Last Updated on Nov 08, 2018
Address
911 Stewart Street
Seattle, WA, 98101
Leadership
Pastor:
Joanne Engquist
Gender:
Woman
Race:
White
Pastor:
Kari Lipke
Gender:
Woman
Race:
Related Affiliations
Clear: Affirming
Clear: Affirming
Clear: Affirming
Clear: Affirming
Clear: Affirming
Clear: Affirming
What does this score mean?
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About Excerpt: We are people of many gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, races, nationalities, and ethnicities.

Work Excerpt: The spiritual life is not an escape from the harsher aspects of community life. Rather, it offers practices to strengthen our transformational engagement with structural evil such as racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism.

For example: We hit the phone banks together in support of marriage for all loving couples when Referendum 74 was coming to a vote. We serve a hot breakfast each Thanksgiving morning when many shelters and public places are closed to people who are experiencing homelessness. We’ve marched to protest unjust policies and to promote things we believe in, like Black Lives Matter and that Science is a valid practice.

We are Christians who march to show love for our Muslim neighbors. We huddle, we learn, we march; we work together to advocate policy changes that support people of many gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, races, nationalities, and ethnicities.We believe that Cornel West is right: “justice is what love looks like in public.”

Clear: Egalitarian
Clear: Egalitarian
Clear: Egalitarian
Clear: Egalitarian
Clear: Egalitarian
Clear: Egalitarian
What does this score mean?
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FAQ's About Our Appeal Process

What do you take or NOT take into account when scoring churches?

We take into account: public information available on church’s website, denomination’s website, and pastor’s statements (including social media).

We do not take into account: stories submitted by people, news articles, offline PDFs, etc.

That said, we do regularly link to the latter category of information (e.g. stories, news, PDF’s) in church entries, even if it doesn’t affect the church’s score. Feel free to email us with a story that you want to publish on our blog; we do not publish anonymous submissions.

What’s the difference between Clear and Unclear and Undisclosed?

Clear scores are given to churches whose policies can be easily found on their websites’ primary pages (e.g. About, Beliefs). The language in the policies is clear and contains all necessary information.

Unclear scores are given to churches whose policies are difficult to find on their websites (e.g. located in sermon archives, blogs). The language in the policies may also be unclear.

Undisclosed scores are given to churches whose websites provide inconclusive evidence as to the churches’ policies.

For more detail, see our Score Definitions page. Please note that we score Women in Leadership policy a bit differently than LGBTQ policy as we factor into account gender representation on leadership teams. Why? Because personnel is policy (H/T @BroderickGreer). Representation is essential.

What is the difference between Verified Clear and other scores?

All scores, except for “Verified Clear,” are assigned to churches by our volunteers based on our scoring definitions and publicly available information online. The “Verified Clear” score is the highest and best score a church can receive. It is also the only score that a church obtains by proactively self-disclosing its policies through our Verified Clear survey, which is sent to all churches that have been scored in our database.

I’m a church leader and I’d like our church website to be more clear. What can I do?

That’s great news! Take a look at our Scoring Definitions, to begin with, to understand the difference between Clear and Unclear websites. Then, read our Church Clarity resource PDF, “How to be clear: For Church leaders.”

Why is this church scored as "Unclear: Affirming"?

Please review the Score Links & Notes section for the rationale for this church's score.

There are typically two reasons. The first is that the church has a statement affirming "sexual orientation" but not "gender identity." Similarly, the chuch may mention they affirm people, "gay or straight," but not mention "transgender" folks.

The second reason is that the church does affirm the full LGBTQ+ spectrum, but it is hard to locate the church's affirmation statement on the church's website.

Please see our score definitions for more.

Why is this church scored as "Unclear: Egalitarian"?

If a church has an egalitarian policy, we provide a Clear or Unclear score based on whether the leadership team consists of at least 50% women and/or non-binary people. If so, then the church will get a Clear: Egalitarian score. If the senior minister is a woman, then that counts too. If not, then the church will get an Unclear: Egalitarian score. We factor representation into our scoring for Women in Leadership. Why? See this. Additionally, if it's hard to locate the leadership team on the website, then we will also score the church as Unclear.

For more see our Scoring Definitions.

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