Published: Monday, Mar. 29th, 2021
As an inclusive, nondenominational, interfaith church, and a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we proudly welcome people of all ages, all walks of life, and all faiths -- including those who don’t hold any spiritual beliefs at all.
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We offer an alternative to traditional churches that demand that individuals conform to specific practices and ideas, at the expense of their authenticity and personal truths. Our ministers include followers of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Vodou, Hinduism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Judaism, Wicca, Asatru… and everyone and anyone in between.
It’s simple, really: We believe that what unites us isn’t if we pray, or who we pray to, or what we believe happens to us after we die. We believe that what unites us, all of us, is our shared humanity.
This broad approach allows us to welcome ministers of any religious or nonreligious background, and offer our ideological and spiritual support and acceptance - providing they agree to our simple tenets of respect and dignity for all people.
And this universal acceptance is actually essential to one of our primary functions as a church:
Ensuring all people have equal access to the benefits and protections of marriage, and the opportunity to celebrate the act of marriage with their friends, families, and communities in their own authentic way through free online ordination!
Because our ministers come from all backgrounds, they’re able to provide couples with the respect, understanding, and dignity they deserve as they enter into marriage -- including interfaith and interspiritual couples, same-sex and other LGBTQ+ couples, nonreligious couples, multicultural couples, and others who might feel unwelcome or out of place in traditional churches or with traditional ministers.
Many of our ministers also choose to offer compassionate services at wakes and funerals, joyfully preside over baby blessings, and oversee quinceañeras, commitment ceremonies, vow renewals, handfastings, engagement ceremonies, spiritual cleansings and attunements. Some ministers even offer informal counseling and coaching sessions for couples and friends who wish to deepen their communication and understanding of each other.
Others spend most of their time with their congregations, discussing and exploring their faiths or philosophies of living -- whatever their individual practices or non-practices may be.
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