What we believe

We believe, as followers of Jesus Christ, in emulating his love and radical hospitality. We pray that our church will be a place where people from all walks of life encounter the Father/Mother/Parent,* Son, and Holy Spirit in a warm, welcoming and safe space.

We believe that Christianity is a way of life, characterized by doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

We believe in the one Triune God – Father/Mother/Parent, Son, and Holy Spirit. Humankind has experienced God in many ways throughout time and history since creation. We believe this God became fully human in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. After Jesus’ ascension, God continues to reveal Godself through the Holy Spirit.

We believe the Bible is a written witness to God's revelation, especially in terms of the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. A regular part of our faith involves reading, hearing, and studying the Scriptures.

We believe in the "Soul Freedom" of the individual. This means that everyone is free to follow their own conscience, and establish their own personal relationship with God.

We believe in the priesthood of all believers, meaning all Christians are ministers of the Gospel. Bearing witness to Christ, testifying to the forgiveness we have received, praying for one another, and serving our neighbors are the privileges and responsibilities of all believers, not just pastors and priests.

We believe that each individual is blessed by God with unique spiritual gifts. Our church encourages all members to discern their own particular gifts and to serve the church in whatever capacity they are led.

We believe in the full autonomy of the local church/congregation to govern itself and provide ministry as it is led by the Holy Spirit.

We believe, as part of our Baptist heritage, that baptism is an ordinance by which believers choose to publicly proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ. However, we recognize all baptisms. Our church welcomes members who were baptized as infants and does not require them to be rebaptized as adults.

We believe that in sharing the ordinance of the Lord's Supper we are united in our faith in Jesus Christ and his life, death, and resurrection.

*As a church committed to gender equality, we are engaged in an ongoing dialogue about how to speak of God in ways that are most inclusive.