Eugene Cho

5 year anniversary of qcafe

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This Saturday, Q Cafe is celebrating its 5 year anniversary.   Please join us if you’re able from 6-8pm for some random entertainment, great coffee, and free dessert.

In our first year as a churchplant, we decided to do what no sensible group of people would do:  embark on a building project and birthing another organization.  We raised funds to help start a non-profit and non-religious cafe in our hopes of blessing our neighborhood and our city. 

When we opened our doors in November 2002, we weren’t quite sure what to expect.  We asked ourselves these questions:

Is it possible to serve organic coffee and tea and demonstrate care for our environment?

Is it possible to create a unique venue where not only would people enjoy incredible coffee but be connected to the larger community?

Is it possible to create a space where local artists and musicians would have a platform to share their unique talents?

Is it possible to create a venue where children, parents, college students, local businesspeople, the homeless, and senior citizens can all come to enjoy a neighborhood cafe?

Is is possible to develop a replicating model where profits would go towards supporting classes, providing resources for the homeless, programs for children, and rental space for neighbors and local non-profits?

Well, the answer hasn’t been very easy but nevertheless, it’s been an amazing journey.  We’ve had our share of stories:  horrible bands, mean customers, tip jars robbed, shit smeared on the walls, someone pee’ing in the corner of the cafe, rude dudes constantly hitting on our female baristas, and I can go on and on.  But we’ve also had some amazing things take place:  hosting Chris Thile and Nickelcreek and Chris Tomlin, giving away 10% of profits to outside causes, hosting meaningful films like Invisible Children, supporting local artists and musicians like Shawn McDonald and Smoosh that have emerged, the monthly homeless partnership with To the Streets, and friendships with our neighbors.  

It’s been good but also very tough.  Recently, we’ve had to wrestle with our vision and future.  The questions listed above are the questions we’ll continue to wrestle through for the next five years.

Thanks to all the volunteers, baristas, and staff that have given so much in the past five years!

Below is a short but old video clip that gives a glimpse of what we’ve attempted to embody through this presence called Q Cafe.

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8 Responses

  1. Wayne Park says:

    always encouraging to read about this story and I think we are crazy too…

  2. jennifer says:

    Yay! Congratulations. Turning five years old as an independent cafe in Seattle is no small feat!

  3. Brian Kim says:

    Just wanted to say Congrats! Nanoh and I are so happy to be at Quest! Although we can’t make it to the event, we really hope it will be a great celebration and success!

  4. Matt Jones says:

    Congrats on the anniversary. I hope the renovations go well and the re-opening brings many more into the community!

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Collaboration.

col·lab·o·ra·tion
kəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n/
noun

the action of working with someone or a group of others  to produce or create something.

May we hold our logos, egos, and tribalism have their place. May we hold them loosely for they too shall pass. May we collaborate for the sake of the greater Kingdom of God ... which endures forever. As we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., don't forget the God behind the man. The one true God who deposited this dream into MLK is still speaking to us today. Are we listening?

Be courageous. Be brave.

Being invited by the King Family to speak at the MLK worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 2016 remains one of the most unexpected honors of my life. On the right is his daughter, Dr. Bernice King and his sister, Dr. Christine King Farris. Walking throughstreet markets in different parts of the world is the best. Soaking in the culture. Listening to the local language and music. Enjoying the amazing cuisine. Meeting new friends. Praying for the Gospel to penetrate. #ChiangRai Blessed be the local, indigenous leaders for it is they who live in the very communities they seek to love. For it is they who understand their context and culture...better than a Westerner ever will. For it is they who will continue to tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love when visitors like me leave.

Yes, blessed be the local, indigenous leaders. What an honor and privilege to celebrate with the on-the-ground local @thefreedomstory team to celebrate the recent opening of their Education and Resource Center for the local youth in Chiang Rai, Thailanf. This was made possible through a partnership and matching grant by @onedayswages and The Freedom Story.

While it was an honor to be there to cut the cord and say a few words, this is an example of collaboration. Much love to the Freedom Story team including their co-founders Tawee Donchai and @Rachel Goble, to their staff who live in the community, who understand their context and culture, and who tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love. And of course, much love to the students themselves for they each matter. Finally, to each person that donated to @onedayswages to make this grant possible.

May hundreds and even thousands of youth be impacted, encouraged, and mentored. May they capture a glimpse of God's love for them.

Photo: @benjaminedwards Part 2 on my wrestling with the complex issue of human trafficking. In part, documenting my trip to Thailand for @onedayswages...to listen, learn, and visit one of our partner orgs @thefreedomstory. More to come.

There's such painful and poignant irony in pursuing justice...unjustly. One way we do this is when we reduce people into projects...and thus, propagating the dangerous power dynamic of US as heroes and THEM as helpless and exclusively as victims. So dangerous.

Human trafficking is not just an issue. It’s ultimately, about people. Depending on the sources of statistics, there are anywhere from 29-40 million people in some form of forced labor and slavery, including sex trafficking.

And one thing I’ve learned, personally, is how easy it is easy to reduce people into projects which is why mutuality, reciprocity, and dignity are so vital. These are critical because God never intended people to be reduced into projects.

We forget this and we indirectly foster a culture and system of victimization or worse, the pornification of the poor or in this case, "the trafficked." And when you start dehumanizing the poor or trafficked, you have no genuine desire to build relationships with them. You believe or build stereotypes in broad strokes, singular, black and white narratives that have been told about them. You believe the lie that they have nothing to teach us and are incapable of contributing to the larger society.

Lord, break our hearts for the things that break your heart. Give us eyes to see others through your eyes. Give us humility so that we acknowledge our own need to learn and grow. (Photo via @thefreedomstory)

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