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. 

Most of our worship services and studies are online. We have some in-person garden meetings in the works! Stay tuned via below Events and Social Media pages. 

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.

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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. With this in mind, we need your financial support to help get our new mobile pantry started! 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
The LabOratory Church - September Worship
Sat, Sep 19
We meet online via Zoom!
Sep 19, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
We meet online via Zoom!
Join us on September 19th online via Zoom!
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Community Day / Pop-Up Pantry
Sat, Sep 26
308 N Emerson Ave Parking Lot
Sep 26, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
308 N Emerson Ave Parking Lot, 308 N Emerson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219, USA
Join us at our Community Garden for information on our church, free food, garden tours, kids' activities, and more!
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Understanding Implict Bias Conversations - monthly on 4th Saturday
Sat, Sep 26
Zoom Video Conferencing
Sep 26, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
This group is now closed to new entries. If you would like to join the next implicit bias group, please email Pastor Amie.
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October Study - monthly on 1st Saturday
Sat, Oct 03
Zoom Video Conferencing
Oct 03, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
Join us this month as we explore the explore the Gospel of Mary!! We meet every 1st Saturday of the month @ 5 p.m. online via Zoom.
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September Bible Study - monthly on 1st Saturday
Sat, Sep 05
Zoom Video Conferencing
Sep 05, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
Join us this month as we continue to explore the explore the Book of Thomas! We meet every 1st Saturday of the month @ 5 p.m. online via Zoom.
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