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5pm Sundays at DCC Uptown
1595 Pearl St., Denver, CO 80203
(Just north of Colfax in Denver)

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Who We Are

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Is this church part of a denomination?

Yep. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Is everyone Lutheran at HFASS?

Not even close. But, Pastor Nadia is Lutheran enough for all of us. Pastor Reagan is Episcopalian, but loves Lutheran theology. So, HFASS is a big tent.

What is the current demographic in the community?

Well, at this point we are a community of around 250+ people. There are married couples, young families, Baby Boomers and a few folks in their 70s. Other than that, it's mostly folks who are between the ages of 22 and 42 and single. Maybe a quarter of us identify as Lutherans; the rest are post-Evangelicals, Methodists, agnostics, Reformed, Episcopalian, and the ever-popular "nothing". Actually, it's pretty easy to look around on any given Sunday and think, "I'm unclear what all these people have in common."

What are your Sunday services like?

Pretty much just like a Rolling Stones concert... uhhh, we mean, nothing at all like a Rolling Stones concert. We follow the ancient liturgy of the church (chanting the Kyrie, readings from scripture, chanting the Psalm, sermon, prayers of the people, Eucharist, benediction, etc.) We also sing the old hymns of the church. So there's lots of ancient tradition at HFASS, but there's also some innovation. We always include poetry and a time called "Open Space" in which we slow down for prayer and other opportunities to actively engage the Gospel; writing in the community's Book of Thanks, writing prayers, making art or assembling care kits for those experiencing homelessness in Denver.

We like to say that we are "anti-excellence/pro-participation", meaning that the liturgy is led by the people who show up. The pastors offer the Eucharistic prayer and (most times) the sermon; all the other parts of the liturgy are led by people from where they are sitting. As a matter of fact, even the music is made by the community — with the exception of the 4 or 5 times a year that we have a bluegrass service, the liturgy is a capella. So, all the music you hear in liturgy comes from the bodies of those who showed up.

Who are your pastors at HFASS?

We now have two pastors.

Our Founding Pastor is the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber. She is ordained in the ELCA and started HFASS while she was still in seminary. She has a B.A. in Religious Studies from CU Boulder and an M.Div. from Iliff School of Theology. You can find her writings at her Blog Jim Wallis' God's Politics, Patheos, and her own website, Sarcastic Lutheran. In 2008 her book, Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury Press) was published. It's a theological and social commentary based on her experience of watching 24 consecutive hours of Trinity Broadcasting Network. (Really.) Her second book, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (Jericho Books), is a New York Times Bestseller. It's a theological memoir. Her third book, Accidental Saints: Finding God in the Wrong People, was published in 2015. 

Our Pastor is the Rev. Reagan Humber, who joined the HFASS gang in March 2015. He is ordained in the Episcopal Church and comes from HFASS's big sister congregation, St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Before coming to House, Pastor Reagan served as a hospice chaplain in the Bay Area. He has a B.A. in Religion from Wake Forest University, an M.A. in Italian (random) from Middlebury College and an M.Div. from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Berkeley, CA). Pastor Reagan moved to Denver with his partner Brian and their dog Ogre. Being Southern, Pastor Reagan can often be found eating or making pie and drinking sweet tea.

What is the space like where you meet?

We are currently using the parish hall of a progressive evangelical congregation, Denver Community Church. The building is in the heart of Capitol Hill and was built by a historic Denver synagogue, Temple Emanuel. Unlike our first two buildings, this one is climate controlled. However, it can still get warm in the summer with all those bodies. So, we do what we can to make folks comfortable (popsicles and hand fans in the Summer).

How can I support this ministry?

Pray without ceasing. And consider offering a one-time or ongoing financial gift.

Are there children at HFASS?

Yes!  We have an area in our worship space which features a nice rug and a kid-sized tables for coloring. We like for kids to be actively involved in our worship life as full participants. However, a nursery and children's liturgy are also provided for families who want to use them. The nursery attendant will be in the nursery (on the mezzanine) for children 4 months to 3 years and two childrens liturgies also take place: one for children ages 3-6, and a second for those 7-10 (they go up to the mezzanine together after the Prayer of the Day and come back during the Sharing of the Peace). 

What are this community's practices around the Eucharist?

We have an Open Table at HFASS, which means that everyone without exception is invited to receive the bread and wine at communion which for us is the body and blood of Christ. This is His table. We also offer gluten free and non-alcoholic bread and wine.

Why do we need a House for All Sinners and Saints?

House is important because it is experimenting with new ways to do church which make sense to urban postmodern folks. It is a place where:

  • The Gospel matters, liturgy is recontextualized, and we are free to reclaim the word "Christian"
  • Scripture is honored enough to be faithfully questioned and struggled with
  • We no longer have to culturally commute or bracket out parts of ourselves to be in Christian community
  • We are co-creators of liturgy, rather than just passive participants. Aesthetics and theology both matter
  • The community is both intellectually and spiritually stimulating
  • We provide a connection or a bridge to the traditions of the church

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Join Us at Liturgy

5pm Sundays at Denver Community Church Uptown

1595 Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80203

(Just north of Colfax in Denver)
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