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 4KEEPS mobile pantry

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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. 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Upcoming 4KEEPS Mobile Pantry Schedule
    Jun 14, 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.
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  • The Study Lab - June 13, 2021
    Sun, Jun 13
    We meet online via Zoom!
    Jun 13, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
    We meet online via Zoom!
    Join us on June 13th for The Study Lab when we begin our discussion of The Wisdom of Solomon (aka The Book of Wisdom).
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  • The Worship Lab - June 6, 2021
    Sun, Jun 06
    We meet online via Zoom!
    Jun 06, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
    We meet online via Zoom!
    Join us on June 6th for The Worship Lab where we continue discussing the Armor of God, particularly, how to protect our minds.
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