Brown Line Vineyard (named for Chicago's Northside "L" train) exists to help Chicagoans find deeper, fuller lives and connect with God. With a healthy sense of humor, we create space for people to experience for themselves the good God Jesus showed humanity - especially people who have never fit well culturally in religious settings. And with humility and an open mind, we engage our wider community by pursuing the compassion, justice, and personal growth work of Jesus.
Anxious? We get it. You might be wondering: if I give going to this church a try, will I stand out like a sore-thumb? Will everyone know what's going on but me? What if I don't believe what everyone else seems to believe? Will I feel like a jerk afterward for all those religious things I'm not doing? We want you to be put at ease! Brown Line Vineyard is not a place that leaves people feeling anxious or like they’re jerks.
Unfortunately, talking about God or spirituality often divides people. This is why Brown Line Vineyard is a Jesus-centered community. We see in the person and teaching of Jesus that the deepest life and the most bridge-building life are actually the same thing. Many religious people present Jesus as a competitive figure, who is over and against other religions (and especially non-religious people), but our experience of Jesus is entirely different.
Angela is an actress from the Chicago suburbs.
“I feel like in Brown Line Vineyard we don't [just] tolerate people. We invite them in and we celebrate them. I feel celebrated and embraced in the Brown Line Community”
Zachary identifies as Unitarian / Universalist, Sydney identifies as Liberal Evangelical Christian.
“BLV has given us a space where we can be open about our personal theologies even though they may vary from the people around us. At BLV we feel like people celebrate their differences and are still open to inviting us into a space that is really about Jesus, which is truly about loving people where they are.”
Kevin is a marketing consultant from Chicago.
“BLV welcomes people as individuals. And what ties us together is this sense that we are all reaching out for a better understanding of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world. That is the common thread that brings us all together.”