Ethos Video by Left Hand Youth Group member, Clare Gaddis.
Left Hand is a progressive Christian church rooted in a Trinitarian understanding of God with roots in the evangelical traditions of worship. While making plenty of room for people with a wide spectrum of beliefs, the teaching of the new church will be grounded in the beliefs about God consistent with the early followers of Jesus as expressed in the Apostle’s Creed:
(catholic in this context simply means universal)
As a community, we are committed to living relationally according to the values of the Highlands Church ethos, which will be spoken at every gathering of the new church:
We chose the name Left Hand Community Church because our location is on the south side of Longmont, Colorado, where Left Hand Creek joins the St. Vrain River. We wanted a name grounded in the earth, in a specific place on our vulnerable planet. We also believe trusting the flow of life is preferable to engineering results, so identifying with a body of water was natural. As a church committed to racial reconciliation, it is our intent for our name to honor the Native American chief after whom Left Hand Creek is named.
Chief Niwot, translated Left Hand, was a leader of the Southern Arapaho people in what is now called the Boulder Valley. Chief Niwot lived from 1825 to 1864. Even though their land was protected by treaty from white intruders, during the Colorado Gold Rush Chief Niwot welcomed prospectors into their territory. For his generosity he was among those slaughtered by the Third Colorado Cavalry in the infamous Sand Creek Massacre.
Left Hand Canyon and Left Hand Creek were named after the chief. Left Hand Canyon is midway between Lyons and Boulder, and is the origin of the 34-mile long Left Hand Creek, a Class V kayaking river, which joins the St. Vrain River on the south side of Longmont.
Of course, many people know little of Chief Niwot, Left Hand Canyon or Left Hand Creek. But they do know of Left Hand Brewing Company, a brewery that shares our home in Boulder County.
Nearly ten years ago a new church was born in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver, Highlands Church. Since then Highlands Church has become a thriving community of 800 with a permanent home in the Holiday Theater on 32nd Avenue in Denver.
In 2016 the leaders at Highlands Church began to consider planting a daughter congregation north of Denver. Joining with other churches around the nation and a church planting ministry affiliated with Launchpad Partners, in the spring of 2017 Highlands Church made the commitment to plant a new church in Boulder County — which eventually became Left Hand Church!
(Ethos copyright Mark Tidd, Highlands Church Denver. Used with permission.)