What Leads Us to Try to Add Beauty and Fresh Breath in Our Community?

 

"One of the moral diseases we communicate to one another in society comes from huddling together in the pale light of an insufficient answer to a question we are afraid to ask." - Thomas Merton

We remain open because of the awareness that God is still speaking and at work in the world.  We don't have a list of things that you have to believe to be a part of our community.  All of us are just trying to figure out this thing called life.

We understand that some individuals want a list in black and white stating what we believe (in other words, a list of who is right and who is wrong).  We find God in the all of the colors of the rainbow in between black and white.


We find purpose by following the ways of Jesus.  We join our neighbors who also honestly wrestle with God, difficult questions, and doubts.

 

We believe that everyone is worthy of dignity since we are all image-bearers of God.  We believe in calling out that dignity in one another.

 

We do not have a conquering mentality when it comes to following the ways of Jesus.  We are poor, rich, old, young, single, married, gay, straight, book-smart, street-smart, certain, doubting, hurting, and thriving.  Through all of these God-given differences, Christ’s love binds together all of our differences into a kaleidoscope of unity.

 

We believe that God is inviting us to have deep relationships with partner organizations in the community.  In other words, we can’t nor should we try to do it all by ourselves.  For example, we partnered with a local synagogue to share space.  They worship on Friday nights and Saturday mornings.  We gather on Sunday mornings and evenings.  It is like we were made for one another.  Perhaps, we were!

 

We don’t believe that God is sitting up on a heavenly throne waiting for us to praise God.  We believe that Jesus showed us that we can add beauty to our world by doing things that we could not do on our own.  

 

We are a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.  Along with other followers of Christ within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we hope to be (in some way) the answers to prayers around us.  To learn more about our national partners, visit our website: disciples.org.  We are also connected with a local congregation, First christian church.  Feel free to check out that website as well: fccventura.org.

 

As we continue to experience life through gathering together, breaking bread, and sharing stories, we will add more to this list.

 

We believe that faith is about more than sitting still and listening to one person speak.  It is about all of us participating in a new imagined reality.

 


OUR HOPES

We gather together, break bread, and share stories.  In all of that, we hope to follow the ways of Jesus with an eclectic mix of regular gatherings, special events, and ways to partner with us to better serve our neighbors.

 

We hope that all persons will feel welcomed to participate in our community.  In our community, no question is off limits.  All of us are wrestling with something(s).

 

We hope that our leaders will always represent our community.  We don’t believe that God’s presence can best be represented by any one person.  Therefore, we have leaders who are young and old, women and men, gay and straight, etc.  If this journey with Christ is going to work, all of us are needed and need to be involved.  We are impoverished without one another.  We hope that our enabling of leaders will pour over into our community so that all may be lifted up and appreciated.