A hub for healing community, social action, and creative collaboration The Refuge is deeply dedicated to centering those who fall through the cracks of life and faith, living out our shared values in tangible ways, non-hierarchical team leadership, and collaborating with community partners because we are always better together.
The Refuge is dedicated to inclusive and team leadership. Currently, three teams of leaders serve The Refuge:
Serve and Sustain -This group of seven people facilitates, nurtures and supports the life of our community, and makes decisions, with input from our two other teams, when necessary.
Community Life - Our many on-the-ground leaders, who help catalyze different ministries of The Refuge, meet regularly for updates and encouragement regarding: Community Outreach, Refuge Café, Refuge Kids, Practical Needs, Single Moms, Social Justice and Creation Care, Advocates Learning Lab, Finances, Recovery, Facilities, Contemplative Arts, Spiritual Formation Sundays, Refuge Reads, #NatureHeals, 12 Steps for Anti-Racism Work, Refuge Rainbow, #dogchurch, the Broomfield Cares Mobile Outreach Team and more.
Advisory - This group of seven leaders from outside our community offer us wisdom, encouragement, and, when needed regarding particular challenges, advice.
We also always leave open seats for new and future friends and team members to join us in making dreams reality.
Our Values ... Are the very roots of our community
Inspired by the ways of Jesus, we gather around these 6 shared values: Presence, Engagement, Transformation, Welcome, Creativity, and Celebration.
Land Acknowledgement and Our Invitation to Community
We read this aloud at the beginning of many of our gatherings...
Today, in community, we recognize and acknowledge that the Refuge sits on the traditional lands of the Hinono’eino’, the Tsitsistas and the Nu-uci, known more widely as the Arapaho, the Cheyenne, and the Ute nations. Through broken treaties, dehumanization and violence, our settler predecessors displaced these Indigenous peoples from their homelands, which they had stewarded for generation upon generation without entitlement as “private property” or exploitation as “natural resources.”
Yet, these nations and their people are alive and strong today, in both local urban and suburban communities, and in reservation settings in Oklahoma, Wyoming, Montana and Southwestern Colorado.
These things are important to know and remember and to act upon in a good way, because we are part of this story.
The Refuge is a hub for healing community, social action, and creative collaboration, serving in Broomfield since 2006. We are young, old, poor, rich, single, married, gay, straight, evangelical, progressive, binary, non-binary, introverts, extroverts, born-here, born-elsewhere, eager, tired, book-smart, street-smart, certain, doubting, hurting, thriving.
We gather in many different ways
but are bound together by our shared values of presence, engagement, transformation, welcome, creativity, and celebration.
Across our differences,
We all give, we all receive.
We’re all equal, we’re all valued. We’re all healing, we’re all wrestling. We’re all learning, we all need grace.
Together, let’s listen for God.
Open ourselves to Love.
Prepare to be challenged.
Be a refuge.