Open to possibilities.

New Branches is home to three unique congregations, deeply rooted in faith and focused on possibilities. Together, we share a call to do justice and love mercy within and beyond our walls, into the community and into the world. Our innovative collaboration opens doors to expanded justice and community efforts.

New Branches congregations are Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, Living Table United Church of Christ, and Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community. Each congregation brings a unique flavor and energy to the ecumenical partnership.

In the news.

The National Catholic Reporter described Spirit Catholic Community's journey in a Sept. 29, 2023 in-depth article entitled 'Spirit Catholic Community's roaming has taken it to a place of innovation.' Read the story here.

The StarTribune profiled New Branches in a story published on Dec. 25, 2022, marking the first Christmas the three churches celebrated under one roof.  As the article noted, "These congregations have reimagined their church as an abundant resource to share instead of being a financial burden." Read the story here.

The Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA shared a story about the New Branches collaboration in a Nov. 15, 2022 blog post. " Living Table, Spirit Catholic Community, and Lake Nokomis are setting themselves up to be connected by strong and beautifully tangled branches. " Read the story here.

Three congregations. One home.

The New Branches partnership came out of years of creative conversations, imagining what we can do together. Our congregations were drawn together by shared values and priorities, including racial justice and LBGTQIA+ inclusion. Sharing one physical space reduces our environmental footprintand allows us to focus financial and human resources on mission and ministry. We're doing more together.

An extensive building renovation makes it possible for each congregation to worship separately, retaining its individual faith identify. Building ownership and management is equally shared. 

View our Land Acknowledgment. 

Created for community.

One of the priorities of New Branches is being an active partner in the community. Individuals and organizations who share our inclusive values are invited to use our space for one-time or ongoing gatherings and events. The newly renovated building is a welcoming and flexible space for meetings, rehearsals/performances, receptions, celebrations, and more. Let us know what you're interested in and we'll explore options together!

Who else calls New Branches home?

Augsburg Fairview Academy moves to New Branches in July 2024. An established charter school, AFA is "a passionate learning community dedicated to serving the academic, social and emotional needs of high school students in a safe and welcoming environment."  Learn more here. 

Blooming Heart Sangha is a community joyfully studying and practicing mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. They gather on Thursday evenings and welcome people of all ages, faiths, backgrounds and levels of experience.  Learn more about their community and practices. 

You're invited.

Curious about New Branches and what happens here? You’re invited to check us out and join us for gatherings and events. 

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