If you’re looking for more than sheltered people with theology degrees, trying to tell you how a controversial, ancient text applies to 21st century life, come hang with us.
We are a community of spiritual seekers doing "church" together online via a private Facebook group.
We’ll still look at the Bible. We’ll still talk about life today. But more than anything - we’re going to tell OUR stories. We’re going listen to each other. We’re going to support each other, arms outstretched with empathy and compassion.
We know what it is to feel burned out, hurt, and knocked down. And stubbornly, we’re still hungry for spiritual conversation - we just don’t want to ignore our humanity in the process.
Before you’re ever part of any group or carry any label - Christian, Democrat, parent, spouse, teacher, student, or any ethnicity/nationality/gender/orientation - you are a human.
So how do we embrace spirituality, while remembering that we are only human?
It all starts with a story.
Brené Brown says it like this:
When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending. I know this is true. I may have learned it as a researcher but I live this truth as a daughter, a partner, a leader, a sister, a mother, and a friend. When we push down hurt or pretend that struggle doesn’t exist, the hurt and struggle own us.
We wonder if - maybe, just maybe - the Bible was a collection of human stories about how an extraordinary God met ordinary people in their regular, everyday lives. So, while we hold the Bible as a book that is central to our faith, we believe your story is equally sacred.
We’re asking, “how can the relentless love of God encourage and empower us to be the best humans possible?”
(for the Rest of Us)
1st and 3rd Saturday
Catching Your Breath Book Club
One of my dearest friends said the word "church" is as stigmatized and shame-inducing as the word “fat.”
So why did I opt to call this online community a church? Because words matter.
It’s important for us to take back the true meaning of church. I want to do it right. To show people that EVEN IF you’ve been wounded by other people in the name of “God,” church doesn’t have to be this way.
Whether you feel like you don’t fit the traditional church format and expectations any longer, or maybe you can’t make it because of chronic illness or mental health reasons, perhaps there's no progressive church in your area - now there's a community you can join, wherever you are.
Whatever your reasoning, are you interested in an online community, based on grace, hope, and love?
What if you could find a place, from the comfort of your own home (or smartphone), where you can engage in honest, courageous, vulnerable conversation - where all voices and views are heard and respected?
Sure. And we’re also atheist, agnostic, Protestant, Catholic, non-religious Jews, mystics, black, white, straight, gay, transgender, and everyone in-between.
We’re not here to argue sacred vs. secular or Sunday vs. Monday. We’re less concerned with theological rightness and far more passionate about kindness. We’re here to encourage everyone who shows up, from all walks of life, to keep on keepin’ on in the constant push and pull of a life that is rarely ever easy.
Hi. I'm Steve.
I was a pastor when I nearly died by suicide in 2012. In the past seven years, I have worked tirelessly to heal my image of God, while healing my image of myself. These days, I live to help others heal, and discover their true self. One of the ways I am doing this, is via this new online church format.
I scored “above average” on my psychologist’s ADHD test, different foods on my plate cannot touch, and I binge watch Netflix like it’s my j-o-b. I am a writer, speaker, spiritual companion, sign language interpreter, and photographer. I am also a volunteer member of the RAINN Speakers Bureau.
I write about the messiness of grace, finding Christ in the midst of mental illness, the struggles with childhood trauma and the ordinary, powerful ways God heals us. You may also hear about my foibles in fathering, see me gush over my kids, or brag on my wife. I’ll also probably complain about how it sucks to be a Christian right now, but how I’m doing it anyway.
I am not a politician, a theologian or a professional Christian. For me, this faith journey is not about being on the left or right or judging the actions of others. It’s about taking my story and using it to positively impact others with similar struggles. It’s about giving all those rotten things in life meaning, and eventually a purpose.