When it comes right down to it, all people can do when they come together–all we have ever done since the first clan collected outside the first cave–is to eat, sing songs, and tell stories. That’s it. We can dress it up and change the menu, add funny hats, electric instruments, and video imagery, but we’re still just eating together, singing songs, and telling stories.

guitreflectaIt’s not what we do, but how we do it that makes any one gathering more connective and meaningful than another. In the how of things lies the heart of the people involved–and the involvement of the Spirit too. Recognizing this, we work to create a safe space, a warm environment in which everyone and anyone can come and be a part without preconditions or expectations. So when you join us, just come, share some food and music and tell us your story.

Look in the sidebar at right for details on all the gatherings at theeffect–both regular weekly gatherings and special events.

  • featured events for latest news and upcoming events
  • calendar for a month-at-a-glance listing of all gatherings and events
  • address/map and contacts for driving directions and contact phone and email
  • details for specific gatherings

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Watch us live online, watch and listen to archived messages and gatherings.

Personal Stories

Stories from people who’ve experienced the effect of theeffect in their lives.

Everyone is recovering from something… Admitting this is the first step in spiritual life, because any unfinished business in our lives–trauma, unforgiveness, fear-based perceptions–fosters compulsive behavior and keeps us from connecting spiritually and emotionally.

Since we’re all recovering, we accept everyone right as they are—no expiration dates or deadlines. We don’t tell anyone what to believe or do. We present points of view that we hope will engage seekers in their own journey; help them unlearn limiting perceptions, beliefs, and compulsions; give opportunities to get involved in community, building the trust we all need to find real identity, meaning, and purpose. In other words, to engage the transforming Way of living life that Jesus called Kingdom…non-religiously understood from a first century Hebrew point of view.



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Embedded in the fun and laughter of each of our gatherings and events is the connection and accountability as well as the structure, discipline, and opportunity for service that authentic community is all about. We help create programs for physical support, emotional recovery, and spiritual formation that can meet any person’s needs. Such programs work at two levels: first to address a person’s physical and emotional stability—clinical, financial, relational, professional—anything that distracts from working on the second level: true spiritual formation centered around the contemplative way of life defined by an original Hebrew understanding of the message of Jesus.

Rather than telling people what to believe or think, we model and encourage engagement in a personal and communal spiritual journey that allows people to experience their own worthiness of connection and acceptance, to find the freedom from underlying fears that brings real meaning and purpose into focus.


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Seeing ourselves as a learning and recovery community that worships together, the focus isn’t on Sunday morning alone, but on every day of the week as we gather for worship, healing and support workshops, studies, 12 step meetings, counseling and mentoring sessions, referral services, and social events.

Our Sunday gathering starts at 10AM and includes worship with one of the best worship bands in the area. We also have online discussion and study groups on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30P PST. See our interactive calendar and our Facebook page to stay in touch with what is happening each week. You can also sign up on our elist for email enews updates.


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