A non-traditional church in Rochester, New York

About Us

About Us

A life of faith should be bigger than a stage show or a list of doctrinal beliefs, shouldn’t it? At Caritas, it’s about building community, helping other people and learning to respect the God-given dignity of every person.

Ever wanted to re-imagine church?

Caritas began when a small group of people who used to attend church shared their stories and started talking about how good church could be if we got rid of the baggage that drove us out of traditional churches.

Using sticky notes, we filled one wall with the things we love about church.  As it turned out, most of us weren’t burned out on church — we were burned out on the typical church experience. We still craved:

  • Jesus
  • Community
  • Serving the poor and marginalized
  • Diversity
  • Honest dialogue
  • Other experiences that a faith community can (and should) provide.

On the other wall, we started listing aspects of traditional church that hurt us or just didn’t make sense to us anymore. If we could re-imagine church, we wanted:

  • No long sermons
  • No half-hour worship sets
  • No doctrinal statements
  • Not to be constantly being asked for money
  • No mean people
  • Few things that define a typical church experience.

Over time, a simpler, saner and more sustainable church experience began to emerge. We call it “Caritas,” and it isn’t like anything we have experienced before. Many of us feel like the conversations are deeper and the sense of community is stronger than we felt in decades of sitting in the pews at traditional churches.

But we still don’t get it right.

Like you, Caritas is a work in progress. We don’t always get it right and at the end of the day, we have a lot of the same questions you do. But together, we’re trying to make a difference by listening to each other and helping each other live simpler and saner Christian lives.

At Caritas, everybody matters. We’re a group of people united by our faith in Jesus and our commitment to make a meaningful difference in the lives of other people.

But we definitely don’t agree on everything. Not by a long shot. And that’s okay. We’re in this thing together and the things we have in common are a lot more important than the things that divide us.

Want to check us out? We have weekly gatherings every Sundays from 11am – 12pm plus a rolling list of special events and volunteer opportunities.

To learn more about family-friendly opportunities to help other people and be part of a new kind of church — a church characterized by love and mutual respect — contact us today.