City’s oldest church is still thriving

Thank you to Stefanie Pettit for her interesting column about the Cowley Park and the Cowley family in today’s Landmarks section (Voices, Jan. 21).

The church that the Cowleys started is referenced in the article but it makes it sound like the church went away. It just moved a short distance and is now located at the corner of Fourth and Washington. Its current name is Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ. This is the most enduring congregation in the history of the city. The church is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an active congregation providing worship services, Sunday school and adult forums, and many community activities including a mission to the homeless and low-income neighbors. We pride ourselves on a generous welcome and a diverse congregation.

The church building also serves as the home to the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus and provides a venue for arts organizations and community groups. The Cowley family started a great thing which continues to this day! Thanks for all you do to encourage us to know more about our local history and the life of our community.

Karen Mobley


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