Pasadena Mennonite Church is an Anabaptist community of people from all over the Los Angeles, CA area. We gather in Pasadena on Sundays and live out the rest of the week, both together and in our personal spaces, committed to the work, teaching, and witness of Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we seek authentic fellowship with one another and the world centered on his message of good news for the poor and dispossesed, seeking peace, justice, healing, and joy in all our relationships.
On Sunday mornings, you can find us in the fellowship hall of the Pasadena Church of the Brethren (1041 N. Altadena Ave; Pasadena, CA 91107). We begin to gather together at 10:00AM for fellowship, coffee, and snacks. We view this as part of our worship. Then at 10:30AM, with our gathering song, we begin to make our way to our chairs for our more programmed worship time.
You will note that we meet in the fellowship hall rather than the sanctuary. We meet this way quite intentionally in order to link our fellowship and community time closely with our worship, and so that we can arrange ourselves in such a way as to see each other, emphasizing that we come together as a body to worship together.
Partner with Us on Our Journey
Pasadena Mennonite Church is an open community that celebrates and affirms that all people are created in God’s image. We believe that all people are worthy of dignity and respect whatever one's socio-economic status, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation or identity, age, marital status, physical or mental ability, immigration status, education, politics, culture, or other life situations. We invite all to partner with us as fellow journeyers and pilgrims, members and leaders, and as full participants in the life of our covenant community.
Though we have many values and commitments, some of our central values include:
We seek to be followers of Jesus. His life and mission is the lens through which we view the world and our place in it. Believing that Jesus is best known incarnationally, we strive to be doers of Jesus’ teachings, enactors of the Sermon on the Mount, and “embodiers” of his presence as a body of peace and justice. Simply put, we think that Jesus told us all that stuff about loving our neighbors because he wanted us to actually do it. We long to know Jesus more and to reflect that relationship in the world.
We believe that we are not merely a ramshackle collection of individuals, but a community of Jesus’ body. Thus, we strive to work out life together in community, pushing each other forward in discipleship, sharing our talents and resources for the good of our sisters and brothers, and creating spaces of healing. We commit to fostering a community of non-conformity and resistance to the “normative” systems of the world, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, nationalism, war profiteering, and materialism. To be Mennonite is to be weird. We embrace that and look for the unruly Holy Spirit to move among us and shape us to be weird.
Peace & Justice
We are committed to being a peace church. Peace means more than the absence of conflict. We live in a world of perpetual war and systemic violence. We commit to be wagers of peace, seeking justice for the least and striving to reconcile ourselves with our neighbors, God’s Creation, and God. We believe that God can be found on the margins, and so we seek to become one with those on the margins, to be allies and accomplices for true peace and reconciliation, as Jesus taught us.
Who Are Mennonites?
No we don’t wear bonnets and all black, nor do we ride in buggies, though a number of us have beards (but not like those beards!). You wouldn’t be able to pick us out in a crowd by our dress, though we share a common history with those groups you might be thinking of. Want to know more about what a Mennonite is? Then, you might want to click here.