Who We Are

Our congregation is diverse in age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, biblical interpretation, culture, ethnic background, economic circumstance, family configuration, political inclination and physical ability.  We celebrate and honor this diversity and welcome the struggle necessary to sustain it.

We are a community of believers in Jesus Christ trying to live lives of faith that follow the justice, peace, compassion and love of Jesus. We believe that being part of Christ’s church means loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.
We are working to promote the peace and justice of Christ in our community and around the world.
We are a congregation made up of people from diverse backgrounds, holding a variety of beliefs and opinions, and involved in different parts of our community.
We come together to seek God in creation, scripture, reason and one another, and we invite everyone to bring their own unique talents, gifts, experience, points of view, and wisdom to these efforts.
Whether you are a life-long Christian, someone new to the faith, a seeker, or you just aren’t certain where you fit or what you believe yet, all are welcome into our community to share fully in its life and ministry.

Our Beliefs

We trust in the way of Jesus, the way of peace, hope, love, and compassion for all. We are a Christian church, and along with
Christians throughout the ages we believe that the divine spirit reveals itself
to us in the life, ministry, death and new life we know in Jesus Christ.
We believe God welcomes everyone. We are open to and affirming of all people whatever their gender, race, age, culture, ethnic background, sexual orientation, economic circumstance, family configuration, or difference in ability. All who seek to follow Christ are welcome into our community to share fully in its life and ministry.
We believe all are welcome at Christ’s table. We practice open communion, which means if you are present at our church during a worship service, you are welcome to participate in communion regardless of whether or not you are a member of our church, another church or none. No matter what your religious background may or may not be, there is room at Christ’s table for you.
We believe in freedom. We are a Protestant church, and keeping with that
tradition, we believe each person has the ability and the right to enter into
his/her own relationship with God and to interpret scripture in light of that
relationship. We call this belief  “The Priesthood of All Believers” which
means the church and its ministers are servants that help people in their own relationship with God rather than middle-men who mediate between people and God.
We believe in diversity. We view the diversity of belief within our church as
a strength and seek to find common ground together and to learn from each
other as we serve God and humanity.
We believe in cooperation. We are a part of The Disciples of Christ. We
combine our efforts with other churches in our denomination for the purposes of service and fellowship. We also join together with churches of various denominations in our community to serve people in need and to promote peace and justice.
We believe in local autonomy. Although we are a part of a larger denomination, the members of our church decide how our church will operate and practice. In matters of business, we are democratic; each member has a vote. We do not answer to bishops or any other church hierarchy. Instead, we enter into voluntary cooperation with other churches in our denomination on local, state and national levels.
We believe in open membership. We recognize the baptism of any other church no matter the age a person was when it occurred or the way it was performed and are glad to baptize anyone who has not yet been baptized.

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