Led by Pastor Joanne Engquist and located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Gethsemane Lutheran Church is dedicated to being a presence, 'In Christ, In the City.'

Tending life

 in the good soil of downtown Seattle.





Embracing questions and exploring doubts, we tend life together. We struggle, challenge, and seek. Confident that faith does not close our minds to the world or our hearts to others, we understand that we're always in a process of discovering, tending, unfolding, and nurturing what faith looks like in our lives. To help us, we listen for the living word in Scripture. We listen to the witness of others and we watch for ways God is active in the world around us.

With our mission partner – The Garden – we seek to offer radically inclusive opportunities to tend life with a community of people in downtown Seattle. We gather around Christian story, song, and practice. And we acknowledge that many of us also are fed spiritually and religiously by other world wisdom traditions. We welcome diverse perspectives and practices as blessings for the human journey.



Mondays, 5:15 - 6:20pm


Start your week with this gentle, stress-reducing yoga class. Mindful awareness is encouraged throughout the practice. There is no cost, but if you earn a living wage or have adequate savings you are invited to make an offering to support the Garden. Mats, blankets, blocks and straps are provided. Wear clothes in which you can easily move and stretch. We do not meet on national holidays, and we take an occasional Monday off when the instructor is out of town.

Yoga will resume after Labor Day.



Thursdays, 5:15 - 6pm


Begin or deepen your mindfulness practice in community. In these Thursday evening gatherings we will explore different modes of mindfulness practice together including seated meditation, walking meditation, gentle movement, body scans, and more. Supplies such as cushions and mats are provided; wear clothes you can move in.

Mindfulness will resume after Labor Day.




Justice. Peace. Humility. Courage. Kindness. Inclusion. These only scratch the surface of what many of us want to cultivate in ourselves and to share with others. Instead of programming "religious education," Gethsemane's approach is more exploration--wondering together about who we are, what we value, and how we're called to tend life together. We gather for such conversations informally over a shared beverage or meal. And sometimes we meet more formally for a discussion group or to attend a workshop. We understand a need in our world to deepen connections and tending life together can take many forms. Let us know if you have an idea about how to animate the ways we tend life together.