Inviting people into the transformational story of Jesus.
Inviting: Our dream is to offer a vision of Jesus and His Way that is accessible to those living in a progressive, urban/suburban center like Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. This includes removing barriers to particular cultures and subcultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, politics, economic status, gender, and sexuality. This inherently includes a “come as you are” invitation to everyone and anyone. The invitation involves a personal relationship with a living God who doesn’t leave us where we are, but transforms into his likeness and image and invites us to begin living in His kingdom now.
People: Created in the image of God, every person we encounter is an experience with the Divine. As the People of God, our aim is to live as a community that reflects his beauty, mercy, and welcome to any and every person that we come into contact with. This allows us to enfold the broken, the exiled, the young, the marginalized into the the family of God.
Into: We aim to orient and guide people of different backgrounds, as well as different stages of faith, into a continuing journey towards Jesus. We want to be a community that nurtures transformation, inward, communal, and outwards all with a goal of learning to cultivate a deeper experience of the Living God.
Story: We are living in the captivating and unfinished Story of God – a story of God pursuing his beloved children and restoring his creation. We embody this story as individuals in our respective fields of work. We embody this story as a loving community that bears the suffering, healing, and restoration won for us through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We bear witness that Jesus is King and partner with the Spirit to breathe new life into narratives of despair.
Jesus: Jesus is our shared treasure, the destination and path of our pilgrimage. Our spirituality is the one he forged in communion with the Father through the Holy Spirit. Through the Spirit, Jesus offers intimacy with God to all people, and we are eager to make safe spaces for this to occur. We believe that all of life is spiritual, and that our brokenness can be restored and made whole through Him. We celebrate God’s presence, love, and truth, pursuing lives of faith, hope, gratitude, and worship. God invites everyone everywhere into this way of life, and we believe it is the best possible way to live.