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After more than twenty years as members of a local Methodist Church, we changed our membership and offering to Collective. The decision was not done lightly, since this was Rachel’s families’ church since she was two-years old. We married and renewed our vows in this church. We baptized all four of our children in this church. Yet, after more than twenty-years of marriage in this one church, we realized our faith was more inclusive than many of our fellow Methodists. We found solace in the mission of Collective, from the “metaphor of journey” to doing “everything in the spirit of love and grace”.
Our daughter Katie first introduced us to Collective, shortly after a less than positive experience we had going to a Christian youth event at DeLand High School. The guest speaker lectured that Islam was the “Devil’s religion”, and that its followers would be denied entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. As educators, Christians, and parents, we were both bothered by the narrow message of Christianity that was being delivered to local high school students. This began a dialogue in our family about the role of Christianity in our national politics, and the weaponization of religion—faith that fears others and cultural change, faith that seeks conformity to old morays and customs. We began to question our own church, its members, and its congregational culture.
We realized that our ‘moderate’ Methodist Church did not view salvation as inclusive, as we did. We viewed the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ as much a metaphor for living as a destination. For us, the challenging journey to live like Christ was more important than a singular view of salvation through Christ.
When Katie brought us to Collective, we immediately felt at home but were torn leaving our other church family. It took us nearly a year to make the transition, as we were consistently reminded of what we valued in Collective. We saw Collective reaching out to the unchurched, to even those “who are just now open to the idea that God might exist." We saw Collective offering an inclusive Gospel that was welcoming to alternate lifestyles and gender identities. We enjoyed the use of secular music as a pathway to spirituality. For these and many other reasons we now call Collective home and financially support the Collective mission.
Join us and the family of Christ, in pledging your financial support to the Collective journey in 2019.
In Love and Grace,
Don & Rachel Sarro
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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