We are a diverse community of faith, offering a safe space for all people to experience God’s love and themselves as loved, valued, and treasured by God.
Our mission is to offer everyone an extravagant welcome, just as Jesus did. Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
We are “come as you are” – whether in suit and tie or shorts and flip flops, young or old, married or single, gay or straight.
We are family.
It’s probably important to start by making it clear that we’re not the ones who ‘figured out God’. Neither do we possess the secret to life, exclusive access to truth, or the only way to find fulfillment. We are, however, powerfully drawn to the life and teachings of Jesus (as well as other great teachers of the way of love). But rather than fixating on beliefs about Jesus, we want to cultivate a path and a practice in the way of Jesus. This way is the counter-cultural road of limitless forgiveness, radical acceptance, nonviolent peacemaking, abundant generosity, and sacrificial love.
We think the truth about life may just be love and love may just be the way.
Who We Are
Everyone knows that there is more to life than they are presently living. We want to curate transformative environments, supportive community, and resources that change the way we see ourselves and our world, giving voice to a spiritual reality that is beyond the copyright of any one religion. We value the liberty of individual conscience, the call of every person to live out their own journey, and the responsibility of each of us to ‘show up’ in all our personal fullness and be a unique refraction of the light of love.
We don’t have a need for everyone to agree on a bunch of specific dogmas. The world is tired of religious people who claim to believe a list of ideas when those very ideas don’t translate into any kind of personal transformation. Rather than agreeing on a particular set of beliefs, our aim is to guide people into a redemptive way of living. Knowing that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe, what matters more to us is that we are all after the same result regardless of how we get there… TO GROW IN LOVE.
God is love. Love is God. We envision a community where every human being awakens to this Love; working in us, among us, through us and even as us. Early followers of Jesus called this “the body of Christ”. Reality is made of, held together by, and filled with one ultimate loving energy that is present in all that exists. We see this energy present in the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. We are experimenting with building a community that trusts this energy, this love, this Christ, this Reality, to be “all and in all”.
Love is our supreme value, which manifests in the individual as a self-giving choice to act responsibly with justice, integrity, courage, and forgiveness, and transcends the instinctual drive for personal survival and protection. Because of this, we don’t focus on escaping to a renewed, peaceful world in some heavenly afterlife. Rather, our hope is to actively build one here and now. This includes protecting and restoring the Earth and the value and dignity of the life upon it. In the words of Mr. Rogers, “Life is for service”.
This work of self giving love will require individuals who are psychologically and emotionally healthy, people who have addressed their childhood wounds and emotional patterning that the ego spends much energy consciously and unconsciously avoiding. We want this community to be a safe place to face the truth of the mixed blessing that we all are – dust and glory, matter, and spirit, weeds and wheat – and to take the next step in our further conversion, collective evolution, and personal salvation.
You’re invited to join us on this communal journey of…
Growing toward human wholeness, to live as a beneficial presence in the world, because life is a gift and love is the point!
“Never place a period where God has placed a comma – God is still speaking.”
(Logo used with permission of Holland UCC.)
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WAY OF LOVE SERMON SERIES
Sunday, March 4:
“The Fall or When We Fail to Love”
Sunday, March 11:
“Redemption: When Love Goes to Work”
Matthew 4:18-22, 10:1-4
Sunday, March 18:
“Heaven: When Love is All in All”
Sunday, March 25:
Thursday (Maundy Thurs.), March 29
“Love Makes the Way”