SPAAC CHURCH - FAQ
SPAAC - Seattle Progressive Asian American Christians
APIDA - Asian Pacific Islander Desi American
Who is SPAAC Church for? For folks that are Progressive Asian American Christians that live in Seattle.
Is SPAAC Church open to non-APIDA persons? We welcome non-APIDA persons to join us in centering APIDA spirituality. Feel free to invite others to this space with respect to our statement as an LGBTQIA-affirming, feminist, justice-oriented, anti-racist space.
How is SPAAC Church different from SPAAC discussions and hangouts? SPAAC Church is different because its existence as a worshipping congregation is important to the culture created and protected in the discussions and hangouts. SPAAC Church has a different purpose and format for gathering (liturgy) and the accountability practices we honor toward each other. SPAAC Church will be responsible for providing vision and structure for this growing collective.
Will this change how SPAAC discussions and hangouts have been occurring? No. Discussion and hangouts will still primarily take place on Sunday evenings. SPAAC Church will meet earlier on Sundays and likely at a different location.
If I am committed to another church, can I still come to SPAAC Church? Yes. Our hope is to be a community of rest and encouragement for people who call SPAAC Church their church.
Where does SPAAC Church meet? SPAAC Church’s location rotates based on date and form of worship. We are committed to inviting people to experience God through community and a sense of belonging, so check out our event page for the next upcoming church event!
When does SPAAC Church meet? Approximately every 6 weeks. Our schedule will be posted on our event page.
What does worship look like? Worship is an experience that connects us to one another and to God. When we create space to be present and see each other as they fully are, we increase our understanding and experience of God - and our capacity to love others. This often happens over shared meals, celebrations, and advocacy.
Is there a format to SPAAC Church? Each service attempts to incorporate contemplation and reflection, a speaker from within the PAAC community, and communion.
Is there a Children’s Ministry? Not at the moment, but it’s on our mind! Please let us know if you have ideas or want to start one!
What does fellowship look like? PAAC started on a virtual platform where connections are so often made. We are in fellowship with each other across digitally on Facebook, and physically through SPAAC Discussion and Hangouts. SPAAC Church integrates fellowship throughout our service.
Is SPAAC Church affiliated with a denomination? Not at the moment. SPAAC Church is committed to creating places of belonging for those seeking a community of Progressive, Asian American, Christians. We will leverage our relationships with denominations and institutions in the future if these partnerships also align with our vision.
What traditions does SPAAC Church practice? Communion, baptisms, and testimony.
What are our views on the Bible? The Bible is a book that’s inspired many people to understand their faith to respond to God in meaningful acts.
What does decolonizing the bible look like? Feminist/Womanist/Liberationist interpretations of the Bible, but not exclusive to these hermeneutics. Exegesis often incorporates Western and non-Western thinkers.
What does decolonizing the experience of the church look like? Maintaining the diversity of voices in leadership, reflecting on ways to continually decentralize power. Decolonization means to create new ways of community building that gives voice and shares power with more and more marginalized identities. The act of co-creation invites all people to participate in creating a culture and church community that better reflects a God who affirms and empowers all of creation.