American culture is becoming fragmented and disconnected. A study published in the American Sociological Review noted how Americans are more socially isolated now than they were thirty years ago.
Sociologist Ray Oldenburg found that healthy communities have face-to-face gathering places between work and home. These places—the coffee shop in Italy, the Biergarten in Germany, the café in France—serve as anchors for the community. They are places of conversation, mutual aid, and cooperative learning. He called these “third places,” and noted that Americans have too few of them.
We believe that God is leading Epiphany to address this problem in our local area. God has blessed us with the resources and partnerships to provide our community with a unique Third Place centered on finding meaning through serving neighbors.
By providing these social service opportunities, we also welcome everyone into our life together centered in the crucified, risen, ruling, and returning Jesus. He is our reason for building Epiphany into a Third Place.
Our vision is to be a community that puts Jesus first, neighbors second, and ourselves third. We gather to be served by him, so we can grow to love as he loves. Because Jesus has put us first, we can put ourselves third.