We embrace diversity by welcoming and including all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, age, economic status or abilities. There are enough seats at Christ’s table for everyone.
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7 (ESV)
We come together each week in worship to celebrate and honor God, who loved us first. Through worship, God’s grace shapes us to live our lives sharing joy, hope, wholeness, and peace. We celebrate baptism and communion as outward signs of God’s grace in our hearts.
“There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2 (ESV)
We are called to use our resources to care for each other and the environment. We visit the sick and imprisoned, we embrace the poor, we work for the oppressed and homeless, and we walk together through hard times. These are clear ways that we as Christians answer the call to care for the spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, and environmental well-being of creation.
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants too. Because God is the one who established it on the seas; God set it firmly on the waters.” Psalm 24:1-2 (CEB)
We consider learning to be a life-long endeavor. We deepen our understanding and experience of God when we study scripture, pray, and think critically. These practices help us understand how our faith interacts with the needs of the world. In each of these ways, we grow closer to God and bring hope into the lives of others.
“This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight.” Philippians 1:9 (CEB)
We value each person as a child of God. As the body of Christ, we recognize the dignity inherent in all people by generously giving our prayers, presence, gifts, resources, service, and witness.
“We have different gifts that are consistent with God’s grace that has been given to us. … If your gift is service, devote yourself to serving. If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. If your gift is encouragement, devote yourself to encouraging. The one giving should do it with no strings attached.” Romans 12:6a, 7-8a (CEB)
We are all called to heal and restore the broken relationships of humanity. We affirm the following statement from umcjustice.org:
“We know the presence of political and social turmoil can be caused by a number of issues including economic disparity, environmental degradation, gender inequality, racism and xenophobia, and illness and disease. If we want peace, we must be committed to disrupting these conditions and systems that perpetuate injustice.”
“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 5:24 (CEB)
We believe that when people speak up for good and take risks in service to others, God transforms lives. We believe that each person is uniquely gifted and called to lead others in sharing God’s message of hope and love for all the world. We accept the urgent responsibility to encourage and equip courageous leaders.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)