Kindred is an ongoing partnership of sister congregations, dedicated to building relationships amongst Christians of diverse ethnic backgrounds. The goal: to tangibly embody the multi-ethnic family of God in the city of Seattle. The vision: to be an ongoing, messy but beautiful, journey to bring Christ's healing to our city's divided and broken places.

Who's Participating?

The Kindred partnership consists of Damascus International FellowshipEvangelical Chinese Church, and University Presbyterian Church. We kicked off our Kindred initiative during Lent of 2016, with a series of co-sponsored events and a Lent small group study series.

What Now? 

In 2017–2018, Kindred has consisted of regular prayer meetings and organic relationship-building between the leaders, staff, lay leaders, and congregants at these churches.

This fall we are so excited to announce that the journey continues! Join us starting in October 2018 as we journey together as One Church for six engaging weeks of study, conversation, service, worship, and pulpit exchanges. For information on upcoming small groups, shared service projects, and forum events, check out the schedule below!


Kindred Events Schedule

Small Group Events & Dates

Read Together: One Blood

Read in preparation for the Kindred study this Fall

As we prepare for the Kindred season this fall, join us in reading Dr. John Perkins’ book, One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race.


Small Groups

UPC Small Group Facilitator Trainings

Sundays, September 16 (8:30am) OR September 23 (11:30am), Calvin Lounge

Pick one training to attend and begin to pray about your group. Questions? Email Brandon.


UPC Small Group Sign-Ups

Sundays, September 30 and October 7, Following All Services, Larson Hall or Online

Take part in six weeks of engaging Kindred study by joining a UPC specific small group.


Small Group Study Begins!

Sunday, October 14

Our 6-week study on the book of Ephesians, Speaking the Truth in Love, begins for both UPC specific and Inter-Church Small Groups.


Service Projects

Prayer Walk

Saturday, October 20, Time TBD, Damascus


Women’s Shelter Blanket-Making

Sunday, October 21, Time TBD, UPC


Prayer Walk

Saturday, October 27, Time TBD, Damascus


Food Lifeline

Saturday, November 10, 9am–12pm, ECC



Kindred Forum #1

Thursday, October 25, 7–9pm, UPC

Join us for an engaging conversation about How the "Walls of Separation" Grew in Seattle; a historical look at racial and ethnic divisions within our city. 


Kindred Forum #2

Saturday, November 3, 7–9pm, ECC

Take a look at the current racial and ethnic realities within our city and specific congregations in a conversation entitled What Unites and Separates Us Today: Characteristics of our Kindred Congregations.


Kindred Forum #3

Wednesday, November 14, 7–9pm, Damascus

Engage with us as we look to the future and Dismantling the Walls of Separation by Serving One Another in Love.


Final Celebration

Combined Thanksgiving Service / Taste of Kindred

Sunday, November 18, 5pm / 6:30pm, UPC

Join us for a final celebration as all three churches gather to worship together and share a meal! 



Stay tuned for more details about events, service projects, concerts, and gatherings happening this fall!