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All Pilgrims Christian Church is pleased to announce its plan to create the Same Love Garden on Broadway in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Seattle, in celebration of the achievement of marriage equality in Washington State. The garden will be created in the green space in front of the church which was one of the locations used in the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis “Same Love” music video.
Known for the rainbow banner that decorates the steeple of our church building on Broadway in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA, All Pilgrims is a progressive Christian community that has been a leader in the recognition of the full acceptance of persons of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identities. The church advocated for marriage equality legislation that was approved by voters in 2013.
All Pilgrims has committed $100,000 of its own funds to transform the green space in front of the church into a landscaped garden accessible to the public. This same green space, and other areas of the church, were used in the “Same Love” video filmed in 2012 which became the anthem of the marriage equality movement.
All Pilgrims seeks to recognize the contribution of this artistic work as an example of the power of the arts to promote social justice by naming the redesigned space the Same Love Garden. The Church seeks $100,000 in contributions to complete the landscaping work.
Funds contributed will be spent on constructing and outfitting the garden. All designs and permits have been previously acquired. This is a “shovel ready” project. Assuming adequate funding, the project will begin as soon as weather permits in late 2016.
“With increased residential density on Capitol Hill, and the coming of light rail and trolley service to our neighborhood, All Pilgrims wants this garden to be a reflection of the character of our neighborhood and a place of celebration that will serve our growing community,” says Greg Turk, the congregation’s Pastor since 2011.
The Same Love Garden will be accessible to the public during daylight hours, offering park-like spaces for gathering with friends, quiet reflection in either seated or walking meditation. Community groups, people who marry or celebrate life events at All Pilgrims will also be able to reserve the space for their events.
Plans include creation of a labyrinth for walking meditation and for maintenance of the English Yew tree which grows in the green space. Considered a significant tree by city arborists, Church tradition holds that it was brought as a seedling from the Middle East by a former pastor. The site plans include an ADA accessible ramp for easier access by persons with disabilities.
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Our Open and Affirming Commitment
All Pilgrims Christian Church is a faith-community which truly values and celebrates diversity. Through God’s love and with Christ’s example we set aside all human barriers and divisions and invest ourselves in the healing of prejudice, exclusion and hatred. We are open to, and affirming of, the full participation of all as equal members in this one body: people of all colors, ages, economic circumstances, sexual orientations, gender or transgender identities, physical and mental abilities, education levels and conditions of health. We consider no commandment to be greater than this: “We shall love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”