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Interview with Pastor Dave from Micah's Porch

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Jerry Johnson

I'm an Academic Advisor for college students and a Journalism grad student at DePaul

I met Pastor Dave Owen-O'Quill at Gallery Cafe in Wicker Park for coffee and conversation.  I've been to Gallery Cafe before and was glad when he suggested it for our meeting.  I then learned that this cafe was the first meeting place for the group that became the founding members of Micah's Porch, a Universalist congregation based in Wicker Park.  Micah's Porch currently holds worship services on Sundays at The Chopin Theater on Milwaukee and Ashland.

Pastor Dave is easy-going, but passionate about encouraging faith in others who feel left out by traditional religion.  He grew up on an island in the Pacific Northwest and didn't have any connection to a church.  In college he started to become interested in the philosophy of religion and began asking those reflective questions.  He eventually became a theologian, having gone to seminary in Chicago.  

Pastor Dave's experience of seeing how people are interested in spirituality, but don't relate to the culture of churches, has led him to start his congregation in Wicker Park.  He has had friends through the years who he says, "liked the message, but not the atmosphere."

Micah's Porch teaches "the Gospel of Inclusion."  They feel that God is bigger than religion and people of different religions can worship together (Christians, Buddhists,etc).  

They have a live band at worship services that plays spirtitual songs and secular music with a positive message, such as Incubus, Foo Fighters, and Live.

"Micah's Porch is about connecting the disconnected." - Pastor Dave



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