10 am Service
11 am Tree Dedication Ceremony with Duwamish Tribe elder Ken Workman
11am – 2pm Celebration follows
Ken Workman Bio:
Ken is a Native American from the Duwamish Tribe and 5th generation Grandson of Chief Seattle.
Ken retired from the Boeing Company’s Flight Operations Engineering Group where he worked as a Systems and Data Analyst and former president of Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS), the non-profit arm of the Duwamish Tribe
Ken is a Duwamish Elder and Current Tribal Council member.
Today Ken enjoys retired life on a river in the mountains east of Seattle and long walks with his wife along the shores of West Seattle.
Seattle Unity Unveils New Olson Kundig-Designed Building in South Lake Union
Visitors are invited to the Grand Opening event and open house on Sunday, September 11!
SEATTLE – For nearly 100 years, Seattle Unity has served the greater Seattle community as an inclusive and welcoming spiritual home that celebrates people’s individual and collective beliefs on their life journeys. This month, Seattle Unity’s new building, designed by renowned architectural firm Olson Kundig, will welcome visitors for an open house on Sunday, September 11 from 12-2 p.m. The open house will follow a service where all are welcome at 10 a.m. as well as a dedication to the first peoples at 11 a.m.
Light food and beverages will be served while visitors are welcome to explore South Lake Union’s newest place of worship. Existing members, prospective members and anyone from the community are welcome to join in this celebration of spirituality and innovation in the heart of Seattle.
“We are overjoyed to reinvest in downtown Seattle and reignite the location we’ve called home for so many years with a new building that suits our community so well,” said Reverend Karen Lindvig. “Seattle Unity has been waiting for this opportunity for quite some time, and we couldn’t ask for a better place to welcome existing and new members alike.”
Centrally located in South Lake Union across the street from Denny Park, Seattle Unity has made an exceptional commitment and investment in the future of downtown Seattle with the decision to stay in the original site of their first church building.
Surrounded by unprecedented growth in the neighborhood and maintaining their 60-year-old building that needed extensive repairs, the congregation unanimously decided to maintain their commitment to Seattle by investing in a building to serve the city for the next 100 years and beyond.
“With the dawn of the new building, it is finding this presence of stillness, peace and calmness that I am most excited about,” said congregant Kari Callahan. “It’s about finding slivers of light from the old and bringing them into the new. It means welcoming the new building as a place of refuge, stillness, happiness and peace. And, it means continuing our memories, established in the old, as they continuously flow into the space of the new.”
First house of Worship designed by Tom Kundig
Seattle Unity is the only house of worship Tom Kundig has personally designed during his storied career, transforming the building into a passion project for him. Kundig was selected by the Seattle Unity community based on a shared vision for such a unique project in the heart of an ever-evolving vertical South Lake Union neighborhood.
“From the first moment I met the community, I could tell this was a generous, inclusive community that would embrace the possibility of architecture,” said Kundig. “The most exciting part of architecture is not when it’s empty, but when it’s full with community, both the Unity community and the city of Seattle at large.”
Join Seattle Unity in celebrating its grand opening on Sunday, September 11 at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be provided.
WHY FOR GOOD on behalf of Seattle Unity