What we're about

Do Stuff. Reflect. Connect.

Gathering Ground is a collaboration of people who listen, learn, and act together on the path to becoming more real.

We are people of many ages, incomes, and beliefs who meet in a city of wealth disparity, generational cliques, and diverse spiritualities. We find that gathering to creatively share practices, stories, and snacks is deeply connecting. Often playful, sometimes raw, there is something about doing and reflecting together that makes space for authentic questions and deep listening. We are on equal footing after mutual sharing, rather than a relationship of helper/receiver. Practicing connection to a deeper wisdom, together we are more present for our world’s deep needs.

People in our gathering call this yearning for meaning by various names: spirit, higher power, collective unconscious, mystery, Gaia, becoming real. On this gathering ground, we know we are enriched by each other’s paths.

Whether you encounter truth by writing, balancing rocks, walking a labyrinth, or reading Harry Potter, come on in.

In 2019, we plan to meet at least twice a month, sometimes more.

•On the first Sunday of the month, we host 2 activities:

A Coffeeshop writing group. 2pm - 4pm.

A Justice Vigil, Standing for the Common Good. Bring a sign or we'll provide some. 12pm - 1pm

• On the third Sunday of the month, we workshop an activity that prompts meaningful reflection, 2pm-4pm.

Accountabilities:

We partner with the Love Wins Love project, a community of unhoused & housed folks who bring art projects into neighborhoods to build relationships & respect. We share members, events, and hopes for our region.
We commit to work toward justice in the linked oppressions of race, income, gender, and orientation within ourselves and within cultural systems.

Gathering Ground is an independent program who partners with University Congregational UCC, a progressive Christian church.

Upcoming events (1)

Summer Saunter through Ravenna Park (Alternative to Loud Planes)

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PLEASE NOTE! This event has been postponed due to illness. We apologize it cannot take place on 8/6 as originally planned: during SeaFair as an Alternative to Loud Jets. Please take yourself on a wonderful walk that day, pausing at each fallen tree, source of water, and notable intersection to welcome alternative visions of our world. For those who would like to attend on the new date, please see the event description below.

This summer we are hosting Summer Saunters through places of transition. They'll feature historic tidbits, places of beauty, and pauses to reflect on the difficult moments.

Ravenna Park was shaped by many conflicting visions. And it is a place of respite for many today. As we walk, we'll pause to take in notable spots and also to hear some poems and songs of alternative visions to the militarism that too-much guides our culture.

Please bring something to drink and dress for the weather. Some of us will end the event by cooling off in the Ravenna wading pool, our final destination.

The walking route will be about 1.3 mile long to our destination. You have the option to return the same way or take a shorter .6 mile route back by the streets. There are restrooms and water at our destination, which is 5520 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105.

Free to attend. Contributions welcomed.

https://gatheringround.org/gatherings/2022/8/6/ravenna-saunter

Accessibility notes: our route goes over well-packed pathways with no steps. It accessible for a motorized wheelchair or stroller. There are not benches at every pause point. So if standing is an issue, please let us know. We would like to work together with you to bring a folding stool or find other ways you could join in.

(This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, August 6 during Seafair.)

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Summer Saunter through Gasworks Park

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