It all started in 2010 when a group of friends decided that there was no sense just talking about renewal; we needed to jump in and start creating a loving community where everyone is valued. In the words of the prophet Zechariah, this would look like a good place to grow up and grow old.
Our Church roots shape us – that our faith is not segregated to Sunday morning but shapes our everyday life – being hopeful, gracious, neighbourly, hospitable, compassionate, and looking out for others, all of which are rooted in the way of Jesus.
This is articulated as a set of spiritual rhythms and soulful practices that we aspire to, as well as a set of covenant values that serve as a foundation for the type of community we long to be. We’ve summarized our covenant values in poster form as a PDF.
One of the practices that shapes us is that of seeking to be present in our neighbourhoods as much as possible: living, working, playing, and praying. It’s as simple as shopping at local establishments, eating local food, spending time in the third spaces of your distinctive neighbourhood, walking your dog, or taking your kids to the park around the corner. When we inhabit those public places regularly and faithfully, we naturally find opportunity to connect with those who are our literal neighbours.
It’s easy to be negative about the issue facing our downtown core. Hopeful imagination is the practice of seeing the assets and the abundance in the places you live, work, play, and pray. The lens we use to see our distinctive neighbourhoods has a direct impact on the way we live our lives. Living with hopeful imagination is an invitation to stop and ask the Spirit to be your eyes, to see your neighbourhood the way God sees it.
Reaching out and welcoming in – these are the practices of advocacy and hospitality. Engagement is caring about your neighbours wellbeing and the challenges they face. It’s sharing a meal, offering a listening ear, connecting on the front porch, or a conversation over tea.
This one is simple: you can’t do it alone. Our impact is greater when we work together. Working together with our literal neighbours is important. Having collaborative relationships with local businesses or organizations makes the work lighter and the impact greater, especially when they share the same goal of this city being a good place to live, work, play, and pray..