Maureen Murphy Nutting, December 2004
Known for their stunning architecture, rich liturgies, extensive community outreach programs, and inclusive congregations, the downtown and close-to-downtown churches, synagogues, and mosques of Seattle welcome visitors. Among those close to the AHA meeting site are:
First AME Church of Seattle at 1522 14th Avenue on Capitol Hill has worship services at 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sundays; church school at 9:30 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church at 1013 8th Avenue, holds its Traditional Sunday Service at 9:30 a.m.* in the sanctuary and Contemporary Service at 11* a.m. in the chapel. Bible study groups meet at 9:30 a.m.* and 10:30 a.m.*, and fellowship and refreshments are available from 10:30* to 11 a.m.* in the Gathering Room.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 911 Stewart Street, has Worship Service at 9 a.m.*
The Idriss Mosque, at Northgate Way and 15th Avenue NE, begins juqua on Friday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. To get to the mosque, take any Seattle Metrobus to Northgate, and walk north to Northgate Way NE, then east to 15th Avenue NE. Or take I-5 from downtown north to the Northgate exit, turn left on 1st Avenue E., then right on Northgate Way NE, and drive east to 15th Avenue NE.
Plymouth Congregational Church at 1217 Sixth Avenue (United Church of Christ), service in the Sanctuary at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Bible Study, the Plymouth Forum, and Church School are at 10 a.m. and Fellowship Hour begins at noon.
St. James Cathedral at 9th Avenue and Marion (Catholic), celebrates Sunday Masses at 8 a.m., 10 a.m.*, noon,* and 5:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:30 p.m. Taizé Ecumenical Prayer services are held at 6 p.m. on Fridays; choirs sing at the 10 a.m. and noon Masses. Refreshments are served after Sunday morning and noon services.
St. Mark’s Cathedral on Capitol Hill’s Broadway N. (Episcopal), holds Holy Eucharist Services Sundays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m.*, 11 a.m.* (Cathedral Choir), and 7 p.m. (co-sponsored with Integrity, the Gay and Lesbian organization of the Episcopal Church). The 9:30 p.m. Sunday compline is a Seattle tradition.
Seattle’s First Methodist Church at 811 Fifth Avenue holds its Chapel Service at 9 a.m. and Sanctuary Service at 11 a.m., with coffee and fellowship following this service.
Temple de Hirsch Sinai at 1511 East Pike holds its Kabbalat Shabbat Service on Friday at 6 p.m. and Shacharit Service on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., preceded by Torah and T’filah Together, at 9:30 a.m.
— Maureen Murphy Nutting