We are a new church that is passionate about creating spaces for reconciling relationships. As a community we have latched tightly to 2 Corinthians 5:16-21.
“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
A group of ten people came together for dinner in the middle of summer of 2009 and began to dream about how we might connect to God’s ministry of reconciliation. We informally met on a weekly basis over that summer and since then, we have been discovering that reconciliation means coming alongside our others, whoever those others may be. We recognize that this is not easy work, but we also recognize that we once made God our other, and that God still came alongside us, making us into new creations. In this new creation, we feel called and committed to participating with God in God’s ministry of reconciliation.
We officially launched as a church on April 4, 2010 after we had discerned where we felt we could partner with God in NE Los Angeles.
Out of this launching has come the Atwater Art Walk, numerous beautification projects, gardens, art, a school partnership, a homeless ministry, the NE Homebrew Competition, Listen Los Angeles, dozens of village groups, hundreds of thoughtful relationships, new churches, new worshiping communities, and a weekly worship gathering that has brought fresh life to us all.
In 2013 we decided as a church to reconstruct how we create spaces for reconciling relationships and came up with our Three Tables.
Our tables are designed to better help people connect with our mission of creating spaces for reconciling relationships. We are grateful for the tables as they give us a sense of organization in the midst of our heavily non-programmatic structure.
The next phase in the life of our church has been framed through our relationship with Harambee Ministries in Pasadena, CA. In October of 2016 the church decided to partner with Harambee for not only our worship space, but in our shared ideology around God's ministry of reconciliation. As we build relationships with our friends at Harambee we are already experiencing rich and meaningful expressions of reconciliation.
We are still in our beginning stages of what it means to become agents of reconciliation in our numerous contexts. We have stood in awe as God has led us and we highly anticipate our next steps as we further become the people that God is asking us to become.