Once a mining town and now a robust center for renewal—a Lutheran ministry welcoming all people into the wilderness to be called, equipped and sent by God. The center of our lives at Holden is the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our work is to welcome people in, allow them to open their lives to that Good News and take it with them as they return to their lives in the world.
The Village’s ministry has been continuous for more than 50 years. Now we are in a unique era, a time of remediating the environmental scars left from mining and an opportunity for the Village to renew its infrastructure and facilities. During this time we will be able to accommodate guests only in winter months (approximately late November to May 1). During construction season, May 1 to late November, we joyously welcome volunteers who want to help with Village Renewal.
Please spend some time exploring our website and consider exploring the Village and adjacent Glacier Peak Wilderness in person. If you have further questions, just contact us.
Holden Village is a year-round community. Some people visit for just a few days, most for at least a week, and some stay for years. All are Villagers. All are embraced by the community, encouraged to share in meals, worship and the wide range of activities.
The Holden community includes a public school and a church congregation, Fullness of God, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The arts are a rich part of everyday life at Holden, whether you want to participate or enjoy the performances and creations of others.
Whether in or out of the Village, Holdenites are a part of this global community. We stay connected with each other through this website, the Holden Voices meditations, the Be-Holden email newsletter, and our quarterly magazine, the Village Voice.
Everyone who comes to Holden eventually leaves, refreshed and renewed. We send each other out into the world with what has come to be known as “The Holden Prayer.”
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.