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I am currently writing to you from Trilogy Coffee. I am surrounded by warm brews on a cold day, familiar faces in the community, a staff that I know and love, and I can’t help but think about how I wouldn’t be here, in this place with these people, if it weren’t for Collective.
The music also drew me in. A spiritual community was playing sounds that actually made me feel more connected to myself, to the people around me, and to spirituality as a whole. It was raw and necessary, changing my perspective on how I heard and played my own music.
Collective is open and affirming. The people I met in this community were smart, well rounded people that told me some discomfort is normal at all ages, so stop shying away from it. These were the people that celebrated with me when I got into music school, and mourned with me when my grandfather died. I appreciated the level of welcome that I felt as I was swept under the wing of the community. A feeling that still surrounds me now as I attend a school that is two hours away.
I give to Collective in as many ways as I can. My fascination with the house band quickly scored me a spot in it where I felt that I could air my heart out weekly and hopefully help others do the same. I also started serving the coffee, which allowed me to interact with the community with fresh eyes and warm hands.
"...I felt that I could air my heart out weekly and hopefully help others do the same."
Last summer I became a formal intern at Collective, which means I got to see the inside. The work that goes into the church as a whole is outstanding. Behind the scenes it truly is just as much schlep as it is sparkle, and the people that work hard to make it possible really do work hard. For that I pledge.
I pledge my time. I pledge my meager resources. I pledge my heart. Because it really does help. It helps make for a stronger community that has access to the things it needs. And for that I like to think I am also one of these smart, well rounded people that will be there to greet you at the door and tell you that discomfort is normal at all ages, and we can get through it together, spiritually and wholly.
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2018 Pledge Drive Letter
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.