The Truth Shall Set You Free

Member Freedom of Religion, Local Politics, Seattle

“During eight years of relentless attacks, Freeman still managed to bring cohesion to wanting elements of society who needed a place to flourish. Against this backdrop came ‘The Monastery’s ‘come as you are and join us as we are’ message of enlightenment, which provided a ready stage for this city’s alternative community to come into its own.”

Seattle Homeless Stats

Seattle’s Homeless: Lest We Forget

Member Career, Discrimination, Freedom of Religion, Local Politics, Seattle, The Monastery

High levels of homelessness has been an historical problem for Seattle. In 2017, the homeless population of Seattle rose 44% in two years. These figures are reminiscent of a dark time for Seattle’s, where the homeless problem peaked in the 1970s and 1980s. A shift toward such high numbers are a fundamental interest to society, and a contemporary concern. In …

The Case for George Freeman

Member Social Justice

In 1977, George Freeman, a New Yorker, moved to Seattle and found a derelict church with a “For Rent” sale on it. Being the opportunist that he was, he formed The Monastery Church, focusing his attention on turning it into a night establishment. On May 19, 1979, Freeman was ordained as Presiding Minister for The Monastery, A Universal Church Congregation. …

Lessons From Seattle’s Past

Member Discrimination, Social Justice, The Monastery

What lessons can we learn from the group formed during the 80’s called Parents in Arms? Parents In Arms claimed to be an organization that sought to improve the welfare of runaway teens. Although, one might think their actions were not very concerned with runaway teens, but instead about enforcing their religious, racial, and homophobic fears. Let’s start with their positions on …