Welcome to Holden Village

Holden Village is a Lutheran ministry, nestled in a forested valley at 3,200 feet in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state. The Village welcomes people of all ages, ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds, offering modest yet comfortable amenities in a wilderness setting. 

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Holden Evening Prayer
Around The World

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In August, Holden Village will kick off a worldwide event! Holden Evening Prayer Around The World is an opportunity to worship in solidarity with the global Holden community, through a simple and beautiful vespers service. Click here to learn more, and to host or join an event.

What’s New

SUMMER SOLSTICE: On the longest day of the year, Villagers had more than seventeen hours of light to celebrate the Solstice and scramble to send last minute Father’s Day wishes and gifts. Early risers gathered at 4:30AM to watch the Eastern sun hit Copper Mountain from the jacuzzi. Then midday, a rousing game of wiffle ball was played on Main Street. After lunch, Villagers cooled off by swimming in the creek, and as the afternoon waned, a special ice cream truck driven by a cow and penguin wandered the streets offering free ice cream to any and all. As evening fell, a few brave souls ventured out on a night hike. Soon the days will get shorter once again, but life in Railroad Creek Valley goes on!

SUMMER WORSHIP PATTERNS: With the snow long gone and a new mix of people and summer energy in the Village, worship has adjusted. Villagers gather outside as weather permits, and new patterns have been incorporated into the weekly schedule. During old favorites like Saturday’s Holden Evening Prayer, a community member presents a short reflection on a different part of the service each week. Thursdays now center around social justice themes, and once a week, worship focuses on a work of art that moves faith. Villagers have shared everything from slam poetry, to choral music, paintings, literature, and performance art which has been integrated into their spiritual life. These varied formats provide new and exciting ways to engage with the world through worship, and keep vespers meaningful through this busy time!

WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS, CHANGE ABOUNDS: A major Village renewal project underway this season is the replacement of the footbridge, which links the north and south sides of Railroad Creek. Our Capital Projects team has begun excavation, and the Trails Crew has relocated approaches to the existing bridge, so that pedestrian use can continue while the new and improved bridge is built. The new structure—which will still be covered, but will look more like the original, mining-era bridge—will carry not only foot traffic, but also water, power, and communication lines. The supports of the new bridge will be constructed out of sturdier materials and will sit outside of the 100-year flood plane. Otherwise, as much as possible will be salvaged from the current bridge, including the sign baring the verse from Ezekiel 47:9.

 


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Hiking For Holden

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Map illustration by Elizabeth Person

Holden Board Member James Nagel is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in honor of Holden Village this season! Click below for more information, to track James' progress, or to contribute to his campaign.

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Holden Voices

Board Member Darius Larsen shares a reflection for a series of Vespers that focuses on the summer theme, Creation Waits.
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Coming Events

May 1: Construction season officially begins

June 26-July 1: Holden Village Board of Directors meets in the Village

June 27: Installation of next Directors

August 22: Holden Evening Prayer Around The World

Now Under Construction

The Village operated as a mining town from 1937-1957. It is now the site of a massive remediation project to clean up environmental problems left from those mining days. During this disruption, village infrastructure and facilities are also being upgraded. Guest visits are not possible during the summer construction season. Volunteer staff continue to live at the Village year-round, and skilled trades professionals are sought to help with Holden's infrastructure updates. 

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Audio Archive

Listen to recordings of teaching sessions, discussions and seminars.

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