WE EMBRACE EVERYONE
EVERY STORY MATTERS
(inclusive and affirming)
Everyone means everyone. We are an inclusive, open, and affirming church. We strive to affirm EVERYONE's story.
We believe Jesus lived this way and so we seek to do the same. We want to dignify and celebrate the creation of God that we all are. We know to live and exist this way is radical, but we believe that we are following the gracious love of Jesus Christ in living this way where every story matters.
WE BELIEVE EVERY STORY IS UNIQUE.
(Authentic and Real)
There is no one like you. No one.
We are God’s beautiful creation. We don’t want you to pretend to be someone else outside then you are inside. We want people to be their most authentic selves. We don’t ask people to dress a certain way, talk a certain way… we want YOU TO BE YOU… the way God intended. You will catch our authenticity in potluck gatherings, in coffee shops, in our preaching, in our praying… we don’t pretend to be someone we are not… and we would never expect you to be someone other than you.
WE BELIEVE EVERY STORY DESERVES TO BE TOLD.
(daring, courageous, bold)
We believe in courage, empowerment, and boldness. The things that Jesus teaches are counter-cultural. Many of us carry untold stories of our lives because we fear judgment, condemnation, and most of all isolation. It takes courage to tell your story but we want to make the commitment to provide space for stories to be told and to listen and grow closer together as we become more fully the beautiful creation that God intended.
Our journey will be about exposing the story that the world tells about us, while in pursuit of the beautiful story that God is unfolding before us together.
How we live out our values...
1. Gather in Holy Worship together
2. Build community and relationships in our Tov Communities (small groups).
3. Serve and partner with local organizations that align with our values and are addressing systemic issues in our community.
WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF ASKING QUESTIONS.
(inquisitive, exploring, questioning)
Jesus asked questions. In many Christian circles questions are seen as a lack of faith. But we see it as a faithful exploration of established assumptions. We believe questions strengthen our faith and make us into better followers of Jesus Christ. As a community of faith, you will see this value lived out in our small groups and Sunday gatherings.