We are part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. Here are some distinguishing characteristics that are valued by many Disciples:
We believe the umbrella of God’s love, as exemplified in Jesus Christ, is big enough for everyone to be welcomed.
We believe that love, not doctrine, holds us together.
We believe the deepest expression of our faith is found in the way we treat others.
We believe it is important to take the Bible seriously, but not always literally.
We believe it is important for faith to value both the mind and the heart.
We believe that we learn from one another’s diverse experiences and perspectives, and it’s okay if we don’t share all of the exact same beliefs.
We believe listening to others and respecting them is a deeply spiritual act, even when we disagree. Not all claims to truth are the same, to be sure, but we believe every claim should be measured by love.
We believe the wisdom offered from other faith traditions can complement and enrich our spiritual journeys.
We believe church should be a place that welcomes those who believe in God some of the time, or none of the time, or all of the time.
We don’t just welcome LGBT+ people, but we affirm them, and believe Christ does too.
We believe we are called to embody the same kind of profound compassion that was seen in Jesus’ life, and to follow in his footsteps by standing in solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized.