West Hollywood, CA
Church attendance and interest in religion is waning in most places around the country. It’s not just Millennials, but people of all generations who often walk into churches looking to find faith but come up empty. We think that’s because people are looking to find a lived faith. No longer is passively subscribing to a system of belief a compelling enough reason to belong to a church. People are looking for the kind of faith that Jesus himself was looking for – active and alive in all that we say and do, and made available to and through each and every one of us. That’s why our identity statement at All Saints’ is “To be the Church of Jesus.” We believe that hope for the Christian faith, hope for the church, hope for the world is happening right here at All Saints’. We are not merely passive observers of faith. We are dynamic, progressive purveyors of Good News. All Saints’ is a place that’s alive and beating with relevance for the hope of our world. Through our active ministry with homeless and food-insecure people at the weekly Monday Meal, to serving a monthly brunch to homeless and runaway LGBT youth to reuniting children with their parents in prison through Get On The Bus, we actively live our faith on a daily basis … it’s how we work to be the Church of Jesus.
Los Angeles, CA
Beth Chayim Chadashim is a progressive and diverse community of people who come together to celebrate Jewish faith and culture. Started in 1972, we are the world’s first synagogue founded by, and with an outreach to, lesbians and gay men. Today our community is an established and essential part of the religious life of Los Angeles.
Our name means “House of New Life,” and our services, social gatherings and broader activism work in concert to make our community unique and live up to its name. LA is a vibrant but often disjointed big city; BCC is an intimate, welcoming synagogue that brings warmth and perspective to its members and friends.
Not So Churchy
The Not So Churchy worshipping community is intimate, portable, and spiritually curious and committed. We worship monthly and gather for education, spirituality groups, service and community events.
We thrive when we are connected, but not too connected, to the traditional church. We are artists, community activists, and musicians. We are adults and kids.
We are lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight allies. We bring all of ourselves, the stuff we like and the stuff we aren’t so sure of.
There is always laughter
You might feel calmer leaving than you did coming in
Each gathering is a little bit different, created with care and for the moment
There is space for change, room to grow, and an experience that’s Not So Churchy.