Founded in 1895, Goshen City Church of the Brethren is a progressive and inclusive multigenerational faith community, actively seeking to follow Jesus, reflect God's love, serve and welcome all.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
We believe everyone is a beloved child of God, and that Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized lives matter. We are an open and affirming congregation, and welcome the presence, gifts, and participation of every person regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, economic status, or life situation.
The complexity of violence goes beyond warfare to include economic, spiritual, emotional, and physical violence. We are called, through Christ's work, to nurture the dignity and wholeness of all people by practicing and promoting peace and justice across all of God's creation.
SERVICE & COMPASSION
For the Church of the Brethren, service is an essential expression of our faith. We believe following Christ means following his example of service, healing, and partnering in bringing life and hope to all of God's people.
We are building a radical Spirit-filled community, cultivating authentic relationships, sharing God's inclusive love in and around our city.
A CHURCH IN THE CITY
Goshen City Church of the Brethren traces its roots back to 1895. And while the faces and names in our city have changed over the years, our commitment to the Goshen, Indiana, community has not. Our place of worship – located at the corner of Clinton and Fifth Streets since 1899 – sits in the heart of our city for a reason, and we are proud (in a humble, Brethren way) of being part of this vibrant community.
We recognize that the land where we worship belongs to God, as does all of creation. We also acknowledge that we are located on the traditional land of the Bodéwadmiakiwen/Potawatomi and Miami Peoples past and present – land that was ceded from them coercively and unjustly. We are grateful for the opportunity to gather on this territory and work in this region, as we continue to learn how to be better stewards of the land and community relationships.
CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
The Church of the Brethren is an Anabaptist/Pietist denomination that began in Germany over three centuries ago. As a Historic Peace Church, we seek to be a living peace church by listening conscientiously, seeking guidance through Scripture, and working toward reconciliation. We believe in peaceful, simple living that extends beyond the household of faith and into the surrounding community where we serve and share the love of Christ for the common good. Learn more about our denomination at brethren.org.