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 believe all are created in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and love.
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.