About Bear With
When Jesus prayed for his followers, he prayed that they would love one another. Yet, somehow, we’ve made it complicated. Political differences, lifestyle preferences, racial and social division, ideologies, and theological interpretations have all put the brokenness of humanity and the Church on full display. Hanging in the balance of justice and mercy is where we often find ourselves, leading to a sense of loneliness in our struggle.
Through Bear With communities and the content we share, our hope is that you find a place where your positions aren’t judged, and your peace grows stronger. Our community is diverse in every sense, and we’ll probably disagree more than we agree. You’ll even hear some things you’ll never hear in church, because safe is boring and love can be adventurous. Most of all, you get to be yourself, and figure it all out with the rest of us.
“Bear With” was founded by Joey Svendsen, a pastor who threw out his list of theological “certainties,” embraced mystery, and found freedom. Growing up a fundamentalist evangelical Christian, he is now willing to examine faith through a progressive lens. But Joey cares more about people than their positions, which is why Bear With is a judgement-free zone, where we treat one another with humility and gentleness, and love is our common language.