Join us in the Mission Hills community garden this April for a free planting day! The Mission Hills Community Garden is a 100% organic garden that provides free fruits and vegetables for our community. We would love to partner with you and your family to expand the garden to bring more healthy food and well being to everyone in our community!
Join us at Mission Hills for 7 weeks of conversation about LGBTQ+ inclusion in Christianity. Perhaps the most contentious issue for American churches over the past 30 years, LGBTQ+ inclusion is still dividing congregations and denominations today. Does it have to be this way? Why does much of Christianity still exclude the LGBTQ+ community from full acceptance, ministry, and marriage while claiming to welcome all? For 7 weeks, our conversations will be guided by a variety of readings, podcasts, and experiences that seek to offer hope and a deeper understanding for anyone interested in becoming a more inclusive Christian.
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth with Chris Heuertz
Includes all day workshop, lunch, and a copy of Chris' book "The Sacred Enneagram."
Have you ever asked yourself the quintessential human question of identity, “Who am I?” Most of us spend a lifetime trying to figure out who we are and how we relate to others and God.
Unfortunately, in the process of forming an identity, we succumb to building up lies and illusions around our sense of self that only lead us further away from who we truly are. But the Enneagram offers a bright path to cutting through the internal clutter and finding our way back to who we are created to be.
Based on the nine classic archetypes of human character structure, the Enneagram exposes the nine ways we lie to ourselves about who we think we are, illustrates the nine ways we get lost, and reveals nine ways we find our way home to our True Self and to God.
Whether you’ve heard of the Enneagram or not, this workshop is for anyone who’s interested in learning more.
What is the Enneagram?
As a sacred map to our soul, the Enneagram is a compassionate tool, sketching out possibilities and opportunities, pointing us back to our True Self.
The Enneagram explains the “why” of how we think, act, and feel. The Enneagram helps us come to terms with our gifts as well as the addictive psychological patterns that tether us to our greatest interpersonal, spiritual, and emotional challenges.
What can the Enneagram do for me?
Compared with other self-exploration profiles and assessments, many have found that the Enneagram takes self-awareness deeper.
Ultimately, the Enneagram reveals our best, truest self with its potential to heal a world in need. As a tool for spiritual awareness, the Enneagram moves beyond simple rendering of each type, to illuminating a path to develop our identity and spirituality.
From the Enneagram-curious to the seasoned lifelong enthusiast, The Sacred Enneagram one-day is for anyone who cares about nurturing a deep spirituality rooted in self-awareness. This workshop offers an innovative way of re-imagining the usefulness of the Enneagram that is tremendously practical.
Topics Covered in the workshop will include:
Who Am I? Simple tools to identify your personal type and how to make sense of your Enneagram test results.
Where Does the Enneagram Come From? A brief history of the Enneagram offering in-depth background on the conflicted origins of the Enneagram from Egypt to South America and beyond.
How Do I Learn to Grow in Discernment? Clear explanation of how the Enneagram is a fractal of perpetual triads with specific focus on the Intelligence Centers and Harmony Triads.
Why Do I Think, Feel, and Act in the Ways I Do? Introducing the basics through a curated summary of the nine types to help identify your personal type and make sense of your Enneagram test results. This includes your healthy and unhealthy behaviors, why you became the number you are, your fundamental needs, basic fears, passions, fixations, and invitations to spiritual growth.
What is the Shape of my Tragic Flaw and How Do I Grow with It? An explanation of the passions of the Enneagram to help understand how your habits act as coping mechanisms and how can you overcome them to be more whole.
Why Do I Get Stuck Personally, Professionally, and Spiritually? An examination of the Enneagram’s conflict avoidance styles and social styles with useful suggestions for practical application.
What is the Most Effective Way for me to Grow Spiritually? The Sacred Enneagram workshop offers practical guidelines for how to enlist contemplative prayer practices for each type.
About Chris Heuertz: Chris has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope among a world that has legitimate reasons to question God’s goodness. Chris has taught the Enneagram all over the world (in places like Morocco, Thailand, South Africa, Indonesia, and New Zealand) and is the author of the book, The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth.
Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris studied at Asbury University in Kentucky before moving to India where he was mentored by Mother Teresa for three years. While living in India, he helped launch South Asia’s first pediatric AIDS care home, creating a safe haven for children.
In 2012 Chris and his wife Phileena launched Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism.
Named one of Outreach magazine’s “30 Emerging Influencers Reshaping Leadership,” Chris is a curator of unlikely friendships, an instigator for good, a champion of collaboration, and a witness to hope, Chris fights for a renewal of contemplative activism.
This is a weekly meetup for anyone interested in participating in Peter Rollins' seven-week dialogue about atheism, theism, theology, and philosophy in a group setting. We have purchased the group ticket in order to make this 100% free for everyone who is interested!
For 7 weeks, we will meet on Wednesday evenings at Mission Hills Christian Church from 7:00-8:30 PM. If you would like access to the online course, email email@example.com or DM us on Instagram.
What to Expect from Peter Rollins' course:
You’ll get access to articles, podcasts, book excerpts, and videos - one for every day of Lent. These will introduce you to many of the greatest critiques of religion, from some of the most creative, intelligent and insightful thinkers our world has ever produced. In addition to this, each Sunday I'll provide a talk that you can watch live or later (they'll be available in audio and video format).
In the contemporary world, atheism is almost invariably viewed as opposed to the work and world of theology. At best they barely tolerate each other, while at worst they wage war.
This popular view could be said to be partially responsible for the current state of both. The former having largely been reduced to an adolescent cry on behalf of a crude positivism; the latter languishing in the basement of academic institutions as a discipline with as much insight and credibility as astrology.
Thankfully there have always been individuals who’ve grasped the profoundly theological dimension of atheism. Individuals who see the removal of atheism from theology as detrimental, not only to intellectual life but to the task of personal and political transformation. In recent years we only need think of people like Tillich, Bloch, Bonhoeffer, Weil, and Heidegger and Zizek.
Whether you identify as a theist, an atheist, agnostic or ignostic, Atheism for Lent provides a space for you to delve headfirst into the true theological expanse that is atheism. Submerging yourself in its life-giving, nourishing waters. By exploring atheism as a profane practice of theological purification, we will uncover its priestly power of exorcism. An exorcism powerful enough to cast out the religious dogmatism and festering fundamentalism that can lurk within our souls.
What to bring:
Bring an open mind and the expectation for a kind dialogue with a diverse group about important theological issues. If you're taking notes or creating art at home each week, bring your notes, questions, and ideas to share with the group.
Important to know:
A group ticket has already been purchased for whomever to have the opportunity to attend this course without needing to purchase an individual ticket. If you would like to support Peter Rollins' work, please support him on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/peterrollins.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.
In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into the community with the formerly housed to eat, pray, and share life together. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood and in community-based education around the country. Jonathan is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.
Jonathan is a co-complier of the celebrated Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, and is the author of several books on Christian spirituality, including Reconstructing the Gospel, Strangers at My Door, The Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, and The New Monasticism. He is also co-author, with Reverend Dr. William Barber II, of The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement.
An evangelical Christian who connects with the broad spiritual tradition and its monastic witnesses, Jonathan is a leader in the New Monasticism movement. He speaks often about emerging Christianity to churches and conferences across the denominational spectrum and has given lectures at dozens of universities and seminaries, including Calvin College, Bethel University, Duke University, Swarthmore College, St. John’s University, DePaul University, and Baylor University. In 2018, he helped organize the New Poor People's Campaign and Dr. William Barber in the pursuit of economic and civil rights.
Join Mission Hills for our 3rd annual Love Feast the Sunday before Thanksgiving on November 18th at 10am. This service is centered around the dining table as we talk about gratitude and share our favorite Thanksgiving dishes with each other. Bring your favorite holiday food to share with the community and invite a friend or family member to this love-infused feast.
Wednesday at Community Group we're going to be talking about Paul's letter to Philemon. Nov 14th -- 7pm
Here's the text…
1-3 I, Paul, am a prisoner for the sake of Christ, here with my brother Timothy. I write this letter to you, Philemon, my good friend and companion in this work—also to our sister Apphia, to Archippus, a real trooper, and to the church that meets in your house. God’s best to you! Christ’s blessings on you!
4-7 Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, “Oh, thank you, God!” I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other believers. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers.
To Call the Slave Your Friend
8-9 In line with all this I have a favor to ask of you. As Christ’s ambassador and now a prisoner for him, I wouldn’t hesitate to command this if I thought it necessary, but I’d rather make it a personal request.
10-14 While here in jail, I’ve fathered a child, so to speak. And here he is, hand-carrying this letter—Onesimus! He was useless to you before; now he’s useful to both of us. I’m sending him back to you, but it feels like I’m cutting off my right arm in doing so. I wanted in the worst way to keep him here as your stand-in to help out while I’m in jail for the Message. But I didn’t want to do anything behind your back, make you do a good deed that you hadn’t willingly agreed to.
15-16 Maybe it’s all for the best that you lost him for a while. You’re getting him back now for good—and no mere slave this time, but a true Christian brother! That’s what he was to me—he’ll be even more than that to you.
17-20 So if you still consider me a comrade-in-arms, welcome him back as you would me. If he damaged anything or owes you anything, chalk it up to my account. This is my personal signature—Paul—and I stand behind it. (I don’t need to remind you, do I, that you owe your very life to me?) Do me this big favor, friend. You’ll be doing it for Christ, but it will also do my heart good.
21-22 I know you well enough to know you will. You’ll probably go far beyond what I’ve written. And by the way, get a room ready for me. Because of your prayers, I fully expect to be your guest again.
23-25 Epaphras, my cellmate in the cause of Christ, says hello. Also my coworkers Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke. All the best to you from the Master, Jesus Christ!
Join us on Sunday November 4, 2018 when we welcome special guest, Scott Mocha to Mission Hills! Scott Mocha is a business owner, an artist, an advocate, a husband, a father, and a passionate follower of Jesus. After committing to just a 30-day-trial of Christianity in 2004, Scott surprisingly found his place and heart amongst believers; sharing truth about his journey to and through the Christian world with an oddly comical authenticity. In 2008 Scott was ordained through Destiny Church International to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world, and sent as a missionary to Paris, France, where he joined others to form the church C3Paris. He later moved back to the United States to study and serve, assisting in several church plants in and around the Los Angeles area while making his living in the world of high-end visualization and virtual reality, which would eventually be the industry for his own business. Scott thankfully met the love of his life, an amazing choral conductor and Jazz vocalist, Christine Tavares in 2012. They married in less than one year, and continue to passionately seek ways to share the true Gospel of Jesus with the world, together.
Scott and Christine now live in Stevenson Ranch, CA with their two boys, Jackson and Cole, and can be found perusing garage sales or ballroom dancing as babysitter availability allows.
Many of us are disturbed and perplexed by the current political landscape, and the tensions can leave us feeling paralyzed. But there is something we can do. We can invite charitable conversations about our highest ideals, which Jesus called the kingdom of God, the Creator’s unfolding dreams for all of creation. We hope you'll join us!
On the Vote Common Good tour, our team of authors, speakers and pastors will be visiting towns across the country, setting up a revival rally and inviting folks to join us in making the following commitments:
1. We will vote in the 2018 midterm elections – not merely for personal, group, or party interests, but for the common good. We are all part of something larger than our own lives.
2. We will vote with the poor, vulnerable, and forgotten in mind, with religious, racial, and gender minorities, with children and the elderly, with the sick and diversely-abled, upholding the God-given dignity of all people, no exceptions.
3. We will vote with peace and safety in mind, and we will oppose policies and politicians who believe that more weapons and more threats of war will bring peace.
4. We will vote with God’s creation (The Planet) in mind – the oceans, rivers, and streams; the mountains, valleys, and farmland; the atmosphere, the delicate balance of nature, and our fellow creatures.
5. We will vote against policies and politicians who promise special privileges for any religion, including our own.
6. We will vote for politicians who support laws against the corrupting influence of corporate and special interest group donations on our political system.
Hope to see you there and hope you vote for the common good on November 6, 2018!
Our speakers and musicians include:
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, a 1000-member multiracial, welcoming, and inclusive congregation in New York City. She is an activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for racial equality, economic justice, and LGBTQ equality.
In 2016, artist/activist Genesis Be, captivated America with a bold theatric protest against the Mississippi State Flag that went viral. Covered by publications such as VICE, Billboard and NY DailyNews, her work focuses on bringing human dignity to the forefront of a divided America.
Christy Berghoef is the CEO of the Institute of Faith, Justice & Dialogue, and the author of Cracking the Pot: Releasing God from the Theologies that Bind Him.
Doug Pagitt is the Executive Director and one of the founders of Vote Common Good. He is also a national Initiator with Convergence, a collective of faith-engaged organizations, individuals, institutions, and networks who seek to embody a generous and just Christian ethos leading to constructive collective action in the United States.
Samir Selmanović Ph.D., PCC Serves as Co-Chair and Director of Strategy and Partnerships and Vote Common Good. Over the years, Samir has been an ally to individuals and organizations who want to grow simpler and practice real change in real time. He grew up in a European Muslim family, served twelve years as an ordained Evangelical pastor in the U.S., and founded an interfaith organization in NYC.
Raised in Fresno, California, Vince Anderson moved to New York City in 1994 to study at Union Theological Seminary with the intention of becoming a Methodist minister. The Reverend lasted three months in seminary, before sensing a new direction to take his music and message to where the people were—into the bars and taverns. He promptly started holding weekly “Services” in New York’s Lower East Side and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Join Mission Hills Christian Church and other non-profit organizations from around Southern California on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Tijuana, Mexico for a home build project wth Project Mercy. In March, we joined other groups to build 3 homes for families in the Tijuana region. It is free to attend, and you simply need your passport. You can also by a sponsorship ticket on Eventbrite, which will help our group cover the cost of travel and materials. Sign-up today!
Join us for our 2nd Annual Mission Hills Fall Festival at Mission Hills Christian Church!
Why is it called The Great PunkPin?
There will be live punk music, local artists, and pin vendors from around southern California! We will also be showcasing the Halloween classic, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Will there be food?
Yes! There will be tacos for purchase and free popcorn for the movies.
What else will be there?
The festival will include: TRICK-OR-TREAT | LIVE MUSIC | PETTING ZOO | FAMILY HALLOWEEN MOVIES | LOCAL ART
How much does it cost?
The event and activities are totally free! Art will be available to purchase.
RSVP today on Eventbrite or Facebook for free tickets for your family!
If you're interested in becoming an Art Vendor, you can purchase a vendor ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-punk-pin-vendor-tickets-49413474031?aff=erelexpmlt
See you soon at Mission Hills and Happy Fall!
Join us on September 26th as we talk to the author of “Anxious To Talk About It”, Carolyn Helsel!
And be sure to join the conversation as we gather all Fall for community group at Mission Hills Christian Church! Beginning September 5th, we will be reading and discussing the book "Anxious To Talk About It" by Carolyn B. Helsel. Everyone who signs up, will receive a free book and study guide for our discussions. Sign up below for free! 👇🏾
This week, we are talking about Christianity and Climate Change, and how we can practically get involved to help combat the negative effects we have on our environment.
Join us on Sundays for 5 weeks, beginning August 16th as we discuss how we can be better caretakers of the environment! Sundays at 10am.
Join the conversation as we gather this Fall for community group at Mission Hills Christian Church! Beginning September 5th, we will be reading and discussing the book "Anxious To Talk About It" by Carolyn B. Helsel. Everyone who signs up, will receive a free book and study guide for our discussions. Sign up below for free! 👇🏾
Join us at Castle Park in Sherman Oaks for our final Summer Nights event! We will be playing miniature golf at 7:00pm and the cost for adults is only $6.50. If you cannot afford it, send us an email or Facebook message and we will make sure everyone can participate! Meet at Castle Park at 7:00pm or at Mission Hills Christian Church at 6:30pm and we can carpool there!
Mission Hills Summer Nights part 3 will take place on July 18th at 6:30 pm at Mission Hills Christian Church. We will be watching the new Andrew Morgan documentary The Heretic, which follows the work of Rob Bell! Discussion on the documentary to follow for anyone who wants to stick around.
Dinner & drinks will be provided.
Join us in the Mission Hills community garden, a 100% organic free garden that provides fruits and vegetables for the San Fernando Valley. We want to partner with you and your family to expand the garden to bring healthy food and positive lifestyle inspiration to everyone in our community!
On this garden day, we plan to construct a little free library that will provide and promote free books and reading resources. We will also be working on a Vertical Garden Project to promote bee populations in the San Fernando Valley.
If your group, club, or organization is interested in volunteering or sponsoring a project with supplies or finances, you may do so here by purchasing a VIP Garden Sponsor ticket. This ticket will help us purchase supplies for constructing the gardens and the free little library! You can also request more information or get involved by contacting Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ryan a mhccmail @ gmail.com.
Join us on Sunday, June 24th as we welcome special guest, Marilyn Fiddmont!
Marilyn S. Fiddmont is vice president of the Christian Church Foundation’s Southwest Zone and the Northeastern Zone that includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Marilyn joined the CCF in 2001, after previously serving the Coastal Plains area of the Christian Church in the Southwest. Marilyn received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and her Master of Divinity from Houston Graduate School of Theology. Marilyn and her husband Norman are both ordained ministers and active members of The Good Shepherd Christian Church in Houston, Texas.
Join our community as we help beautify Mission Hills! We will meet at 9:30 AM at Devonwood Park off of Devonshire and our focus will be beautifying the Pacoima Spreading Grounds off of Devonshire near Mission Hills Christian Church!
All the cleaning supplies are provided, just bring your own gloves!
For more information, contact Rodney Gonzalez at 818-370-8348
We're back with for our third year of Summer Nights in Mission Hills!
This is a great opportunity to enjoy the summer with your friends and neighbors by enjoying smores and cold drinks by the campfire. Join us on the patio at Mission Hills Christian Church in Los Angeles!
Everyone is invited to bring a snack or beverage to share with the community!
Join us as we partner with local churches and Project Mercy for a day of home building in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday, April 28th!
If you're interested in signing up, contact Bob Mason or Ryan Pryor for more details!
You can also sign up by sending us an email below!
Join us on April 22, 2018 as we welcome special guest Rev. Dr. Young Lee Hertig to preach at Mission Hills Christian Church - Los Angeles. Young Lee Hertig is the Co-founder and Executive Director at ISAAC: Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity, a professor at Asuza Pacific University, and author of several books. Her passion involves knowledge-activism through transcribing, translating, and transmitting spiritual legacies.
Mark your calendars for her sermon "Crossing the Boundaries through Dialogical Encounters" on the Gospel of John 4:4-17 at Mission Hills!
Join us on Sunday, April 15th as we welcome special guest, Xochitl Alvizo!
Feminist theologian and Christian identified -- Xochitl is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the area of Women and Religion and the Philosophy of Sex Gender and Sexuality at California State University, Northridge. Received her Ph.D. in Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology. Her research is focused on Congregational Studies, Feminist Theology, and Ecclesiology specifically. Often finding herself on the boundary of different social and cultural contexts, she works hard to develop her voice and to hear and encourage the voice of others. Her work is inspired by the conviction that all people are inextricably connected and the good one can do in any one area inevitably and positively impacts all others.