|About||Network isn’t a soup kitchen, a food bank, social services agency, or a crash pad. We create a place for long-term redemptive relationship.|
Since 1978 we’ve been gambling on a very long-term redemptive process for Network.
Our mission is to create a place for long-term redemptive relationships.
The idea is that, somehow, as we become friends with people very different from ourselves, Christ will help us all get to know God & ourselves better. Network is full of crazy people, and that includes the guests. There are many varieties of “crazy”. Most conditions are a magnification of something very “normal”. It is easier when people both look and feel “crazy”, but many people either look sane and feel crazy, or look crazy and feel sane.
We believe that poverty is largely a product of the way people bond or attach. Economics is a secondary phenomena - poverty isn’t bad, just different. Jesus was poor by any American standards. We are all poor in one way or another - our discomfort with poverty is first a part of
Creating a place for relationship? A long time ago the world was created as a place for redemptive relationships. Then Jesus came along and reiterated to his friends, "I'm going to prepare a place for you so that you can be where I am."
Here at Network we think Jesus was really on to something.
Network is our humble attempt to follow his weird ways.
The people of Network change very slowly and in very subtle increments. It’s OK to want change; friends do. While waiting on the changes we're learning to pray.
Aside from the bell bottoms, mullets, and mustaches Network doesn’t appear much different today than it did when good friends began gathering for prayer on the streets of the Capitol Hill neighborhood back in 1978.
Under the leadership of our founder, John Hicks, Network eventually moved off the streets and into a building. We’ve been pursuing our mission of long-term redemptive relationships ever since.
These days Network functions as a dynamic hub for spiritual formation in the way of Christ.
Under the ongoing guise of a coffee house our hope is to invite those who struggle with homelessness and chronic loneliness into a beloved community.
Since that loneliness thing is not confined to the materially poor, all our guests, staff, and volunteers alike show up here to experience the companionship of God through friendship as well as for an authentic outlet of active compassion.
Together we’re discovering what it means to be made in the image of God.
That we’re made out of love rather than shame.
And that we’re not nearly as alone and separate as we sometimes think.