This is a faith laboratory!! We put our beliefs to the test with the intention of developing a mature spiritual life. We are rooted in the Christian tradition but our community is God-optional, and all are welcome here.
We practice the concept of Sabbath. It is a way to once a week "opt-in" to the amazing beauty in all that is and "opt-out" of the anxiety structures of our world. As we gather every Saturday we listen, challenge, understand, encourage and most importantly love.
We are not formally associated with any denomination, and we admire and owe our existence to many. We are God-optional because we believe that God cannot be easily defined and trust that God is not easily offended. Rather, we practice God. Over time our community has included Lutherans, Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Seventh-day Adventists, Quakers, Presbyterians, Humanists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and others.
While there is no requirement of belief in Jesus or of being a follower of Jesus, we, as a community, are inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. As we learn to live in the way of Jesus, we embrace a high level of theological diversity and struggle, and try not to break easily. We are about living authentic and fulfilling lives as best we can.
We are self-pastored and have little formal organizational structure. Everyone is called to care and participate in their own way, and with a healthy balance of comfort and challenge.
As you will see, we are a multi-denominational community dedicated to learning to love well in New York City. We take a non-legalistic approach to faith, and welcome people where they are.
This is our family of faith in New York City. Together, we are learning to love well.
In this sacred space, we practice radical hospitality. We depend on each other. Today, we unplug from the artificial urgency of our days, and come here to plus one another through listening, learning, singing, dancing, laughing, crying, and creating.
We set aside this time to delight in the gift of Sabbath. In this moment, we rest. We sit at the table that is larger than our own lives.
We gift each with our undivided attention, we honor each other's service by being here on time as best as we can, and we are fully present when we are here. We turn off our phones, we support our storytellers, musicians, preachers, poets, bakers, economists, cooks, nurses, doctors, scientists and countless others with God given talents, by participating in the beauty they have created. We share our thoughts and feelings. We bless each other with our time and resources. We are kind to those of us who are angry or shy. We love both ourselves and others unconditionally, the way Jesus taught us.
We invite you to be, in this space, with us. God is now here. This is the right place. This is the right time. Whoever is here are right people. Feel the ground under your feet. Take a breath.