Why We Are Different
Church Done Differently
At connection, we don’t believe that everyone must attend a church service in order to fulfill a religious expectation. We simply see our gatherings as a reminder of the things we easily forget.
If you feel the need to be reminded of any of the things I’ve mentioned, you’re more than welcome to join us at one of our gatherings.
Statement of Standing
At Connection, we begin every gathering with what we call a “Statement of Standing.” So we read these statements to remind us our that acceptance is not based off of how well our life is going.
We admit that life can be painful We admit that life often doesn’t make sense. We do not believe that religion will make your life pain free.
Centering & De-Centering
Every Sunday morning at Connection we do what we call centering and de-centering practices.
These practices take many forms, some weeks we read a parable, some weeks we do a group meditation, some weeks we what we call “The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly.”
And some weeks we do all three.
Why Still Practice Communion?
Although this ritual originates from our christian roots, we don't do communion, as a way to say that Christianity is the only way. The reason we still do communion is because the symbolism is so powerful.
We simply see it as an act that says, “I am committed to this community. I am committed to this journey with the people around me. I need them and they need me.”
Sermons vs. Discussions
Instead of a thirty minute sermon, someone will present an idea or give a short talk for 5-7 minutes and that serves as a launching point for a group discussion.
Creating a space for healthy dialogue and discussion takes the focus off of “having the right answers” and moves the focus to “let’s go through this journey together.”
Reminder of Death
Each Sunday, we conclude our services with a Reminder of Death. This could be a poem, a parable, a quote, a song lyric— anything that causes us to pause and reflect on our
Our reminder of death helps frame a perspective for our upcoming week; it pushes us to be more present with all that is here, all that is natural, and all that is love.