Song Mei Doran: Raised and Rooted in Seattle Unity

Song Mei Doran didn’t happen upon Seattle Unity like many other members. Her parents got married at Seattle Unity and adopted Doran when she was three years old. Ever since they brought her home, she’s been attending Seattle Unity. “Being in Unity helped me have a shared foundation or shared beliefs with my parents,” she…

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Chad and Felix: Feeling Seen and Being Seen

Felix Marcial’s first time at Seattle Unity was not a joyous occasion – he was experiencing deep grief following the sudden death of his long-term partner. Marcial already attended a church community, but when his partner passed, he was reduced to just a friend of his partner’s and did not receive the support he needed…

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Jackie Roberts: Finding Home Within a Community 

When Jackie Roberts made the move back to her hometown of Seattle in 1985, it didn’t feel quite like home again right away. Her journey back from the Tri-Cities sparked a slew of transitions but walking into Seattle Unity was a whole different story. “I just felt so at home immediately,” Roberts said. “It was…

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Scott Caldwell: Unity in Times of Transition

Scott Caldwell came to his first Seattle Unity service on a Wednesday evening in 1987 and sat in the very last row. From the back of the sanctuary, Caldwell began his journey with Seattle Unity that has now lasted decades. “I’ve been here for over 30 years,” Caldwell said. “I’m proud of that.” He did…

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Mitch Hunter: Belonging by Breaking the Mold

The first time Mitch Hunter stepped foot in Seattle Unity, he wasn’t there for Seattle Unity at all. In its former location, it shared the space with other groups, one of which was Hunter’s chorus. A singer in the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus, Hunter was already apprehensive about rehearsing in a religious space as he…

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