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A Progressive, Open & Affirming, Anti-Racism Church

Please visit us for Sunday worship any time – our building is accessible.
We start at 9:30 am – children stay in worship for the first 15 minutes.
Following a “Children’s Message”, children and youth leave for classes.
We always have nursery care for the little ones.

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A Retreat on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 9 am to noon

What are your thoughts & beliefs about gender?
How does our culture deal with them?

A fun and provocative retreat that will engage and challenge you to examine yourself and your beliefs about gender.  Leaders are Maggie George and Rebecca Voelkel from Fresh Perspectives Consulting, and Peter Murray, Faith Outreach Coordinator from OutFrontMN.

The event combines interactive exercises and education.  We will discuss sexual orientation and gender identity and how people and our culture deal with these.  We will participate in activities that may open our eyes to new ways of thinking. The session will be a place to safely ask questions in a non-threatening environment and is appropriate for Jr high youth and older.

The leaders will offer us a chance to sign up for one or more of these “hands on” opportunities to give participants a chance to engage in some gender equity experiences.  Sometime in July we’ll have a chance to reflect on these.

  1. Wednesday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 pm at the church – Be trained as a de-escalator and then taking a shift helping to protect the Pride festivities from folks who are protesting (mostly Christians with homophobic signs);
  2. Wednesday, June 21, 7 pm at the church – Organize showing of Brother Outsider, a documentary about Bayard Rustin (an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, non violence and gay rights.  Public is invited.
  3. Sign up to attend Pride with several suggested things to attend like the stage that features Trans* folks of color.

Whether or not you are a member of New Spirit, contact pastor Rosemary if you have questions or would like to participate.  (rosemary@newspiritucc.org)

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Welcome to New Spirit!

If you’re looking for a church home or just a warm and welcoming place to be once in a while, please join us on a Sunday morning.   Once a farm house, our church is tucked behind Target in Savage.  We have plenty of parking and our building is totally accessible, including bathrooms and an elevator.  We have a paid staff for nursery care.

Come inside.  On Sundays at 9:30 am you’ll find a not-so-formal worship style. We have comfortable chairs rather than pews, and an atmosphere that invites questioning. There are lots of friendly people, Sunday school for the children, great singing and plenty of hot (free-trade) coffee, usually accompanied by yummy treats.

Not sure what you believe or whether or not you believe anything?  You will find here many others with similar stories.   “Faith is a journey, not a destination.”  We live that perspective.  Members come from many denominations, some have no religious background, and we have active friends of other faiths.  Our denomination’s idea of a “Still Speaking God” affirms our practice of taking the Bible seriously, but not literally.  As an Open & Affirming congregation we welcome people and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities.   As best we can, we try to reach out to the community and the world, to be God’s people in the way of Jesus Christ by loving others, serving those most vulnerable and working for justice and peace.  We also like to have fun!

Singles and couples.  Families and empty-nesters.  Gay and straight.  Elders and children.  Norwegian-Americans, native Kenyans and East or West Coast transplants: you are welcome here.

Rev. Rosemary Rocha, Interim Pastor

To learn more about our denomination, the United Church of Christ, click here.

New Spirit UCC • 14394 Quebec Ave S • Savage, MN • 55378