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Art is for Everyone

How art gives a voice to the voiceless. From her ever-changing hairstyles and edgy fashion to her thought-provoking tattoos, Jacqueline Moulton looks the part of an artist. In addition to teaching college art classes, Moulton spends her mornings as the Art Program Director at Aurora Commons. The Commons, a community space at 89th and Aurora […]

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Christ & Cascadia Conference

Meet us at the crossroads of faith & Cascadian culture. Christ doesn’t call us out of culture–he calls us to cultivate culture. We do that best in community. On October 14th-15th, join leaders in ministry, academia, and culture as we equip one another to engage Cascadian culture for Christ. WHEN: Friday, October 14th at 9:30 […]

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Welcome to the Land of Losers

Cascadian athletes have experienced a lot of disappointment, but there’s still plenty to cheer. Cascadia could be called the land of sporting disappointment. Between Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, championships are few and far between. Most prominent, no doubt, are the Seattle Seahawks, who after suffering years of futility and loss, finally won the coveted Super […]

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Listening and Reconciliation

A brief history of the Stó:lō people and the settlers in Chilliwack, B.C. and what it means for us. Friendships change us. Good friendships change us for the better. My friendship with Andrew Victor, an aboriginal pastor from the Stó:lō Nation, has been one of the most formative friendships I have had since moving to […]

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Sabbath & Seasonality Retreat

As the seasons turn from summer to fall, join us for a time of rest, reflection, learning, and celebration around the rhythms of Sabbath and the seasons that God built into creation. Together, we’ll learn about and experience Sabbath rest, share a meal of in-season foods grown on Eloheh Farm, and thank God for the […]

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Jeff Bezos’ Biggest Fear

Chris Lim shares an insider’s view on Amazon’s work culture. Forbes recently reported that Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos became the third richest person in the world. A year ago, the New York Times published an expose Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace, which resulted in Jeff Bezos’ response: Jeff Bezos has responded […]

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The Future of the Church Is Unreal

Virtual reality is poised to dramatically change our culture. Is the church ready? I once stood in the middle of the galaxy and walked up to the sun. I couldn’t wrap my arms around it, but I could pick up the planets—like tiny marbles—and toss them into space. Then I stood on the deck of […]

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Making Peace with “The Big One”

What the Coming Cascadia Earthquake Taught Me About God When I moved to Oregon just over a year ago, I didn’t realize it would cost me my life. At that point I was blissfully unaware that I’d be crushed by ceiling beams. Or trapped under rubble. Or drowned by a 100-foot wall of water raging […]

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Learning from Steelhead Fisherman

What a quirky, Cascadian pilgrimage can teach the church. Each year during the late winter and early spring, crowds descend on the small coastal town of Forks, Washington. They come in pursuit of winter steelhead. For many who make this trip it’s no ordinary fishing adventure; it’s a pilgrimage that borders on the religious. Last […]

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A Refugee-Friendly City

How Vancouver is leading the way in welcoming and supporting refugees. Our world has a refugee crisis. Thousands upon thousands of people are fleeing violence and political unrest in an attempt to stay alive. For some, the journey to save their lives has ended in tragedy and death, as the story of young Alan Kurdi […]

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“What Do You Do?”

Gail Song Bantum on the awkwardness of answering that question as a pastor in Seattle. When Gail Song Bantum first moved to Seattle, she did what most women—and, honestly, what many men—do: she found a new hair salon. After an enjoyable time getting to know her stylist and some of the other women at the […]

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Surprised by Suburban Poverty

How our church is seeking to serve the poor hiding in plain sight. When someone says the word “suburbs,” what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you likely picture an idyllic, if somewhat banal, scene. Manicured lawns, double (or triple) car garages, backyard BBQs, white picket fences, a chocolate lab running in slow […]

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Seek the Welfare of the Suburbs

They may not be seen as exciting, but the ‘burbs need a Christian presence, too. Suburbs are the place not to be. In conversations around creative cultural engagement, I’ve noticed suburbs are viewed as boring, a kind of anti-culture to be avoided if at all possible. Defined by car dependence, generic housing, sprawling development, big box […]

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It’s Not About the Coffee

How I went from training employees to shepherding people. My wife and I are the owners of the Dutch Bros. coffee locations in Spokane, Washington. In the early stages of running Dutch Bros., my management approach was pretty typical: train staff to do their jobs better. Over the years I’ve learned that although training people […]

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New Churches in the None Zone

What do church plants in one of the most post-Christian cities in the nation have to teach us? While national headlines herald the decline of Christianity in the United States, scarcely heard are stories from the thousands of new churches and new forms of church that are springing up each year across the country.  Dr. […]

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Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner?

Northwest Christians are caring, conscientious, and friendly. So why won’t they invite you into their homes? I’m a bit of a Nomad. I was born in Alabama, raised near Detroit and, since leaving Michigan at 19, I have lived in many places from Florida to Alaska, North Carolina to Nevada, and all parts in between. […]

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