For the last couple of years, my wife and I have been toying with the idea of starting a house church.

During the early days of the pandemic, when we were conducting worship services from our living room, we found the challenge, the collaboration, and the chance to maintain community to be really meaningful.

But there is more to it than simply finding a meaningful challenge: we want to build a community where doubt can be safely expressed, where love is the dominant ethic, and where people feel supported in times of great challenge. There is a need for such spaces in our world today, and especially in our churches.

screen cap of Congregation of Saint Thomas the Doubter website

It seemed that now was a fitting moment to begin that very effort and so we announce the launch of the Congregation of St. Thomas the Doubter, an independent, ecumenical congregation for all people that embraces holy doubt, the importance of grace, and the power of solidarity in community.

We’ll start slow with some online services and Bible studies and go from there. If you’re interested, you can like the Facebook page or read more on our website. And you can sign up for our weekly email to learn about worship services, Bible studies, and other programming.

We hope that this can be a transformative space for people seeking a spiritual home, who are willing to embrace unknowing, and willing to “doubt boldly, that their faith, too, may be bold.”

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