Who We Are
We are women and men and everyone in between,
children and adults, friends and family, old-timers and newcomers.
We care for one another, work for peace and
justice in our local communities and the world,
care for our garden and the wider earth.
We play together, nourish each other
and challenge one another.
We worship and sing, pray with and for
each other and continue to learn and grow.
We are an active group who lead and
take responsibility for the varied
work of our community.
Rev. Laura Robinson came to Bethel in July 2019. Raised in Seattle, Laura spent many years living and loving small(er) life in Walla Walla, WA.
Her experiences in the wine industry taught her the importance of community, especially experienced over a table of lovingly prepared food and good wine. She firmly believes that most things are made better when we slow down enough to be fully present to one another and God.
Educated at Whitman College and Candler School of Theology, Laura has lived around the country and world, helping to bring a curiosity and openness to wherever life leads her. In her previous call, she served as a TiM (Transition into Ministry) Associate Pastor at Plymouth UCC in Des Moines, IA.
She brings her love of people, the outdoors, and good conversation grounded in open-heartedness and humility to our Bethel community. She can't believe her good fortune at getting to live in White Salmon and she'd love to get to know you over a walk or a meal in the beautiful place we get to call home!
Contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering extravagant welcome,
nurturing spiritual journeys,
pursuing peace and justice.
To create a welcoming community
That supports each one’s spiritual journey
As it inspires us to work for peace, justice
And the loving care of creation
We appreciate the beauty, richness and depth that diversity
brings to our community, and we honor the spiritual journeys of all.
Our Christian faith is 2000 years old,
our thinking is not.
We are grounded in the Christian faith,
while honoring and growing from many faith traditions.
We are committed to and remain open to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh…believing that God is still speaking.
We value the covenant nature of community: caring for one another and
living responsibly, knowing that actions make a difference.
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here.
We believe compassion is the foundation for ministry
with each other and our work for peace,
justice and care of God’s creation.
We are attentive to God’s creative movement in the world.
We advocate justice for all.
We express spirituality through quiet
contemplation and vibrant worship.
A faith community that seeks to connect heads, hearts and hands.
Immigrant Welcoming Declaration
Approved Jan. 28, 2018
Jesus welcomed everyone and excluded no one. In that same spirit, we strive to do the same.
As members and friends of Bethel Congregational Church, we are called to do justice and love kindness. In these days, we are moved by our faith and consciences to stand together with our immigrant brothers and sisters and their families.
This requires that we build relationships across barriers, educate ourselves, advocate for human rights and accompany immigrants in times of need.
Therefore we declare ourselves an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation and commit to the following: