Join us on Sunday, January 15, 2017, to hear Guest Speaker, Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer

Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer is a Jewish scholar, author, and founder of Zera Avraham, a messianic congregation in Ann Arbor. Mark will speak on the Jewish Mind-Set of Engaging Scripture, as part of our Making Contact series. (excerpt from the Congregation Zera Avraham website) Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer is the Congregational Leader of Congregation Zera Avraham. Ordained to the rabbinate in 2001 by the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, he has led our congregation since its inception in 1993. Rabbi Kinzer received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in 1995. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Fuller Theological Seminary. Rabbi Kinzer is Senior Scholar and President-Emeritus of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI), an educational center for our movement. Rabbi Kinzer is also the chairman of the board of Hashivenu, a group that sponsors an annual theology forum for Messianic Jewish leaders in Pasadena, California. Our Rabbi is a founding member of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC), and Congregation Zera Avraham treats its Standards of Observance as authoritative for its congregational life. Rabbi Kinzer is the author of several books and articles along with the forthcoming volume titled Searching Her Own Mystery: Nostra Aetate, the Jewish People, and the Identity of the Church. More information about his publications can be found on our Books page and at his...

Election Distress

We’ve seen a great deal of distress post-election, including visitors prompted by the election to look for the support of a faith community. To give you a feel for how we’re approaching this, we offer the following resources: Election Distress Sermon Series 11.6.16 Sunday Service: “Election Distress in the Company of Jeremiah.” Ken Wilson. Watch on Vimeo | Sermon Notes (pdf) | Sermon Podcast (mp3) 11.13.16 Sunday Service: “Election Distress in the Company of Jesus.” Ken Wilson. Watch on Vimeo | Sermon Notes (pdf) | Sermon Podcast (mp3) 11.20.16 Sunday Service: “Election Distress: Home for the Holidays.” Ken Wilson. Watch on Vimeo | Sermon Notes (pdf) | Sermon Podcast (mp3) 1.1.17 Sunday Service: “Stephen’s Stoning: A Faith Perspective on How to be an Ally.” Ken Wilson. Watch on Vimeo | Sermon Notes (pdf) | Sermon Podcast (mp3) Ken’s post on the Third Way Newsletter Third Way in the Era of Trump Emily’s talk at the Blue Ocean Summit Introducing René...

2016 Blue Ocean Summit Talk: Introducing René Girard, by Emily Swan

Emily Swan provides an introduction to the work of René Girard, a theorist who developed scapegoat theory—a helpful lens for understanding violence from a biblical perspective. The talk was originally given at the Blue Ocean Summit—a national gathering of pastors, leaders, and friends of the Blue Ocean Church Network—held November 18–19, 2016, at Sanctuary Community Church, in Iowa City, IA....

Ann Arbor Observer Interview

Ken Wilson and Emily Swan were interviewed by the Ann Arbor Observer. You can read that interview here. The interview discusses our history and the events that led to the launching of Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor. Blue Ocean “is all about connection. The blue ocean connects all the land masses. Nobody owns the blue ocean…We’re more focused on helping people from a secular background who have spiritual longings but are religiously averse to make a real connection with God.” –Ken...
Michigan Public Radio Interview on Stateside with Cynthia Canty

Michigan Public Radio Interview on Stateside with Cynthia Canty

Ken Wilson and Emily Swan were interviewed on Michigan Public Radio’s Stateside with Cynthia Canty. Listen to their 12 minute interview here. The interview gives an excellent summary of the birth of Blue Ocean Faith, Ann Arbor, and the values that hold us together. “We do what families do. We say that what we have in common is more important than what divides us.” – Ken...

“End the Suffering” Video Released

Emily Swan and Ken Wilson call pastors and leaders to end the suffering inflicted on gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender people by simply refusing to enforce exclusionary policies. Ken and Emily tell a bit of their own story and sketch out an approach to controversial issues called “Third Way” that is rooted in Romans 14–15. Please feel free to share the link to the this video on FB or through other social...