By Laura Burlis
On Sunday evening, May 27, 2012, Walker Community Church at the corner of 16th Avenue South and 31st Street was hit by lightning during a fierce storm and the building burnt to the ground. While the congregation regroups and plans the future, we’d like to acknowledge Walker’s tremendous impact on the Powderhorn community.
In the mid 1960s Bryan Peterson arrived as pastor with a social justice agenda. Walker quickly became a center for community activism and community building. Over the next 45 years, this fertile seedbed would help spawn such organizations as KFAI Community Radio, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, the Sustainable Resources Center, Powderhorn Pottery Program, Powderhorn Fireworks Safety Patrol, a Native American sweatlodge and Pastor Roger Lynn’s aniti-prostitute patrol. Until the fire, Walker hosted free community meals, a twice-yearly rummage sale, an annual holiday art fair and many other sacred/secular activities.
Walker’s open-door rental policy has welcomed a Muslin group’s Ramadan gatherings, neighborhood celebrations, offices and meetings for community groups and countless theater, music and cultural events.
As the people of Walker Church rebuild, we wish them well and thank them for the years of service to our community.