10:30am on Sundays. (Duration: about 1hr 20mins [give or take 5 mins])
5710 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Limited Parking is available in the St. Luke's parking lot. Street parking is free in the neighborhood.
Sunday August 25th, we will not have a formal worship gathering. We will be out of town on a church road trip to Whidbey Island.
Our worship environment is at the intersection of the causal and the sacred, the contemporary and the ancient, the charismatic and the contemplative, the evangelical and the progressive.
Join us as we worship authentically, ask hard questions, hear an inspiring message from the Scriptures, and connect with others who are on a journey to inspire love in our city. You belong here. To learn more about our Sunday teachings, click here.
At Pangea, we think church should be both fun and sacred. Both energetic and contemplative. Both innovative and ancient. Both relevant and deep. Through creative preaching, lively music, artful expression, and contemplative liturgy, we create a space for regular people to engage with God. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, you belong here.
Our style is quite modern (guitar-driven music, etc.) but we also lean into ancient practices (weekly Communion and liturgy) which foster a sense of mystery. Some would call us an "ancient-future" church expression. On any given Sunday we will incorporate modern worship songs, ancient prayers, holy sacraments, engaging video, and transformational sermons.
If you worship with us, you might compare our "style" to the following fusion: Mennonite theology (yeah, we're kind of peaceniks), Anglican liturgy (we take the eucharist every week), contemporary music (and not cheesy either), and engaging preaching (relevant and hopeful).
We have Kids programing from zero - Pre-K. Older kids are invited to join their parents in church services during this season.
You can expect to be with 25-50 others who are exploring or seeking the way of Jesus together.
***Unfortunately our facility does not have wheelchair access. If this is a need for your family, we encourage you to consider attending St. Luke's Episcopal Church, which meets in an accessible building on the same campus. For information and service times, go to their website.
The midweek expression of Pangea focused on spiritual transformation, family-like inclusion, & peacemaking.
The midweek expression of Pangea focused on spiritual transformation, family-like inclusion, & peacemaking.
Villages seek to cultivate a sense of family, made up of singles, couples, and kids. All are welcome as we together discover what it means to be peacemakers in Seattle and beyond. This isn't a bible study, but it is a space where you will be known by others and will experience God's love.
A Village is a group of people (about 8-18) committed to living out a shared set of values as a spiritual family. They both learn what it means to care for each other and to encourage each other in a lifestyle of peacemaking.
They seek to:
It takes a village to raise a child, as the old saying goes, and it truly takes a village to experience life transformation. It is impossible to become fully alive as a human being—by becoming more like Jesus—without the company of others. Jesus had about 12, plus several others—we need the same.
If you attend Pangea on Sundays, checking out a Village is your best next step.
Spiritual Formation Resources (click to list)
Everything we say and do is our attempt to lean into our vision and values. We derive these from the Scriptures and the ancient practices of the church. Reading through our values will give you the clearest picture of the kind of church Pangea strives to become.
A church that follows in the way of Jesus,
to inspire others in the way of love.
Hope | The world as it is, isn’t the world as it will be.
God intends the world to be a place where all relationships are made right. Jesus, through his life, death, resurrection and ascension, empowers all people to live as signposts of a better world. God reconciles us to God's self as the beginning of God's renewed humanity and world. This is good news. Our lives as they are, aren't our lives as they will be. Christ is our hope!
Inclusion | Communities of love offer embrace, not exclusion.
There are no prerequisites to love. God loves us before we ever could love God. And that is what we are invited to image to the world around us. We refuse to let anything get in the way of relationship, insofar that it depends on us. If you are human, you belong at Pangea; you belong with us.
Peacemaking | We practice nonviolence and contend for others.
Making peace is what God did through the cross and resurrection of Jesus. This peace extends to individuals, human communities, and all of creation. At the personal level, Jesus taught us that nonviolent resistance is part of the vocation of his followers. His vision of peace sparks revolutions of love. As followers of Jesus in a divided and violent world, we are committed to finding nonviolent alternatives and to learning how to make peace between individuals, within and among churches, in society, and between nations.
Transformation | Knowing and following Jesus makes us more human.
If you want to know what it looks like to be fully human, look at Jesus. He, the "second Adam" as the Apostle Paul would say, is the prototype of what God intends humanity to be. So, the more we know and follow Jesus, the more we become Christlike, the more we become truly human: the image bearers we were always called to be. Jesus is not opposed to our humanness, but invites us to flourish into the fuller version of our God-given humanity. The Bible sometimes calls this "sanctification."
Mystery | Ancient faith fosters wonder and refuses to put God in a box.
The church in the twenty-first century is part of a narrative that goes back 2,000 years. As we read the Scriptures, we commit ourselves to doing what we can to interpret and apply the texts with first century contexts in mind. But the story moved forward from there. The church throughout the generations, with its ancient practices and postures, is our story. And yet the church is just one chapter in the story of God, one that started in creation and will reach its culmination in the renewal of creation. We co-create the future as we partner as actors in the Divine drama. The God who guides this compelling narrative is bigger than any categories or ideas with which we try to entrap the Spirit. We worship a God who leaves us in awe, and accepts us in our doubts.
In what follows, we offer a few of our convictions about God, humanity, and the cosmos. At the end of the day, we strive to follow Jesus. The following ideas help root us in that journey.
Pangea is a church affiliated with the Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. As such, we share in the BIC's belief values, all of which give voice to some of our core theological convictions.
The following values of the BIC, give expression to our Anabaptist, Pietistic, Wesleyan, and Evangelical-ish (and the "-ish" is quite intentional) streams of influence. It would be safe to say that Anabaptism is the primary influence and that all the others find their meaning within that overarching framework. In order to give a “bird’s eye view” of our denominational beliefs and practices, the Core Values of the BIC are as follows:
Experiencing God's Love and Grace: We value the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
Believing the Bible: We value the Bible as God's authoritative Word, study it together, and build our lives on its truth.
Worshiping God: We value heartfelt worship that is God-honoring, Spirit-directed, and life-changing.
Following Jesus: We value wholehearted obedience to Christ Jesus through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.
Belonging to the Community of Faith: We value integrity in relationships and mutual accountability in an atmosphere of grace, love, and acceptance.
Witnessing to the World: We value an active and loving witness for Christ to all people.
Serving Compassionately: We value serving others at their point of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.
Pursuing Peace: We value all human life and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation, and non-violent resolution of conflict.
Living Simply: We value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.
Relying on God: We confess our dependence on God for everything, and seek to deepen our intimacy with God by living prayerfully.
By the grace of God, we seek to live and proclaim the good news of reconciliation in Jesus Christ. As part of the one body of Christ at all times and places, we hold the following to be central to our belief and practice:
God is known to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Creator who seeks to restore fallen humanity by calling a people to be faithful in fellowship, worship, service and witness.
Jesus is the Son of God. Through his life and teachings, his cross and resurrection, he showed us how to be faithful disciples, redeemed the world, and offers eternal life.
As a church, we are a community of those whom God's Spirit calls to turn from sin,acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, receive baptism upon confession of faith, and follow Christ in life.
As a faith community, we accept the Bible as our authority for faith and life, interpreting it together under Holy Spirit guidance, in the light of Jesus Christ to discern God's will for our obedience.
The Spirit of Jesus empowers us to trust God in all areas of life so we become peacemakers who renounce violence, love our enemies, seek justice, and share our possessions with those in need.
We gather regularly to worship, to celebrate the Lord's Supper, and to hear the Word of God in a spirit of mutual accountability.
As a worldwide community of faith and life we transcend boundaries of nationality, race, class, gender and language. We seek to live in the world without conforming to the powers of evil, witnessing to God's grace by serving others, caring for creation, and inviting all people to know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
In these convictions we draw inspiration from Anabaptist forebears of the 16th century, who modeled radical discipleship to Jesus Christ. We seek to walk in his name by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we confidently await Christ's return and the final fulfillment of God's kingdom.
Our theological tradition is Anabaptism, which emerged during the "radical reformation." Below answers the question “What is an Anabaptist?” through the Core Convictions of the Anabaptist Network (the founders of Urban Expression). If you want to read an excellent introduction to contemporary Anabaptism, check out this accessible book: The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of Radical Faith by Stuart Murray. Core convictions from the book include:
Jesus is our example, teacher, friend, redeemer and Lord. He is the source of our life, the central reference point for our faith and lifestyle, for our understanding of church and our engagement with society. We are committed to following Jesus as well as worshipping him.
Jesus is the focal point of God’s revelation. We are committed to a Jesus-centered approach to the Bible, and to the community of faith as the primary context in which we read the Bible and discern and apply its implications for discipleship.
Western culture is slowly emerging from the Christendom era when church and state jointly presided over a society in which almost all were assumed to be Christian. Whatever its positive contributions on values and institutions, Christendom seriously distorted the gospel, marginalized Jesus, and has left the churches ill-equipped for mission in a post-Christendom culture. As we reflect on this, we are committed to learning from the experience and perspectives of movements such as Anabaptism that rejected standard Christendom assumptions and pursued alternative ways of thinking and behaving.
The frequent association of the church with status, wealth and force is inappropriate for followers of Jesus and damages our witness. We are committed to exploring ways of being good news to the poor, powerless and persecuted, aware that such discipleship may attract opposition, resulting in suffering and sometimes ultimately martyrdom.
Churches are called to be committed communities of discipleship and mission, places of friendship, mutual accountability and multi-voiced worship. As we eat together, sharing bread and wine, we sustain hope as we seek God’s kingdom together. We are committed to nurturing and developing such churches, in which young and old are valued, leadership is consultative, roles are related to gifts rather than gender and baptism is for believers.
Spirituality and economics are interconnected. In an individualist and consumerist culture and in a world where economic injustice is rife, we are committed to finding ways of living simply, sharing generously, caring for creation, and working for justice.
Peace is at the heart of the gospel. As followers of Jesus in a divided and violent world, we are committed to finding non-violent alternatives and to learning how to make peace between individuals, within and among churches, in society, and between nations.
Although this document isn't "official" in any sense, we'd say that it points to several theological tendencies at Pangea. So in no way are we officially affiliated with ReKnew or under its authority, but we think Greg Boyd and the community around ReKnew has penned some core theological ideas that inform the sorts of things we tend to emphasize or wrestle with at our church. You can read the whole statement here.
The following Confession and Creeds reflect the historic Christian roots from which Pangea emerges. The Apostle's Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Confession of Faith of the Brethren in Christ Church give a clear look at our spoken beliefs. The ancient Creeds have slight additions/alterations to fit our Anabaptist convictions. These changes are marked with an asterisk. Also, "I" language stated as "we" language in the Apostle's Creed.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God as the final authority for faith and practice.
We believe that the Scriptures reveal the triune God whose person, nature, and character forever is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the source and foundation of all that is. God has established order and relationships within creation.
We believe that God created man and woman in His image. Because human beings chose to disobey God, their nature became sinful, resulting in alienation from God, from one another, from themselves, and from the rest of creation.
We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth to reveal the Father and to provide God’s only plan of salvation for sinful humanity. New life in Christ is given to all who turn from evil through faith in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit enables the believer to make full surrender to the work of Christ and to walk in the fullness of the Spirit’s power.
We believe that the Holy Spirit works in the world, intercedes for the believer, and is present in the life of the church, gifting persons for witness and service. The church is God’s primary means for worship, fellowship, evangelism, and discipleship.
The final destiny of all things lies in God’s hands. We believe that the return of Christ in power and glory is certain and may occur at any time. God will judge righteously at the close of the age. All created things will be brought to their proper order in the eternal Kingdom.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the virgin Mary,
and became truly human.
He announced and embodied God's Kingdom.*
He revealed the full character of God
by healing the sick,
raising the dead,
and confounding the powers.*
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, and
who has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the renewed* world to come. Amen.
We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He announced and embodied the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.*
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
****Additions to Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed were inspired by The Mennonite Worker, an intentional community in Minneapolis. Wherever we have added a sentence or key word, these are marked with an asterisk [*]. Although we are perfectly content to recite the common version of the Creeds, these slight additions serve to better express our theology, particularly our understanding of the life of Jesus.
Many people have a picture of church that's been conditioned by certain forms of Christianity that give the impression that God is angry, vengeful, and judgmental. Central to our identity at Pangea is our vision of a God whose primary posture toward the universe is love. We seek to embody that vision by centering on 5 radical core values.
We gather in two different modes: a Sunday Worship Gathering and in neighborhood-based groups called Villages. In some ways, Sundays are get-togethers for our Villages from around the city. New folks are invited to check out our Sunday morning worship experience and follow up by meeting a staff or leadership person for coffee to talk about Villages and other ways to connect!
This all started out as a dream in the summer of 2010. Little did Kurt know that he--along with his wife Lauren, daughter Lydia, and pups--would be moving to Seattle (from CA) to start a brand new church in partnership with the Brethren in Christ.
Part of what drove Kurt, and still drives him today, is that he believes that Jesus gets bad press in our culture. Some "brands" of Christianity tie the cross and the flag so closely together that it's hard to distinguish if Jesus started a countercultural movement or an American political platform. The Jesus of America is the Jesus of status quo power games. But the Jesus of the New Testament--who taught us to love our enemies, to welcome children, to serve the poor, to seek transformation, to include anyone willing--this is the Jesus that Pangea seeks to represent.
So, since August of 2013 the Willems' have been inviting others to join them in the journey. After establishing an initial core team, including three additional staff members (Brett, Andrew, and Aly), we launched public worship services in September of 2015. Our dream is that Pangea will become a church that stands up for the oppressed, empowers families, includes the excluded, cultivates friendship, ignites activism, and creates space for exploring spirituality. Our vision can be summarized by:
A church that follows in the way of Jesus, to inspire others in the way of love.
Everything we do is driven by our values. For more details, check out our Values & Convictions page.
We are a church community with some partnerships. These affiliations remind us that we are not in this alone. We are part of a larger tribe - some of which is represented below. Added to this list are countless others who have encouraged us, prayed for us, or share our values.
Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. - Our family of churches.
Jesus Collective - Our extended tribe of churches with anabaptist values and a missional posture.
Urban Expression North America - Our church plant coaching network.
Mennonite Central Committee - Our Anabaptist justice and peacemaking organization.
The Global Immersion Project - Our peacemaking training partner both locally and in Israel/Palestine.
Mennonite World Conference - Our broader Anabaptist family.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church - Our local ministry partner (we meet on their church campus) and friends in kingdom work.
"Pangea" is a word that offers two different images which are significant for our church.
Pangea represents God's Kingdom - one that transcends borders and includes the invitation to form a new humanity. In Ancient Greek, Pangea means – “entire” “earth.” It was the “super-continent” that was formed prior to the tectonic plates eventually shifting to break apart the world into the seven continents we currently know.
Where this becomes a theological concept is the idea that God’s kingdom is one that unites the world under God’s perfect reign. To this kingdom and to the King of Kings we give our full and primary allegiance, even as we sojourn in a land that is called America. Our identity as Christ-followers transcends the borders of any nation or anything else our culture creates to divide people. Christ unites unlikely people.
Pangea also serves as an image of our gathering and scattering ethos. We are made up of multiple communities that are all part of the larger movement. In other words, Pangea are exactly that – several Villages (home groups) united by a common vision of what it means to live out our love for God and neighbor. All of these groups (about 12-24 people) come together as one through a shared set of vision and values.
One thing people often wonder is: Will this faith community be a "fit" for me? There's only one way to find out—come hang with us on a Sunday or during the week! Our worship gatherings typically consist of 25-50 people during this stage of our ministry.
If you’ve been burned by the church, we might be a fit. If you long for authentic relationships guided by love, we might be a fit. If you seek mystery paired with lively music, we might be a fit. If you're a religious misfit, we might be a fit. If you've followed Jesus your whole life, we might be a fit. If you long for a faith rooted in formation and activism, we might be a fit.
If status quo pat answers rub you the wrong way, we might be a fit. If you want to be part of a community where everyone's welcome, we might be a fit. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty for our city, and connect with like-minded folks—we just might be a fit for you.
1. Are you "complementarian"or "egalitarian" regarding gender roles?
2. What is an Anabaptist?
3. What other traditions influence Pangea?
4. Do you have formal membership?
5. Who may get involved in serving and participating at Pangea? Is "inclusion" just a buzzword?
6. Are you "Reformed," as in the "young, restless, and reformed" movement (sometimes called "neo-reformed")?
7. Do you have specific ministries for women (Women's Ministry), men (Men's Ministry), etc.?
8. I like to "nerd out" on theology. I realize that regular church services aren't the ideal place for this (although, at Pangea, we do get heavy sometimes). Is there a space for me to process relevant theological issues with others?
9. What do you teach/practice regarding the "gifts of the Holy Spirit?"
10. Why do you do liturgy? Aren't you Mennonites?
11. Does Pangea consider itself a "peace church?" Is nonviolence a central teaching of the church?
MORE QUESTIONS TO COME.....