holiness in this world. We value and celebrate diversity, investing ourselves as an active social justice community in the healing of prejudice, exclusion and hatred.
From Alki UCC's 1998 "Open and Affirming" Proclamation, updated Fall 2020:
"We who cherish Alki United Church of Christ as our spiritual home have formed a community of faith in the loving presence of Jesus Christ. Believing that all people are created equal and have the right to seek God's presence in a loving community of faith, we proclaim that all who seek compassion, respect and love for their fellow beings are welcome into this church, regardless of race, age, gender, gender expression, physical ability, level of education, opinion, social position or sexual orientation."
• Inhumane social confinement due to mass incarceration and surveillance of communities of color
• Global confiscation of another culture's land and resources
• Human trafficking and the enslavement and sexual violence and assault against women and children
• Deportation and the separation of families from immigrant communities
• Police brutality and militarized tactics and abuses resulting in the murder of people of color
• Using global armaments and acts of terrorism on innocent civilians domestically and abroad
• Supporting White Christian supremacy over and against non-Christian faith communities
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but the spirit of power, of courage and resolution,
to meet difficulties and dangers; the spirit of love which will carry us through opposition.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Belief in Action
Alki UCC and Admiral UCC are predominantly white congregations in predominantly white neighborhoods. We understand that the most important thing we can do is to grow our own antiracist practices and to advocate antiracist thought and action in our community.
So check out our website, but better yet,
join us for worship ... every Sunday at 10:00 am.
Pastoral Transition Updateby Alki UCC on January 6, 2021
Dear Members and Friends of Alki UCC,
We have received word from Pastor Kelly that she is a finalist for the role of settled pastor at a church in Salem, Oregon. We are notifying you now to make sure that no one hears about it “through the grapevine.” She will be preaching there on January 17, and the congregation will vote that day on whether to hire her. If they offer the job, she will be leaving Alki in late February. If, for any reason, they do not hire her, we had already offered her an extension as our transitional pastor, and we were planning to begin the settled pastor search sometime in the spring.
In the meantime, the church Council has met with Rev. Michael Denton, Conference Minister, to make plans on how to move forward. Rev. Denton described several options. The council chose to appoint a “Bridge” pastor search committee made up of Julia Peeler, Gary Gesellchen, Jeff Duckett and Emily Hitchens to begin their work immediately, and report to the Council on January 20.
Rev. Denton observed that Pastor is leaving us in a particularly good place; we have a Future Story, members who are committed to implement it, and the Pacific Northwest Conference to support us. Look for more information in the coming weeks. The Council invites you to an to an “open house” after church on January 24.
We have challenges ahead, but also opportunities. However, it is with gratitude that we say ‘goodbye’ to Pastor Kelly for her leadership, her encouragement and her wisdom. We wish her Godspeed.
Church Council Members:
Emily Hitchens, Moderator; Joe Mitter, Vice Moderator and Worship & Music; Shannon Peterson, Treasurer; Charlie Hinkley, Clerk; Cinda Stenger, Outreach Ministry; Sandy Johnson, Caring Community and Fellowship; Gary Gesellchen, Stewardship; Julia Peeler, Faith Formation; Jeff Duckett, Worship Logistics; Kirstin Duckett, At Large; Kristen Michael, Operations