Who we are
We are a house of music and a home of peace.
Every voice is valued here, and every song rings the sound of liberation through the love of God.
This church should be a sanctuary: a place to rest, sing, celebrate, and share.
A beloved, diverse, peace-filled community. Loving our perceived enemies, linking arms to pursue peace with those that hold different beliefs, and learning to see God through the eyes of the marginalized and oppressed are some of our essential practices, believing we make up a small part of the beautiful mosaic we want the world to see of God’s love for everyone.
Our church is to become today what the entire world is to be one day.
Inching the world closer to what God had in mind for it.
The world around us is hurting. Communities large and small suffer the traumas that come from white supremacy, misogyny, violence, and spiritual abuse. Too often, leaders who identify as Christians push a story of the faith that works against healing and restoration and deceives their followers into living in fear and shame.
We believe there is a better picture of God than the one many of us were shown growing up. The good news is the God we most deeply want is the God we actually have, and the god we fear is, in fact, the partial god we’ve settled for. Father Greg Boyle, Director of the largest gang intervention program in the world and the author of three bestselling books, writes, “If our God makes us feel unworthy or in debt, wrong God. If God frightens us, wrong God. If God is endlessly disappointed in us, wrong God."
We believe God is love, and Jesus came to show us who God really is. We welcome questions, skeptics, doubters, agnostics, atheists, Christians and people of other faith backgrounds to come and explore, study, walk with us and find rest here. We are here for anyone seeking peace, hope, and freedom. We want to offer resources, friendship, and encouragement.
We exist to bring healing and hope to our world by embracing diversity,
engaging Christ-centered values, and growing our impact locally and globally.
Embracing Diversity | We are better together
We celebrate our differences rather than allow them to divide us. We long to reflect the dynamic diversity of our city, and affirm the image of God in persons of every race, ability, class, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
We believe we can disagree and still work together. We welcome questions, skeptics, doubters, and people from all faith backgrounds (or no faith background at all). Believing isn’t a prerequisite to belonging.
Our church strives to become what the entire world is to be one day: A beloved, diverse, peace-filled community. Loving our perceived enemies, linking arms to pursue peace with those that hold different beliefs, and learning to see God through the eyes of the marginalized and oppressed are some of our essential practices, believing we make up a small part of the beautiful mosaic we want the world to see of God’s love for everyone.
Our Welcome Statement:
We are a Christ-centered, welcoming, and inclusive church community committed to peace and justice. We acknowledge and affirm the image of God in persons of every race, ability, class, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We celebrate an open communion in which all who seek a closer journey with God are welcome to participate. Everyone is invited to join in the full life of the congregation.
Engaging Christ-Centered Values | We are made better by Jesus
Peace is the path we walk. Richard Rohr writes, “There is no path to peace, but peace itself is the path.” Like Jesus, we strive to practice nonviolence in any form (physical, verbal, emotional, spiritual), engaging in peacemaking practices that bring us closer to a beloved community. (Matt. 5:9, 38-42, John 14:27)
Justice is what love looks like in public, writes Cornel West. We aim to mirror the message and ministry of Jesus, who came to break the chains of the oppressed, free the prisoner, and preach good news to the poor. (Luke 4:18-19)
Discernment happens best in a community. We believe circles are better than rows, that God speaks to all of us (not just those in authority), the Spirit empowers us, and that everyone has a voice. Through our committees, teams, Council and small groups, everyone is invited into full participation in the life of our community. (Matt. 16:18-19, Matt. 19:14, Mark 10:42-43, Luke 10:38-42, I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 3:20)
Everyone has infinite worth and is worthy of compassionate care. We are friends and neighbors working together toward a more beloved community. Like Jesus modeled and taught, we aim to provide spiritual, tangible care for one another. (Matt. 22:34-40)
Radical hospitality creates a culture of inclusion. We strive to embody the same posture as Jesus in all our interactions with others: loving, understanding and empathetic. We long to widen the circle of compassion and dismantle the barriers for entry. (Matt. 9:20-22, Luke 10:25-37, John 13:34-35)
Simplifying our lives amplifies our impact. Jesus’ simple, others-centered life inspires us to narrow our focus on what matters most: people. This looks different for everyone, but we all have a similar goal: a beloved, diverse community where everyone belongs. (Matthew 6)
Growing our impact locally and globally | We build a better world
We serve and share our resources on a local, national and global level in order to bring healing and hope to our world, inching it closer to what God had in mind for it. Through sharing a meal with our homeless neighbors, housing refugees, providing shelter for the unhoused, marching during pride month, or driving policy change that will bring about racial, economic and climate justice, we are committed to building a more beloved community.
Locally, we work with Interfaith Housing Network, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, Sanctuary Coalition, Community Meal, Ten Thousand Villages, People Working Cooperatively, Immigrant Dignity Coalition and more. On a national level, we partner with The Poor People’s Campaign, MC USA, The Supportive Communities Network, and more.
Globally, we partner with NGOs and churches to provide aid for families affected by war, and to provide school supplies for children living in poverty (through our partnerships with Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Disaster Services).
We believe our faith community is a part of the larger mission God has for this world, and we are not only grateful to be invited into the story, but we believe we play an integral role in building a healthy, vibrant, beloved community where everyone belongs. We hope you’ll join us.
our mission and purpose
Kamala leads our Church Council, which is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of our faith community. Kamala is married to Eric and together they have two children. By day she works in adoption services; by night she cheers on the Reds, teachers her son how to drive, and helps CMF enact its vision!
Pastor Brian Moll
Brian met his wife, Allison, in Cincinnati 25 years ago (Their wedding rehearsal dinner was at the original Skyline Chili!). Together they have four children. Allison is a vocal coach and Brian just received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University.
We believe everyone, including you, can be a part of the leadership that helps shape our community.
We have several committees and teams that would benefit greatly from your involvement.
In 1974 a small group of folks who wanted to serve and seek the peace of the Queen City began gathering in homes around Cincinnati, believing the message of Jesus leads to a beloved, courageous community that helps bring justice and healing to our city.
Since 1997 we have met in Oakley, on the corner of Brownway and Minot, responding to the ever-changing dynamics of the neighborhood and the city at large. Community Meals, peace and justice initiatives, supporting our homeless neighbors through Interfaith Hospitality Network, and ongoing anti-racism training are just a few of the ways we seek to inch the world closer to what God had in mind for it.
Our deepest roots come from what some call the Radical Reformation, a period in history that dates back more than 500 years. Initially labeled Anabaptists (for their belief that people ought to be able to choose whether or not they want to be baptized), the leaders of the reformation clung to a Christ-centered faith of peace, justice, equality, simplicity, and community service.
We are led by our Church Council, comprised of church members, along with several committees and teams. We are called CMF (Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship) and our church is filled with those who grew up catholic, methodist, evangelical, baptist, presbyterian, mennonite, or of no particular faith, who call CMF "home." We are also affiliated with MC/USA, and in partnership with several interfaith groups, including: IJPC, IHNC, and SCN.