beginnings and beliefs
“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone — we find it with another.”
— Thomas Merton
We love God and we love people.
But people aren't connected to God in the way they once were. People aren't connected to one another in they way they should be. And the church — the community that exists to strengthen the connection — seems to play a large part in this. Church buildings can be uninviting. Church people can be unfriendly. Church leaders can be less than understanding. And the limitations of church classes, worship services, and programming can fail to meet people when and where they are.
But holy moments that connect people with God are too important to be hampered by the shadows of the church. Faith is transformative. It changes lives, relationships, and neighborhoods. So, Portico Collective began with a nagging question: how do meaningful conversations about faith happen with those who are disconnected?
We set out to answer this question by building digital relationships that reconnect people to the things of God, planting groups in places that need inclusive communities, and partnering with faith communities that are getting it right.
“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
― Madeleine L'Engle
This is what we believe. It is the stuff that Christians have been practicing for a couple millennia, but also stands in contrast to the kind of Christianity that has the megaphone today. We believe:
- Everyone is a child of God, no matter their race, religious heritage, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, economic situation, relationship status, background, or belief.
- Grace abounds, and we are given countless chances to let it embrace us and transform us. Empathy, forgiveness, and love are marks of the grace-transformed life.
- It is important to follow Jesus and have faith in the way of life he models and proclaims. This means our community tables and collective conversations are open to the faithful, the curious, the doubting, and the skeptical.
- Scripture is a gift and it frames the way we think about life. But we also believe there is great truth in science, psychology, history, fiction, poetry, music, art, and cinema. Our conversations strive to reflect the diverse ways which the Holy Spirit inspires humanity.
- We've got work to do. Justice and mercy are acts of love made real, and the faith life isn't complete without them. The greatest service to God happens when we serve one another. To do this, we serve as partners with a number of great organizations and connect Collective members with them.