We believe you matter to God.
We believe that everyone is made in God’s image and beloved of God. We are committed to the justice and welfare of all people, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, race, ability, or age.
We don’t think “having it all together” is a requisite of being in Christian community. We’re learning that it’s not our efforts that can fix or perfect us; only God’s love and power can transform us. We’re learning how to make this love the bedrock of our lives.
We believe that the church is not a building; it’s a community. Through our baptism into Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we are united as a community of ordinary, imperfect folks made holy through the power of God’s Spirit. Each week we celebrate and remember Jesus’ death and resurrection through the sacrament of Holy Communion and receive a foretaste of the eternal banquet that awaits us all (a sacrament is an outward sign of inward and invisible, yet powerful grace). Together, we seek to live out our baptismal covenant, which calls us to:
- Resist evil, turn to God, and seek to follow Christ, knowing that none of us is perfect
- Proclaim the Good News of new life for all in Jesus
- Strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being. This includes speaking up for the marginalized, oppressed, ostracized, and forgotten.
We believe that Jesus is the perfect revelation of God and God’s love. We see true God and true humanity in the life, love, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus inaugurated a new kingdom on earth—a community rooted in mercy, justice, forgiveness, and unconditional love, and he’s coming back to complete what he started. We don’t know when, but our anticipation of that day gives us hope.
We believe that Jesus willingly gave himself over to death on the cross as an innocent man. When Jesus’s foes tried to silence him and his message of love, mercy, justice, and forgiveness, he surrendered to weight of human suffering and sin via the cross. This proves the lengths to which God will go to be with us and lead us to wholeness and freedom.
We believe that nothing could keep Jesus in the grave. In rising from the dead, Jesus defeated the power of sin and death and revealed to the world that our brokenness is constantly being made new through God’s grace. Absolutely nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.
We believe God’s Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity and is God’s presence in the world today. The Holy Spirit first breathed life into creation, spoke through God’s prophets, and enables us to fulfill Jesus’ mission on earth.
We believe that God is the source of all life and is active, creative, and present in the world and in our lives. God reveals God’s self in the 3 persons (The Holy Trinity) as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
We believe that while everything DOES NOT happen for a reason, God’s healing Spirit can work through the the midst of any situation. We refuse to settle for glib answers and trite phrases to explain life’s complexities. We trust that one day, when Christ comes to complete his reign, all things will be healed and made new.
We can’t say it enough: we believe you matter to God.