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Guiding Principles

There are a lot of churches out there, and people are looking for a place they can feel at home. It can be difficult to tell, at first, if a church is a good fit with your philosophy of life or core values. In order to help newcomers get an immediate sense of us, as well as to help longtime members remain aware of our essentials, we offer these guiding principles. We seek to hold ourselves accountable to live these principles in community together.

We are Christian

"Christian" means we perceive in Jesus the divine qualities of love, peace, joy, and justice. Following the teachings of Jesus is a path to God.

"Christian" means we eagerly explore the Bible for its spiritual wisdom contained in symbol, metaphor, and history. We find in this sacred book stories that echo our own lives and struggles.

"Christian" means we have a specific tradition and history to which we are drawn. We also explore other faith traditions and create new ideas that will themselves become history for later generations.

We are Open-Minded

"Open-Minded" means we understand faith as a quest, not a clutched certainty.

"Open-Minded" transcends the conservative and liberal labels. We enter appreciatively into different points of view with the expectation of learning and growing. We see openness as a key to meaningful spirituality.

We are Spiritual

"Spiritual" means we believe God is a spirit of love that can be felt and known by each one of us. It means Christianity is as much about the heart as the head, as much about the body as the mind.

"Spiritual" means rolling up one's sleeves and starting to feed the hungry, care for the sick and anguished, house the homeless, and advocate for a more just society.

We are Evolving

"Evolving" means we welcome change and innovation and eagerly experiment with new ways of being faithful. We strive to be rooted but not stuck.

We are Diverse

"Diverse" means we celebrate the differences among us such as sexual orientation, ethnicity, class, mental abilities, physical capabilities, personalities, and backgrounds.

"Diverse" means we trust that these differences inform and strengthen community. A diverse spiritual community welcomes conventional believers, curious agnostics, and questioning skeptics.

You are free to seek your own guiding principles in our midst. These principles are not a creed to which one must ascribe. Rather, they are one attempt to describe the spirit and nature of our congregation.


We celebrate our joys, share our grief, reach out for healing, and comfort each other as a church community.

Our Guiding Principles

  • We are Christian
  • We are Open-Minded
  • We are Spiritual
  • We are Evolving
  • We are Diverse

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