Some info about us.

Why Connection?

There is no work more important than making sure people are not alone. Connection exists to create opportunities for people to develop authentic community, because life is hard and we shouldn't have to go through it alone.

Our regular gatherings also serve as a reminder of the things we easily forget: 

  • You do not have to change in order to be loved and accepted.

  • You are enough just as you are.

  • You are not defined by your faults, flaws, or failures.

  • You matter.

We believe being reminded of these things is very important, and there aren't enough places that do it. 


Our various gatherings allow us time to slow down, to pause, to connect with one another, to have spiritual discussions, and to reflect on the ways that we interact with the world around us. 

How we got here.

In 2010, Connection started out as a fairly traditional church with progressive beliefs. Over the years, it has slowly morphed into something else entirely. In 2018, Connection officially dropped it's religious non-profit status and became a non-religious non-profit.


Now, what we do on Sunday mornings looks more like an AA meeting than a church service.

Because of our background, much of what we do will have a Christian feel to it, but we do not believe that Christianity is the only way to God. We read religious texts at our gatherings from many faiths. For example we will read a Sufi poem or read a Buddhist parable. We also do not think that one must believe in God to be a good person or to find our gatherings meaningful.


We work very hard to make our gathering as inclusive as possible. Our goal is for everyone--Christians, agnostics, atheists, whomever--to feel the healing and safety that comes with belonging unconditionally to a community.

Our Wednesday night dinners and every-other-Tuesday discussion groups are even further removed from any religious context. That isn't to say that spirituality won't come up, but they are both informal and have no "liturgy."

Who We Are


Brandon Carleton

Spiritual Director

(Brandon's website & book)

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Jason Holtgrewe

Advisor & Counselor


Brittney Ionescu

Dan Ionescu

Aubrey Barnes

Amanda Carleton