"Building Gracious Community Within Diversity"
The Peace Community Spiritual Center
  17029 W. 13 Mile Road     Southfield, Michigan    48076      248.642.7047

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Welcome to the Peace Community Spiritual Center!

The Peace Community Spiritual Center is a non-profit Michigan organization located in the center of Metropolitan Detroit and dedicated to serving one of the most culturally, ethnically and religiously divergent neighborhoods in the United States.
Our mission is to build bridges & alliances among the many benevolent people and organizations in our community.
We do this primarily by providing affordable community
meeting space, basic support, and gracious hospitality.

Organizations Currently Meeting At The PCS Center:

Peace Lutheran Church
Loving Restoration
Restoration Ministries of India
Church Of Abundant Life
Point Of Vision Presbyterian Church
Rosedale Community Players
Grounds For Peace Coffeehouse
Michigan Alliance of TimeBanks
Friends & Neighbors TimeBank
Yoga Classes
Drive Smart Driving School
AA     NA    CLA
Mt Zion Baptist Church Bible Study Group
Thine-Teswar Summer Arts Program
Michigan Weavers Guild

Life In The Lifeboat

The inspiration for the Peace Community Spiritual Center emerged from the financial and real estate crisis that devistated the Detroit area in 2008-2009.   Many small churches and organizations were seeking a place to land after losing their meeting  space.  At the same time, Peace Lutheran Church in Southfield, Michigan, had lost membership to the flight of folks moving out of state to find work and could no longer afford to heat, light, and maintain the large church facility without help.  Over the course of a year, Peace Lutheran and four other ethnically, theologically, and culturally diverse congregations joined together under one roof to create a unique spiritual community center.  They were joined by the Rosedale Community Players -- a community theater group -- who transformed the church fellowship hall into a theater.

A Note From The Director

I am the long-time pastor of a small, financially stressed, suburban congregation in Metro Detroit. Our neighborhood was once mostly Anglo – and our membership was large enough to build and support a large facility. Most of those members have aged and moved away or into assisted living facilities. Today our neighborhood is as culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse as anywhere in the U.S. Our immediate neighbors are Anglo, Black, Hispanic, Sri Lankan, Filipino, Jewish, Pentecostal, Catholic, Hindu, Unchurched, Straight, Gay, Old, Young, Conservative and Liberal.

In the fall of 2009, with the recession at its peak, we invited the community around us to join with us under our roof. We began partnerships with four small, ethnic, protestant congregations looking for a home. The partnerships included both rental agreements and covenant agreements to treat one another with respect and love as we use the building together – modeling St. Paul's vision of the body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12 & 13.

The relationships that have been created are pure grace. Two of the congregations are African-American – one from the Church of God in Christ, the other a break-off from the Progressive National Baptist Convention led by a long-time minister and University of Michigan sociology professor. The third is an East Indian Restoration Church led by a missionary pastor from India. The last is a small Presbyterian Congregation that specializes in contemplative prayer. None would be able to afford a building on their own. In addition to the congregations, we began partnering with a struggling Community Theater group that was looking for rehearsal and performance space, and were able to convert our Fellowship Hall into Coffeehouse/Theater space.

Our building has become for all practical purposes a vibrant "spiritual community center" – a place centered around hospitality and grace that encourages community among very different people in the name of Jesus. Like many churches in our area, ours is struggling financially. Some in the ELCA tell me that our kind of neighborhood will not support an ELCA church, so we should give it up. But I believe that would be a shame.

Our congregation has created a vibrant, Spirit-filled, multi-ethnic, multi-racial, ecumenical community housed in our building – a real asset to our community – but our congregation can no longer support this ministry, even with rental income from our partners. To keep this ministry going, the church needs significant new financial resources in order to get through the winter months – about $25,000. We have created a non-profit organization to manage the building and to initiate new ways of relating to the neighborhood surrounding the church. Through that non-profit, we hope to raise some money from the community at large, but that will likely fall far short of our needs. Our local Lutheran Synod office is under-funded and over-committed as it is – so Synod support is not an option.

What I am wondering is if there might be funding available for this ministry and community project that may come from outside of our denomination – funding that might let us pay our building heating bills this winter, giving us time to further develop our community center non-profit. Can you point me to resources, programs, or funding sources of which I may not aware? Drop me an email, give me a call, or pass on a message through someone at Peace if you can think of something that might help what God is doing through our church.

Tim Larson, director and called pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Southfield, MI

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