What we believe

opening the mind. engaging the heart.

We believe in giving people breathing room to explore and to hear what God might be saying to them. We—along with our denomination, the UCC—have no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures.

We believe that each person is unique and valuable: every person has a unique story and is loved by God.

We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.

We believe that an authentic relationship with God engenders love, dissolves guilt, and gives life purpose and direction.

All people of faith are invited to join us at the table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costly way of Jesus and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ’s presence among us along with a ‘cloud of witnesses’ – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us.

We believe that diversity strengthens us. We welcome and seek to represent the growing diversity of our area, and see other faith traditions and different religions as friends and teachers.

We believe that the natural world is a great spiritual teacher, and we seek to live in harmony and connection with the Earth.

We believe in being a prophetic church. As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.

We believe in the power of peace, and seek to work and advocate for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.