What We Believe
Caring for each other;
Creativity, diversity, and balance in worship, music, and art;
Where we have come from and where we are going;
Open, respectful communication.
We believe in God, whose name was revealed to Moses, “I am who I am.” We believe that God has chosen to be revealed in three ways, traditionally called Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God’s existence, however, is beyond our understanding of gender. We are limited by our human experience as we try to speak about divine realities.
We believe that God speaks to us through the Bible. For some of us, that means the Bible is historical and factual. For others it means that even though we don’t interpret the Bible literally, we still believe that wherever we are in our spiritual journeys, the Bible can instruct us on the will of God in our lives. As Presbyterians we believe in the importance of being a part of an ongoing dialog of faith with other believers, even when we don’t agree on every theological point.
The Church and its Mission of Discipleship
We believe that as disciples of God we have submitted to an apprenticeship of sorts where we act out our faith intentionally to the best of our abilities, relying on the presence and guidance of God. It’s a messy proposition, attempting to change the world into a better place – the sort of place our loving God wants it to be. We were given a role model in the life of Jesus Christ, who saved us, not only FROM our inwardly-focused ways, but also saved us FOR a committed life of faith in Him and service and outreach to those in need.
We believe that God yearns for communion with all of creation. Men and women of all nations, all races, all professions, all ages, all gender identities, all sexual orientations – all human beings – are included in the ministry of Christ. We believe that in order to fulfill God’s calling to serve God through serving others we must demand social justice and an ethic of inclusivity for every living person. We must look beyond labels and stereotypes to reach every member of God’s creation. There is no place in the leadership, membership or ministry of the Church for discrimination against any person. All are welcome to become a part of our spiritual journey and growth as we seek to serve the God who loves and redeems us all.
We believe that Jesus gave to the church two rituals that teach us about and include us in God’s love.
In the baptism of infants, children, and adults ordinary water becomes an extraordinary vehicle for God’s grace. The waters of baptism are a visible sign of an invisible reality, that even before we know how to respond, God claims us and equips us for ministry. In baptism we become a part of a spiritual family that stretches across time and space. We are made a part of the Body of Christ.
At the Lord’s Table simple bread and juice become symbols of a heavenly banquet, reminders of God’s lavish provision and sweet grace. While we do not believe the earthly elements turn into the literal body and blood of Jesus, we do believe that in the act of celebrating this meal together, Christ is present in the community of faith that shares it. The table of the Lord, at which we celebrate this holy meal, also called communion or Eucharist in some traditions, is hosted by Jesus, and all are welcome at it, regardless of church membership or faith tradition.