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[A] LOW-CEILINGED, RECTANGULAR room in the Steele Lane Community Center [in Santa Rosa, California] is without any religious iconography or symbols. It has a mottled-blue carpet and a fireplace, a door that opens onto the community center's parking lot, and, at the rear, an industrial kitchen with a metal accordion gate.
Every Sunday, it is home to Metro Church, one of seven churches that rent space in Santa Rosa community centers and are part of a growing flock of Sonoma County congregations that have started their churches from the ground up. These religious entrepreneurs, often beginning with two or three members, find space in public buildings, warehouse districts and office parks, established churches and downtown storefronts....
Some of the churches are nondenominational, like Christ the Healer, which convenes down the hall from Metro at the Steele Lane Center and emphasizes healing through prayer, and New Birth Community Church, which meets at the Bennett Valley Senior Center.
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PRAYER FOR CHILDREN IN WAR ZONES
MIND UNIFIES AND HEALS
Worship in the Church of Spirit
BY EVAN MEHLENBACHER
WHAT AM I GOOD AT?
BY EMEM UKO
Women's rights: expanding visions of hope
BY VICKI A. TURPEN
Cherish your child likeness
BY SUSAN MACK
The way into the kingdom
BY KATHLEEN COLLINS
Rediscovering me, childlike and free
BY LINDSEY BIGGS
Taylor and Cotton ball
BY CAROL MCFALL
A CHANGE OF HEART
FOOD POISONING SYMPTOMS QUICKLY HEALED
BACK INJURY HEALED
DEEP SPIRITUAL STUDY SUPPORTS SEVERAL HEALINGS