Our Core Values & Practices
We believe the best of life is loving God, serving our neighbor, and caring for all of creation.
We believe God created the world and it belongs to God, not us. Yet, God has given us both the opportunity and privilege to take care of it.
Historically, the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed keep us grounded in our faith and connect us to Christians who have gone before us (see below).
We strive for authenticity over conformity, “realness” over performance and we resist attempts to legislate the Christian life through human rules.
We want to respond redemptively to conflict, choosing to be teachable, approachable, and open.
We can laugh at ourselves, maintaining a light-hearted element to our relationships and gatherings, yet serious about our faith and the tasks before us.
We practice hospitality by opening our lives to the people God brings into our midst.
We strive to be people of God’s grace, extending it to others as well as ourselves.
We seek to be honest about who we are and how we grow in our faith and trust in Christ.
We are a work in progress, seeking meaningful work that cares for others and all creation.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day, he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of the same essence as the father.
Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
The Apostles’ Creed is the foundational creed of Christian churches and most of it dates from the early 2nd century. The creed was apparently used as a summary of Christian doctrine for baptismal candidates in the churches of Rome. Though many churches and flavors of Christianity throughout the ages have different interpretations of the Bible, the essence of what the Scriptures teach is found in the words of the Apostles’ Creed.
The Nicene Creed was developed in the 3rd Century as a foundational statement of belief for early Christian churches across the Greco-Roman world.