Traverse City - New Waves UCC

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Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 5152, Traverse City, MI 49696 |  Sunday Gathering: 10 a.m. @ 717 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686
(616)706-3549 |
Pastor: Rev. Jody Betten

We are a vibrant, diverse, safe, beautiful, spiritual community that cares for the earth, respects the needs of all creatures and treats people the way they want to be treated.

Using our gifts of love, time, talent and treasure; we serve vulnerable people by partnering to fill gaps in the meeting basic needs; listen to the land as co-collaborators with the earth; and nurture connection in a learning community. 

We value: 

  • simplicity - not using/having more than what is needed
  • safety - especially for those who feel unsafe in our communities
  • collaborating with the earth
  • inspiring - what is beautiful and artistic
  • welcoming - inclusive of all
  • sustainability over time
  • the beloved community

Our priorities are:

  • filling gaps in the system, doing what only we can do
  • partnering with others who are like-minded
  • consistent with our values
  • peace and justice, care for planet and/or poverty
  • reconciling relationships
  • fundable/sustainable

Dreams for the 20 acres of land at M72 and Bugai Road, Traverse City include:

  • Community Center that houses sleeping spaces, meeting spaces, offices, kitchen, day care, senior care, social gatherings, weddings, worship, income producing activity for New Waves and more
  • Housing homeless, workforce, and/or low/fixed income people
  • Agricultural activities that address food insecurity, health and wellness, and income-producing for farmers
  • Peace, justice and reconciliation around issues of race and religion and economics
  • Education around healthy sexuality
  • Programs around the arts, drama and music
  • Youth values - moral education and cooperative activities
  • Green space for rest, renewal, and building resilience
  • Renewable energy/net zero carbon footprint

Contact Us

5945 Park Lake Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

P.O. Box 1006
East Lansing, MI 48826

Voice: 517.332.3511

Fax: 517.339.2621

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