© 2017 by Downtown Disciples

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Mailing Address:

511 Des Moines Street

Des Moines, IA

Worship Address:

601 Locust

In La Mie Elevate

    Des Moines, IA    

LGBTQIA + AFFIRMING

#BlackLivesMatter

What exactly do you mean by

“Unapologetically Progressive"?

 

Great question! And we love questions.  

Being an unapologetically progressive Christian community means: 

 

STRIVING for peace by struggling for justice for human beings and all of creation; Doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with the Divine and one another by following Jesus' Way. 

 

AFFIRMING the goodness of creation and humanity by joyfully welcoming into community all people, celebrating our difference in race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, faith background, education, and abilities. We affirm, respect, and honor people and their spiritual paths, especially those on journeys different from ours.

 

SEARCHING and finding more grace in the search for understanding than we do in dogmatic certainty—more value in questioning than in absolutes. We journey together on a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.

 

Are you a church?

Tough question! And we love questions.

We are a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. We think of ourselves as a spiritual community.  We have NO  board meetings, bylaws, or creeds. Our mission is simple: do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. We hope to NEVER own a building. The church is made up of God's people, not brick and mortar. We build relationships, not structures. We meet people where they "live, move, and have their being" (Acts 17); in community centers, coffee shops, bakeries, the Capitol steps, social clubs, breweries, laundromats, parks and prisons.

 

Are you Christians?

You don’t sound like the Christians I hear about.

Our favorite question! And we love questions.

 

YES! Although people of all faiths and no faith are welcome to work for justice with us, our unapologetically progressive identity is grounded in a wholly Christian context.  We follow the loving, inclusive way of Jesus together.  We are saddened and angered by the extremist, exclusive, condemning and violent nature of Christianity entangled in imperialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, classism, heterosexism, sexism, and ableism.  We confess that Christian individuals and structures, especially ourselves and our denominations, have much to actively repent for and confess, our past and present. While we recognize that dominant forms of Christianity are steeped in systems of power and oppression, our work and worship that strives for love, justice, and radical forgiveness & welcome is truly Christian

We are part of the Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ).

Learn More: disciples.org