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Can Beauty Save the World? Come and See

The upcoming winter/spring edition of the Front Porch’s “Public House Church” (aka, Pub Church) explores Dostoevsky’s compelling, though enigmatic assertion that “beauty will save the world.” Beauty that takes our breath away opens our hearts. And once our hearts open — in that very instant! — we see the world and everything in it as beautiful. This is the beauty that will save the world, and we will talk about …read more

Celebrating the Porch in 2016–Annual Report!

Dear Friends, As I hope you’ll see from our annual report, The Front Porch has grown by leaps and bounds and has made a measurable impact on the Austin community in 2016! Our service to the community as bridge-builders has really blossomed this year, and we have emerged as Austin’s distinctive “Public House Church” with a unique model for engaging people from all walks and beliefs through our signature events. …read more

Becoming A Public House Church: How Sustaining Dialogue Helps Everyone Grow

Hey, folks! Here’s little update. As many of you know, the Front Porch team decided to undertake a deliberate shift this summer when we began calling ourselves a public house church, rather than an events-driven, nonprofit mission. We took away duplicitous names for our programming tracks, simplified a bit, and ended up in much clearer place: everywhere we gathered would be “Pub Church.” In making this theoretical adaptation, we retained both our freedom …read more