We are a small congregation in Sioux Falls, SD, committed to a vibrant witness of peace and justice in our city. We are a congregation of Mennonite Church USA, through Central Plains Mennonite Conference. We are a liturgical, inclusive, and familial group of people who care deeply about peace.
And, we’re a group of misfits. We have exuberant followers of Jesus: gracious and loving agnostics, liberal anarchists, passionate feminists, and compassionate conservatives. We have evangelicals, sacramentalists, spiritualists, and hippies, all who find a home within the peace-tradition of Anabaptist faith. We have people who were born and raised in traditional Mennonite contexts, and people who have chosen Anabaptism as their faith tradition.
We are a church for people who want something more out of church. We are working to create an Abbey-model church, where our time spent together in community models for the world the shalom that God is bringing. We long to create safe space in our building and in our congregation where you can reconcile, lay down, and heal from the anxieties of your life. You can read more about the various facets of our Abbey-work in the pages listed above.
Worship, Spirituality, and the Arts – We worship on Sundays using ancient liturgical practices as our guide, such as reading the Scriptures, following the Christian year, and communion. We gather often for singing, prayer, and the nurturing of spiritual disciplines in practice and imagination.
Hospitality and Community – We eat together often as an extension of the welcome we experience at the Lord’s table in worship. We share our lives together by extending hospitality to others and receiving it from others. We value being together as our highest priority and our best form of evangelism.
Peacemaking and Social Justice – We affirm the historic Anabaptist emphasis on peace and nonviolence as the new way of God’s commonwealth of shalom, in which we find our primary identity. We work to express and embody Jesus’ teaching and examples of nonviolence by providing pathways to restoration and justice in our city, encouraging those within our congregation to support peacemaking and social justice work beyond our congregation.
Learning and Discernment – We study the Scriptures together, read and engage a variety of cultural media, and seek an atmosphere of scholarship so that we may discern God’s spirit and be a well-formed people. We value catechism as spiritual training and learning in the ways of our Anabaptist tradition.