What We Believe

We rejoice in the beauty of creation, in the mystery of faith, and in the hope of everlasting life. Our call to faith is linked intimately to Christ’s love, and we believe that through worship, prayer, study, service, and work, we become instruments of the Church’s mission “to restore all people to unity with God and each other.” 

We are comprehensive in our thinking because we believe that truth can be found in tension, as we affirm the sacred and the secular, the complexity of our minds and the power of our hearts, and the transcendence yet immanence of God. We value ambiguity, paradoxical thinking, nuances, doubts and questions. We assume that what may appear at first as irreconcilable differences may hold and contain balanced truths. Therefore, we listen to each other, deeply and respectfully, and we encourage each other to express one’s own understanding of God. We are patient; silence is honored; grace is real. Our unity is not the unity of sameness of thought but a unity of trust in God and God's wisdom. It's the unity of our shared life in Christ.

We see the world as sacramental, capable of mediating the grace of God, always. We emphasize the two primary sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist as ways to celebrate the incarnation, God’s entry into human life and history through Jesus. In Christ, the extraordinary can be found in the ordinary.

We lift up the Eucharist as the principal act of worship because bread and wine, consecrated, embody the central truth of our faith. 

God is madly in love with us; we have been given the blessed assurance that there is a splendor burning in the heart of all things.