Kittamaqundi Community is an independent, ecumenical Christian community that welcomes everyone - whoever you are and however you got here. People of all races, ethnicities, political views, sexual orientations, religious and educational backgrounds, and physical abilities are valued members of our community.
After much discussion and prayer, they heard the call of God in their lives and decided to form their own "coffee house" church in the new town of Columbia, Maryland.
At first, the group met in a private home. But as word spread, more and more people wanted to be part of this unique worship experience. So they moved to King's Contrivance Restaurant, where on January 5, 1969, Kittamaqundi Community Church held its first public worship service.
Later that year, the church moved to Oakland Manor in Columbia's Town Center, where services were held over the next three years.
In 1970, KC contracted with the town of Columbia to purchase Oliver's Carriage House, which at one time was part of the Oakland Manor property. That purchase was completed on May 26, 1972, and church services were moved here.
On Labor Day, 1973, the community began renovating the Carriage House. That work was completed by 1977, and KC's first worship service in its newly renovated building was held on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1977.
Since its beginning, Kittamaqundi Community Church has welcomed all people who come together for worship, meetings or other events.
We have deep and diverse roots. Over the past 50 years, we have had members who grew up Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Jewish, Unitarian, Mennonite, Buddhist and just about everything else.
We appreciate the gifts of these traditions that have shaped us and made us the community of faith we are today.
We don't have all the answers, and we aren't afraid to ask questions. In a world full of challenges, we support and encourage each other.
We come as we are, whoever we are and however we got here. And we laugh a lot! Especially at ourselves!
(photo by Theresa Gale)