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This is the flag that hangs outside my church. It has also been about six or seven years since I’ve called a church “my church”. I left the last one feeling so sure I’d gotten the whole thing wrong. That what I’d experienced was some joke; that these houses of the lord were just jail cells of hypocrisy. I’d heard of Collective, as one hears of things in a small close knit downtown like DeLand and Stetson. Through my time at Trilogy, I met more and more of the members. Intrigued by their ideals, LGBTQ acceptance, and a personal need to keep branching out into the DeLand community, I went for the first time over summer.
and with its online stream I immediately felt at home. I was so excited that I could participate each week, even from four hours away. What a time to be alive!
“Your true home is in the here and the now.” -Thích Nhất Hạnh
Central to the experience of Christian practice is living presence in a community and with God. God is with us as Immanuel, known to us in history as Jesus, and the Christian Church has since been tasked with the embodiment of the intangible body of Jesus since his departure. There is a common expression among church goers “WWJD?” or “what would Jesus do?” that captures the idea of each individual’s life and expressions reveal Jesus in our life journey. You may be the only face of Jesus that someone meets, so please ask yourself “what would Jesus do?”. Less stereotypically evangelical is a phrase “love your neighbor as yourself”. In the New Testament, Jesus challenges followers to not only love neighbors, but to love those classified as enemies since that is a true challenge of holiness, of Divine Love.
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.
Paid Professional Childcare Available during Sunday Services
1 - 5 years of age | Childcare
6 - 11 years of age | Collective Kids