We are experimenting 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. 

All of our worship services, Bible studies, small groups, and pastoral care calls are online exclusively. In the future, we will continue online programming mixed with in-person community. Please see our events below, and email Pastor Amie with any questions and/or needs.

Check out our recent interview with New Church Ministry!

 
 

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
June Bible Study - monthly on 1st Saturday
Sat, Jun 06
Zoom Video Conferencing
Jun 06, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
Join us this month as we explore the history of the early Gnostic & Orthodox Christians! We will meet every 1st Saturday of the month @ 5 p.m. online via Zoom video conferencing. Next up, June 6th.
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Group Self-Care Sessions - monthly on 2nd Saturday
Sat, Jun 13
Zoom Video Conferencing
Jun 13, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
Join us for our monthly Group Self-Care sessions with Pastor Amie and Thaddeus! We will meet every 2nd Saturday of the month @ 5 p.m. online via Zoom video conferencing. Our next meeting is June 13th!
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The LabOratory Church - June Worship
Sat, Jun 20
We meet online via Zoom!
Jun 20, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
We meet online via Zoom!
Join us on June 20th online via Zoom!
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Office Hours for Pastor Amie -every Wednesday!
Wed, May 27
Zoom Video Conferencing
May 27, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Zoom Video Conferencing
Pastor Amie will have office hours online via Zoom and Facebook rooms during this time.
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The 5:05 Group - Every Sunday!
Sun, May 24
Zoom Video Conferencing
May 24, 5:05 PM – 7:05 PM EDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
Gettin' our Sabbath on Together on Sunday evenings online!
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Understanding Implict Bias Conversations - monthly on 4th Saturday
Sat, May 23
Zoom Video Conferencing
May 23, 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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