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.
The Kindred partnership consists of Damascus International Fellowship, Evangelical 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.
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 information below!
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Join a Small Group
Sign up to join a small group for six weeks of engaging study this Kindred season!Find a 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.Small Group Resources
Whether you choose to join a small group or not, you can participate in Kindred by serving together! We'll grow in community in this season as we serve our neighbors in tangible ways through hosted service projects. Some events have very limited space, so be sure to sign up soon!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 8am & 9am, DAMASCUS
Damascus International Fellowship will host Prayer on the Street in the Rainier Valley neighborhood. We will pray with and for our neighbors in the community while we build relationships and hear stories. Space is limited, sign up today.
Women’s Shelter Blanket-Making
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 11:45am–12:45pm, UPC (Geneva Hall)
Make blankets to benefit residents of Elizabeth Gregory Home. No space limitations, open to all.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 8am & 9am, DAMASCUS
Damascus International Fellowship will host Prayer on the Street in the Rainier Valley neighborhood. We will pray with and for our neighbors in the community while we build relationships and hear their stories. Space is limited, sign up today.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 9AM–11:30AM, Food Lifeline Seattle
Saturday, November 17, 10am–12pm, UPC and Various Locations
Come together for a day of service around the University District and beyond! Choose from one of six service options at UPC or in the surrounding neighborhood, or serve lunch or dinner to residents at Hope Place Women and Children's Shelter. Sign up today under "November 17—Experience Missions + Kindred Service Day" or "November 17—Hope Place."
Whether or not you choose to join a small group, be sure to join us for these forums! Go deeper as we explore the past, present, and future of racial divisions in our local Seattle context, through the lenses of history, theology, and current community development practices. Hear from a diverse array of Seattle voices, experts in their various scholarly, ministry, and nonprofit contexts, and join the conversation during Q&A sessions and group breakout discussion.
Didn't have a chance to catch the first Kindred forum? Listen to a recording online here!
Kindred Forum #1: How the "Walls of Separation" Grew in SeattlePart 1Part 2
Kindred Forum #1
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 7–9PM, UPC (Larson Hall)
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.
Speakers: UW Prof. Emeritus of History, Quintard Taylor; UW Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Connie So; UPC Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Earl Palmer; and lay leaders from each congregation.
Kindred Forum #2
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 7–9PM, ECC (Seattle Campus)
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.
Speakers: SU Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Theology and Religious Studies, Stephen T. Chan; lay leaders from each congregation.
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.
Speakers: Senior Pastor DIF, Rev. James Broughton; Pastor of Students, Rev. Chipo Johnson; and Minister Thomas Bogan.
For the six weeks of Kindred this fall, we're excited to exchange pulpits between our three sister congregations! Join us as our six Kindred pastors will preach at each of the three churches on a rotating Sunday schedule. Congregants are encouraged to embrace this shared worship mindset and visit other churches during their Sunday services.View Pulpit Exchange Schedule
Damascus International Fellowship
Evangelical Chinese Church (Seattle Campus)
Evangelical Chinese Church (Redmond Campus)
University Presbyterian Church
Saturday, November 17, 2pm, Benaroya Hall
Gather with our Kindred family as we celebrate through music at this special concert event! Choirs from all three Kindred partner churches will join a mass choir with other local congregations, led by composer, worship leader, and professor, Dr. Stephen Michael Newby. Learn more and buy your tickets today.
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 Thanksgiving meal. Get your Taste of Kindred tickets today!
ECC Tickets: Contact Paul Eng.
Damascus Tickets: Tickets available at the church office, contact Tami Broughton.
UPC Tickets: Available at the Welcome Kiosk starting Oct. 29, and Nov. 4 in Larson Hall after services