Sometimes people ask me where this all began. Why did you feel moved to start a new progressive church? And why here in San Jose? Give me a martini and some time and I could tell you all of the reasons I took this leap and this downward economic mobility for a spiritual startup in the heart of Silicon Valley!
For a while now, I have felt a bit of urgency around creating deep spiritual communities that match our time. I heard whispers in my dreams about sharing Jesus’ ethic of radical love in fresh ways. There is something eternally valuable about our Judeo-Christian poetry- it speaks of life in common and the need for lamentation, it calls us to keep going even when light feels hard to find. Faith communities do that powerful thing of stoking the flame of hope and offering a space to be seen and loved as we are. At our best we are collective engines of justice and movements of love. I believe in the community we are building and I know that we are made for a time such as this!
As a recent essay by David Gushee contended, “In any society, and perhaps especially in America 2017, any place where people gather purposely to be challenged to be more kind, more just, more self-controlled, more merciful, more forgiving, more peaceable, more loving, and so on, is doing something important. The church helps people seek higher ground in their lives. That’s not a small thing.”
Through prayerful discernment, we are extremely excited to continue growing in numbers and spirit and to seek higher ground in community with the people of First Christian Church. The Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ have a history together and for many of us this feels like an answer to prayer! For now, we are calling this effort urban sanctuary and we see this as a progressive faith collaboration in downtown San Jose.
There are so many details to be worked out, but we are diving into this lure of the Sacred together in hope and faith.
In wild celebration!