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Interdenominational (as opposed to ecumenical).

We do interdenominational differently. We are interstitial. That is, we operate in the 'in-between'.

We aren't a 'new church' and we aren't blending church denominations. Grounded in our own traditions and communities, we meet in the in-between. 

An interstitial strategy doesn't have a shape of its own, but is defined by the structures it stands between and mediates. It is 'the inverse of what is', and as such, is fluid and ever changing depending on the particular circumstances - like water, which doesn't have a shape of its own, but takes on the shape of the spaces it occupies.


In biological terms, interstitial spaces exist between cells. In architecture, it describes the spaces between rooms, the logic of which relies on fluid concepts such as as connection, surprise, mediation, flow and lines of sight. As such, as an interstitial ministry, instead of primarily focusing on function (which can be left to traditional church structures), can be focused on relationship, connection, surprise through storytelling, creating new perspectives and lines of sight into each others’ traditions that didn’t previously exist.

Claire says, "The Francis Project is a place for diverse views, and people who want to discuss and share rather than convince you who is right. This is super refreshing because other diverse spaces I’ve interacted with have tried to make me pick a side."

~Claire Cheeseman, Anglican School Chaplain


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