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Young adults at Saint Mark’s gather regularly to connect, share their spiritual journeys and build community. We consider issues of faith, justice, ethics, and meaning—as we enjoy each other’s company and share a meal or social time together. Many of our members are new to the Episcopal church, so it is a comfortable and light-hearted way to explore what we believe, how we worship, and how we create joyful and resilient lives.

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There is now a Saint Mark's 20s/30s Group Slack channel. For information about how to join, email Betsy Heimburger.

Have an idea, or questions? Contact Emily Meeks at emeeks@saintmarks.org

20s/30s Newsletter

A special 20s/30s newsletter is sent out every other month, containing information about upcoming 20s/30s events, along with reflections, recommendations, reports from recent gatherings, and more. Subscribe to the email list to get future issues and special updates using the form here. (Select the "Young Adults" check box in the form—if you are already on a different cathedral distribution list, just enter your email address and it should recognize you.)



Questioning Together + Compline

Questioning Together and Compline will be held on the second Sunday of each month. Each month we'll explore a question of faith together with a facilitator providing background on the topic before open discussion. At 9:15, we'll head over to Compline together.

More information, including material and resources for each meeting, will be posted here as it becomes available.



    • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2023: Exploring the Saints and Gratitude with the Rev. Danae Ashley
    • SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2023: Food and Faith with Brian Sellers Petersen of Good News Gardens
    • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2023: No Questioning Together for December in lieu of The World is About to Turn on December 9
    • SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2024: Exploring the Mystics with The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty
    • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023: How Much is Enough? with The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
    • SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2024: Topic TBA with The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker
    • SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024: Topic TBA with The Most Rev. Melissa Skelton
    • SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2024: Creativity and Faith with Prof. Doug Thorpe
    • SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2024: Topic TBA

Let's Taco Bout It—Dinner & Contemplative Prayer

Join in for a taco dinner – tortillas, beans and chips and salsa provided – just bring a favorite side – and conversation to start the week. After dinner, the group will head over to the Cathedral Nave to take part in Contemplative Prayer. On the first Tuesday of each month, the 20s/30s group gathers for a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. in Leffler House, then joins the Centering Prayer group from 7–8 p.m. Dinner hosts vary by month. Learn more here.

TGIF Fourth Fridays—Saint Bread

Start the day with fellowship and reflection at Saint Bread, a bakery and community space on the Portage Bay waterfront near UW in Seattle. Seating is outside so dress accordingly for weather. See dates here. Questions? Contact Hilary McLeland-Wieser: Hmcleland12@live.com

The Return of 20s/30s Sunday Stairway Walks
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UPDATED WITH PHOTOS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 3–5:30 P.M., meet at Trinity Parish on First Hill (registration required) In the fall of 2021 the 20s/30s Group from Saint Mark’s gathered for a series of Sunday urban hikes inspired by the book Seattle Stairway Walks, and incorporating tours of different Episcopal parishes in the area. They were a great chance to connect with our neighbors and siblings in the Diocese of Olympia, and to discover new nooks and crannies of Seattle’s urban … Read More

20s/30s Game Night
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 7–9 p.m., Leffler House Bring your favorite game and a snack or appetizer to share. Betsy Heimburger will have a selection of games on hand, and you are invited to bring your favorite to share with the group, too. A light meal will be provided. Contact Emily Meeks with questions: emcmeeks@gmail.com

Pop-Up 20s/30s Night Prayer: Bilingual Liturgy
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 7:30–8:30 p.m., Thomsen Chapel Experience Night Prayer through a bilingual liturgy. 20s/30s parishioner Elizabeth Hawkins will be with us from El Salvador and Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz will also be joining. An order of service will be posted here when it is available. After the liturgy, there will be an opportunity for light refreshments and conversation. Contact Emily Meeks with questions: emcmeeks@gmail.com

20s/30s Questioning Together + Compline: A Special Liturgy Edition
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022, 7:30–10 P.M., Leffler Living Room   Join for a conversation focused on questions about liturgy with Sacristan Michael Seewer and Fraser Reach. Dessert will be offered. Afterward, some may choose to go together to Compline. Contact Emily Meeks with questions: emcmeeks@gmail.com

Meet the 22/23 Seattle Service Corps
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall Join the 2022-2023 cohort of the Seattle Service Corps in Bloedel for a Q&A and an opportunity to get to know them better. Learn about their stories and what drew them to SSC and life in intentional community, and hear their impressions of Seattle so far. Check out this article introducing each of these amazing young people, recently posted by the Diocese of Olympia.

Luke Abdow Called as Seattle Service Corps Program Director
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Dear friends, It is my great delight to announce that Luke Abdow has accepted the call to serve as Program Director for the Seattle Service Corps and as staff support for the vibrant 20s & 30s ministry group. Luke is a native of Massachusetts and served as a fellow in an Episcopal Service Corps program in Boston for two years, 2016 to 2018. Prior to that he served in the Fulbright Scholars program as an English teacher in Senegal, and … Read More

20s/30s Mariners Game Outing
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 6:40 P.M. Join a group for Friday night baseball as the Seattle Mariners play the Atlanta Braves. More details to come. Ticket price: $10. For more information, or to reserve your ticket, email Emily: emcmeeks@gmail.com UPDATE: The group had a fantastic time, even though the Mariners lost. See a photo below! 

20s/30s Heart of the Table
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 5–8 P.M. Gather around the table at Nurturing Roots for an evening of conversation, food and liturgy with other young adults. Located in Beacon Hill, Nurturing Roots is an urban farm committed to community, self-sufficiency, food empowerment, social justice and education. Tickets are $10 with 100% of sales going to benefit Nurturing Root programming. Register here (https://heartofthetable.eventbrite.com/). For questions or more information, email Emily: emcmeeks@gmail.com

20s/30s Explore Bainbridge Day
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UPDATED WITH PHOTOS SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 10 A.M.–3 P.M. Let’s take a day trip to Bainbridge! We will take a tour of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church with a break for coffee and conversation. Next, we’ll visit the Japanese Exclusion Memorial to reflect and remember those forced to leave their home for internment camps. We’ll enjoy lunch at the home of John Simmons and Scott Hulet with the option for exploring a trail to the Halls Hill labyrinth, Blakely Harbor, and … Read More

“Scripture & Empire”: A 20/30s Summer Study and Discussion Series
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THREE MONDAYS: JUNE 6, JUNE 20 & JULY 4, 7–8:30 p.m., via Zoom How does understanding the historical and cultural context of empire shape our faith and create opportunity for new liberation? Reading list This summer we will examine the tensions between political power and justice through scripture and supplemental texts with opportunity for reflection and discussion. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz will join us in exploring these themes together.  Attendees are encouraged to attend all three sessions but it is not … Read More

20s & 30s Visit to Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Mission
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SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 4:30–6:30 P.M., at Epiphany Parish in Madrona, 1805 38th Ave, Seattle Join with the 20s30s Group at 4:30 p.m. on June 26 at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Mission (located in the chapel of Epiphany Parish Seattle, 1805 38th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122). Father Andriy Matlak has been working tirelessly to raise awareness and coordinate relief efforts with the support of Epiphany Seattle. We’ll talk with him about his church, about Ukrainian Orthodoxy, and about how we can … Read More

Made in Faith: Forum on Clothing and Sustainability
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO AND SLIDES WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 6:45-8:15 P.M., online via Zoom only Join Creation Care for a special forum featuring parishioner Clara Berg, fashion historian and curator, and Richard Hartung, sustainable writer/blogger to discuss connections between clothing, the environment and our faith. We’ll share ways to buy less, choose well and make clothes last. UPDATE: The slides form this presentation may now be seen here. A video can be seen below:

20s/30s Behind the Scenes with The Mighty Flentrop
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SUNDAY, JUNE 12, meet in Leffler House at 12:15 p.m., with tour in the Organ Loft to follow at about 1 p.m. All 20s/30s are invited to join Canon Michael Kleinschmidt for a fabulous “back-stage” pass experience of Saint Mark’s famous Flentrop Organ. First, we’ll gather after the 11 a.m. service for light refreshments and conversation after the service at Leffler House. At 1 p.m., we’ll head back to the cathedral where Michael will offer a “tour” and demonstration of … Read More

20s & 30s Contemplative Practice
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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 10:10–10:50 a.m., Leffler Living Room “Be still and know that I am God.” On May 29, 20s & 30s are invited to join Fraser Reach for a contemplative practice in between Sunday services. At 10:10 a.m. in Leffler, Fraser Reach will lead a Lectio Divina (sacred reading) of Psalm 46, followed by a short and simple guided meditation. The goal is to compliment the Sunday worship experience while learning a simple practice that can be used at … Read More

Seattle Service Corps 21/22 Program Year Reflections
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO SUNDAY, MAY 1, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall Join the Seattle Service Corps for reflections and Q&A about their experiences of the program year so far, impressions of Seattle, and a discussion of what’s next as they look toward the end of the year on June 30. Questions? Email Adam Conley at aconley@saintmarks.org A video may be seen below:

20s/30s Pop-Up Questioning Together + Compline
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SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022, 7:30 P.M.–10 P.M., Leffler House We’ll explore a question connected to “surrender” with a conversation facilitated by Seyi Akanni. Gather for dessert from 7:30–8 p.m. followed by an hour of Questioning Together. For those interested, a group will go to Compline together at 9:30 p.m. Questions? Email Seyi: seyi.akanni@gmail.com

A Holy Thread: Lenten Reflection & Connection for 20s/30s
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SUNDAYS, MARCH 13, 20, & 27, 5:30–6:45 P.M., Leffler House (with the option to attend the 7 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist in Thomsen Chapel) Are you drawn to contemplative reading and have a desire to reflect on content with others? Drawing from Listening for the Heartbeat of God by J. Philip Newell, we’ll weave in themes in the readings over the course of three Sundays for a time of spiritual reflection and connection. Participants are encouraged to read the book but … Read More

20s/30s Bird Walk in Magnuson Park
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SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 10 A.M. TO 12 P.M. We’ll take a guided walk led by David Poortinga through grasslands, wooded hillsides, wetlands and shoreline to discover the many waterbirds and more at Magnuson. No birding experience required. Meet at the parking lot near the Magnuson Park Boat Launch off of 65th/Lake Shore Drive. Questions? Email Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com).

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