The Best Supper © Jan L. Richardson. janrichardson.com

The Best Supper © Jan L. Richardson. janrichardson.com

You are invited to join us:

Every Sunday at 11:00 am for coffee and pastries@Red Wing Café 9272 57th Ave S. Seattle WA, 98118 


What to expect:

Rainier Beach United Methodist Church is a small, inclusive, multi-cultural, multi-generational congregation.  We in looking to a new future have sold our building and in the meantime meet at Red Wing Café, where we keep it real.  This summer we will embark on a new model, the House Church model.  We will be meeting in our church owned home for potlucks, small gatherings and worship.  We truly want to be a church about the people not overhead. We bring an abundance of love, grace, and humor into our worship and community each week. We love God; we love Jesus; and we love the Holy Spirit.

Our pastor, Rev. Dr. Monica Corsaro, is always on the lookout for what brings more freedom, justice, and love to the community and the congregation.

We are small but mighty in our love for God and neighbor!

If  you have any questions or comments, please send a note to our office.


Contact us by Phone:
Church Office: 206.723.9700

Contact us by Email:


Shalom to you and yours.

  1. I feel so proud to know you, Monica and Geoff, and the members of the UMC on Roxbury.
    Media hawks will catch up some day to the enormous good that is happening in your midst.
    Meanwhile the Truth is marching on. Glory! Hallelujah!

  2. I am glad to be a new member of this loving church community. I have lived in Rainier Beach for 40 years anf for the majority of the time find that the people that stick with R B are kind, loving and hard working people. I applaud the members of RBUMC for standing up for all the people of Rainier Beach and the surrounding neighborhoods and especially give my support for Geoff and the boy scouts of So. Seattle, DON’T GIVE UP OR GO AWAY, WE ARE BEHIND, AND BESIDE YOU ALL ALL THE WAY. If you know Jesus you know what He would do. Nancy Cook

  3. Ms. Tommilynn Travis - Eagle scout class of 1991

    I’m heartened to hear of your church standing by your scoutmaster…. The BSA’s current policy needs to be changed. I’m sure they will have a fit for a while but there is no place for such discrimination in these times.

  4. I congratulate your church for standing by Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath and treating everyone with dignity and respect. Discrimination of any kind has no place in society and if we don’t stand up for everyone’s right to be themselves, we are teaching our children wrong things. You are showing our youth that we are an inclusive society. Congratulations!

  5. It is great to see a United Methodist congregation that is truly living out the vision of Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors, I left the UMC in 2010 and haven’t looked back because in the Southeast Jurisdiction, they don’t know what those words mean. Proud of this church and their courageous stand for what is right!

  6. Campfire is a great organization and has long been open and inclusive. http://www.campfireusa.org/inclusionPolicy.aspx

  7. I would like to congratulate you on supporting Geoff McGrath as a youth leader in your church. It would be nice if others could be so inclusive.

  8. Reverend Monica, Thank you for your courage to follow your conscience and good sense.
    Maybe the BSA will wke up some day.

  9. Thank you for your loving and bold stand for inclusion and equality — Jon Olson
    Woodland Park UMC

  10. Jennifer Anderson

    Good on you. It lifts my heart to read about your support for ALL those in your community. Dignity, respect, justice, love–all important lessons for our boys to learn by your fine example.

  11. Thanks for setting a great example for others to follow.

  12. It is great to see a United Methodist congregation that giving more than polite lip service to the vision of Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors. At this season, it is appropriate to speak of resurrection as New Life, and may it happen within the BSA. Personally, I would support a nationwide movement to revoke the BSA’s special tax status.

  13. sbarnes808@yahoo.com

    Aloha from Honolulu,

    Just wanted to say aloha & mahalo for doing the right thing. I’m not much of a church gower, but if there was church like yours near me I would consider it!!! Please keep doing what you are doing!!!

    Steve in Honolulu, HI

  14. I wish I lived in Seattle – I would love to be a member of your church community – if there was a church like you near me, I would definitely join/attend it! There is so much discrimination, hate and bigotry in the world today, and it is so pleasant to read news about an organization standing up to the Boys Scouts – a hateful, horrible group of people that continue to stand by their beliefs of discrimination and bullying.

  15. Good Morning RBUMC,
    As an active member of the UMC and specifically the McMinnville Cooperative Ministry (UMC/ELCA) in Oregon, I am proud of your ministry and the support you give to the community of which you are a part. The RBUMC truly exemplifies what it means to be “the body of Christ”. I am deeply saddened, frustrated, concerned and angry with the BSA and their expression of intolerance, judgement & bigotry that has sullied what could be a truly “good” organization. Keep up the good works and peace be with you!

  16. God bless you for following the love of Jesus Christ that is open to all. Greetings from a member of a Reconciling Congregation of the UMC in Alexandria, Virginia. Your media coverage is good for the UMC and for all those who have ever felt unwelcome or unloved simply because their God-given sexual orientation.

  17. Kenneth Shepard

    It’s good to see an individual congregation standing up for what is right. What a pity the United Methodist denomination as a whole cannot do that, but continues to persecute those who try to treat all with dignity. And what a pity that the BSA will allow young gay boys to belong but will not permit them to participate when they are older.

  18. Thank you for setting an example of what Christianity really looks like.

  19. Grace and peace to you, in the name of the Risen One! Thank you for your commitment to Jesus’ challenge to “draw the circle wide.” Your sisters and brothers at Niantic Community Church in CT are praising God for your joyful, faithful, welcoming witness in affirming Mr. McGrath as a role model and leader of young people.

  20. Joseph Feldman (Wilmette, IL)

    The BSA is, simply, on the wrong side of history. In the words of Edmund Burke: “”All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Congratulations to RBUMC for not doing nothing.

  21. I’ve little to add to the many comments of support for your stand with the BSA. As a member of Emmanuel United Church (United Church of Canada) in Ottawa your church and ours appear to have a great deal in common. God bless you and your work.

  22. Thank you for standing up for the scoutmaster, and standing against the bully BSA. Their version of god is so narrow-minded.

  23. Jeanne Ashcraft (Anchorage, AK)

    Thank you.

  24. you guys,and gals rock!

  25. Janet Gillespie

    Bravo to your reverend and congregation for standing up for your gay scoutmaster! You are truly doing God’s work! Be strong and trust in love!

    Janet Gillespie
    Cortlandt Manor, NY

  26. Thank you so much for your courageous and principled stand. The fact that you are insistent in the face of losing your BSA charter speaks to the strength of your convictions.

  27. I read the OpEd in Time this morning and I can’t tell you how proud I am. I’ve been discouraged by the many folks who have been made victims of discrimination at the hands of BSA. But your article gave me fresh perspective because it is clear you have not been victimized; you are exercising agency for justice and seem committed to investing in our youth. Thank you and know that the wider church body is holding you in prayer. Be blessed.

    Amanda, Holy Covenant UMC, Chicago

  28. Our family in California is behind you all the way! Please hang in there and pray for change! We love Scouting but also need to see change!!!!

  29. My partner of 38 years and I left the UMC in 1998 when our pastor refused to baptize our newborn son. We were told we could not provide a Christian home for him. Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors was not our experience in the Methodist Church so whenever I see something positive happening in the church, I feel encouraged that some day the church will finally live out it’s mission of Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors. Thanks for taking a stand for social justice and supporting your boy scout leader.

  30. As a gay parent and Den Leader of a group of 11 outstanding Cub Scouts in Kansas City I stand with Rainier Beach United Methodist Church and Geoff McGrath. It is time to affect change at the BSA and let us all be part of the solution. Bravo to your entire community.

  31. Dr. Patricia Meyers

    I am a retired UMC pastor from the Detroit Annual Conference. I cannot any longer worship in our denomination because of several issues, but the primary one is the blatant homophobia. Your stand gives me more hope than I have had in 40 years! Many blessings to your congregation. Dr. Pat Meyers

  32. I love what you are standing for, and that you have taken this stand. On the other hand, when Monica says “All means all,” I wish that inclusiveness applied to the United Methodist Church as well, because as it stands, an openly gay Methodist clergy person is in the same position officially as a BSA leader–not allowed. That’s one reason why I no longer attend the Methodist Church. Kudos to you for being as inclusive as you can be. Maybe the UMC and the BSA will both continue to move in the direction of equality and inclusion for all people.

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