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Where oh where does a Quaker pantheist existentialist find a spiritual home in DeLand, Florida? At Collective Church of course!
I started attending Collective about a year and a half ago. I kept coming, got more involved and suddenly I’m blogging about my experience and why I support Collective financially. Collective is now indeed my spiritual home and I experience a wonderful continuity with my long-time Quakerism as Collective is a place where the traditional testimonies of Friends – integrity, simplicity, equality and non-violence are affirmed and enacted.
Collective is a group of seekers searching together for spiritual truths and sharing the truths we find. Collective is a participatory experience where participants are actively involved in the service – and can be involved even in planning the service – an ongoing dialogue with our pastors – and ourselves. Speaking of pastors, it would be impossible to explain my connection to Collective without reference to pastor extraordinaire Ben Collins – someone who somehow combines wisdom and depth with lightness and fun.
"Collective is a group of seekers searching together for spiritual truths and sharing the truths we find."
Collective is a microcosm of what our country and the world needs now – a place of acceptance – a group held together not by a standard set of beliefs but by a sincere and shared search for love, community, and spiritual understanding. I am delighted to meet new people at Collective who invariably turn out to fascinating and caring individuals – there is so much talent, skills, knowledge and just plain goodness at Collective. It also delights me to see Collective involved in so many different ways in the community.
Get more of Jim's story on the Collective Stories Podcast
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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