In late July, a group of our high school youth and their chaperones traveled to Seattle, WA, to explore the rich and diverse religious heritage of this beautiful city. We worshiped with a variety of Christian groups and had tours and dialogue with people of other faiths. We enjoyed times of devotion and reflection to deepen our own faith while learning to understand and appreciate the faith traditions of others.
Among the highlights of the journey were visits to the Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University, St. Mark's Cathedral, St. James Cathedral, St. Joseph's Parish, University Friends (Quaker) Meeting, Sakya Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Idriss Mosque, Temple Beth Am Reform Synagogue, the Bahá'í Museum, the Vedanta Society, Daybreak Star Native Cultural Center, and the Church of Scientology.
In addition to the inspiring worship and prayer experiences in Seattle's most sacred spaces, we enjoyed Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden, Ballard Locks, and the Experience Music Project. Our week in Seattle was filled with beautiful sights, perfect weather, and warm hospitality from everyone we met. Many thanks to Carol and Andy Barker for chaperoning the trip; to Carson Browder, Andersen Cobb, Charlie Lane, Georgia Morris, Lindy Pittman, Sara Raper, Beth Seagroves, and Jacob Watkins for their open minds and hearts throughout our journey; and to the generous Lakeside congregation for your financial contributions, prayers, and constant support of our youth program.