Messy is a core value.
We’re not all the same. We come from different places, different economic backgrounds and realities. We come with different social and political approaches. We bring our own histories, biases, and baggage and routines. We represent different age groups, races, and ethnicities, genders, sexualities, and abilities. We don’t see stuff the same way. It can be messy…and we’re better for it. One of the big things we share is trying to find a healthy expression of our true self in community as we engage the deep (and often messy) stuff of life.
Fabric speaks to connection and depth in a sort of tactile way. We talk about the “fabric of existence” as a way of wrapping our minds around the concepts of the cosmos and God. Fabric also comes up when we talk about communities; how we’re all entwined with the social fabric in different ways and locales. Like it or not, we’re all connected. If you look, with openness and vulnerability, you’ll probably see something beautiful!
We are always trying to support each other toward health and wholeness as individuals, and we see how life is most fulfilling when it’s woven deeply with others (including the world around us), and that mysterious element we often call the “third strand,” or “God.”
Sometimes it’s important to get things untangled in life, and sometimes it’s important to “tie a knot;” to really note a change together. This has become both a reality of life and a literal practice for us to mark those moments together.
We’d rather have a good question than an easy answer. The idea is to keep learning and stay out of the box so we might actually be part of what God is up to in the world.
Ratty jeans, t-shirts, mukluks, or even a suit – whatever is comfortable to you. This also means bring all of you. Your beautiful, messed up, interesting, hurting self and enjoy real welcome with no hidden agenda to change your convictions, sexuality, politics, friends, or activities (and yet, we’re all growing). You might even hear some Nirvana.
Hypocrites? Yeah. Aren’t we all? We’re not here to judge but instead celebrate who you are and help you discover the ways your talents can impact the world we live in.
Okay, maybe even triple. Building a meaningful community; healthy, outward-focused, where significant relationships grow, a movement; a network of similar communities of 200-300, and a model for the Church that can be contextualized in other places.
…or at least most are square-shaped. Point is: We don’t own a building. Why? Because we’d rather spend our time and our money out in the community. God doesn’t want more “houses” to clean or lawns to mow and we’re all busy enough as it is. This way we don’t have to overschedule events just to fill up a building. Check us out at Field Community School Sundays @ 10:30!
Is there a place I can really be myself and honestly wrestle with faith? As someone who did not grow up in church, I’ve always felt a deep desire to know God…but I’ve struggled, and continue to struggle for many reasons. Fabric is a community that welcomes and encourages my questions, and supports me as I wrestle with life and faith. For the first time, ever, I feel that I can be myself in a church community…and that we’re wrestling together. This is incredibly valuable to me.
MASTER OF FUN (CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES)
I spent the first 40 years of my life going to (and working at) a traditional church. It was great for me, it was a place of friends, memories and traditions for me and my family. But, in lots of ways it was something that I was doing to ‘get through’, I was operating on a belief that if I worked really hard and did all the right stuff, God would love me…better. As the idea of Fabric began to take shape, I began to get the uncomfortable feeling that God was about something different. For me Fabric has been about discovering that it isn’t about working harder to be “good” or more “Christian”, but about figuring out what God looks like in the messiness of my life. Getting to experience this alongside kids and youth is both an honor and worship for me – #wegettodothis
It comes down to this: I can’t spend the rest of my life doing stuff that doesn’t really matter. Fabric is our attempt to be, not have,a church that deals with the real stuff of life and doesn’t play games. My reason for developing Fabric isn’t to make sure everyone believes the right or the same thing, but to provide a community where people can fully engage the most important questions, keep God out of the box, and do life together.
EDUCATION: B.A. St Olaf College (Anthropology, Religion), M.Div. Yale University
OTHER STUFF: Sailing, wilderness, reading, running, coffee, craft beer, writing, basketball…
Can church pull me into my life and the world, not out of it? I don’t need to be busier or given nice experiences or answers that make me feel better for the moment. I need to be honest and connected with nothing to prove but a real life to live into. Can we – the church – really be a movement of people woven together in this powerful way? What kind of impact could that have on us? On our world? This might be worth changing my schedule for.
POND COORDINATOR/ YOUNG FAMILY MINISTRIES
How am I Fabric? This is a question I ask myself every time I connect with this community. How am I making a difference here, how am I actively contributing? This is so different from everything that I grew up on going to church. This isn’t a Sunday only opportunity, Fabric, for me, is trying to live out my faith the best I can everyday.
YOUTH MINISTRY LEADER/ SITE HOST
I have been a church go-er all my life, a camp counselor, a worship band leader. But never before have I thought about a Sunday message days, weeks, or months after I heard it. As a part of Fabric I have experienced first hand how this community helps people wrestle with real and relevant issues. The conversations I have help me confront tough stuff that I otherwise might find myself giving up on. Now, I am very excited to get to have these same types of conversation with our youth! It is incredible for me to share in their energy and perspectives.
INSPIRING EXPERIENCE CURATOR (MUSIC/ GATHERINGS)
Can “church” actually make a difference in my life, my community, and the world during my lifetime and stretching across the generations following me? Can my gifts be helpful and my effort be fruitful? I was starting to believe that the answer was no; that the community of the Church would always be muted, always be fighting with it’s own institution. I changed my mind. Connect with me to talk about artistry, leadership, and the systems we can make to help them thrive!
I love God and I love people. Both entities are beautiful, complex, dynamic, and inspiring. Growing up attending church only on Sundays, I never experienced a faith community. It wasn’t until college that I had the opportunity to join a group of my peers who were pursuing God and deeper relationships, and my life changed. Since then, I continuously seek opportunities to experience God through relationship with others. Sometimes this is easy, sometimes this is hard – but when done in an intentional community like Fabric amazing things can happen. I love sharing God with others and as a Seminary student I sometimes get really excited about how deep, and vast, and wide God’s love is for everyone. As I said, I love God and I love people and Fabric is a great space for me to share this with others!
Launched in 2006 (as Jacob’s Well), Fabric has been deeply woven into the Twin Cities (specifically, South Minneapolis). There’s plenty to share about where we’ve been, the organizations we’re connected to, and what we’re creating for the future. If you’re curious (or worried), feel free to contact us. We’d love to chat!