A church community you will call home and friends who will encourage you to spread your wings.
A warm welcome to Seattle First Baptist Church! Whether through this website or in person, here you will find a dynamic faith community that has been a voice for social justice and progressive theology in downtown Seattle for more than a century. Here it is safe to hold your Christian heritage unapologetically while also valuing opportunities to collaborate with people of all faiths on issues that we hold in common. All people and all families are welcome into this congregation where diversity is cherished and makes us strong.
Seattle First Baptist is a church community that seeks to follow the way of Jesus Christ, to be a people of God and to love and care for our neighbors, and we invite all of you to be part of us for one website visit, one worship service, or for a lifetime. Seattle First Baptist is aligned with the American Baptist Churches USA and values traditional historic Baptist principles such as Soul Freedom — the right of each person to interpret the Bible and other teachings for her or himself, the Separation of Church and State and the Autonomy of the congregation. As a church we value our communal times of worship, music and education together, and we encourage individuals to discover and walk their spiritual path in solitude and in community, in small groups and large, and in individual spiritual direction.
These pages contain much more information about this church and our work together. We joyfully encourage all to worship with us — whether on line through sermons, other writings and music, or in person in Seattle on Sunday mornings or at one of the many activities at the church each week.
Are you seeking a church home? Do you question what value an institution like a church can possibly provide to our community today? This is a place where we encourage all to keep questioning. We welcome and cherish your heart, your mind, and your own growing ability to minister to the world.
Free Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 21st at 7:30 a.m.
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Special Events of Interest
Retreats, Seminars, Workshops and Lecture Series
Saturday, December 07, 2013
A Morning with Mary/am, the Mother of Jesus - Inter-Spiritual Retreat
The Learning Community
Wednesday evening, December 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
As your new Theologian-in-Residence I wanted you to know that I will be teaching a course on Wednesday evenings in November and December using a recently published book by Reza Aslan entitled Zealot (New York: Random House, 2013). Aslan is an eminently readable author, as evidenced by the fact that the book currently is 2nd on the NY Times list of non-fi ction hardcover books.
Aslan is an Iranian Muslim but was, for awhile, an evangelical Christian. He is also the author of what I think is the most “The Rest is up to You” accessible book on Islam, No God but God. Last year he spoke at the Search For Meaning event at Seattle University. Aslan draws on the political as well as the religious situation in Israel at the time of Jesus in order to give us a picture of how Jesus was perceived by those among whom he lived.
You do not have to read the book ahead of time to participate in the class, but I wanted to give you a “heads up” in case you wish to buy the book. I will be supplementing the information in the class from the writings of Jesus scholars such as Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.
Bill Malcomson, teaching
Children and Youth Education
Each Sunday, the CF&YA Commission will provide coffee, juice, and bagels from 10:15 to 10:50 a.m. Parents, children, and young adults are invited to come together for an informal time of fellowship.
Our wonderful Sunday School teachers will also be in attendance, so that parents and their children can continue to build relationships with our staff. The gym will be open, and the ping pong tables will be ready to roll out.
At 10:50 a.m., we will all head down to worship together. Then, at the designated time during worship, we will dismiss children and youth for their Sunday School classes. And then we’ll do it all again the next Sunday! Won’t you join us?
Childcare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers is available from 9:30 a.m. through the Sunday Worship Service, in our Young Children's Center and Nursery.