Today we would like to introduce you to All Saint’s Episcopal in Richland, Washington. All Saints’ welcomes, nurtures, and encourages people to explore their passion/desire for spiritual growth, worship and service. As a result, the Holy Spirit’s impact is felt within and beyond the parish.
Richland was a small farming community (population 200) in southeastern Washington State until 1943, when the Federal Government purchased the town as a bedroom community for the then secret Hanford Engineering Works of the Manhattan Engineering District, the agency established during World War II to develop and manufacture atomic bombs.
When the Federal Government moved into town, they built one Protestant Church and one Roman Catholic Church. The Protestant Church was to be associated with which ever denomination was the largest at the time. Hence, the Central United Protestant Church is the Methodist Church today. However, a large number of the DuPont management team were Episcopalians, and they wanted their own church, which is how All Saints’ came to be.
What is your greatest strength as a faith community?
Community. Inter-relationally/Family. Hospitality. Open-mindedness. Liturgy and homilies.Questions are okay. Informed. Bringing real world in outreach. Music program.
Finish this sentence:
People come here because Choir. Godly Play. Community. Liturgy. LGBTQ-welcoming.Change from other faith traditions. Preaching (faith-filled, coherent, affirming sense of humanity). In touch with human experience. Everyone is welcome.
Describe your coffee hour:
Lots of conversations. Kids running around. Plenty of food. Lasts a long time. Good coffee (Peets). Important to the life of the congregation.
What are three adjectives that sum up your faith community?
- Christ-centered 2. Accepting 3. Vibrant
If you would like to know about this wonderful community please visit their website:https://www.allsaintsrichland.org/
Thanks to BLF catechist Maureen Hagen for her generous and thoughtful work with All Saints’.