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Valley & Mountain is a spiritual community/church based in Columbia City with a mission to build a radically hospitable community, rooted in grace, that practices deep listening and creative liberation. We celebrate the diversity of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, primary language, and spiritual identity in our community and our neighborhood and strive to create an inclusive environment.

Celebrations are one manifestation of what this community is, and involve a mix of meditation, yoga, art, poetry, music, making sandwiches for the food bank, a reflection, and a shared meal. Sunday, September 18, 4-5:30pm, at the Cultural Corner in the old Columbia School, 3651 S Edmunds St (new location).

  1. After a brief welcome and song, all are invited to spend about 30 minutes in a room of their choice. Recognizing that different people encounter the sacred in a variety of ways (and that even the needs of a single person tend to vary), we provide several options for folks to choose between. These options vary depending on who is available on a given Sunday but may include meditation, art, yoga, jamming/singing, found poetry, sandwich making (for the Rainier Valley Food Bank), etc.
  2. We regather around tables in a central room. Someone shares a reflection.
  3. Finally, we eat a light meal and digest what we experienced that day with those at our table: what we experienced in the first part and from the second part what resonated with us or what we disagree with. We end with a song and farewell blessing.

FYI: wear what you like (most people dress casually). We delight in the fact that our community contains diversity of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, primary language, and religious (or non-religious) identity.

To learn more, visit: valleyandmountain.org or email the convener, John Helmiere, at moc.liamg|ereimlehj#moc.liamg|ereimlehj.


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