One of the outgrowths of our UNCO community is the way that we are actively re-imagining church by re-imagining our funding sources and methods.
Innovative Ministry Percolator (former working title: FundCO) is a support network of new churches, which includes worshiping communities, social justice organizations, and social enterprises that are related to UNCO. The way the world works is changing, and the funding for new expressions of church aren’t primarily coming from our institutions any more. In response to the changing needs, we will strive to:
- Spread the stories of new and innovative ministries;
- Highlight organizations through social media and website support;
- Provide a structure of spiritual, collegial, and financial support;
- Partner ministries with people and organizations who have resources;
- Strengthen our ecumenical network in order to envision a cross-denominational cooperation which will be vital for our collective future;
- Leverage our collective work as partners to approach and engage large funding sources (foundations and individuals);
- Raise money for innovative ministries, both collectively and individually; and
- Provide resources (marketing, expertise, worship material, legal, in-kind-gifts, etc.) for creating non-profit or for-profit organizations that will support the work of worshiping communities and social justice.
We need your help to:
- Provide financial, spiritual, and collegial support
- Partner ministries with people and organizations who have resources
- Strengthen our ecumenical network which will be vital for our collective future
- Share resources that will support the work of worshiping communities and social justice.
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Current Ministries Percolating are:
The Garden Church, San Pedro, CA
Rev. Anna Woofenden
The Garden Church is re-imagining church as an interconnected organism, worshiping, loving and serving together as we transform a plot of land into a vibrant urban garden.
Rooted in the Christian tradition and Swedenborgian theology, the Garden Church provides a living experience of encountering the Divine in community, scripture, nature, and the life of useful service, and being the church together on multiple levels. Through worshiping, working and learning together, feeding the hungry, and addressing the needs of the local community, this church is living sanctuary for all who seek a place to grow, to love and be loved, and to belong. Creating a place of spiritual community where God’s love is made visible as people are fed in body, mind, and spirit.
The WordHouse, Sacramento, CA
Rev. Jeffrey O. Richards
The WordHouse is a welcoming, missional community following Jesus and loving others. We want people to experience Jesus in tangible ways, while providing a pathway to discover a deep intrinsic love for God and others.
We are a Reformed and ecclesial community seeking to live a just and grace-filled life by following Jesus, desiring to understand and respect others, and join them on their journey. Our gatherings are a way we care for each other and worship God in Jesus Christ. We are part small group, bible study, worship service, fellowship hour, and mission activity all rolled into one. As a discipleship culture we gather around greater Sacramento in homes, pubs, and coffeehouses building relationships and forming discipleship communities, joining the Holy Spirit already at work in our neighborhoods to bring about justice and peace for all.
Sanctuary for the Arts, Oakland, CA
Rev. Jeffrey Cheifetz and Amy Diane Shoemaker
The Sanctuary for the Arts is a sacred community rooted at the intersection of art, faith and social change. Through improvisation and artistic expression we become more fully alive in our connection with the divine and each other.
Our mission is to provide holistic spiritual growth and healing to anyone who has ever felt creatively limited or frustrated in church, or separated from it, and bring empowered renewal into our surrounding community.
We derive inspiration from InterPlay, an improvisational movement practice based in affirmation that integrates body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Open Gathering, Bellevue, WA
Rev. JC Mitchell and Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell
We gather and welcome differently-abled children and adults, making a difference in our neighborhood. Scarred by the world, we together, with God, encourage a loving and inclusive culture through service, creativity, art, and humor.
We are a gathering of believers, non-believers, and questioning believers of any and all abilities. Worship is important, yet through service and mission is how we respond to grace. We have a great vision to help our community locally and globally. Join us to encourage a loving and belonging culture for everyone no matter their ability or beliefs. You Fit!
Rev. Luke Sumner and Rev. Rebecca Sumner
Our Common Ground is a community of hospitality and collaboration that is open to all, as we journey together with our neighbors experiencing poverty, addiction, and mental (un)health.We are a ministry of Our Common Table, new Disciples of Christ church community in Everett, WA. It is our mission to provide a place of welcome and hospitality for all on this journey of life, with particular attention given those those who have been marginalized by poverty, addiction, or mental (un)health. We are first and foremost a community. We do hope to offer food, supplies, and other services people might need. But it all comes out of our foundation of relationship. We believe everyone brings something to the table, so our role is not primarily to give and serve, but to collaborate with anyone – from those that stop by our hospitality space to local churches and other organizations – about how ALL in our community can thrive as human beings.
Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center, Chattanooga, TN
Beth Foster and Brian Merritt, Co-Directors
Mercy Junction is a ministry of the Presbytery of East Tennessee with a radical devotion to justice and peace with the motto, “gospel in practice with hands and feet, from the pews to the streets.”
Beginning operation of the Justice and Peace Center at St. Andrews in January 2015, Mercy Junction is “a community of faith, rooted in justice and peacemaking, guided by the Holy Spirit to express God’s unbiased love for all of creation by providing a Christian framework for social righteousness in the Southeast.” Made up of activists, artists and people of faith, the community welcomes all people to its worship, both weekly gatherings and acts of public witness that range from prayer vigils and protests, to being present on the picket line.
Welcome to The Kirk. We envision creating a space for Reno that invites the creation of community.At its heart, is the small-batch, hand-roasted coffee that Kirk has been doing for several years. This includes a variety of roasts, from the dark French Roast, to the appealing House Blend, and for the connoisseurs, single origin coffees from Ethiopia, Sumatra, Burundi, Rwanda, Costa Rica, and elsewhere, depending on the season. These will be roasted on-site, with the beautiful steel and copper roaster right there in the space. But if the coffee is the heart, the community is the life-blood.The Kirk intends to be a place where people make connection. Local artists and craftspeople will be invited to display and sell their creations. Each of them will sign a contract that specifies that a portion of their sales will go to a local community organization of the month. Patrons of the coffeehouse will have a say in what those organizations are, and can nominate them for support. Once the coffeehouse is well-established, we hope to donate a fixed percentage of our profits each month. Our goal is to be both a center for community, and an outreach for the community.