Seattle Catholic Worker

A radical Christian community in the Catholic Worker tradition


Dear beloved extended community of SCW,

We hope this email finds you all doing very well. We’re writing to inform you that after months of prayer and discernment, we have decided to discontinue the Seattle Catholic Worker and our ministries. As you can imagine, this was a very difficult decision to come to, but ultimately the one we felt God leading us towards. After moving out of our hospitality house, it gradually became clear that we would not be able to continue, and each of us has moved into a sense of calling apart from continuing the Seattle Catholic Worker community.

Our foremost reason for reaching out is to thank each and every one of you for the love, support, and encouragement you’ve given us since we began meeting in spring of 2012. This community has been a blessing to us and (we hope) to many others, and that would never have been possible without everyone who helped us along the way. We truly cannot express how grateful we are to have SCW as part of our individual stories. Thank you for enabling us to be faithful, to see the Word made flesh.

We have decided to disburse the rest of the money in our bank account to a few local ministries devoted to serving the poor and marginalized, offering that money in the spirit it was given and continuing the vision of the Catholic Worker. We trust that this money will go towards helping make Christ’s love known in the world for years to come.

We would invite any additional questions you may have about this process, and will provide our individual email addresses below should you like to keep in touch with us.

God bless each and every one of you. Thank you for everything. We wish you all peace and happiness as we move from this chapter into the next.





Big Transitions, and Asking for Help

Hello beloved community,

We hope this email finds you all healthy and happy.  Unfortunately, we write to you in a time of transition and letting go, a time of discernment and asking for help.

Last month the Seattle Catholic Worker abruptly moved out of our house in Skyway and put our ministries on hold, including coordinating the drop-in center at the Collaboratory, bringing food and supplies to migrant workers and homeless folks in the Rainier Valley, publishing The Inbreaking, and holding Kumbayawesome gatherings. We are still meeting weekly to discern our next steps according to the Spirit’s guidance, and we have set up a P.O. Box to continue receiving mail, the address for which is:

PO Box 14541

Seattle, WA 98114

As you can imagine, this has been an inordinately difficult time for us–our focus of late has been on healing, prayer, and discernment.  We write to you in the interest of honesty and transparency, in recognition of what you have all given to SCW over the years. We write to you as an invitation to join us in grieving and in hopeful dreaming. And we write to you to ask for your help.

We want to continue as a community: to see through this transition by procuring a stable and harmonious home for SCW that will allow us to serve the poor for a long time. In the interim, each of our community members currently has a stable place to rest their head, but in order for the SCW to live and breathe as a community, it needs a home. So if you have, say, a multi-bedroom home that’s centrally located that you’re just dying to get rid of, we could probably take it off your hands🙂.  Or otherwise, if you have any leads on properties or opportunities to fundraise for a property, we would love to hear about it.  And we would sincerely appreciate you forwarding this on to people that might have leads.

Of course, the future of our community will be revealed in prayer–and in communion with all those who have supported us along the way. So most of all, we ask that you pray for our community–that Christ might guide us, and that we might hear Christ’s voice.

We invite you in and ask for your help, intentionally making ourselves vulnerable because we know that we do nothing alone. Without the grace of God and the community that surrounds us, SCW would not exist. We want to name the temptation to tough it out and do it all ourselves, and to instead follow the path of Christ: that of interdependence, vulnerability, and abiding hope.

It’s been almost four years since the initial discernment meetings began for the Seattle Catholic Worker, and what a wonderful, challenging, rich, and joyful four years it has been.  God willing there will be many more! Towards that end, we welcome any inquiries, leads, words of support, and prayers.  And let us end by reiterating how grateful we are to call you community.


Andrea, Eli, and Peter

Advent issue of “The Inbreaking” out now!

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Dear friends,

Please enjoy this year’s Advent edition of The Inbreaking! You can find it here.  Many thanks to the numerous contributors and all their hard work in making this issue so amazing.  

As a reminder, we’re more than happy to send a print copy your way–just give us your address and we’ll shoot one along.  We suggest a donation of $10/year to cover printing costs and support our ministry.  Also, if you have changed your address, please send us your new one so we can make sure the paper gets sent to the right place.

In these dark winter days, full of fear and hardship, the content in this issue gives us profound hope–hope rooted in the birth of a Savior who has redeemed humanity.  We hold you all in prayer, and pray that this issue can help brighten these dark days for you as well.

Blessings and love,


SCW’s 4th Annual Advent Party/Kumbayawesome Saturday December 5th at 6:00 PM!


It’s that time of year again. While a fiery debate rages over paper coffee cups and businesses gear up to cash in on the holiday season, the air is chilling, the nights are longer, and the poor and marginalized among us suffer even more. Yet in the midst of that, we turn to a season of waiting, of expectation, of new life and new light in deep darkness–a light that doesn’t gloss over the sufferings of the poor and oppressed, but offers true hope and solidarity to all people.

We invite you to celebrate that life and light with us at our 4th annual Advent party, our best bash of the year!!! It’ll be held Saturday December 5th at 6:00 PM at our house (12914 74th Ave S, Seattle, 98178)

As ever, we’ll start with an open meal/potluck (with delicious Christmasy-treats, we’re sure) and move into a space for reflection, creative sharing, and prayer. There’s always rollicking sing-alongs and we always dip into the Advent classics, in addition to original contributions from our extended community.

If you’d like to come but find our location prohibitive, please let us know and we can try and arrange rides. We usually pick up a handful of people from The Hillman City Collaboratory (5623 Rainier Ave S). Also, please bring a dish or beverage or tasty treat to share if you are able.

Let us know if you have any questions. All are welcome and we mean it! Hope to see you there🙂

Kumbayawesome and SCW’s 3rd birthday celebration Saturday 10/24 at 6:00 PM!!!


This October SCW celebrates its three year anniversary! And we’d like you to celebrate with us in the only way we know how: inviting our friends over, sharing delicious food, and singing together. Join us for Kumbaywesome on Saturday October 24th at 6:00 PM at the SCW house (12914 74th Ave S,Seattle, 98178).

As ever, we’ll start with an open meal/potluck and move into a space for reflection and creative sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate what we’ve done–and more importantly, to celebrate all the people that have supported us along the way. If you’ve been involved at all in the life of our community over these past three years, it would mean the world to have you!

If you’d like to come but find our location prohibitive, please let us know and we can try and arrange rides. We usually pick up a handful of people from The Hillman City Collaboratory. Also, please bring a dish or beverage to share if you are able.

All are welcome and we mean it! Hope to see you there!😀

Fall Issue of “The Inbreaking” available now / Soliciting clothes donations!

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The leaves are turning, the air is chilling, and with that comes this year’s fall edition of our newspaper, “The Inbreaking”! You can view the PDF here.

If you’d like a print copy, please let us know and we’ll happily send one along!  There’s a suggested annual donation of $10. Also, please send us your updated address if you have moved recently.  Thank you!

This issue includes:

  • “You’ve Got to Change You First”: An Exclusive Interview with Activist Reddics Johnson”
  • “Dangerous Myths Lure Ethiopian Migrants” by Goorish Wibneh
  • “Inescapable Whiteness” by Marilee Jolin
  • “It’s Not the Grace of God That’s the Problem” by Dinah Danby
  • Original artwork by Victor Straube
  • Pictures from our weekly Peace Vigil, summer Kumbayawesome, and Andrea’s birthday party
  • Some easy essays from our movement’s co-founder, Peter Maurin

Also, PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR NEEDS LIST AND GIVE AS YOU ARE ABLE!  We are close to out of clothes, and we could use some as the weather gets colder, especially coats and socks.  Any donation is received gratefully.

Thank you and God bless,


Appeal for volunteer support!

Good morning dear friends. We need your help! We could really use some volunteer support for our ministries, as we’re stretched pretty thin right now.

So: if you’d like to join us at our drop in center, or make up a crock pot of food, or join us at the peace vigil, or help us serve out of our car to day laborers and homeless people in the Rainier Valley, please please let us know! It would be a huge support to us. And if you know of anyone who might be interested in such a volunteer opportunity, please forward them on to us! You can get in touch via email: Thank you and blessings on your day.

“Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.”
–Helen Keller

Summer issue of The Inbreaking (our “Sexuality Issue”) out now!

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Beloved extended community,

Please enjoy our Summer, 2015 issue of The Inbreaking, our “Sexuality Issue”!  You can view and download the PDF here.

Here’s a quote from the front page, explaining our reasons for devoting an entire issue to the issue of sexuality:

Welcome to the Summer 2015 issue of The Inbreaking.  In this issue, all of the content will focus on sexuality–in our lives, in our theologies, in the Christian church, and in our culture and society.  We have been inspired in this by the second iteration of the Seattle Catholic Worker (1974-2006), who in March 1976 published “The Yin and Yang of Human Sexuality: Reflections Towards a Whole Theology.”  The contents of that publication were controversial, even within Catholic Worker circles, pushing for more radical inclusion of oppressed sexual minorities.  Nearly 40 years later, many things have changed for the better, but Christian sexual politics are still far from the open, equitable, loving unity that Christ invites us into.  We hope to speak into today’s broken world with the same Spirit that our forerunners channeled in 1976.  

We invite you all to hear this with openness and love, and to see this as our effort towards a collective and fuller realization of the inbreaking of God’s reign.

This edition’s content includes:

-“‘Love One Another, Just As I Have Loved You’: Grappling with the Church’s Marginalization of Queer and Trans People”, by Peter Gallagher

-“My Lesbianism”, by Jan Adams (reprinted from “The Yin and Yang of Human Sexuality”, 1976)

-“Pharisee, Saducee”, by Brian Christopher

-“A Journey Toward Christian Sex-Positivity”, by Eli Burnham

-Excerpt from “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” by Audre Lorde (reprinted from Sister Outsider)


Enjoy! As ever, if you’d like a copy, we’ll happily send you one–just shoot us your address!  We also invite any feedback, challenges, or affirmations in response to this issue.  Our hope is that this can foster respectful dialogue and sharing, as well as a deeper capacity to work together to make God’s reign a reality for everybody!

Next Kumbayawesome Saturday 7/11 at the house! Celebrating Dinah, Peter, Roxanne, and Annie!

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Friends, we hope you’ll join us for an evening of food, fellowship, art, and creative expression in our magical and (mercifully temperate) backyard! This is our first gathering of the summer, and we are excited for the opportunity to fellowship with our extended community in glorious Seattle summer! It will be held Saturday July 11th at 6:00 PM at the SCW house (12914 74th Ave S, Seattle, 98178).

We’ll also, as per usual, be celebrating Peter (7/11) and Dinah’s (7/22) birthday, in addition this year to Roxanne’s (7/16) and our dog Annie’s first birthday (7/25)!

We’ll also have copies of our summer issue of “The Inbreaking” on hand!

All our welcome (including kids!), and please bring a dish or beverage to share if you are able, and a song or poem or rant or prayer to share as well!

Also, in an attempt to make this event as inclusive as possible (given that our house is out in Skyway) we’ll be trying to arrange rides from the Rainier Valley–so, if you or someone you know might need a ride, please let us know.

Hope to see you there!🙂

Spring 2015 issue of “The Inbreaking” out now!

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Friends, enjoy the Spring 2015 issue of “The Inbreaking”!  You can take a look at the PDF here.

This edition’s content includes:

-“Love is the Most Powerful Force in the World: Remembering Fr. Bix” by Peter Gallagher

-Remembrances of Fr. Bix, by Megan Capes, Wes Howard-Brook, Melissa Yager, and Seth Martin

-“How Can We Say ‘God Loves You’ to the Oppressed?” by Jay Thompson

-“A Few Things I’ve Learned From Sheep” by Tony Scramble

-“Diving and Dining: A Month in the Dumpster” by Dinah Danby

-Pictures from the MLK march, a direct action at Bangor Naval Base, and the Pacific Life Community gathering

As ever, we are happy to send you a print copy by mail, just send us your address.  Also, since we’re now at Vol. 2 (!!!), we invite those of you who subscribe to consider making an annual donation to help us cover the costs of printing the paper.  The rest of the money will go directly to our ministry.  The suggested annual donation is $10.

Thank you and God bless!