The Rev. Bruce Freeman: “Without different kinds of people, we can’t be the kind of church we are called to be." (Photos courtesy of Redeemer)
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CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is rich in the number and variety of houses of worship. In our weekly feature, WCPO shines the spotlight on where we pray.

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

Address: 2944 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati
Denomination: Episcopalian
Clergy: The Rev. Bruce A Freeman, Rector; the Rev. Charlie Brumbaugh, Associate Rector; the Rev. Nancy Hopkins-Greene, Assisting Priest; Aaron Klinefelter, Minister for Young Adults and Families
Size of Congregation: 1350

Core Beliefs:
 "At the Church of the Redeemer, we offer a blend of the traditional and modern: 
things you always believed and ideas to bring you back.
 You are invited to come experience ancient traditions, modern thought and community service, all in one church."

"We invite and welcome all; inspire growth in faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ;
and reach out with love and support to those in need."

Affiliation: The Episcopal Church, USA

History

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer has been a fixture at the corner of Erie and Paxton since 1908, when founding families first began worshipping there. The church has grown over the years and has undergone significant building improvements, the most recent being a renovation of the sanctuary space to allow for more flexible use of the space. From concerts to worship and everything in between, the Church of the Redeemer opens its doors to the community.

 “Ministry Beyond our Walls” 

The church is heavily engaged with many Cincinnati organizations, including:

  • Madisonville Education and Assistance Center
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • People Working Cooperatively
  • El Hogar (an orphanage and school in Honduras)
  • Freestore Foodbank

In 2013, Redeemer launched its Mission Endowment Fund to enable the church to make a bigger impact in the surrounding community.

Rector Bruce Freeman (quoted in "Christianity for the Rest of Us," by Diana Butler Bass):

“We may not look terribly diverse, but we’re a 50/50 church – half Democrat, half Republican. We believe that arguing can be productive, and we are committed to conversation and discussion.”

Freeman has also been influenced by “Ubuntu” theology as taught by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which loosely means “I cannot be without you.”

“We’re not going to throw anyone out for their theological opinions. We believe that without all points of view, without different kinds of people, we can’t be the kind of church we are called to be. By living into our diversity, we are making room for the kingdom of God,” Freeman said.

More about Redeemer

Editor's Note: WCPO Contributor Laura Hobson, who writes our "Where We Pray" column each week, is a member of The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer congregation.

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