Sanctuary Space Arts and Lectures Series

All events are free to the public and take place at First Congregational Church, Bellevue (11061 NE 2nd St, Bellevue, WA 98004). Free event parking is available. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. The building is accessible and hearing assistance is available.

2018-2019 series

Piano Concert – Sunday Nov 4, 4 pm

Featuring Elizabeth Dorman and Oksana Ezhokina playing a variety of solo and four-hands piano music by Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Samuel Barber. Come enjoy the beautiful sound of our new piano!

Alaska Suite – Friday May 3, 7:30 pm

The Alaska Suite features a five-piece chamber jazz ensemble performing the original music of Seattle pianist and composer Nelda Swiggett. But this is not just a concert. The performance engages the power of artistic expression — live music, spoken words, images and poetry — to connect audiences deeply and emotionally to the scientific realities of climate change. Ultimately a story of hope, the performance leaves audiences inspired to take action.

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Street Requiem – Sunday June 9, 4 pm

Street Requiem, an exciting new major Australian work, by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon Welch, in memory of all those who have died homeless, nameless and innocent on the streets of our cities around the world. Performed by the choirs of First Congregational Church, Bellevue and University Congregational Church.


2017-2018 series

SCREENAGERS – Sept 14, 2017

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This documentary explores the relationships teenagers have with their digital devices and the impact screen time has on their brains. It offers ideas for empowering youth to navigate their digital world. A discussion will follow the hour-long film. For ages 10+. Reservations required and seating is limited. For more info and to reserve your space, go to

8 Borders, 8 Days – Sept 17, 2017

This film is the story of a determined single mother of two from Syria who is denied resettlement in the U.S. and decides to take her family on a dangerous journey across the sea to Europe. A discussion will follow the hour-long film. To learn more about the film and watch the trailer, go to

This screening is shown for Welcoming Week and is presented in partnership with International Rescue Committee, SCM Medical Missions, MAPS-AMEN, Bellevue Presbyterian Church, and the Muslim Community and Neighborhood Association.

Clint McCune – Jan 28, 2018

Clint McCune is a Pacific Northwest indie-folk musician, vocalist, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. He is known for his national and international community inspired activism, musical collaborations, and larger than life performances. Clint follows in the footsteps of his father, Seattle KOMO-TV’s Don McCune, in using his voice to enact change. Storytelling, compelling lyrics, and driving rhythms create an experience full of soul, heart, and sound. You can hear Clint McCune in a podcast interview with our own Nancy Bos on Every Sing, or on his website

Radost – Mar 18, 2018

Radost – “Joy” in all the Slavic languages – has presented on stage the dance, music and song of Eastern Europe throughout the Pacific Northwest since 1976. The Radost Folk Ensemble brings color, energy and the precision of ethnic culture to the concert stage.

The Radost repertoire includes the traditions of Croatia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Bosnia, Ukraine, and Russia, with the splendor of authentic costumes, and live music on traditional instruments.

The ensemble will present a program of music, dance, and song, including performances by Dunava, the group’s associated women’s chorus.

Ballard Civic Orchestra – May 6, 2018

Pergolesi’s 1736 Stabat Mater:

First Congregational Church, Bellevue Chancel Choir – May 20, 2018

Poulenc’s Gloria


2016-2017 Series

Occidental College Glee Club – Jan 19, 2017

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The Occidental Glee Club from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA, brings its signature blend of classical and contemporary masterpieces to the Pacific Northwest. Come enjoy the soaring glories of Schütz, Handel, Bruckner, and Debussy, plus traditional songs from Ireland, Argentina, Cuba, and the United States.

Pacific MusicWorks – March 5, 2017

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PMW works to bring internationally renowned artists into collaboration with leading musicians from the Northwest, and to foster creative dialogue among artists from a broad array of fields and cultures. The heart of its repertoire is 17th- and 18th-century vocal music, but performances range from the Renaissance to innovative contemporary works and from chamber music to oratorio and opera.

Rick Steves – March 19, 2017

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Rick Steves is an internationally recognized travel author and PBS/NPR personality. Rick is also actively engaged in progressive politics including marijuana legalization, homelessness and women’s reproduction rights. He will speak on two of his favorite themes: Travel as a Political and Spiritual Act. A time of Q&A will follow the presentation.

Holly Near – May 21, 2017

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As Holly Near celebrates her first album in three years, Peace Becomes You, she’s building on 40 creative years and 30 recordings. Respected around the world for her music and activism, her joy and passion inspire people to join in her celebration of the human spirit. Her music fully engages listeners in the world around them. Holly has made a career speaking to anyone in the world who believes in peace, justice, and feminism, a wonderful spectrum of humanity.

UCC Mass Choir/Orchestra: Fauré Requiem – June 4, 2017

The Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church, Bellevue hosts singers and instrumentalists from neighboring UCC churches in a performance of the beloved Fauré Requiem. Featuring musicians from University Congregational, Magnolia United Church of Christ, All Pilgrims Christian Church, and Plymouth Church.