A community of deep curiosity, passionate creativity, and contagious liberation.
Holy Ground is a peer-led community comprised of people who have often stood on the periphery of faith. Many of us have felt out-of-place in existing religious systems and structures, sensing God's activity beyond conventional limits.
All of us have experienced the church's capacity to marginalize in one way or another: because of our identities, our friends, our questions, our creativity, or our love. Yet we have refused to lose hope, and we have joined together to imagine a new form of liberating Christian community for our time and place. We occupy a liminal space between existing Christian traditions, and we're trying to bring the best of all of them into dialogue and mutual relationship. Some might call us emerging or emergent, but we're not always quite sure where we fit – we just want to make collaborative, authentic church that nurtures lives of radical discipleship.
As a community, our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, economic condition, or physical ability. We welcome current and former Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Baptists, Episcopalians, Pentecostals, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Methodists, and persons of every other religious background (or none at all). We welcome folks who've never stepped inside a church and folks who've spent too much time inside of churches. We also welcome agnostics, atheists, and those who are just curious whether religion has anything worthwhile left to say or do in the world. In building a community of love and justice, we seek to always uphold and honor the beautiful diversity of God’s people.
Questions and Answers
1. So...what kind of community is Holy Ground?
We’re a small, dedicated group of people who come together to support one another in living our lives as if they really matter. We believe that we can learn a more sane and sustainable way to be human and that connection and community are deeply important resources for this pursuit. We seek to be followers of the God made known in and through Jesus.
2. Are you a church?
Well, it depends on what you mean by church. We do not have a pastor and we do not offer formal sacraments to each other (though we do have an amazing communion bread recipe). We do come together on a weekly basis to offer peace to one another, pray, engage scripture, and share food and wine. As an inter-denominational, peer-led community, our gatherings do not have a set structure that we follow every week. Rather, our time together is collaborative and creative. In addition to the ever-present food and wine, we take turns bringing spiritual and experiential practices to share with one another and to support the cultivation of deeper faith, love, peace, justice and forgiveness.
3. What do you believe?
The people of Holy Ground believe all kinds of things. ;) Our community is defined not by what we believe about God, and but by what we believe about how to be with one another. Inspired by the ministry of Jesus, we seek to offer a truly wide-open welcome to each other and to the broader community of Long Beach. We believe in honoring the dignity of all people and respecting their unique perspectives and stories. We believe that connecting to God is less about accepting a set of propositions than about developing a relationship. We believe the spiritual journey is worth walking, and worth walking together.