What We Believe
We believe that there is one God, source of all that exists, who transcends gender and exceeds the limits of language, and who partners with humanity to bring about healing and justice.
We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the very image of God, who loves us so much that he came to be with us and to teach us to embrace the disenfranchised. He is humble, not haughty, merciful, not judgmental, and full of grace, not condemnation, and his teachings transcend time and culture.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, given us by Jesus, she is present in our worship, she brings us wisdom, she calls us to listen to our hearts and is the source of our radically inclusive desire for justice and equity.
We believe in and practice the seven sacraments of the Church: Baptism, which is God's initiation into the Church, Confirmation, which solidifies our relationship with God, The Holy Eucharist, which maintains our connection with each other and the divine, Reconciliation, which heals our relationships, Anointing the Sick, which prepares people for healing, Holy Orders, which calls heralds of the faith, and Holy Matrimony, which personifies the union between Christ and his Church.
We believe the Church is a people, not a building, whose head is Jesus, not man, which should have both masculine and feminine leadership. We believe in the importance of Apostolic Succession without being stuck in the past and we believe our faith evolves over time in a constant process of renewal, repair and renovation.
We believe that people are good, created in the image of God, infused with love regardless of human distinctions, who are loved by God for who they are and just as they are. Human decisions about birth, divorce, contraception, sexuality, and gender are decisions that should be respected and accepted with compassion. We believe God forms us to be our most authentic self and is pleased when we pursue growth and self-awareness.
We believe in the responsible stewardship of the resources of our planet. The planet and its resources are a gift from God for all the people of the Earth and not only is it to be protected, but justly shared among its inhabitants.
We believe in the scriptural teachings of Jesus Christ, even though the Bible was written by people in a specific era and influenced by their cultural understanding. The scriptures are read by us in the context of our own time and culture, with an openness to all cultural interpretations. We believe that the Bible is not a manual or a moral imperative but is a set of stories that connect us with our forbearers and with the Triune God.
Marriage is one of the most significant institutions in our culture and the basis of family life. This institution has historically been limited to the union of opposite sex partners. We believe, however, in marriage equality and support, pastor and marry both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. We affirm all couples seeking fidelity and a deeper commitment, regardless of gender-identity or sexual orientation.