We are a group of diverse people actively gathered in a common hope.
We believe that a church is not the four walls of a building, or the institutional organization of a religious non-profit; but rather the community, actions and cooperation that happens among and between us as we gather in our common hope that God is alive, changing, healing and liberating the world (and us by extension) to its full potential in Jesus the Christ.
We are firmly rooted in our city of Oakland, where we've been both located and practicing our faith since August 21, 1890. While we're historical, we're also contextual: aiming to be church for our city today, not the city of the past or how we were church in the 1950s. We base our programming and community organization around three key words : safe | open | real
"The idea that the church is to be the body of Christ is not just something to read about in theology books and leave for the scholars to pontificate about. We are literally to be the body of Jesus in the world. Christians are to be little Christs: people who put flesh on Jesus in the world. YOU are the only Jesus some people will ever see. The promise of the church is this: none of us alone are Christ (that's blasphemy), but all of us together are Christ to the world (that's ecclesiology)."
- Shane Claiborne, in Jesus for President
All photography provided by Monte McClain