Welcome 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 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, "At a time when thousands of churches across the country are closing every year amid shrinking membership and growing expenses, 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. "Choosing to exist in ecumenical partnership is an act of branching out. Sharing time, staff, resources, and passion for faithful community are all acts of branching out. 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.

We're doing more together.

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 footprint – and allows us to focus financial and human resources on mission and ministry. 

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.

The doors are open.

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!

Upcoming events.

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

View the New Branches events here.

Join us for liturgy and worship.