Bethany United Church of Christ

Reverend Angela Ying, Pastor   ||   206-725-7535   ||
6230 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108 (at Beacon and Graham)
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Welcome & Weekly Events   ||   About Beloved Bethany   ||   Mission   ||   Ministries
Inspiration: 2016 || 2017 || 2018   ||   Concrete Actions

Welcome to the Beloved Bethany Community

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Inspirational Quotes
  • “The prison therefore functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers. This is the ideological work that the prison performs — it relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism”
    - Angela Y. Davis, law professor, author, social activist
    from her book “Are Prisons Obsolete”
    (2003), Seven Stories Press

  • “If they come for me in the morning, they will come for you in the night.”
    - Angela Y. Davis, law professor, author, social activist

  • “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
    - Angela Y. Davis, law professor, author, social activist

  • “So as a prelude whites must be made to realize that they are only human, not superior.
    Same with Blacks. They must be made to realize that they are also human, not inferior.”
    - Bantu Steve Biko, South Africa anti-apartheid activist,
    and Black Consciousness Movement founder,
    from his book “I write what I like”

  • “The revolutionary sees his (her) task as liberation not only of the oppressed but also of the oppressor.”
    - Bantu Steve Biko, South Africa anti-apartheid activist,
    and Black Consciousness Movement founder,
    from his book “I write what I like”

  • “I’m going to be me as I am, and you can beat me or jail me or even kill me, but I'm not going to be what you want me to be.”
    - Bantu Steve Biko, South Africa anti-apartheid activist,
    and Black Consciousness Movement founder,
    from his book “I write what I like”

For more, please see our archives of Inspirational Quotes:
2016 || 2017
|| 2018

Weekly services held on Sundays at 10:30 am.
Worship is followed by a shared community meal.
All Are Welcome: Immigrants, Refugees, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ.
All are Beloved of God.
Peace, Shalom, Salaam.
  • Sunday, April 22, 10:30 am
    Worship and a very special, free, Palestinian play “Memory of Stones Sahmatah” by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast. Post performance discussion with the professional actors, Yusef Mahmoud and Hanna Eady.
    A shared meal follows thanks to Mell Fuller, Steve and Sara Storck, Leah and Moses Reed, Carroll Jackson, Bernice Cade and all who welcome everyone into beloved community, as well as upcoming community building to bring awareness to climate justice.

  • Sunday, April 29, 10:30 am
    Earth Day Worship and Celebration with our campus partners, Beloved Bethany Community with Black Power Epicenter Cooperative, Got Green, ReWA, Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool continuing to commit to taking care of the earth and all of God’s creation. James Williams and Tanika Thompson share their work and stories with Got Green, its 10th anniversary, and partnering with Bethany, BPEC, clergy, community leaders, and youth in working to stop construction of the King County youth jail. We request the $210 million be used for housing.

  • Sunday, May 6, 10:30 am
    Worship and Communion with special music by musicians, Dan Kramlich on the piano and Alex Dugdale on the saxophone along with our Beloved Bethany Singers led by Michele Storms, Suzanne Simmons, Jasper Tollefson, Shann Thomas, Corey Hubbard, Lela Besom.
    A shared meal follows worship thanks to all who welcome everyone into beloved community.

    Other Events of Note

  • Saturday, April 21, time?
    Open House at The Muslim Association of Puget Sound. MAPS invites you to its Open House to meet your Muslim neighbors, tour the mosque and community center (especially if you have never visited a mosque), learn about Islam, observe, and, if you wish, participate in Islamic worship. As-Salam Alaikum (peace be upon you).

  • Sunday, April 22, 11 am
    Palestinian Play and Discussion performed by professional actors, following worship in our Bethany United Church of Christ sanctuary.

  • Tuesday, May ?
    May Day March and Rally through the streets of Olympia and Seattle, and throughout the country, for “Immigrant Rights are Human Rights.”

  • Sunday, May 13, 10:30 am
    Women, Race, and Class, Part 1. How are these interconnected and calling for freedom, equity, equality, liberation for all, not just for a few. Special Women and Mother’s Day worship and celebration with amazing pies and more from our men led by Steve Storck. You won't want to miss it!

  • Sunday, May 20, 10:30 am
    Women, Race, and Class, Part 2 on the day of Pentecost. When the Holy Spirit moves and interconnects women, race, and class, all are mobilized and moved, including our men, to make a difference in the world, together. Based on scripture and Angela Y. Davis’ best selling book. Come and celebrate one another.

    Ongoing Events

  • Third Saturday Salsa Social - Family-friendly
    Free lesson 3:30-4 pm, or lesson plus dance time 3:30 pm-6 pm for $5
    From our own Suzanne Simmons, who is director at
    My World Dance and Fitness Studio - 206-861-2500
    849 Hiawatha Place South, Seattle
         April 21, 2018
         May 19, 2018 - 10th Anniversary Celebration, Mambo Cadillac live, $15
         June 16, 2018
         July 21, 2018
         August 18, 2018
         September 15, 2018
         October 20, 2018
         November 17, 2018
         December 15, 2018 - Holiday Celebration, Mambo Cadillac live, $15

Beloved Community

Pray without ceasing. Bethany Church prays, as we grow beloved community, for all in our community of faith, our neighborhoods, city and country, others countries and all of God’s Creation.

We pray for peace amidst war, love amidst hate, compassion amidst despair, courage amidst fear. We pray for all of our sisters and brothers here and around the world, especially all who are sick, lonely, anxious, fearful, struggling, homeless, unemployed and healing and wholeness, grace and strength for the day.

Prayers for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that will run through and destroy Native American burial landmarks and sacred spaces of our First Nation People.

Special prayers for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, Cuba, Florida and the Atlantic Coast affected by Hurricane Matthew causing deaths, massive infrastructure damage and numerous people needing to evacuate their homes. Prayers for our sisters and brothers in Syria, especially in war-torn Allepo.

Weekly Events
Sunday - 10:30 am
Worship and Music followed by a Shared Meal in the church sanctuary and hospitality room. Be renewed, refueled, reinvigorated for the week, by the grace of God in growing Beloved Community. All are welcome.
Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
ReWA Preschool Headstart Program
     For toddlers to pre-K, Half Day and Full Day
     Sliding scale, based on income.
Black Power Epicenter Cooperative
Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool
Got Green
     New Campus Partner working with Bethany
     on Climate Justice.
Black Power Epicenter Cooperative (BPEC)
     Led by Senait Brown and Gary Kinte Perry, as well as
     many young community leaders, together with their
     mentors from People’s Institute, Freedom School,
     and Bethany United Church of Christ.
AA Community Meetings - 7:30 pm
Leadership Training for Youth and Young People
Youth Undoing Institutionalized Racism (YUIR)
Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC)
     Meets in the church annex.
     YUIR and EPIC are led by Senait Brown,
     community leaders and mentors..
In 2018, Bethany United Church of Christ continues to work
in community partnership with our Muslim brothers and sisters
of Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), alongside our
Buddhists brothers and sisters and all people of faith, and no faith.
Friday and Saturday
Falun Gong, Buddhist and Taoist teaching and meditation.
Samoan Choir practice
Church and Community Meetings, Gatherings, Discussions and Public Forums

Marching in Seattle, 2018-01-20

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About (in Brief)

Bethany United Church of Christ’s vision in seeking to be God’s Beloved Community on earth, come from the prophetic words of Micah:
What does God require of You? To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.
Refugees and immigrants welcome here.
No ban. No wall. Stop the deportations.

You are Beloved! I am Beloved! We Are Beloved! All Are Beloved of God!

Each and every one is needed in growing Beloved Community. Please support our social justice and ministry at Beloved Bethany with a donation of any amount to: Bethany United Church of Christ. You and your generosity and kindness are making a difference in our community and around the world. Thank you for giving generously.

  • NOTE:
    Throughout the year, Bethany Church will be leading in “Share the Gift of Love,” providing for our neighborhood children. Please bring new, or lightly used, men and women’s gloves and scarves. Please let pastor Angela Ying know if you are willing to participate and help.

    Thank you.

Marching at the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia, 2017-01-21

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GIVE You make a difference in the world by giving to our ministry and social justice projects. Please make checks to:
Bethany United Church of Christ, 6230 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108. Donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you.

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