More like, About YOU!
You are valuable and enough
You are the powerful creator of your own life
You have good reason to be skeptical
You are not alone
You are worthy, you are spirit, you are an artist
You belong and have something to say
You have been hurt in life and have good questions
You are beautiful, loved, and have what it takes
You have a purpose and your opinion matters
You are trustworthy and have something to teach
And that this is true for all
gender identities, sexual orientations, religious affiliations, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses
If you have breath, then you belong.
(Okay, okay... if you insist on knowing more about us, then continue reading...)
Everything we do starts from here
Everybody's in, baby.
Our value of inclusion means:
We are fully open and affirming of LGBTQ persons.
We are egalitarian in theology and practice.
We embrace diversity in race, orientation, socioeconomic status, physical ability, age, and more.
You are a loved child of God, full stop!
Justice and Equality for all
Sojourn is a community full of activists and advocates.
We join the work of God to bring peace to the world.
We mimic the work of Jesus and stand on the side of the oppressed.
We follow the Spirit wherever she leads us to fight injustice.
You are safe here
Olive Garden used to say, "when you're here, you're family."
We don't have unlimited breadsticks at Sojourn, but we definitely agree with the whole "family" thing!
You don't have to pass any tests or adhere to any belief statement.
Just by being you, you belong here.
And we especially hold close families, because raising brave and kind children in this world is some of the most important work!
God, others, self
Jesus said the most important thing was to love God with all we've got, and also to love ourselves in a healthy way so that we can give that love away to others.
So at Sojourn we start from the question, "what does love look like?"
And from there, we trust.
What we teach
we don't have a formal statement of belief, but here are some of our favorite subjects to talk about
You are Loved and Enough
You will be reminded that you are a loved son, daughter, child of God. Worthy, beautiful, and enough.
Care of the Soul
You will be invited to care for your soul and to love yourself, and then give that love away to your neighbor, your family, the Other, and your enemy.
Doubts are Normalized
You will be embraced by those who know what it's like to doubt.
Church for those Who've Sworn it Off
You will be joined by those who have all but given up on church or institutionalized religion.
Full Humanity Embraced
You will be seen as the unique, lovely human that you are.
Social Justice Matters
You will be challenged to fight for the marginalized, the outcast, and the oppressed.
You will be accepted and celebrated in all the ways: orientation, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status.
You will be invited to embrace your inherent goodness.
More specifically, why church?
Church can be complicated, right?
Many who walk through the doors of Sojourn do so with trepidation. Because church wounds are real.
Co-Pastors Colby and Kate share why they still believe in the Church.
Meet the Team
We're here to serve
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Board of Elders
Greg Phillips - Eric Nichter - Elisa Holston-Arteaga - Margie Lenzkes - Kate Christensen-Martin - Colby Martin