Our Vision

Radical restoration and redefinition of

the modern church.

inclusion.

responsibility.

personal faith.

what it means to be a neighbor.

community.

justice.

healing.

progress.

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Our Mission

Connecting the different and the Divine.

We strive to build and protect spaces and relationships where people can move and grow without fear & enjoy the freedom to discover new and divine directions for their lives.

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Our Story

Commonwealth is on a journey that embodies the idea of “with.”

An awkward, prepositional word—that inspires us to be present and yet patient, and embody grace, radical inclusion, living life as one, and living life inspired.

With God. With one another. With our community.

We are on a journey of moving from old things to new things; slavery to liberation; sickness to restoration; fear and confusion to love, faith, and hope; moving from our comfort zones to unknown territories; and, from absolute certainty to divine mystery.

Stories from the People

Jaina

What do you look for in a faith community?

Genuine desire to seek the Lord and glorify him. Openness to improving the way that church serves people previously hurt by the church, esp lgbtq people. Openness to discussing methods, including government policies, that church/Christians can advocate for in order to decrease human suffering.

What has drawn you to Commonwealth Fairfax?

That the church vision was conceived to reach out to those previously hurt by church. We have many a couple of LGTBQ identifying participants, which I've never experienced in my lifetime of being churched. Can't really find a church with a similar vision in a political time when we need so much ministry to those hurt by the church.

What's something you enjoy doing in your free time?

Drinking tea, looking out the window in morning, thinking, and reading tweets by investigative journalists who report to challenge power

What is something you've always wanted to do, but haven't yet?

What is a memorable experience you've had while living in the DMV region?

What is one thing you can't live without and why?

Tea.

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Hannah

What do you look for in a faith community?

I look for a loving and welcoming community. I look for a place that is willing to bring people in and help them become who they would like to be.

What has drawn you to Commonwealth Fairfax?

Mostly I just happened to be a part of this group a few years ago. I’ve stayed because I’ve enjoyed watching it morph into something amazing. I feel as if I’ve gained a whole group of friends.

What's something you enjoy doing in your free time?

What is something you've always wanted to do, but haven't yet?

I’ve wanted to volunteer at a homeless shelter.

What is a memorable experience you've had while living in the DMV region?

What is one thing you can't live without and why?

I can’t live without my camera. Because it helps me capture memories.

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Esther

What do you look for in a faith community?

I don’t think it’s necessarily important to have people who are like-minded because then you become a homogenous group. But I do think it’s important to have people who are committed to each other and committed to a mission.

What has drawn you to Commonwealth Fairfax?

I’m drawn to Commonwealth because there’s an effort to go against the grain. We don’t want just normal Christianity or traditional evangelicalism which has only become synonymous to American conservative culture.

What's something you enjoy doing in your free time?

What is something you've always wanted to do, but haven't yet?

What is a memorable experience you've had while living in the DMV region?

The Women’s March back in January 2017.

What is one thing you can't live without and why?

My phone because I GPS everything. Not because I need directions but because traffic is unpredictable and crazy here 😂

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