We are a Trauma Informed Church, based in Indianapolis, Indiana 46201, affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), seeking to be in loving community in the model of Jesus’ life and ministry.

Our mission is to experiment together to build beloved community, creative worship & brave spaces to heal from trauma & disconnectedness. Join our movement for wellness, healing, and compassion for one another. 

We have added a new page with resources of all kinds from dealing with trauma and mental health to food and shelter, as well as a page with schedule and location of our new 4KEEPS mobile pantry. Please check regularly as we will always be updating. 

Check out our interview with New Church Ministry and Pastor Amie's blog post on becoming a trauma informed community for the National Benevolent Association.

The Worship Lab Online
Church Launch Welcome Pastor Amie
Church Launch art from Heath Holland
Church Launch meal
Church Launch selfies
Church Launch selfies
Lantern Festival Near East Side
Disciples Convention
Leadership Academy
Leadership Academy
ICE Protest
DACA Support
Faith in Indiana Clergy

As a community, we are focused on feeding the mind, body, and spirit. In light of Covid-19 and massive job losses, we are focusing our mission work on delivering healthy food to people in our neighborhood. If you would like to support this work, we accept offerings through our Givelify and PayPal links above. 


We thank you in advance for your contributions! 

Our Statement of Values by Rev. Amie Vanderford

We strive to live together in loving and healing community in the model of Jesus’ life and ministry, and to live “on earth as it is in heaven.”


We believe that in order to truly love one another in community we need to practice the following relational values which provide safe space to develop deeper relationships:

Compassion, honesty, authenticity, vulnerability, respect, honoring one’s own boundaries and the boundaries of others - both physically and emotionally, and participating in conflict resolution when disagreements and hurts arise. 


We practice the acceptance of others’ whole selves through replacing judgment with curiosity and assumptions with clarifying questions. This fosters an environment where those of us who don’t check a ‘normal’ box can feel comfortable being ourselves in a world where social norms often crowd out our ability to be fully ‘real’. 


We request that you always ask before initiating a hug or other physical contact with another person, inc. children, as we believe in honoring the sanctity of boundary-making for every person over his/her/their own body, and we do not know what an innocent contact might trigger.


We define ‘sin’ as those words & acts that harm/break relationship with ourselves, others, and God. We believe in both grace with accountability, and mercy with restorative justice.


We marvel that each and every person is wonderfully and uniquely made in God’s own image, and that God’s image covers all of the magnificent diversity therein, whether in age, gender, ethnicity, language, country of origin, sexual orientation, economic status, or abilities. 


We know that God is bigger than any of our interpretations, and so we will often use the gender neutral pronouns They/Them/Theirs or God/God-self/Creator to refer to God. Because of the history of dominantly male pronouns for God, we will also lift up the female pronouns for God from time to time.


Our approach to biblical studies will be by acknowledging the authority of the texts while also asking questions of these texts through studying the contexts under which they were written, along with how they might apply to us in our current contexts. All doubts, questions, and concerns are welcome in discussions.


We name that evil is most spread in our world through the insidious nature of individualism and competition which are lauded as cultural achievements. We name that these values have separated us from our God-created relational natures, dividing us, and causing loneliness, isolation, and increased mental illness. 


We believe that in the face of divisive and oppressive systems of power, the most revolutionary thing we can do in the face of these problems is re-join one another in deep and loving community, not just meeting at worship times, but throughout daily life, to re-create our communal family of neighbors, where we look out for each other and each other’s families. It takes a village to heal what ails us! We can be Christ in Community.

Upcoming Events

  • May 10, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    2828 E 10th St, 2828 E 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46201, USA
    We will be giving away bags of groceries every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at the Healthy Harvest Brookside Market parking lot.
  • Sun, May 02
    We meet online via Zoom!
    May 02, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    We meet online via Zoom!
    Join us on May 2nd via Zoom for The Worship Lab!
  • Sun, Apr 25
    We meet online via Zoom!
    Apr 25, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
    We meet online via Zoom!
    Join us on April 25th via Zoom for our Study Lab led by Rev Ellen Corcella, "Holy Saturday: In the Aftermath of Trauma" Part 3
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