Welcome to Anamchara Faith Community

Welcome to the web home of Anamchara Faith Community! This is just a snapshot of our true identity, so we hope that it is helpful in getting to know us a little.

We are a diverse community of Christian women and men who are intent on living, in a very practical way, Jesus' commandment to love God, love neighbor and love oneself. Not an easy task and impossible without support.

In Anamchara Faith Community we work together and support one another so that the reality of Christ celebrated on Sunday evenings in Word and Eucharist is taken and shared with the world every other day.

I invite you to explore our website. Our "About Us", "Photo"and "Testimonial pages" will give you a better view of our community. You can also read our weekly newsletter or listen to a podcast of each Sunday's teaching.

If you have questions or would like to talk, please feel free to contact me.

Peace be with you.

Fr. Michael, pastor

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New Seeds for a New Season!

During an era of never ending expansions and mergers, amidst the steady decline of numerous churches and in a time when “bigger is better” seems to be the guiding principle of just about everything, a small independent faith community has become a particularly attractive alternative for some Christians.

Seeds for this new community were sown in the hearts and minds of a few women and men who sought relief from the tiring activity of capital campaigns, programs, restrictions and rules so that they could freely explore spirituality outside of traditional boxes.

These seeds have taken root and are now growing into what Fr. Michael Mernagh, cofounder and pastor of Anamchara Faith Community, calls new growth in a new season.

Anamchara Faith Community sprouted into existence ten years ago with its inaugural liturgy on October 22, 2007. It is now poised to celebrate a milestone: ten years of spiritual growth and ministry!

Anamchara’s liturgy is best described as “creativity rooted in tradition” according to Fr. Michael who holds an MA in Liturgy from St. John’s University, Collegeville MN. “Out of the rich liturgical tradition of the ancient church of East and West we have knit together ritual elements into a contemplative and energetic service. Though it doesn’t stop there.

Community members Fr. Raymond Schafer, Martha Paulin, Barbara Bickett and Fr. Michael, for certain special gatherings respectfully adapt rituals from other faith traditions. Earth Day and the Feast of All Saints and Souls both celebrated in the beauty of nature, are examples of the creative use of Native American symbol and gesture.

Anamchara Faith Community’s primary purpose is to facilitate both personal and community spiritual growth. According to one member, “For some time we got caught up in the numbers game and our attention got diverted from our spiritual work to budgets and marketing. Thankfully we were able to recalibrate and find more balance.”

One visit to Anamchara is enough to experience the welcome, warmth, joy and dedication of this small faith community which, by the way, has some of the best church music I’ve heard. This group gathers around the grand piano where they are led by two top notch musicians: Todd Hildreth and Haley DeWitt. Lots of good energy!

For some, bigger is better. For the folks of Anamchara Faith Community, it seems that size does actually matter. “Our size allows us to be nimble enough to navigate waves which are tossing all of us around in the waters of great spiritual change.”

Small faith communities work.

M. Myles France
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