Beliefs

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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 church is a sacred place where we come together to share our beliefs, doubts, joys, and struggles without fear of being rejected by others or by God.
  • 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 Jesus shows us what God is like and what being full of God is like.
  • 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. Our faith is defined by Jesus but not necessarily confined to Jesus.
  • 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 LGBTQIA+ people, but we affirm them, and we believe God does too.
  • We believe we are called to embody the same kind of profound compassion that was seen in Jesus’ life.
  • We believe we are called to follow in the footsteps of Christ by being in solidarity with the oppressed and working toward justice, hope, peace, joy, and love for all.