A CHURCH THAT FOLLOWS IN THE WAY OF JESUS,
TO INSPIRE OTHERS IN THE WAY OF LOVE.
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!
A BIT ABOUT OUr Journey
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.
- 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.
IS PANGEA A FIT?
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!
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.