Churches are human institutions, made up of a lot of messy people. Too often, people do terrible things to each other, often with the best of intentions, and church people are no different. There’s a lot of ickiness flying around in the name of religion.

A lot of us at Grace North Church have been hurt by churches, and by Christians. Many of us are wary of church or church people. But we still love God, and aren’t sure how to sort out God from Christianity or churchianity.

So in our community, we’re trying to create a safe space to re-approach Jesus and the Christian tradition—without dogma and without judgment. We celebrate the Christian tradition, but we leave it up to you to decide who Jesus is, what being a Christian means, or what your connection to the church (or a church or this church) will be. No pressure, period.

That’s the way we think Jesus would want it. We’re not trying to turn anyone into cookie-cutter images of anyone. We are all simply trying to be authentic with ourselves, with one another, and with God.

Most of us at Grace North have different ideas about who Jesus is and what Christianity is all about. And that’s just fine with us. So you can have your own ideas, too. We will love you and support you and encourage you on your spiritual path, wherever that leads.

Our emphasis at GNC is on mysticism—intimacy with God—not on dogma. Our assumption is that you are the expert on your own spiritual life, and simply want a supportive community as you explore—because that’s what we were looking for, too.

So if that sounds good to you, pay us a visit. Why not journey toward God in community with us? 

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